linked up vol.9

*Friday, time to share some links. Some i do comment, some not. Some lead to german internet presences.

[# Die schönsten Comics, die ich kenne (12): „The Fantastic Four“ # 41 – 51 (ii)](http://blog.montyarnold.de/2017/02/28/die-schoensten-comics-die-ich-kenne–12-the-fantastic-four–41–51-ii/)

[# China’s zombie factories and unborn cities](http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170223-chinas-zombie-factories-and-unborn-cities)

Dark Horse taxes my wallet this fall:
[# Dark Horse Publishes The Art Of Rick And Morty In September](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/28/dark-horse-publishes-art-rick-morty-september/)
[# Dark Horse To Publish Art Of Over The Garden Wall In September](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/28/dark-horse-publish-art-garden-wall-september/)
[# Dark Horse Announces Go Team Venture!: The Art And Making Of The Venture Bros.](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/27/dark-horse-announces-go-team-venture-art-making-venture-bros/)

[# Two Fantastic Four by Jack Kirby Artist’s Edition volumes in one year?](http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5792cac24346d164eb0cf6ad2&id=d70f593984&e=2b9c931aaf)

[# Sneak Peek At Samurai Jack Season 5](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/23/sneak-peek-samurai-jack-season–5/)

linked up vol.9

*Friday, time to share some links. Some i do comment, some not. Some lead to german internet presences.

[# Die schönsten Comics, die ich kenne (12): „The Fantastic Four“ # 41 – 51 (ii)](http://blog.montyarnold.de/2017/02/28/die-schoensten-comics-die-ich-kenne–12-the-fantastic-four–41–51-ii/)

[# China’s zombie factories and unborn cities](http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170223-chinas-zombie-factories-and-unborn-cities)

Dark Horse taxes my wallet this fall:
[# Dark Horse Publishes The Art Of Rick And Morty In September](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/28/dark-horse-publishes-art-rick-morty-september/)
[# Dark Horse To Publish Art Of Over The Garden Wall In September](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/28/dark-horse-publish-art-garden-wall-september/)
[# Dark Horse Announces Go Team Venture!: The Art And Making Of The Venture Bros.](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/27/dark-horse-announces-go-team-venture-art-making-venture-bros/)

[# Two Fantastic Four by Jack Kirby Artist’s Edition volumes in one year?](http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5792cac24346d164eb0cf6ad2&id=d70f593984&e=2b9c931aaf)

[# Sneak Peek At Samurai Jack Season 5](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/23/sneak-peek-samurai-jack-season–5/)

Kirby it up!

Look what i found in the latest Previews catalogue.
While i’m excited about the opportunity to get an Artist’s Edition of Forever People alongside the Fantastic Four one i think i might give this one a pass. The ocd collector in me is throwing himself against the wall.

Seeing Jack Kirby’s artwork in this format is a feast. I got my brother the Artist’s Edition of Thor by Jack Kirby as a combined birthday/christmas present and we both sat in awe before the powerful artwork.

But another chance to spend to much money presents itself on the opposing page.

comic reviews [30/2016]

I missed last weeks reviews and am late this week. But i did not have much time to either read or think about comics to much so i’m trying to catch up here. Not the most fresh things, but i was reminded this week that the weekly grind isn’t that important.

Without further ado, let’s start.

Dark Night: A True Batman Story (2016)

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Talking about this comic is hard. First of all, it is a very honest look into a very difficult period of Paul Dini’s life, and while other writers pack their life lessons into fictional stories, we get a certain part of the truth with this. Works such as this take me some time to read. With such a serious matter one has to be in the right frame of mind and create a save enough environment.
First of all, let me say that the artwork by Eduardo Risso feels uninspired. He never was my favourite artist, but what makes him stand-out is the sheer savagery and brutality in his work. He manages to portray the animals that we still are, and while it suits the part that becomes the catalyst of the story told, it doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the book[1].
The story….well, it is part of a therapeutic process. A very open part of the process, but different strokes for different folks. And i think this comic was not written with the intent of putting it’s author under a spotlight, but rather as a reminder that we are all existing in the same reality, and that it takes bravery, honesty and asking and accepting help to overcome obstacles.
And sometimes, we are our own obstacles.

[1] But if you ask me who might have been a better fit to illustrate the story the only name that comes up is Frank Quitely, either of the Ba/Moon twins or Darick Robertson.


Rumble no.12 (2016)

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We take a look back to when Rathraq paved the way for mankind and slew the Esu-King Asura, who is currently in possesion of his body while Bobby is haunted by nightmares.
i love this book. Even in a set up issue like this one it manages to be full of frenetic action and emotion.
Furthermore, after a rather black and white start, the border between good and bad guys becomes more and more diluted.


