Jem & the Holograms #1
Wow, big week, and not because I’m starting a new job, rather because of all the excellent comics coming out. Plus, some exciting titles on the horizon, from Inio Asano’s A Girl On The Shore, to Boom! releases in June, Faith Erin Hicks’s The Nameless City, and more comics form Cullen Bunn. Let’s do this!
Jem & the Holograms #1 – I have to admit, I never watched Jem, and if I caught any glimpse of it growing up, it’s remembered vaguely. That said, I’m incredibly excited for this title for one simple reason – Sophie Campbell. I discovered her art thanks to Glory (back when she was known as Ross Campbell), and was instantly struck by her line work. I’ve been a fan ever since. Kelly Thompson, I’m admittedly not as familiar with, but has certainly written a few books, and notably is co-writing Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps. In short, this will be a kick-ass comic, starring kick-ass women, and written by kick-ass women. So you should probably get with that! Fashion, art, action, and style coming your way in a few short days! Read More
Giant Days #1
Lots to say about all kinds of things this week, so much so that some of it is getting broken out into a separate post. For the time being let’s talk about all the comics coming out this week, as well as all the debuts that are going to make me super broke this May – see I’m going to this little known thing called the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF)
Giant Days #1 – John Allison is the creator responsible for webcomics the likes of Bad Machinery, Bobbins, and of course Giant Days, which is sadly no longer available online, but physical copies can still be purchased here and here. Why am I providing all of this information? Because while this new series will be new-reader friendly (“If you’re new to the series, the first Boom! Box issue will not leave you high and dry.“), it is also a continuation of those three original issues (says so right here). So if you want to be in the know, you should probably track them down! That said, this new series is positioned to be the next big thing from BOOM! Box. Exciting webcomic creator – check! Awesome artist along to illustrate, namely Lissa Treiman – check! Humor, slice of life, relatable characters, and friendship – check, check, check, and check! Basically you should be giving this a try. Whether you’ve heard of Giant Days before, or not, it should be well worth your time! Easily what I’m most excited for this week! Read More
The small-scale opening arc of Brandon Graham‘s Prophet ends with the Earth Empire awakening, thus setting the stage for a much grander conflict of galactic proportions. With readers now accustomed to Simon Roy‘s art, issue #24 is the first that introduces the rotating cast of artists to the series, each focusing on a different protagonist from here on out.
If you want to follow along, the Prophet vol. 1 trade paperback is $9.99, or you can snag a digital copy of #24 on Comixology for $1.99.
Thanks to everyone who came out to Sunday’s Prophet book club! We’re doing a Part 2 book club in two weeks to talk about the vol. 4 trade paperback. You should come. Read More
Southern Cross #1
Later this week than I would have hoped, but it’s all for good reason! My search for a new job is finally at an end, which hopefully means more time to blog, and more importantly more time for other comics-related projects! Super exciting!
Southern Cross #1 – Becky Cloonan is easily one of my favorite artists, something I’m sure I’ve mentioned a few times. She is also a very good storyteller, something she has especially proven in her creator-owned work, as well as in Gotham Academy (which she co-writes), which certainly has yet to let me down. So what’s different about this title? She’s not co-writing! This is her writing gig (period), alongside artist Andy Belanger and colorist Lee Loughridge. So, yes, this will be something of a test, but how can you go wrong with such a talented team? Plus the intriguing premise doesn’t hurt either! A mystery, a murder, a plenty of weird science fiction to go around! Easily what I’m most excited for this week. Can’t wait go get a copy, and you should to! Read More
With the third issue of Brandon Graham’s Prophet reboot, we reach the climax of this opening three-issue story arc drawn by Simon Roy, and by the end the premise for the rest of the series is finally established. If you haven’t been keeping up, I did a close reading of issue #21 here and #22 here. I welcome you to follow along – the Prophet vol. 1 trade paperback is $9.99, or you can get #23 digitally on Comixology for $1.99.
Just a heads up! If you’re in Washington, DC, Jake will be hosting a Prophet book club at Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle this Sunday. Be there! Read More