Now more than ever, representation matters. When we see ourselves in stories, the feeling is nothing short of magical. I’ve put together a short list of graphic novels featuring black, brown, and queer readers that are worth looking into. This of course, is just the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned to learn about more comics featuring people of color in leading roles. For now, happy reading!Continue reading “10 Graphic Novels for Black, Brown, and Queer Readers”
Writers: Kieron Gillen and Jim Rossignol
Illustrator: Jeff Stokely
Published: April 1, 2020
‘The Ludocrats’ promises to be a story so astonishingly outrageous that it will chase boredom away faster than a shadow ninja chasing a T-Rex on a solar-powered hoverboard. Strap yourselves in friends because ‘The Ludocrats’ takes place in a world where people fought in the Hemispheric Boredom Wars in order to bring about the Ludicrous Revolution. Naturally being boring and predictable became an offense so terrible that it could lead to one’s death. Seventy-Nine Eldritch Hyper Pope’s later, something is amiss and the future of the Ludocratic dynasty is at stake.Continue reading “‘The Ludocrats’ #1 Is Ludicrous, And I Love It”
The Flash is heading to the big screen sometime this century. Shocking, I know. After years of delays and set backs, the Scarlet Speedster will star in his own feature film in 2022. There are not a lot of details about the script at the moment, and we don’t know who the big bad might be, but that’s okay. We’ve waited this long for The Flash to be green-lit, we can wait a little longer to find out what the plot points will be.Continue reading “Slowest Man Alive: ‘The Flash’ Movie Finally Has a Release Date”
Just ahead of election season, the fan-favorite political cartoons of creator Kieron Dwyer (Last of the Independents, LCD: Lowest Common Denominator) will be collected into a hardcover titled, Unpresidented, and available from Image Comics this April 2020.
Taking aim at hypocrisy, greed, stupidity and cultural chaos in the age of Trump, Unpresidented features a wide range of sharp-witted illustrations lampooning the bizarre course of American politics and culture since the fateful escalator ride of 2015.
“Even as a young kid, I’ve always been drawn to editorial and political cartoons, both in style and substance. The exaggerated and loose qualities of them appealed to me much in the same way that the work of Mort Drucker and Jack Davis did in MAD Magazine,” said Dwyer. “The economy of information in an excellent editorial cartoon is, in my opinion, the highest form of graphic storytelling. In most ways, that is what I strive for in all my illustration work: simplicity and essence, true communication. Even before my professional comics career, my first published works were the editorial cartoons I did for my high school newspapers, both the official one and the anti-establishment underground one put out by myself and several friends. I feel I’ve just been refining that storytelling craft my entire life, but events over the last few years have had a catalytic effect on me and compelled me to express my feelings in this particular medium.”
Fans of political humor and social commentary should not pass Unpresidented by.
Unpresidented (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1587-7) will be available on Wednesday, April 29 and in bookstores on Tuesday, May 5. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shops on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.
Unpresidented will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
Depending on the report you read, Sony and Disney have parted ways over money or scheduling. Which means our favorite neighborhood Spider-Man has left the MCU and is working with the little guy once more. Spidey has had success as a solo act before and I think Sony can pull it off again.
I mean, okay. Sony also made some err… interesting choices in the past, but they seem to be on a better path now. There are two more Spider-Man films in the works and Tom Holland is still attached to those, so I’d say we are off to a good start. If you’re still worried about Spider-Man’s future now that Disney removed Kevin Feige, just remember, Sony was able to pull off “Into the Spider-Verse” without Feige.
I’m curious to see what Sony will do, but I’m also disappointed we won’t see Spider-Man team up with any of Disney’s collection of super-heroes…for now. I’ve read hundreds of comic-books. I have a pretty good feeling I know what’s going to happen a few issues down the line in this will they/won’t they storyline.
Detective Comics No.27
The Bat-Man: The Case of the Chemical Syndicate
Publication Year: May 1939
Writer: Bill Finger
Artist: Bob Kane
The year, 1939. The place, Commissioner Gordon’s living room. A young Bruce Wayne sits comfortably in an armchair smoking a pipe as he casually asks if there are any exciting developments in town. The Commissioner begins to talk about a puzzling new figure, the Bat-Man, when they are interrupted by a phone call. Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: Detective Comics No. 27”
Story: Christopher Sebela
Art: Ro Stein, Ted Brandt
Publisher: Image Comics
Christopher Sebela and his team imagine a world in which the Purge goes digital. Rather than saving all your pent up rage for one day a year, ‘Crowded’ creates a reality in which you can put out a hit on anyone at any time via the Reapr App. Once the campaign is opened, the target has two options:
1. Contemplate their life choices and await death’s arrival.
2. Hire a bodyguard on the Dfend App and pray they survive the next 30 days.
Writers: Ken Spevergav and Obie Scott Wade
Art: Steve Beach
Colors: Jay Fotos
Publisher: Sabotage Industries
Earth has chosen her new champion and it isn’t mankind. The Sarx, a new race of skinless homo sapiens with mysterious powers, have been selected to take over as stewards of the planet.
Shed, a graphic sci-fi horror comic, deals with man’s potential downfall due to willful intolerance. Nature may have selected the Sarx, but man may be choosing his own extinction.
SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER! #1
Cover: Andrew Robinson
Publisher: Image Comics
‘Shirtless Bear-Fighter’ #1 is just as ridiculous as its title suggests. Maybe even more so. Between the superhero origin story that features a baby with a full grown beard and a bribe of two tons of
pancakes flapjacks to fight rogue bears, it’s hard to get through the issue without stopping every page to laugh at the sheer lunacy of the plot.
Of course, this is what makes Shirtless Bear-Fighter worth reading in the first place.
Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #1
Cover: Valentine De Landro
Publisher: Image Comics
In its first anthology, Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #1 successfully expands the Bitch Planet universe by placing working women in the spotlight. Being a woman is a challenge in and of itself. Heading to the workplace only adds to the number of ways “rebellious” women can be called out for their “noncompliance.” Three women who find themselves in precarious workplace situations are Lupe, Anna, and Leslie.