Here's a fun fact: when you Google Sex Criminals, the first result you get does not, in fact, refer to the new Image Comics series from Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. Instead, in a deft maneuver to remind us of the blackness that surrounds us, the byzantine network of pneumatic tubes that constitutes Google’s search engine front-loads the page with a link to the National Sex Offender Registry. For the record, internet: Sex Criminals is a funny, engaging, and inventive new comic book about sex, love, and fighting the man, with a clever sci-fi twist. Sex offenders are not. For more on the hilarious differences between the two, continue reading.
One of the most unique comic book launch parties in the history of the industry occurred last night at Wicked nightclub in Toronto.
The book was Sex Criminals, a genuinely touching, romantic and indeed erotic new mature readers miniseries illustrated by Chip Zdarsky and written by Zdarsky and Matt Fraction and published by Image Comics, about a pair of criminals with the power to stop time with their simultaneous orgasms. The venue was not a typical nightclub; it has beds, and a hot tub, a public shower, and strange holes in the bathroom wall. Wicked is a sex club. For sex.
This morning via USA Today, Marvel unveiled its next wave of new titles. Following last year's successful Marvel NOW initiative, this second wave is titled "All-New Marvel NOW" and will feature the previously announcedInhuman by Matt Fraction and Joe Madureira, and the newly revealed All-New Invaders by James Robinson and Steve Pugh.
Writer Matt Fraction and artist Chip Zdarsky's new Image bookSex Criminalsis a funny comic with at least one Family Circus parody in its second issue. It's a comic about people who can stop time with their orgasms. But it's not necessarily the madcap romp readers might expect.
Fraction and Zdarsky answered questions in a Wednesday conference call with reporters, and during that call talked about the real emotions at the heart of the story, along with its origins and just how explicit the book's content gets.
"It sucks for me, too" is all Matt Fractionhad to say about the news that he's prematurelyconcluding his well regarded work on Marvel's Fantastic Four and FF titles, as revealed in the publisher's solicitations for November (which will be published later today but were sent to the comics press early yesterday). The demands of Fraction's work on Inhumanity and Inhumans are such that "something had to give," according to editor Tom Brevoort. The news is a serious bummer.
Replacing Fraction on FF will be writer Lee Allred, who according to solicits will co-write with his brother, series artist Michael Allred. That FF will remain indelibly Allred is good news, as is the fact that Fantastic Four will welcome back cartoonist Karl Kesel, whose contributions to Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo's work on the title circa 2002-2005 helped make it a classic run. Kesel will collaborate with ongoing artist Mark Bagley.
Marvel has teased that the Inhumans would play a large role in Jonathan Hickman's upcoming Infinity storyline. It seems that wasn't an exaggeration, as today via Entertainment Weekly the publisher announced Inhuman, a new monthly series written by Matt Fraction, which will serve as the centerpiece of an event called Inhumanity. To go with the news Marvel released an image of the characters who'll be at the forefront of the story, illustrated by Steve McNiven and featuring a new look Wolverine, the Winter Soldier, a non-Superior Spider-Man and, interestingly, very few Inhumans.
The announcement, along with comments from Fraction and Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, further enforce the idea of the Inhumans as an analogy for oppressed minorities, and possibly sets them up as the primary metaphor for oppression and alienation in the Marvel Universe, a position previously occupied by the X-Men.
Tuesday marked the second annual Image Expo, the banner event where Image Comics announces its slate of upcoming projects for the year to come. Last year's expo featured announcements of a slew of new comics; this year's had a similar abundance of news, so much of it from established Marvel creators that comics creator Phil Hester took it upon himself to (probably jokingly) announce via Twitter that Marvel's creator-owned imprint Icon "is done."
Bro. Let me tell you about Pizza Dog (also known as Lucky, formerly known as Arrow) and why his spotlight story in the latest issue of his owner's comic "Hawkeye" (also known as "Hawkguy") is one of the best comics ever.
A nominee for this year's Eisner Award for Best Anthology (and last year's winner), Dark Horse Presents has been one of ComicsAlliance's favorite titles since it was relaunched in 2011 to continue the classic and influential series' tradition of showcasing emerging talent alongside some of the best established writers, artists and cartoonists mainstream and underground comics has to offer. Each issue comes with quirky, undiluted excursions into the minds of uniquely talented creators, usually with immersive new serials or idiosyncratic short stories but also in the form of recurring, cult favorite characters and properties for which Dark Horse has served as caretaker for many years.
Look, as much as we all love Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, I think I can state with some degree of confidence that we're all reading Hawkeye just as much to follow the ongoing adventures of his canine cohort and confidant known as Pizza Dog. Sure, he hasn't exactly been front and center through the first year of the book, but that all changes on June 19 in Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye #11.
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