It’s the first podcast of the new decade! Happy 2020 everyone!
We will be covering a comic this week and it is a very interesting one – in both story and format.
The comic is called Sara – it is the tale of a Russian sniper during WW II. It is written by Garth Ennis with art by Steve Epting and coloring by Elizabeth Breitweiser. It is published by TKO Studios.
The format of this comic is very interesting to me. TKO Studios has a very unique business model. They only release 6 issue stories and they release the issues all at once. You can purchase them in a trade paperback or in 6 issues in a collectors case. Their model is binge reading. Here are some of Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser’s work on the covers:
As I mentioned, the story is great – a well paced story with moments of quiet introspection juxtaposed with pages of violent action. Here is an example of the interior art work. Garth’s words and Epting/Breitweiser’s interiors make this book a pleasure to read.
Jon and I highly recommend picking up this book. We talk about the pros and cons of TKO’s business models and does it make us want to purchase more of their products? (spoilers – it does).
There are new titles coming out every month so Jon and I are taking some time in 2019 to tell you about a few of them. We will be reviewing 4 new books that came out between December 2018 – January 2019.
I do 2 reviews and Jon does 2 reviews. I thought we enjoyed all 4 books but Jon surprised me and slipped in a last minute replacement of a book he bought and did not enjoy. This week it’s 3 recommendations and a pass.
I will list the books in the order of the reviews and who is doing the review:
Review #1 – Jon (recommendation)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 and 2
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Juan Cabal
Review #2 – Jim (Recommendation)
The Warning #1 – 3
Writer and Artist: Edward Laroche
Publisher: Image Comics
Review #3 – Jon (pass)
X-Men: The Exterminated (one shot)
Writers: Chris Claremont, Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson
Artists: Neil Edwards, Ramon Rosanas
Review #4 – Jim (recommendation)
Marvel Comics Presents #1
Writers: Charles Soule, Greg Pak and Ann Nocenti
Artists: Paulo Siqueira, Tomm Coker and Frederico Blee
Please listen to the podcast to see why we recommend (and pass) on these new comics. Go to your local comic shop (or online) and check them out now!