From the pages of the very entertaining Metal mini series, DC has decided to launch a grouping of 8 new superhero books. Some of them have characters you are familiar with and some are brand new. There are 4 books out right now:
Damage – Written by Robert Venditti with Art by Tony S. Daniel
The Silencer – Written by Dan Abnett with Art by John Romita Jr.
Sideways – Written by Dan Didio & Justin Jordan with Art by Kenneth Rocafort
The Terrifics – Written by Jeff Lemire with Art by Ivan Reis
Jon and I have read the first four titles and we opine on which books we like and which books need a little more work. We also point out that some of the new characters seem a little familiar (maybe more so than a rival comic company would like). Will this strategy of evoking a pastiche of established characters in their new comics work for DC? We think it will and we explain why.
Welcome back to Comics Misremembered! This week we are going to be talking new comics – specifically comics that may get cancelled if you do not start reading them. We have 4 titles to “sell” you.
Before we get into that, you may have noticed some issues with the Comics Misremembered podcast this week on iTunes such as a lag in updating and the logo missing. This is happening because I am trying to up date some information to iTunes and it is not going according to plan. I will eventually delete the podcast off iTunes and then submit it again so it is updated properly. Keep posted to this website for more details.
Now, on with our review for new comics. These are the 4 titles that we will be talking about:
Marvel’s Vision – written by Tom King with art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Marvel’s The Ultimates – written by Al Ewing with art by Rocafort
Marvel’s Hercules – written by Dan Abnett with art by Luke Ross
Image’s Ring Side – written by Joe Keating with art by Nick Barber
In the podcast, we give you multiple reasons why you will like and continue to read these books so listen to it and give it it the “First Issue Try”. We are sure you will find a title or 4 that you like and want to continue to read.
This week we are “Shining the Spotlight” on artists and writers that are stars but we want them to become mega-stars!! Jon and I have picked a comic writer and a comic artist to review who they are and hopefully, expose them and their fantastic work to a larger audience. We hope by listening to this podcast, we are turning you on to new comics that you may have missed and this is a great opportunity to either catch up or jump on board.
I go first with my artist – Ryan Ottley. You may know him from the comic Invincible by Image. Here is a picture of his work:
If you have not read Invincible, it is written by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and now is a great time to start reading since they are doing this “Reboot” story line. Reboot retells the origin of Invincible and helps get new reads caught up on the previous story lines. I also recommend subscribing to his twitter @RyanOttley just to check out his awesome doodles.
Then Jon talks about Bill Sienkiewicz – former artist of New Mutants and Elektra Assassin. Here is a cover of Elektra:
Jon really likes his unconventional art style and it made a really big impression on him in his youth.
Now we move on to the writers, I start with Larry Hama. You may know him from writing G.I. Joe:
If you have dismissed this book as a “dumb kid’s comic” then you are sorely mistaken. This book is one of the most cerebral and intense modern combat comics out there. You may have read some of Larry’s other work in Nth Man and Captain Bucky O’Hare. Go buy G.I. Joe and read some of his other work. It is well thought out prose mixed with a little humor.
Jon ends the podcast talking about writer, Dan Abnett. He is a prolific novelist and comic writer and has done many novels in the Warhammer 40K universe. He is currently writing Marvel’s Herc. Here is some promo art:
Dan, like Larry Hama, writes intelligent dialogue and stories while also inserting humor. He is a good choice because he has written dozens of comic titles like Legion of Superheroes and Guardians of the Galaxy but Jon and I don’t think he is very well know. I was a fan of his creator owned superhero book: Hypernaturals.
Listen to the podcast to get a richer description on why we think you should search out these writers and artists.