The Unwritten: Apocalypse #10
Doing a bit of double duty this time around since I never got the post done last week. A nice collection of comics to pick up this week, plus a ton of upcoming projects to talk about. Several of these were announced at New York Comic Con, and though I did not get a chance to go, I’m told a good time was had!
The Unwritten: Apocalypse #10 - In December this series will draw to an end with issue #12, in the meantime the final story arc begins here. It’s been a long journey, one that began in 2009, and has netted us one 54-issue series, some oddly numbered specials, a graphic novel, a crossover with Fables, and a 12-issue maxi-series. Arguably, Mike Carey & Peter Gross have gotten to tell their story in style, and what a story it has been! Equally referential, derivative, meta-textual, and somehow through it all still original. Certainly capable of delighting the English literature nerd, but also the casual reader thanks to it’s strong characters and plot development. Without a doubt a worthy addition to the catalog of Vertigo standouts. You must read this series! Read More
So what’s going on this week? A comic is getting an exciting new creative team, a bunch of graphic novels are hitting, plus a few ongoings are debuting. Not enough? How about some exciting comics coming out in 2015, plus a couple of more things to regale your eyes. Let’s do this!
Batgirl #35 – There was only one way for DC to move Gail Simone off of this title without everyone crying foul, and this was it (besides, the upcoming Secret Six makes it even easier). The creative combo of Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr is already electric, at least if the nearly instantaneous following this book received is any indication (months before the first issue even hit shelves!). It’s a new direction, lighter and better aligned with current artistic trends, and it’s making Batgirl a must buy for the first time in ages. The bottom line, you have to get this title! It’s almost certainly going to be amazing! No pressure on the new creative team or anything. Read More
Rafer Roberts holding up a freshly drawn sketch.
Rafer Roberts is a D.C. area creator, member of the D.C. Conspiracy, and contributor to the Magic Bullet free comics newspaper, as well as the mastermind of comics like Plastic Farm and Nightmare the Rat. The latter of which is also about to be very successfully kickstarted, and marks his second crowdfunding success. It’s the story of a nightmarish and mischievous rat (somewhat reminiscent of another famous rodent), and his misadventures in Hell City. Plus it’s an homage to 1900s newspaper strips, something that is well reflected in the kickstarter, whose goal is to print a newspaper-sized edition.
You may have also heard of Roberts thanks to his collaboration with Justin Jordan on Thanos and Darkseid: Carpool Buddies of Doom, or more recently thanks to his backups in X-O Manowar (once more alongside Jordan), or Shutter (alongside Ryan Ferrier).
I got a chance to catch up with him at Baltimore Comic-Con, and chat about all of his many projects, including an upcoming appearance in Imaginary Drugs, coming in January from IDW. Read More
I will eventually catch up on these posts, but that day is not today! However, I did finish writing my coverage of SPX. Meanwhile, we have no debuts this week, but plenty of good comics trucking along that I must highlight! Also, two upcoming comics well worth keeping on your radar. Let’s get this show on the road!
Lumberjanes #6 – This is a special comic-book, I’ve said so before, and I will continue to beat its drum. Want some proof? Not only has it made a huge splash so far, but come December for one issue it will feature art by the likes of Faith Erin Hicks & Emily Carroll (plus more!), alongside the writing talents of Shannon Watters, who co-created the title. Some exciting names indeed, and in the meantime we get closer to the conclusion of the first arc. The mysteries are heightening, and hats being revealed to be so much more! Still wonderfully illustrated by Brooke A. Allen, and smartly written by Grace Ellis & Noelle Stevenson. You most definitely should be reading this title. This is the number one pick this week! Read More