You Read These With Your Eyes! // Nov 27th, 2013

If it's good enough for Elvis, it's good enough for you, dammit.

Every week, Comics! The Blog goes through the list of new releases and we tell you which comics to plug into your mindhole. Your mileage may vary.

First up, I apologize for skipping out on last week’s list. If you’re looking for excuses, I have them, but they’re not becoming of an aspiring professional. You want to write for a living? Folks could generally give a shit about the bad things that may or may not have happened to you – they just care that they have a hole in their schedule, and that you caused it. So let’s not do that again, shall we? Onwards.

Black Science #1

You Read These With Your Eyes! // November 6th, 2013

If it's good enough for Elvis, it's good enough for you, dammit.

Every week, Comics! The Blog goes through the list of new releases and we tell you which comics to plug into your mindhole. Your mileage may vary.

AMAZING X-MEN #1 (Marvel Comics)

Adjectives, ahoy!

Now that the prerequisite “ha ha Marvel loves their descriptors” joke is out of the way, let’s get to the nutmeat, shall we? Jason Aaron is launching a brand new X-Men title this week along with the incredible Ed McGuinness. The book will feature the return of Nightcrawler to the comic’s page, as well as a culmination of stories Aaron has been working on since his days on Wolverine. Thematically, it’s going to continue the writer’s through-line of dealing with deities and the notion of an afterlife in the Marvel Universe. It’s also going to touch upon just what the hell those Bamfs are, and what they’ve been up to since Wolverine opened his school. All that and COMEDY! TRAGEDY! Amazing Ed McGuiness art! How can you go wrong?

Best of the Week // Deadly Pretty

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Happy Tuesday!  Isn’t it better than Monday, which had SHOCKINGLY LITTLE CONTENT FROM ME, thus making you smile and nod at Brandon “I Was Published at ComicsAlliance with a Really Remarkably Great Piece” Schatz?  Ugh, the worst.  I’ll never leave you temporarily for the greener pastures of the big time.  Actually, that’s 100% false.  I would leave all you animals in a heartbeat.  But that’s a ways off!  In the meantime, how about I write about a great comic for you?

Anyway, this week we’re trying something new – splitting up the Best of the Week post into three in order to drive more content and provide more focus on each individual title we spotlight. We hoped you liked it, and if not, well, you didn’t pay for it, did you?

Recommendation: Pretty Deadly #1

Pretty Deadly #1

“Bunny, do you remember when we met?”

It’s never good enough. The screen mocks you, the keys stare at you and everything is shit. Why do people pretend to like what you do? When are they going to reveal the elaborate ruse that’s been going on for years? When will they finally tell me it was all a joke, that they were just seeing how long I would write before I either stopped or they had enough?

These are questions that haunt me. They are questions that haunt many creators as well.

In the back pages of this comic, after the song has been sung, Kelly Sue admits to being afraid. Her particular fear is falling, which she then uses to tell a story of her life leading up to the creation of Pretty Deadly and what making this series means to her. There’s fear in these words. There’s fear in each and every letter of the comic that proceeded these words. Some would let that fear stifle and stall, but here it is in my hands: Pretty Deadly #1. At it’s core, this is a book about strength, despite fear and failure, both perceived and real.

It’s one of the most gorgeous books I’ve ever read.

You Read These With Your Eyes! // October 23rd, 2013

 If it's good enough for Elvis, it's good enough for you, dammit.

Every week, Comics! The Blog goes through the list of new releases and we tell you which comics to plug into your mindhole. Your mileage may vary.

PRETTY DEADLY #1 (Image Comics)

“Death’s daughter rides the wind on a horse made of smoke…”

That’s a line I pulled from the solicitation text for this issue. Elsewhere in the text is the promise that this series will marry the magical mysticism of Sandman with the western vengeance of Preacher – a bold claim, but one that seems to be completely true. Every tiny morsel of information that has seeped onto the internet from writer Kelly Sue Deconnick and artist Emma Rios emboldens my sense of anticipation, and having just started my journey through Sandman (yeah, you heard me), I can see how the comparison can be made. This book looks and feels lush and lyrical, DeConnick’s scripting matching Emma’s liquid-brush line in sense of flow. It’s definitely the book that I am most excited to read this week – and considering the lineup, that’s saying something.

Pretty Deadly #1

Podcast! The Comics, Episode 82 – Karaoke Talk with Kelly Sue DeConnick

We're trouble.

You crazy for this one, Rick! (Because Kelly Sue is back!)

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