Ray Fawkes is back, bringing his staple watercolour art to the first issue of The Underwinter. The majority of the book is rendered in a particular style, but Fawkes changes his approach fairly dramatically for a single sequence near the end of the book. It's a similar technique to a few different things I've talked about in this column on other occasions, but there's a very interesting element to it that makes this particular example a little different, and worth further exploration.
Magnus Robot Fighter, Doctor Spektor, and Turok began as the stars of Gold Key Comics, a company that no longer exists. In the 1990s they found a home at the original Valiant Comics, but now they're published by Dynamite. And they're getting a shot in the arm, courtesy of The Sovereigns #0, a 48-page one-shot coming out in April that Dynamite has been teasing over the past couple of days. Priced at only $1, the book comes from creators Ray Fawkes, Johnny Desjardins, Aubrey Sitterson, Chuck Wendig, and Kyle Higgins.
Bloodshot is a man who has problems. A lot of problems. In the past, those problems have involved the usual thing where his body is constantly being subjected to ridiculously over-the-top trauma and the nanites in his blood that rebuild him every time, and the fact that he occasionally hallucinates a cartoon child version of himself called Bloodsquirt.
But in the upcoming Bloodshot Reborn Annual, there's a far more literal and pressing concern: A gigantic, indestructible slasher named "Jacob," who has been terrorizing a camp and needs to be taken down before he machetes any more unsuspecting teens. And yes: that's Jacob, and not... any other name you might be thinking of. Wink wink.
At the end of last year, publisher Joe Pruett and editor Mike Marts launched AfterShock Comics, a new publisher for a new line of creator-owned comics. The first titles to carry the AfterShock banner came from creative talent including Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner; Marguerite Bennett and Ariel Kristantina; and Garth Ennis and Simon Coleby. The publisher made an immediate impression on the comics marketplace, and it's fascinating to watch them grow.
AfterShock has big plans for 2016. It's finding a home at a growing number of retailers, and made its catalogue available digitally on ComiXology, and a slate of new titles are on the horizon. The question is whether a new publisher can carve out an audience. ComicsAlliance spoke to Pruett and Marts to find out how AfterShock came together, and how it plans to move forward. They also revealed three of the new series they will be launching later this year.
One of the problems with the kind of long-form sequential stories that we usually get in superhero comics is that it can be difficult to cultivate a sense of danger. As much as we suspend our disbelief, and as much as comics can be driven by shakeups, there's no real danger for a character when there's an issue coming out next month with their name right there on the cover. If, however, you're looking for a silver lining to the end of the horror-themed Gotham by Midnight, well, it's a book that doesn't have that problem any longer.
As sad as it is to see the series go, Ray Fawkes and Juan Ferreyra are telling a story where all bets are off. With demons running rampant, the Spectre threatening to destroy Gotham City, and no next issue, there's no guarantee that anyone's going to be left on Page 20 --- especially not when Jim Corrigan has a gun to his head. Check out a preview below!
For a character who's been on superhero teams since the '40s, the Spectre sure does tend to cause a whole lot of trouble. I mean, sure, sometimes it's the harmless fun of turning criminals into candles and burning them until the wax melts into a pool of eternal torment, but every now and then, the embodiment of the Wrath of God can go a little too far. Which, you know, is probably something someone should've told the Midnight Shift of the Gotham City Police Department.
Alas, the message seems to have gotten to them too late. When Gotham By Midnight #10 by Ray Fawkes and Juan Ferreyra hits stores next Wednesday, Detective Corrigan is going to have a whole lot of trouble keeping his more wrathful half under wraps. Check out a preview below!
Take the "bald journo in the dirty cyberfuture" of Transmetropolitan, take out the aggro and the orange, and center the story on his desire to please a woman --- a woman who wants, with elegant refinery, to dominate him --- and that's Junction True. In this technorganic near-future, there's... a process that's available, for those who really want to commit to the dom/sub bond. It's dangerous. It's illegal. It's what they want.
ComicsAlliance spoke to Ray Fawkes, who wrote the script for artist Vince Locke, about some of the decisions that went into his creative process.
On November 26th, DC releases the first issue of Gotham By Midnight, a new series by Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith that blends black magic and police procedurals, and exposes the supernatural shenanigans that go on below the surface of Batman's hometown. Along with recent successes Gotham Academy, Arkham Manor, and the newly-revamped Batgirl, the book is part of a substantial overhaul and expansion of DC's Bat-family of titles under editor Mark Doyle.
ComicsAlliance sat down with writer Ray Fawkes to get some insight on what he and Templesmith have planned for Detective Jim Corrigan -- who longtime DC fans know is the original host of the vengeance of God, the Spectre -- and his shadowy squad of GCPD operatives.
Wolverine is dead. I think. Or about to be dead; I'm not actually up-to-date on that book. But either way, one of Marvel's biggest heroes is certainly dying, fictionally-speaking, and he'll be gone from Marvel's books for... an uncertain period of time. Excluding flashbacks and alternate dimensions, maybe. And the possibility that he's not dead.
Killing Wolverine could actually be a smart move for Marvel; the character has been over-exposed for decades, to a degree that dilutes his appeal. Taking him off the board for a period allows the character to rest and come back when people miss him and creators have something new to say about him, and turns his return into an event. The tactic worked well for Captain America and Peter Parker, among others. But Marvel can't ever be completely without Wolverine; that would be crazy. So in January it's launching an ongoing weekly series called Wolverines. Yes, weekly. Yes, plural.
It's Celebrate Bisexuality Day today, also called Bisexual Visibility Day -- a day to celebrate and promote recognition of those who are sexually attracted to people of more than one gender. The day exists because people with non-monosexual queer identities face unusual challenges in being recognized by both mainstream and queer cultures, yet visibility helps break down barriers and encourage acceptance.
In superhero comics, the problem of bisexual invisibility is as ingrained as anywhere; the medium struggles to acknowledge the existence of anything that didn't exist in The Honeymooners or The Andy Griffith Show, unless it's a space god, a shapeshifter, or a parasitic psychic monster. Having a character say, "I'm bisexual" is apparently more implausible than any of those things. There are signs that the industry is changing in this regard -- but slowly, and rather half-heartedly.