The first chapter of cyberpunk cop drama Old City Blues vol. 2 opens with a quote from Joe Keatinge -- the writer of Glory, Morbius and Hell Yeah, and one of the editors of the Eisner-winning “graphic mixtape” comics anthology PopGun -- in which he declares cartoonist Giannis Milonogiannis’ work to be “the world comics style prophesied by Paul Pope fully realized.” Keatinge is referencing Pope’s frequently espoused creative ideal that sees comic book authors draw inspiration from a multitude of works and cultures beyond their immediate experience, with a view towards creating “21st century comics... which can speak to people everywhere.”
That’s extremely high praise for Milonogiannis, who’s still a newcomer (he's also drawn several issues of Prophet), but Keatinge knows what he’s talking about when it comes to comic book art, particularly that from the studios of Europe and Japan. After reading Milonogiannis’ work -- which is a seductive, moody synthesis of the characterization, action, pacing and drawing styles from eurocomics, manga and American influences -- it’s very easy to see why Keatinge was reminded of Pope’s world comics “prophecy” by the pages of Old City Blues.
But if this young cartoonist’s embodiment of the progressive creative philosophy of one of our mediums great masters doesn’t really impress you, that’s fine. The riveting future-cop yarns of Old City Blues surely will.
On sale now from Dark Horse is a hardcover collection of Sabertooth Swordsman by Damon Gentry (Eerie) and Aaron Conley (Prophet), a story that ComicsAlliance's Chris Sims praised as "a big, sweeping adventure with new, strange twists" and "one of the most fun comics I’ve read in a long while."
I was born just a little too late to be part of that generation that was continually burned by the misleading promises you'd get from the ads in comic books, and to be honest, I've always been a little saddened by that. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I want to be ripped off, but for decades, the disappointment that came from cardboard X-Ray Specs and $2.98 nuclear submarines was an important part of the medium. Also, I've always been curious about the secrets of dynamic tension.
Fortunately for me, I can live out the thrill of disappointment through a purple cartoon dragon that lives in a tree that is also a library with a pony (also purple) in this week's My Little PonyMicroseries#9! The story, focusing on Spike and brought to you by Rob Anderson and Agnes Garbowska, finds Twilight Sparkle's #1 assistant attempting to get a pet of his own by sending off for sea monkeys, with hilarity to ensue upon delivery. Check out a preview below!
Three, the new miniseries from Kieron Gillen, Ryan Kelly and Jordie Bellaire, was first conceived when, after flipping through the pages of Frank Miller's 300 one night,Gillen had a bit of an angry realization. Miller's popular graphic novel presents the famed warriors of Sparta in a wholly positive, heroic light. Portraying the Spartans purely as heroes, defiant in the face of oppression and persecution while declaring themselves "The only free men the world has ever known," ignores one crucial detail that Gillen screamed into his copy of 300 that fateful night: Spartan warriors hunted slaves. And from this realization, Three was born. While it may not be a total repudiation of Miller's comic, it certainly presents the other side of the story, as readers witness three Helot workers attempt to escape the savage brutality of 300 of the most revered warriors in history.
The end of the first issue revealed the beginning of a mass slaughter. In issue #2, three survivors of the carnage race toward the free city of Messene, with 300 warriors on the their heels. Image Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a six page preview of the issue, which you can view below.
Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in February 2014 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s New 52 superhero line, the mature readers Vertigo imprint, and the DC Entertainment brand of special projects, digital-first, all-ages and licensed titles. All of the following books can be purchased at finer comic book shops, where you can also pre-order your selections to ensure you’ll get a copy before they sell out.
Highlights for January include Superman: Lois Lane #1 by Marguerite Bennett and Emanuella Lupacchino; the final issue of Batman Black & White; the first hardcover collection of Batman '66; an expanded edition of Bruce Wayne: Murderer?; a deluxe reprint of Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabrial Bá; and the conclusion of Forever Evil by Geoff Johns and David Finch, featuring "the final fate" of Nightwing.
The casts of IDW's two flagship Transformers titles are set to collide this Wednesday with the release of Transformers: Dark Cybertron #1, the kickoff of a potentially apocalyptic event that could reshape the Autobot and Decepticon's homeworld forever... as in, like, leaving everybody dead. The issue is the first of a twelve-part series that will alternate between Transformers: Robots In Disguise and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye each month through its conclusion in March. IDW has provided CA with a first-look at the beginning of the Transformers event, which is co-written by James Roberts and IDW senior editor John Barber, with layouts by Phil Jimenez, finished art by Andrew Griffith, prologue art by Brendan Cahill, and colors by Josh Perez and J.P. Bove. Transform and roll out past the cut to see Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons.
I like to think that I have a pretty comprehensive knowledge of minor Archie Comics characters. Cricket O'Dell, Veronica's cousin who can smell money, Chic Cooper, Betty's older brother who is actually a full-on, licensed-to-kill secret agent, even the breakdancers from the '90s, Claude and Raoul, these are all characters that I can and will talk about at length if you give me half the chance. And yet, I was somehow completely unaware of Sassy Thrasher, a violent, skateboarding love interest for Jughead Jones.
I know, I was surprised too. That's basically everything I want in the world. Fortunately, it's time to get reacquainted, as Archie #649 has reintroduced Sassy to a world that desperately needs her. Check out a preview of the issue -- which includes a cover by Jeff Shultz, Rosario 'Tito' Peña inspired by the classic painting, The Nighthawks below!
If you weren't able to snag Kaite Cook and Andy Price's San Diego Comic-Con exclusive My Little Pony story this past summer, IDW's My Little Pony 2013 Annual—Spotlight should cure what ails you. The reprinted tale is only part of the appeal for fans, however, as Ted Anderson and Tony Fleecs are expanding The Hub's animated My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic world with a prequel story that ties into the recent Equestria Girls movie, where the famous ponies live as teenage humans in another realm. IDW's provided CA with a first-look, which you can check out after the cut.
Considering Troy Little kicked off IDW's new ThePowerpuff Girls comic book series with Mojo Jojo tooling around in the Power Loader from Aliens, this week's ThePowerpuff Girls #2 is hardly a hard-sell around these parts. It appears that the mad monkey is pulling a 180, though, as this month he'll be confounding fankind with the choice to inhale the mysterious "Antidote X." That's right, Mojo Jojo says he just wants to be Jojo again.
When it was announced in August that Five Ghosts-- from creators Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham -- was becoming an ongoing, it came as welcome news to readers, but probably shouldn't have been much of a surprise. The story of Fabian Gray, an adventurer possessed by the spirits of five literary ghosts -- Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Miyamoto Musashi, and Dracula -- Five Ghosts is a throwback pulp story, if you will, and one that we've been on board with from the beginning.
Originally intended to be a five issue miniseries, issue six of the title, featuring guest artist Garry Brown, arrives in stores next. A stand-alone tale, the issue sees Fabian travel to Japan to aid an ally in the search for the mythical sword Masamune. Image Comics has provided us with a six page preview of the story, which you can view below.
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