Cover by Alex Maleev
Created and Written by: Rick Remender
Illustrated by: Greg Tocchini
Lettered by: Rus Wooten
Every now and again a story comes along that encapsulates the very essence of human violence. The Last Days of American Crime is just such a chilling tale. Violence, sex, overindulgence, every vice and crime are on full display, and gorgeously illustrated! Remender and Tocchini have crafted a great heist story. Yes, another heist story! But, this one shouldn’t be discounted along with every other one in recent memory — I mean really it’s been done to death. Why though? Because it’s not only well written, but comes up with a clever premise. Not convinced yet? Not impressed by the news that there’s a movie being made? Then read on! Read More
In case you missed it Tony Moore recently sued Robert Kirkman over Walking Dead, and it stirred up all kinds of comments and reactions. Most notably an exchange on Twitter between Rick Remender and Cory Walker where they argued if designing characters is enough to constitute ownership. Walker collaborated with Remender on Strange Girl, an Image series from 2005. The twist is that Walker quit the project before the first issue was even fully conceived, and Eric Nguyen replaced him and provided art for all 18 issues of the comic. Walker’s contribution boils down to character designs and sketches. This exchange on Twitter is certainly not about to explode into another lawsuit, but it raises an interesting question, just what defines ownership of an idea?
Should Walker receive credit for being the first to put pencil to paper and transforming Remender’s words into images, or does all the credit go to Eric Nguyen, who did the hard work of illustrating 18 issues? For that matter how much credit should go to the artist, over the say the writer. To take this even a step further, how much credit goes to whatever influenced the creators in the first place. I’m sure many have found themselves reading stories, only to find many or few elements borrowed from elsewhere. What then even constitutes a new idea? Is it turtles all the way down? Read More
Cover by Leinil Francis Yu with Dean White
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Greg Tocchini
Colorist: Dean White
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
I’m glad that Rick Remender is writing comics, and further so to see that Marvel is giving him three to write. I never thought that X-Force would be essential reading, yet here we are. Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost were not easy to follow-up, theirs was a solid run, but Remender has taken it a step above. So the pressure is on, a new storyline is well underway, and it begs the question — will live up to the quality established over 20+ issues?
The Dark Angel Saga is over, but it’s consequences are in full swing. At the start of this series Read More