If there's one thing that we're definitely on the record as loving here at ComicsAlliance, it's task forces made up of color-coded heroes --- and it's even better if they all have some sort of specialty. And fortunately for us, we're only a week away from getting a new one in the form of Ashley Wood's String Divers.
Based on a line of action figures from Wood's 3A toys, String Divers follows the adventures of a team that sets out to battle tiny, tiny problems in the "worlds within worlds," apparently by punching them until they are no longer problems. The comic is written by IDW editor Chris Ryall with art by Judge Dredd's Nelson Daniel, and if a premise that sounds like Power Rangers meets Micronauts is something you're into, good news: We've got an exclusive extended preview to check out below!
Assuming that you have any money left after the massive sales that went on during San Diego last weekend, I've got some good news: Comixology is bouncing back after the con with another round of digital dollar books, and this time, they've got a half-off sale featuring the future's greatest lawman, Judge Dredd. Just not the version you might expect.
If you've been reading IDW's Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland, then you already know that the sleepy kid of the title is having a pretty rough time. First he could barely even get to Slumberland before he woke up, then he got caught up in a big parade on his way to the castle, and then everyone fell asleep and he had to make his way through a mind-bending tower of optical illusions. Now, things are getting even worse, as the sleepy young man runs afoul of a giant woman. Or... maybe he's a tiny kid? Listen, Slumberland gets pretty weird.
If you're not reading it, well, maybe you need a little more convincing that Eric Shanower, Gabriel Rodriguez and Nelson Daniel are producing one of the most beautiful comics on the stands, which is why we've got a preview of next week's fourth issue. Check it out below!
As we mentioned back when the first issue came out, IDW's Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland is a comic you really need to check out. In case you've been sleeping on it (ha HA!), Eric Shanower, Gabriel Rodriguez and Nelson Daniel are reviving Winsor McKay's beloved newspaper strip in the form of one of the most beautiful comics on the stands, full of lavish backgrounds and innovative layouts that are every bit as visually engaging as the original.
In all of comics, is there a villain more suited for Halloween than Judge Death? I mean, not only is he a spoooooky skeleton who has committed spoooooky genocide (which, on reflection, might be a level of horror that requires more than five Os), but he's essentially wearing a Halloween'd up version of the hero's costume. It's great.
Unfortunately, the citizens of Mega-City One aren't quite enjoying his presence as much as I am, largely because he's been rampaging through the city with the rest of the Dark Judges, racking up a massive body count. The one thing he hasn't done is kill Judge Dredd himself, and in this week's Judge Dredd #24, the American-made IDW Publishing series by Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel, it turns out that there's a reason for that.
Just in case you're not up to speed on classic newspaper strips, Winsor McKay's Little Nemo is one of the most innovative comics of the 20th century. Originally running in newspapers from 1905 to 1926, it was arguably one of the first real masterpieces of the form, with McKay's surreal dreamscapes taking the form of beautiful imagery and page layouts that creators are still trying to recreate today.
Now, Nemo is returning to the comics page in Return To Slumberland. Not to be confused with the forthcoming Dream Another Dream anthology, this new series from Eric Shanower, Gabriel Rodriguez and Nelson Daniel launches this week from IDW Publishing, and it is beautiful. Seriously, just hands down one of the prettiest comics I've seen in a long time, and even though the first few pages don't quite get into the strangeness of walking beds and stair-step city skylines, I get the feeling that all of that stuff shows up right where the preview ends.
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.
Since its launch in 2012, IDW's Judge Dredd series has served as a great introduction to the character for new readers, while also expanding on the story of Mega-City One's most notable protector in a way longtime readers can enjoy. That can be a difficult balance to maintain, but creators Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel have been up to the task so far, with new stories in the universe of what writer Swierczynski recently described to ComicsAlliance as "the ultimate police procedural."
And the creative team isn't done yet. Far from it, in fact. The upcoming story may be their most ambitious yet, as the two are set to reintroduce the Dark Judges into their series. Further, in addition to Judge Death, Mortis, Fire and Fear, the duo are introducing new Dark Judges in next month's Judge Dredd #17.
One such character is the as-yet-unrevealed Judge Burroughs. IDW has provided ComicsAlliance with a first look at the new Dredd antagonist, which you can check out below.
If you're a new fan of the future's toughest cop, IDW's ongoing Judge Dredd series has provided a pretty great place to jump on. In their ongoing story, Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel have given readers a crash course in Dredd's future-shocking world, taking readers on a dizzying tour through Mega City One as it's attacked by renegade robots, murderous clones and more.
Now, with Judge Death and his genocidal, otherwordly cronies waiting in the wings to pronounce a death sentence on the city, I talked to Sweirczynski about his history with the character, his approach to making such a strange and complicated world friendly to new readers (while keeping it decidedly unfriendly to the people who actually live there) and why Judge Dredd is a lot like ROM: Spaceknight.
As announced at San Diego Comic-Con, IDW's series of all-new Judge Dredd comic has a creative team. Congratulations, Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel: Now you are both The Law (in America, at least)...
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