This year was, unquestionably, a beautiful success in the world of visually stunning comic book art. The sheer amount of gorgeously illustrated, and intensely inspiring, works being created by insanely talented individuals seemed to be at a remarkable high. So, the idea of choosing just a few artists to represent this year’s “Best” could seem like an excruciatingly trying task, given the myriad of admirable choices available. Fortunately, the process couldn’t have been more simple and painless, and the artists chosen couldn’t be more deserving.
Ranked for the sake of competition and good old heated discussion, here’s my list for this year’s Top 3 Comic Book Artists of 2013. READ MORE
December has just about reached completion, which means it’s time to take a look back at the best this year had to offer in comic book cover art. If there was ever an industry where judging a book by its cover was considered perfectly acceptable and often times encouraged, it’s most definitely this one (though still unfortunate). After meticulously perusing through an obscene amount of solicitations, from a multitude of publishing companies, over these past 12 months, I’ve managed to compile my Top 10 List of the Best Comic Book Covers of 2013. What are yours? READ MORE
Top ten lists are always a challenge, not only deciding which books grace the list, but also where in the list the book belongs. This list is purely my favourite series’ of this past year. Some started new, others continued on from 2012. Whether you agree or not is your call, but there are no ifs, ands, or buts that 2013 was an epic year for the comic industry. READ MORE
the holiday spirit is running rampant. There’s a shit load of snow on the ground (at least where I am) and everyone is outside spreading good cheer. Except me, I’m locked away in my basement gorging myself on the buffet of comics being released this time of here. My most anticipated holiday release chose to drop this week to drop, and “Saga” is an early Christmas gift indeed. READ MORE
If you’re like me and have no plans of leaving your house on Black Friday weekend, you can still reap the rewards online and Image Comics is helping your lazy ass. Head over to imagecomics.com for 50% off DRM-free digital editions of Image Comics purchased through midnight Cyber Monday, 12/2. This includes books like “Saga”, “The Walking Dead”, “Revival”, and more.
It’s my favourite time of the month again as BKV and Fiona Staples roll out another issue of their science fiction/fantasy epic, “Saga”. The plot has come around full circle as Prince Robot IV is nearing his destination, this books ending tee’s the up the December issue perfectly leaving little doubt that shit will hit the fan. READ MORE
One of the most intriguing and raw comic books on the market is back this week with its 15th issue. “Saga” has all the qualities that could make it one of the all-time great books of our time. The past few issues slowed down a bit, giving us insight into the characters thoughts. but this book really pushes the pace. Brian K. Vaughan continues to build his world up as he introduces new characters to the mix, and Fiona Staples rocks the art as per usual. READ MORE
Finally after a wait that seemed like an eternity, “Saga” returns to the scene in fantastic fashion. This book is a genre mesh of epic proportions but for those unfamiliar with this title; picture “The Lord of the Rings”, “Firefly”, and “Star Wars” having some sort of weird love triangle baby and “Saga” is what you would get. The team behind this series is mind blowing in every way shape and form. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples put on a how-to-make-a-masterpiece clinic. I have nothing but praise for these two. READ MORE
This month’s issue of Saga has been the topic of some controversy due to the vulgar nature of Fiona Staples art; oddly enough this style is also a reason why her art is so appealing. I’ve heard talks of comic shops not allowing this “Saga” into their stores, and for a brief stint the popular comic website ComiXology was not offering the book on Apple devices. This outrageousness is a shame because it overshadows the incredible chapter that is Saga #12. READ MORE
Due to a “provocative” scene that appears on the first two pages of Saga #12, Apple has banned all digital sales on the issue for their devices. The images are not tame, but who cares? I can surf the web for porn on my iPhone, but I’m not allowed to pay for a comic book that is far less scandalous? I read the issue already and I didn’t even notice the cocks until they were pointed out. You can see the ejaculating penises below as well as a statement from BKV himself.
UPDATE: Well, that was blown out of proportion by myself, BKV, and other news sites. Apparently, Apple did not ban the book, it was ComiXology, and it was never due to the depiction of gay sex explicitly. The book will be available in the App Store app soon.
