Monthly Archives: February 2010

DMZ #50

DMZ #50
Vertigo / DC Comics
(w) Brian Woods
(a) Rebekah Isaacs, Jim Lee, Fabio Moon, Ryan Kelly, Lee Bermejo, Riccardo Burchielli, Philip Bond, John Paul Leon, Eduardo Risso & Dave Gibbons
FC 40 pgs w/ ads $3.99 US / Higher in Canada

After the events of last issue, I had excepted something different for the big 50th issue. Instead readers are treated to a bunch of short stories and pin-ups.

DMZ has been one of Vertigo’s best titles. It’s been consistently outstanding and it’s managed to make it to 50 issues, which in this day and age seems to be a miracle for a Vertigo title.

It’s interesting to see all the different artists’ takes on Matty and company but what kind of evil writer is Brian Wood? He ends issue #49 in a massive cliffhanger, which I won’t reveal to all those who read the trade collections, and then he takes a break from the story. It’s evil, pure evil. (Shane Hnetka)

Choker #1

Choker #1
Image Comics
(w) Ben McCool
(a) Ben Templesmith
FC 32 pgs w/ ads $3.99 US / Higher in Canada

This comic has a Fell like feel to it. Of course it helps that Ben Templesmith is the artist on both titles, but since Warren Ellis is too busy with other commitments to continue Fell, this series has the promising aspect of filling the void.

The story follows a disgraced ex-cop called Johnny Jackson who is now a private investigator. He gets a call from his old boss. This leads to Jackson getting a chance at redemption – find a missing criminal who escaped custody and get restored to the force. There also seems to be some supernatural elements hinted at. As always Templesmith’s art is amazing. The comic has a dark noirish look to it that works. This is a six issue mini-series so it will be interesting to see where McCool and Templesmith are going with the story. (Shane Hnetka)

Recommended Picks for February 10, 2010

Hot Pick!
Choker #1
Image Comics
(W) Ben McCool
(A/Cover) Ben Templesmith

Industry superstar Ben Templesmith teams up with writer Ben McCool for this deliciously skewed tale of hardboiled noir.

Johnny “Choker” Jackson, once one of Shotgun City’s most promising police officers, is a bitter private detective with a terrible case of Alien Hand Syndrome. But he’s unexpectedly been offered a job back on the force: provided he can nail a twisted drug dealer selling a very exclusive product. Mature Readers.

FC $3.99

Recommended Pick!
HELLBLAZER: PANDEMONIUM
Written by Jamie Delano
Art and cover by Jock

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the first appearance of John Constantine, Jamie Delano – the very first HELLBLAZER writer – returns for a new original graphic novel! Joining him for the occasion is fan-favorite artist Jock (THE LOSERS), who – for the first time ever – uses the meticulous techniques he’s developed for his Eisner-nominated covers to illustrate a gripping horror story tailor-made for the 21st century.
When an alluring Muslim woman catches Constantine’s eye, she also brings trouble clattering to his doorstep: a bombing in a London museum, mysterious ancient Sumerian artifacts, an unearthly creature running rampant with renegade intentions… To protect his life and freedom, Constantine embarks on a desperate trail sprawling from the back streets of London to the detainment centers of contemporary Iraq – where the man who’s seen everything will see modern-day terror like he’s never imagined.

FC 128pg.
Hardcover
$24.99 US
Mature Readers

Comics Shipping February 10, 2010

In Shops Wednesday – 2/10/2010

Every Monday afternoon at 2pm, PREVIEWSworld.com provides a list of new products arriving in comic that week.

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Hellblazer: Pandemonium

Hellblazer: Pandemonium
Vertigo / DC Comics
(w) Jamie Delano
(a) Jock
FC 128 pgs $24.99 US / Higher in Canada

John Constantine is a bastard.

And nobody knows this better than Jamie Delano. Delano launched the Hellblazer series way back in the 1980’s. He pretty much defined Constantine during his 40 issue run. Every other writer who has written Hellblazer, from Garth Ennis to current writer Peter Milligan has built upon the groundwork that Delano laid. After Delano left the series, he came back for a couple of stand alone issues here and there. He also did a two issue mini-series The Horrorist and a mini-series in 2000 called Hellblazer Special: Bad Blood. And that was the last time Delano wrote about Constantine.

Bad Blood was a future story that dealt with an aging John Constantine and a fight over the monarchy. As with most of Delano’s work Bad Blood was critical of both imperialism and politics. Ten years later and Delano has returned to John Constantine with this graphic novel. It’s a critical look at Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war, the atrocities that war creates and some dark magic thrown in for good measure.
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Siege #2

Siege #2
Marvel Comics
(w) Brian Michael Bendis
(a) Olivier Coipel & Mark Morales
FC 32 pgs w/ ads $3.99 US / Higher Canada

Wow! Now that’s an event issue. It’s all out war for Osborn and his cronies. Thor has been knocked for a loop but is not out of the fight yet. Meanwhile Cap is prepping a team of Avengers to go assist Asgard.

