The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.
It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this all-new recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).
Last month, it was revealed that the current run of Daredevil, featuring the near-universally acclaimed work of collaborators Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, was coming to an end, and the title would conclude with issue #36. While It came as abrupt and unwelcome news to many readers, it seemed obvious that the book would shortly return in some capacity. What was less obvious was whether or not Waid and Samnee -- who have each won Eisner Awards for their work on the series -- would still be on board.
All fears were put to rest this afternoon, as Marvel announced Daredevil #1 will arrive in stores next year, and Waid and Samnee, along with colorist Javier Rodriguez and letterer Joe Caramagna, will be returning to the title, and Waid promises that the team is about to "change literally every aspect of Matt Murdock’s life."
Last week's announcement of a Netflix/Marvel dealwas huge for fans of Marvel's superhero universe. The subscription-based streaming media service will air four 13-episode series starring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, plus a Defenders miniseries that brings the characters together, starting in 2015.
It's big news for Netflix, which while having earned surprising success in original programming has never made such a big gamble in that realm. It's also big news for Marvel, substantially increasing the number of hours of live action film set in their cinematic universe in one swoop. But what does it mean for the audience?
In auspicious news for Daredevil fans, The Wrap is reporting that Drew Goddard is in talks to script the recently announced Marvel series for Netflix. Goddard earned high praise for his work directing and co-writing the horror hit Cabin in the Woods, and his involvement with Marvel's Cinematic/Televised Universe makes sense given the studio's close relationship with Joss Whedon, with whom Goddard has collaborated on Cabin in the Woods, Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
In the past year, Netflix has found significant success in expanding its business model to include streaming original series. The popularity and critical praise of shows like Orange Is The New Black, House Of Cards, and the fourth season of Arrested Development have led many to wonder what the next step is for the media streaming giant, and just how significant it would be. It turns out, that next step involves the House Of Ideas, as today Marvel and its parent company Disney have announced an unprecedented partnership with Netflix in which Marvel TV will produce four serialized original programs, starring four of its characters, which will lead into a miniseries, and all of it will stream exclusively on Netflix.
Last week readers learned that Daredevil, the monthly title from creators Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, was coming to an end with issue #36 early next year. Given the series' near-universal critical praise, coupled with the fact that 2014 marks the character's 50th anniversary, it seemed inevitable that an announcement -- if not multiple announcements -- would be coming out soon regarding plans for Daredevil's future.
And today one of those new plans was revealed, as Marvel has announced Daredevil: Road Warrior, a brand new series under the publisher's Infinite Comics digital-only imprint, written by Waid and illustrated by Peter Krause, Waid's collaborator on Irredeemable for Boom and Insufferable for the writer's digital imprint Thrillbent.
Last week, I wrote about beginnings, something comics as a medium has a lot of. Setting aside all the business reasons for new starts, the preponderance of beginnings might be because comics are often pretty good at them. Consider all the knockout first issues you have read, only to drop the book before it hits number 10. It happens a lot.
This week, I want to talk about something Big Two comics don't quite do so well: end things.
Daredevil artist Chris Samnee revealed his cover art for issue #36 via Twitter today, simultaneously announcing that the issue would be the series' last. As yet there's no word as to why the title is ending, but if recent history is any indication, and you're one for making guesses, it seems likely that this issue will very soon be followed by an all new Daredevil #1.
When it was announced that Ben Affleck would be playing Batman in the upcomingSuperman/Batman film, people had feelings.Hank and Marie from Breaking Bad, however, decided they'd do their due diligence before passing judgment, by watching Affleck's performance in Daredevil. Like so many of us, they were horrified.
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