Unless you got in at the ground floor with DEATHZONE back in 2013, now might actually be the best time to get into Michel Fiffe's Copra. After a few years of low print runs --- including the first few issues that were limited to only 400 copies --- the series has now been collected in paperback and was just recently made available digitally through Comixology.
And if you want to keep going, there's good news on that front, too: This week, Fiffe put up the next batch of subscriptions on Etsy, including not just the next three issues of Copra itself, but also the first two issues of Copra Versus, a new miniseries that puts the focus on bad guys. And by "bad guys," I mean, "an army of cyborg bounty hunters."
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What made the Ostrander/Yale Suicide Squad work and others not? John Ostrander and Kim Yale, along with Luke McDonnell, Geof Isherwood, Karl Kesel and other artists. They were creators who were absolutely at the top of their game over the course of Squad's 66-issue run, and you can't really get away from the fact that when Ostrander came back for stuff like Raise the Flag and the Blackest Night one-shot, those books were immediately right back in step with some of the best stories of the run. They were, hands down, one of the best creative teams in the history of superhero comics.
But at the same time, I don't think that's the whole story. When you get right down to it, Suicide Squad wasn't just a product of its time, it was the kind of comic that could only really happen in 1987.
Bergen Street Comics happens to be one of my favorite all-time comic shops, and it's been fascinating to watch them grow their carefully curated small press operation. ComicsAlliance has been pretty vocal about our love for Bergen Street's first offering, Michel Fiffe's Copra, and so it's surely unsurprising that we're just as excited about Copra Round 2, shipping and arriving in shops next week.
Bergen Street is also working with Chuck Forsman on his series violent vigilante series Revenger, and a special Revenger Armory zine is being offered exclusively with preorders for Revenger #2.
At this point, I'm going to go ahead and assume that you're already familiar with Copra, the amazing tribute to Suicide Squad written, drawn, lettered, and published by Michel Fiffe. I mean, it's pretty consistently been one of ComicsAlliance's picks for the best thing going since it started. Unfortunately for newer readers, there was a while where it was pretty difficult to jump on.
Owing to its nature as a self-published project, the single issues of Copra have been extremely scarce -- especially the early ones with a very limited print run. Thankfully, now you can get the whole thing. This month, Copra: Round Two is being solicited, collecting #7 - 12 of what Fiffe calls "The Juggernaut of Violence" and finishing the book's debut story.
Listen: Michel Fiffe's Copra is great. If you've been reading ComicsAlliance for any significant amount of time -- or even if you've just been listening to the Every Story Ever segments on the War Rocket Ajax podcast where we've ranked it above stuff like "Robin Dies At Dawn," JLA: Year One and Grant Morrison's first arc on New X-Men -- then you already know that.
But at the same time, you could be forgiven for thinking that maybe, after that first run of twelve amazing DIY comics, Fiffe might've slipped a bit. After all, it's pretty rare for something to stay that good forever, and now that Fiffe's picking up mainstream work from Marvel in the pages of All New Ultimates and Dynamite with Captain Victory, you'd have a good reason to think that Copra would be on the back burner. But if you did, you would be wrong.
If, for whatever reason, you haven't been reading the second act of Copra, where Fiffe turns his attention to spotlighting individual members of the team, then you're missing out on some of the most amazing comics of the year -- and the latest issue, where Fiffe drops a treatise on and rejection of Randian objectivisim in the form of a story about a superhero sent to an interdimensional prison, is the best of the bunch by far.
Each week, ComicsAlliance’s Chris Sims and Matt Wilson host the War Rocket Ajax podcast, their online audio venue for interviews with comics creators, reviews of the books of the week, and whatever else they want to talk about. ComicsAlliance is offering clips of the comics-specific segments of the show several days before the full podcast goes up at WarRocketAjax.com on Mondays.
This week, Chris and Matt talk at length about the five concurrent stories in Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke's Justice League #31, using Superman #32, by Johns and John Romita Jr., as a measuring stick for comparison. Once that examination is all over, they pivot to Michel Fiffe's Copra #15.
Here at ComicsAlliance, we love Michel Fiffe's Copra more than just about any other comic on the stands. It's easily one of the best comics of the past ten years, a sharp, occasionally surreal, character-driven action story inspired by DC's classic Suicide Squad, done as as done as a labor of love by one of the most talented cartoonists working today. There's really only one problem: Since the book is written, drawn and published entirely by one person, the initial print runs were very small. Even with the Copra Compendia that came about after, it all led to a fantastic, critically acclaimed comic that a lot of readers simply could not get their hands on.
Now, that's all getting ready to change. With the first 12-issue story finished and the second story underway, Bergen Street Comics Press has announced Copra: Round One, a collection of the first six issues, due out in September.
If you're a regular ComicsAlliance reader, then you've no doubt seen us talk about Michel Fiffe'sCopra before. Inspired by Fiffe's love of the classic 1980s run of Suicide Squad by John Ostrander, Kim Yale and Luke McDonnell, it was one of the most impressive comics in recent memory -- 12 self-published issues that were built on incredible art and masterful craftsmanship that made it something more than just a story about analogues and pushed it to the top of our Best of the Year list.
When the series ended with #12, fulfilling Fiffe's commitment to producing a year of monthly comics by himself, the question everyone was asking was whether the series would eventually continue, and now we know exactly when that's going to happen: as revealed in a video teaser, Copra is set to return in April at MoCCA for another six issuerun. Check out the teaser below!
Michel Fiffe's Copra, a strange, superheroic adventure inspired by John Ostrander, Kim Yale and Luke McDonnell's classic Suicide Squad, just completed its initial 12-issue run. In that time, Fiffe wrote, drew, lettered, published and even shipped every issue himself, once a month. As he says, it was essentially all he did for an entire year, but the end result was unquestionably one of the single best comic books of the year, if not the decade.
Fiffe plans to continue the series, but during his self-imposed vacation, I spoke to him to get his thoughts on Copra, the year of his life he spent doing exactly the comic he wanted to do, and why he wants to continue.
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