Coipel’s art is amazing and the story is moving at a breakneck pace. Without giving any spoilers away, there are a couple of powerful moments in this issue and the last page is not only awesome, but promises of more awesomeness next issue. I’ve been enjoying DC’s Blackest Night for the most part, but eight issues sure drags out the event. Here we are at the halfway point already in Marvel’s Siege and you now in two issues Osborn is going to fall hard. Damn this is an entertaining series. (Shane Hnetka)

Ultimate Comics X #1

Ultimate Comics X #1
Marvel Comics
(w) Jeph Loeb
(a) Arthur Adams & Mark Roslan
FC 32 pgs w/ ads $3.99 US / Higher in Canada

After slaughtering all the X-men in Ultimatum, writer Jeph Loeb has started the X franchise over. With what’s left of the X-Men permanent members of Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man title, Loeb starts off this series by introducing Wolverine’s son.

This isn’t an ultimate Daken. Jimmy Hudson has been raised by his foster parents, James and Heather Hudson – who are no longer Canadians but American trailer trash living Florida. He’s a teenage hick who races cars and keeps a pet alligator in the trailer park that he lives in. Kitty Pryde shows up and tells Jimmy who he is. The story is just ok – I’m not sure where Loeb is going with this series – other than introducing Jimmy it doesn’t seem to have a direction yet. The main reason I picked this up was for Art Adams’ art which as always is amazing. This first issue didn’t make much of an impression and other than Art Adams, I can’t see any reason to really pick up any other issues. (Shane Hnetka)

Recommended Picks for February 3, 2010

Hot Pick!
Ultimate Comics X #1
Marvel Comics
(W) Jeph Loeb
(A) Art Adams
Covers by Art Adams

Who-or what-is Ultimate X? The answers and even more secrets arrive in the all new Ultimate X ongoing bi-monthly series from the superstar dream team of Jeph Loeb and Art Adams. Wolverine is dead. Captain America is a fugitive. The Fantastic Four are disbanded. Lives have been destroyed, and nothing can ever be the same. Is there any hope left? It all begins with a search for a brand new character whose identity will leave jaws on the floor, and change the Ultimate Universe forever.

FC $3.99

Recommended Pick!
Complete Dracula HC
D. E.
(W) Leah Moore & John Reppion
(A) Colton Worley

Dynamite presents an unprecedented comic book series that tells the complete story of the Lord of the Undead–Dracula! For the first time in 112 years the tale that Bram Stoker intended to tell is told (including ‘Dracula’s Guest’!).

If you thought you knew how it began or how it ends, you were wrong! Writers John Reppion and Leah Moore are joined by painter Colton Worley for a 5 issue odyssey of life, death, and the blood that flows within us all!

This fully painted series features fully-painted art, done in a rich, moody style by Worley, all under covers by modern master John Cassaday! Moore and Reppion also provide bonus material such as script pages, annotations and samplings of the original text by Bram Stoker!

Comics Shipping February 3, 2010

Shipping This Week: 2/3/2010

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Please check with your retailer for availability, as not all new releases may be on sale in all areas at the same time.

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Gotham City Sirens #8

Gotham City Sirens #8
DC Comics
(w) Guillem March & Marc Andreyko
(a) Guillem March
FC 32 pgs w/ ads $2.99 US / Higher In Canada

Where the hell is Paul Dini? Seriously, it feels like every second issue of both Gotham City Sirens and Batman: Streets of Gotham have featured last minute fill-in writers. DC’s solicitations for this issue still read on their site – “Written by Paul Dini; Art and Cover by Guillem March. The Sirens’ dangerous alliance with The Riddler continues! They’re willing to do anything to uncover the truth and protect themselves, but who is the mysterious villain targeting them all for death?”

Truth be told this is only the second fill in issue for Dini on this title, with the other being issue number three. But on Streets of Gotham, there was a two issue of fill-in on issues five and six and now issues eight and nine are a fill in story. Maybe Dini should just focus on one title instead of two? But Gotham City Sirens hasn’t quite lived up to my expectations. Maybe Dini’s Heart of Hush story arc raised my expectations.

This issue is a stand alone issue plotted by artist Guillem March with dialogue by Marc Andreyko. In it, Poison Ivy is once again set up to look like a murderer. Catwoman tries to clear her name. It’s alright and I like March’s art but I’m starting to wonder why I’m buying this series. (Shane Hnetka)