This weeks podcast has a theme of humor. I just want to take a moment and say how thankful I am that it’s cool to have a sense of humor again. For a while comics seemed to be awfully bleak, dark, dreary, and sometimes just downright depressing. It seems that Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber really paved the way for humor to be acceptable in comics, or at least, in mainstream comics.
Marvel is a giant corporate entity, you can tell that often they will go with whatever is trending or seems to get getting light in the industry. It was a big surprise when the superior foes of spider-man made its début and had this vastly different feel. For one, it was a comic that followed a group of b-grade villains, second, it was a comic that was a comedic crime caper. It has such a different feel and tone than almost everything else at the time; to me it was honestly a huge breath of fresh air. Say what you will about Marvels “all-new” initiatives it has taken over the last couple years, in this instance, it was actually true. I can’t help but say that to me, this comic is a true work of genius.
This week saw the release of Nick Spencer & Steve Lieber’s new collaborative effort dubbed “the Fix”. I knew from the day that it was announced that I would be picking up this book, and now that the book is out I can honestly say it was well worth the wait. Everything that I loved about the Superior Foes comic lands in this title, and then is capitalized on and exaggerated until you you reach this perfect concoction of drama, crime and comedy. I can’t wait for subsequent issues, this will always be at the top of my pull list as long as it’s on shelves.
I don’t know if you’ve had the chance to check out any of the news that came out of Image Expo this year, but there are definitely some books to keep an eye out for over the next year. I for one am very excited for all of them, but there are a couple that stand out as titles that I will absolutely need to pick up.
Specifically, I am most excited for this small list:
- Winnebago Graveyard – Alison Sampson & Steve Niles
- Lake of Fire – Nathan Fairbairn & Matt Smith
- the Divided States of Hysteria – Howard Chaykin, Aburtov, Ken Bruzenak
- Surgeon X – Sarah Kenny & Karen Berger
- Kill or Be Killed – Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser
- the Black Monday Murders – Jonathan Hickman
- Moonshine – Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso
- Motor Crush – Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Steward, Babbs Tarr (aka, batgirl superteam)
It should also be noted that at the expo Image also brought into light that they are launching a program called “Creators for Creators” which offers funding and advice from the pros. Added benefits include legal advice as well. Image and Iron Circus may even use the program as a platform to offer publishing deals as well. Keep an eye on CreatorsForCreators.org
Also, just as a heads up, Image is running a sale on hundreds of first issues for only .99 each on their website.
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