The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor & the Ship That Sank Twice
SPX was fantastic, more on that soon, but I have so much to read that I don’t even know where to begin. Not making matters any easier are all the comics coming out this week, chief among them being a new chapter of The Unwritten written by the amazing Mike Carey. Also, new projects for Ming Doyle and James Robinson, more DC-shenanigans, and the spin-off no one saw coming.
The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor & the Ship That Sank Twice - I love The Unwritten. It’s an excellent comic-book mixed in with a ton of literary references! Mike Carey and Peter Gross have crafted a strong ongoing, and one that has remained a bright spot in the otherwise currently lackluster Vertigo catalog. This graphic novel should expand the universe, while also providing a fairly neat jumping on point for new reader – one that should offer a good taste of what it’s all about. Quality series, plus jumping on point, this one is a no-brainer! Read More
American Vampire: Anthology #1
Ugh… I need to start getting these done earlier! But, that’s not the point! This week! New American Vampire, and from an all-star team at that! A comic-book long forgotten to delays returns! The Justice League moves, apparently, and it leads to many conflicted feelings. And much, much more, including DC actually releasing something long awaited, that may be amazing!
American Vampire: Anthology #1 - This is the book that introduced me to Scott Snyder. It was his first hit, and remains one of my favorite recent comic-books. I find it hard to believe that I’m saying this about a book starring vampires – boy, has that been done to death, and yet here I am! The mixture of horror and American history is where Scott Snyder is most at home, and in this one he gets to bring some friends along too! Becky Cloonan!, Gabriel Ba! Fabio Moon! Jeff Lemire! Greg Rucka! Gail Simone! Easiest buy I’ll make all year! Read More
Cover by Charlie Adlard
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Penciler & Inker: Charlie Adlard
Gray tones: Cliff Rathburn
Letterer: Rus Wooton
“We’ve been surviving in order to reach this moment, this discovery, the Hilltop… This is our future.”
If this quote is reminiscent of John Winthrop’s Shining City Upon a Hill that is likely not accidental. That concept originated in 1630, and has been connected to an ideal society, as well as notions of American Exceptionalism. More importantly it denotes the desire of a group of people to live a life as best as they can, and as an example to all that would follow. Which is precisely the sort of thing that Rick is trying to get at — no longer must they just survive, but live. Not bad for a story that’s set in a zombie infested world. Kirkman’s story has never really been about zombies, but rather about the characters inhabiting that world. Now though, it looks like a new layer of complexity is finally being unveiled. Read More
Earlier this year I decided to apply for a press pass to C2E2. I didn’t expect to get one, after all back then my blog had only been up for a little while. To my surprise, I was approved, and so five days ago I flew to Chicago for my first Con ever. That’s right, I’ve never been to one before, but fortunately all of that changed this year. Whatever concerns I had were quickly washed away and in short it was amazing. I’ve come back with much reading material, which I will be writing about in the days to come, many pictures, which will likewise be posted in short order, and many other impressions and opinions. For instance, who knew Archaia Entertainment was so awesome? I didn’t, but in my mind they were the clear winner of the Con. Yep, take that DC and Marvel, more on that after the jump. Read More
Hey look at that, the season finale is next week, clearly this means it’s time to clean house and get the plot moving some more. Much like last week’s episode, there’s a lot of talking, followed by a shocking ending, which also incidentally sets up the season finale.
Before I get into the spoilers, I have to say that this season really could have been done in six-seven episodes without losing anything significant. I was really excited when I first found out that season two would be seven episodes longer than the first. In retrospect that’s about the worst thing that could have happened, especially coupled with budget cuts and Frank Darabont leaving. Less is often more, particularly when more means hanging out on farm and experiencing high school level drama (i.e. “who’s my baby’s dady!?!”).
Enough about that! So what happened this week? If you’re afraid of spoilers turn back now, otherwise read on. Read More