Top 5 Darwyn Cooke Comics
Spanning decades, publishers, genres, and themes, it’s impossible to discount Darwyn Cooke’s impact on the artistry and narrative of the medium. Cooke’s style — a simplified yet powerful homage to the artistry of the Golden Age — has been a refreshing cornerstone of DC and popular comics since the 1990’s.
Captain America: Civil War
You already know the story, so I won’t waste too much time on it: Captain America: Civil War serves as Avengers 2.5, pulling together nearly every Avenger, past, present, and future.
Eric Powell’s Albatross Funnybooks Returns
Just reading The Goon felt fun and fresh and original, and it was never too hard to imagine that that was how Eric Powell must have felt when he was creating it. In return, Powell got a lifetime reader in me. And that lifetime reader woke up to some pretty awesome news this morning: Powell is pushing his independent comic publisher Albatross Funnybooks into top gear.
Dept H #1
Based on the first issue alone, it would be difficult to sum up the story of Dept H in a way that sounds complete. In the most simplest terms, it’s a bottle mystery, wherein an outside investigator — Mia — is called in to a sealed research facility on the ocean floor to solve a murder. But there’s so much more going on here than an isolated whodunit.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Now, I have to address this one last issue. Contrary to popular belief, no one is ever more excited about comic book movies than comic book readers. With this, though, comes a certain degree of understanding. Comic book fans know that liberties will be taken with the properties they have been reading for decades. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but no one walks into a theater expecting to love a comic book movie more than these fans.
The Discipline #1
The subject is suspect and the themes and topics are iffy at best, but it has a number of things going for it: first, it’s published by Image, it hosts a duo of creators I’m not immediately familiar with, and this comic looked like it was at least attempting to try something interesting or uncommon. At least, reading about it online and in Previews, I was led to believe that much.
Criterion Critique: Chasing Amy
Why is Chasing Amy so extremely reviled by yours truly? The answer could be as simple as it’s just a lousy film but on top of that, its a ridiculously typical, bordering on downright offensive film.
Aided by his Roche Limit colorist counterpart Matt Battaglia, now on full-fledged artist duty as his first full-length illustrated work, Moreci is tackling murder, conspiracy, politics, cults, and the apocalypse in this new series from Z2 Comics.
10 Cloverfield Lane
If you’re expecting a sequel — or even some tiny notion of connectivity between 10 Cloverfield Lane and it’s namesake — then you’re in for disappointment. If you’re unlike me and closer resemble everyone else who saw Cloverfield, then that may work in your favor.
In Plutona, Jeff Lemire is giving the superhero genre the same treatment he gave to the post-apocalypse in Sweet Tooth, and Lenox is blazing the path.