Archive for October 17th, 2011
Brad Huffman-Parent on Oct 17, 2011
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Writer: Glenn Arseneau
The first time I read The Price, I finished in complete confusion about what happened. It didn’t seem to make any sense. So I read it a second time, and with the knowledge of my first reading (and the ending) I started to pick up subtle things in the background and art. (Page 9 is a perfect example of this. If you’re reading digital, zoom in and check it out. I’m not sure if this would be as effective in print.) My third reading was just for fun and to see what else I could pick up between the lines. I can’t fault the story for my initial confusion, since all of the elements of understanding are there, you just don’t realize that until the end. I’d put it in the category of stuff like Sixth Sense or Inception, where multiple viewings are required to get the full picture.
After a few reads, I realized that my reaction to my first read was probably exactly what Arseneau was aiming for. I felt all the confusion and disorientation that Erin was feeling, taking the journey with her instead of just watching her as an observer. I was in the story and not just reading it. It’s not always a pleasant feeling for a reader, but once you realize what it is, it’s very rewarding.
I love the art here and it’s perfect for the story. The style reminds me a bit too much of Ben Templesmith, but I like Templesmith so I won’t complain. There’s some very subtle stuff in the coloring that hints at what’s really happening, but again, that’s something you might not notice the first time.
When I read a comic these days, I look at it through three sets of eyes—first as a lover and long time reader of comics. Second as a creator of comics trying to get my own creative work out to the world. And third as a reviewer and critic, whether it’s something I’m reading to review or just for my own pleasure. As a creator and critic I took the time required to look deeper and enjoy this. It’s my “common reader” eyes that worry me here. Maybe I don’t have enough faith in today’s common reader, but I don’t think they would give this the time and attention required to truly enjoy it.
I appreciate the story much more looking back on it now than I did while reading it. I’m having more fun going back and analyzing it than I did reading it. That’s a good time for me, but not for everyone. So I really can’t recommend it for everyone.
Final word—if you want quick, mindless fun, find it somewhere else. If you want to challenge yourself to think a bit, experience something a little different, and be left with a story that’s still in your head long after you finish reading, this book is for you.
StephenJondrew on Oct 17, 2011
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Very Soon, Your World Is Going To Be Broken.
FANTASTIC FOUR #600 (SEP110551)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by STEVE EPTING, LEINIL YU, CARMINE DIGIANDOMENICO, FAREL DALRYMPLE & MING DOYLE
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
FOC – 10/31/11, ON SALE 11/22/11
FF #12 (SEP110556)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
FOC – 11/7/11, ON SALE – 11/30/11
StephenJondrew on Oct 17, 2011
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It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for and in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #4, Miles Morales comes face to face with a character that will alter his life forever! Courtesy of the blockbuster creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli & Justin Ponsor, the mainstream phenomenon Miles Morales learns exactly it means to be a hero from the person who defined it for his generation.
Fans and critics can’t get enough of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man!
“The future of Marvel is Miles Morales. And he’s exactly who Spider-Man should be in 2011.” – Brett White, ComicBookResources.com
“With some stellar artwork and a character that is extremely relatable, this is a different Spider-Man for a new generation. Unsure, unfocused, and more than a little scared over his new power, I’m definitely with Miles Morales for the long haul.” – David Pepose, Newsarama.com
“Sara Pichelli again makes a case for her being superhero comics’ next big thing, offering up simple and clean page layouts with some of the most expressive character work out there.” – Joey Esposito, IGN.com
In Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #4, get your first look at Miles as he learns the hard way that being a super hero is a lot harder than it looks. What is the secret behind his new powers and how will he master them? No fan can miss Miles Morales hitting the streets of the Ultimate Comics Universe for the first time in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #4!
