Black Magick #1

There are several creative teams that I can recommend to new readers without knowing anything about the content of their books. Brian K. Vaughan, Ed Brubaker, and Gail Simone are up there. So is Greg Rucka. His run on Gotham Central (co-writing with Brubaker) about the police officers negotiating Batman’s city changed the way we…

Clean Room

Clean Room Writer Gail Simone Artist/Colorist Jon Davis-Hunt DC Comics (Vertigo imprint) Gail Simone is a familiar creator to North Carolina Comicon fans. Two years ago, she sat on panels to discuss women in comics and the representation of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender characters. Huge crowds showed up to see her, and her unmistakeable warmth and wit infused…

Paper Girls

Paper Girls #1 Writer Brian K. Vaughan Artist Cliff Chiang Image Comics, Inc Pop quiz: without Googling, name a single bad story Brian K. Vaughan has written. It’s going to be impossible. From Runaways to Y: The Last Man to Ex Machina to Saga, this man has a grasp on character, setting, and tone that…

Tokyo Ghost

Tokyo Ghost #1 Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Sean Murphy Image Comics I cringed when Alan gave me today’s assignment. My exposure to Rick Remender has generally been with his Marvel work on titles like Uncanny X-Force, Uncanny Avengers, Axis, and the Secret Wars miniseries Hail Hydra. His ideas have been good, but his understanding of…

Faster Than Light

Faster Than Light Story and Illustration by Brian Haberlin Image Comics presenting a Shadowline Production Comics readers tend to have a variety of interests, which is part of what I love about this medium. Walking into Ultimate Comics gives you access to as many genres as Barnes And Noble might. Fans of action can hit…

Toil & Trouble #1 review

Toil And Trouble (originally solicited as The Third Witch) Writer: Mairghread Scott Artists: Kelly and Nichole Matthews Archaia (Boom Entertainment) Macbeth was one of my favorite plays in high school. I remember loving the darkness and intrigue, the murder and remorse. But twenty years later, the only parts I recall well are Lady Macbeth washing…

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Adapted by David and Scott Tiption from Nicholas Meyer Art by Ron Josheph IDW Publishing When Alan gave me this week’s assignment, I will admit to giggling. I had never heard of the particular Sherlock Holmes story adapted here, but the cover promised “the astounding joint adventure of Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund…

Archie #2

Archie #2 Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Fiona Staples Archie Comics The Archie relaunch made huge waves last month. A staple for young readers for over fifty years, Archie has become associated with an outdated conservative worldview where teenagers barely even kiss each other and would give a kidney to snag the good booth at the…

DC Bombshells #1

DC Bombshells #1 Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artist: Marguerite Sauvage DC Comics The Bombshells were a popular theme of recent variant covers for DC Comics, a reimagining of major women in the line as 40’s pin-up girls. Sexy women are common on covers, occasionally crossing major lines of taste and stirring up controversy, like the recent…