Saga steamrolls back onto into the scene this week with a heart wrenching issue that’ll have you feeling some serious empathy. As always BKV and Fiona Staples use their skills to create an amazing comic, the amount of talent it takes to pull this book off is beyond measure. After every issue, I let myself believe that there is no way the book can be topped, until I pick up the following issue…This month is no different. READ MORE
It’s that time of the month! Saga drops with another outstanding issue brought to you by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, and Image Comics. “Saga” is easily my favourite series to drop this past year, every issue brings new elements, plot twists, and, best of all, world building. Anyone who has read an issue knows that BKV is next level when it comes to the all-encompassing world he’s created and Fiona works magic with the pencil. Issue #9 is just another example of their combined prowess. READ MORE
So, I’m ashamed to say 2012 was not a terribly adventurous year for me when it comes to comics. For better or worse, I ended up sticking with relatively mainstream comics. That said, there were a number of excellent offerings from both DC and Marvel, and these comics are absolutely capable of competing with more creator-friendly work, as long as they’re in the right hands. At any rate, there was some serious competition this year for the number one spot, but ultimately there can only be one! Curious to find out if what you’ve been reading is the epitome of the medium or crap not worth even a momentary glance? Read on, and see for yourself… READ MORE
In a year that included DC’s New 52, “Before Watchmen”, and Marvel’s “Avengers vs. X-Men”, 2012 represented more than just big business in mainstream comics. This year, Image Comics celebrated its milestone 20th anniversary. Against heavy competition from the Big Two, Image Comics, the indie publisher that could, stood its own ground in the industry with bestselling series like “Saga”, “The Walking Dead”, and “Chew”. While not all books thrived at Image, the company that was founded on creator-owned rights managed to maintain a strong voice against the traditional spandex adventures of leading publishers. READ MORE
Week after week I find myself shivering with anticipation for a new release of Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga, thankfully this week brings issue #8 and I find myself “wowed”, once again, by the uniqueness of the book. This issue further expands Vaughan’s intergalactic environment, coupled with a dramatic backstory for our unlikely couple. It’s insane how well this book mixes genres. Vaughan’s imagination is incomprehensibly vast to be able to take a “Lord of the Rings” idea, mix it in with “Dune”, and cap it all off with a little bit of horror. READ MORE
After a short hiatus, one of Images’ best books of the year, Saga, returns this week with a fresh mouth-watering arc. Brian K. Vaughan weaves one hell of story, mixing the fantasy genre seamlessly with science fiction to make something that puts all other books out there to shame. “Saga” #7 continues with the mature themes which is also refreshing. Though this issue lacks any crazy violence, Vaughan’s utilizes the issue to offer up some deep social context for his fantastical world. READ MORE
Image Comics just held their sci-fi panel featuring creative teams of Brian K Vaughaun and Fiona Staples, Brian Wood and Mind Doyle, as well as David Hine, Joe Harris, and Glen Brunswick. Though the official title for the panel was “Wondrous Worlds, Fractured Futures: Speculative Fiction and Image Comics”, it really just covered their sci-fi and fantasy books. The creators spoke in depth about their work, and their views on science fiction in comics. READ MORE
Chapter 4 of Brian K. Vaughan and Image Comics, “Saga”, ends with the main character, Marko, drawing his sword and saying, “We fight.” This may seem like a pretty tame line to start off a comic book review, but what follows in chapter 5 of “Saga” is Fiona Staples illustrating Marko’s berserker rage as he slices and dices his way through an entire squadron of “feathered fucks.” Issue #5 is a worthy addition to what is already shaping up to be a masterpiece. READ MORE
With San Diego Comic-Con behind us, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming year for comic book fans. You may want to consider buying your tickets for next year’s Con, they sell out quicker than Lebron James. In the meantime, this hot week in July ushers in the second issue of Mars Attacks, a brand new storyline in Hellblazer, plus the highly anticipated Creepy Presents: Richard Corben collected edition.
With the ever-increasing number of books coming out between the tie-ins, the crossovers, and the new series, we’ve all got to limit our reading list somehow. We present you with our ten most anticipated books of the week. So feast your eyes on these! Whether you’ve been into comics since you were a young’un, or you’re new to the game, we’re here to help you decide which books to pick up. If I’ve missed something you’re stoked about or if you’ve got any questions, list it in the comments. READ MORE
Every issue of Saga has been great, but issue #4 is the best yet in terms of character development. The cover of this issue features The Will, and fittingly much of the issue is devoted to developing his character, along with Alana and Marko. If you haven’t been reading “Saga”, you should be, but you should also know that The Will is the most badass character in the book. Firstly his name consists of a capitalized “The”, and secondly it was revealed in issue #3 that he totally got it on with that severely gnar female bounty hunter. What happens in issue #4 cements his badassery, as well as makes the five finger palm of death from Kill Bill look like child’s play. READ MORE
The plot thickens to a new level of juicy in Image Comics’ 3rd issue of Saga, a startling twist of dark science fiction and fantasy. This book is no doubt my favourite of the year thus far, which says a lot since I’ve been knee deep in comics.Saga evokes nostalgic memories of Firefly mixed with the some old school Lord of the Rings and it doesn’t get any better than that! The first issue was a bit tough to get into for those not antiquated with BKV, only because of the sheer randomness of the world. But as the story continues to develop, it’s easier to relate to the oppressive power struggle that seems to make BKV’s strange world turn round. Without a doubt this book is not for the faint of heart but I seriously doubt anyone trolling Bloody-Disgusting is one of those people. READ MORE
It’s official, BKV is working his magic once again to deliver a mind-blowing series that will re-define comic storytelling. A bold statement, but if you’ve read the first two issues, you’ll know it’s true nonetheless. BKV’s writing is incredible, packing so much into every single issue, and combined with Fiona Staples art work Saga is nothing but greatness. It’s a wacky sci-fi adventure filled with all sorts of interwoven subplots. This is the book to be reading right now. Check out the preview for the issue #3 below. READ MORE
The second issue of Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga hit stands earlier this week and, as a follow up to the sold-out first issue, it doesn’t disappoint. In my review of the first issue of “Saga”, I commented on the immensity of the world the reader is thrown into. While it felt a bit overwhelming, Vaughan’s masterful writing successfully ignites the fuse on the plot and shoots his new comic into hyperdrive, even while presenting multiple story lines. READ MORE
The demand for the debut issues of two of Image Comics’ newest comic book series, Saga and The Manhattan Projects, has been so strong that the publisher has already ordered third printings for both titles. Yeah, they’re that good. Read on for the skinny…