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #4 (SEP110520)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by SARA PICHELLI
Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
FOC – 10/17/11, ON SALE 11/9/11
StephenJondrew on Oct 17, 2011
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Berkeley, CA – 13 October 2011 – Soon, a comic book odyssey will reachit’s final conclusion. The much anticipated finale of THE INFINITE HORIZON, thecritically acclaimed Image Comics miniseries created by writer GerryDuggan and artist Phil Noto and based on Homer’s The Odyssey has finallyreturned. In just a couple weeks, the penultimate issue of their futuristic storyof a war-weary soldier will arrive in stores, with the final issuecompleted and ready to ship out on time in November.
“I’m so glad to bring it back to the fans,” said Duggan.”We had such a fantastic reception for the series, and it’s just sosatisfying to finally see it shipping again. We apologize for the delay inpublication, but when we realized the last two issues were going to be late, wereally embraced it. Committing to a multi-year gap in publication was hopefullya very immersive experience for fans of our comic inspired by ‘TheOdyssey’.”
“Gerry’s full of shit. Now you see what I put up with. We’re gladTHE INFINITE HORIZON is completed, and we hope you enjoy it. It feels good tobe be back. I just can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction to the end!”
THE INFINITE HORIZON takes place in the not-too-distant future andbegins with a small group of abandoned soldiers being led home by one man: TheCaptain. To get back, he’s had to cross half the globe and endure deadlyencounters with many enemies including the Cyclops, the Sirens… and the lastbreaths of a great and horrible war.
Now that the final two chapters of this epic are upon us at last,there will be many new dangers on the last leg of The Captain’s journeyhome! Now he must avoid the siren song of a post-apocalyptic cult andsummon all of his remaining strength for one final, bloody battle to save hiswife and son from criminals.
The praise critics have already given the series included enthusiasticrecommendations such as these:
“…occasionally, a writer can tap into what makes the originalstory so special and is able to fit it into a new and exciting scenario. THEINFINITE HORIZON is that kind of modernization. …This was some heavy shit:topical, resonant, and possibly one of those stories that sticks with you longafter its over.” Ain’t It Cool News
“Writer Duggan’s vision of a broken world is so grimly believablethat it’s hard not to feel guilty about the many thrills to be found in histale.” Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly
“The art from Phil Noto completely compliments the story. Hiswork perfectly represents the harshness and danger of the Middle East, thetension and distrust back home, and the grim determination and desperation ofthe characters…” Dominic Davies, The Escapist Magazine
“This is one of those comics that prove that comics can be betterthen TV, movies, or books.” Geoff Collins, Comics Bulletin
“THE INFINITE HORIZON is a smart, mature story about ahusband and father’s single-minded mission to return home from a lost war inthe Middle East as the world falls apart around his ears. The story isgripping. The characters are believable.” Comic Book Junkie
“…a must-buy title that reinterprets one of the great texts ofWestern Civilisation within an all too believable vision of a proto-apocalypticfuture, while still paying dues to the original on all the rightbeats.” Matt Sargeson, Comics Bulletin
“Every couple of years or so a book comes along with a premise soinsanely strong, yet overtly obvious, that both the readership and contemporaryauthors alike collectively bang their hands against their heads and scream,’Why didn’t I think of that!’” IGN
THE INFINITE HORIZON #5 (AUG110430), a 32-page full-color dramatic warepic for $2.99, will be on sale in stores October 26, and THE INFINITEHORIZON #6 (JUN082262) is available for order now in the November issue ofPreviews. Issues #1-4 are also available for reorder now.
ABOUT GERRY DUGGAN
Gerry Duggan received the education he needed to write in Hollywood froma steady diet of comic books and Late Night With David Letterman. He didn’tknow that…so he also spent money on a pricey diploma from Emerson College.Currently Duggan writes and produces several hundred hours of live TV a year onAttack Of The Show. He hopes 2012 will see the publication of two newcreator-owned books from Image.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to becomeone of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently hasfive partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri andJim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions,Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishescomics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and styleimaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction,historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working inthe medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.