Aquaman no.3 (2016)

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It feels to me like all the wrong books in DC’s Rebirth continuity are becoming all the attention. Aquaman has a good comic and nobody seems to talks about it….seriously, this title could be the one to “end all superhero comics”. Yes, it might use themes and imagery seen in Man Of Steel, but i guess Dan Abnett will take it on a more thoughtful route.


Civil WarII: Chossing Sides no.2 (2016)

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It was good to see Misty Knight again. I juxt wish that one issue in which Danny and her had a kid and were happy would be canon. The rest of the book feels….i don’t know how to put it, but even though the outcome of Civil War II will set up the next few months of stores in the Marvel Universe, it doesn’t feel to have an impact on the day-to-day business of the Marvel Universe.


Lazarus no.23 (2016)

Lazarus no.23

This issue closes with a statement that sent a chill down my spine. The whole issue feels like a caged animal, sitting coiled up in the corner of its cage as it hears a keeper unlocking the door.


Scooby Apocalypse no.3 (2016)

Scooby Apocalypse no.3

Still doing new things. Disturbing things taking the material it is based on. The flashback was a downer at first, but working it into dialogue or another action sequence wouldn’t have worked given the state of the gang at the start of this issue.


Star Wars no.21 (2016)

Star Wars no.21

We get a look at what has been unleashed on our heroes, a fist carrying a scalpel. The empire strikes back indeed. But we also get the motivation behind the new Sarge of the squad, whom we know as the imperial double agent in Fabio-Jabba’s arena. Everything used to be black and white.


Future Quest no.3 (2016)

Future Quest no.3

I still like the series and was excited about Steve Rude on art, but with the rather long backstory that introduces us to the Herculiods, it feels like a plan b issue. Doesn’t matter, it was a fun read that still conveys the feeling of a Hanna Barbera cartoon, this time a Birdman solo one.


Jupiter’s Legacy vol.2 no.2 (2016)

Jupiter's Legacy vol.2 no.2

Like with the first issue, the art fells off. But i look at this panel and what i saw of Frank Quitely’s process in the What Do Artists Do All Day documentary about him and get a new appreciation.
The story, well, the rebellion is underway. Neat ideas and further revelations about the ruthlessness of Brandon and how little he thinks of his parents values.


Divinity II no.4 (2016)

Divinity II no.4

A little kindness goes a long way, in this case a long way for everybody. But it alao makes on ask if Abraham’s plan will backfire on him.
“Where will this lead?” is my main question. The series was great like the first one, but the ending and set up for the next Divinity series feels odd. Valiant has been careful with each of its releases and they have my trust that the end of Divinity III will make we look for my socks.


The Autumnslands: Tooth & Claw no.12 (2016)

The Autumnslands: Tooth & Claw no.12

With the current political discussions about the rights of an AI, this issue gets a whole new level of relevance. And while we live through the heartbreak and hope is kindled….let’s say that we speak comic and know what comes next.


East Of West no.28 (2016)

East Of West no.28

More set up for the end times and the fallout from lasst issue. But it’s just so enjoyable. This issue was worth the time and money for the humor in it alone.


Transformers: Titans Return (2016)

Transformers: Titans Return

It has been a while since i’ve read a Transformers comic, and i have not a clue what is going on here, but i like the humour and that Autobots and Decepticons are working together now. And it seems to set up Headmasters and the Revolution event which looks insane.

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Comic Reviews 43/52 (2015)

  • East Of West no.21 (2015)
  • Transformers vs. G.I. Joe no.9 (2015)
  • Atomic Robo and The Ring Of Fire no.2 (2015)
  • Karnak no.1 (2015)
  • Book Of Death: The Fall Of X-O Manowar no.1 (2015)
  • Star Wars: Shattered Empire no.4 (2015)
  • Weirdworld no.5 (2015)
  • Ivar, Timewalker no.10 (2015)
  • Usagi Yojimbo no.149 (2015)
  • aama vol.3: The Desert Of Mirrors

East Of West no.21 (2015)

As much as dig this title and enjoyed reading this issue i wish it would adopt a european model of being published once a year in a thicker volume. Hickman’s work is a good example what is wrong wih comics, it’s a business that requires constant output. But a running series that is not Saga will fade from readers attention, so it is a necessity to crank out fresh number ones, each one crushing the bones of its predecessor.
Did i mention that it is a neat issue that sets up the next stage of the conflict between the nations? The art is great as always. I like how the characters seem to look like further evolved humans from fairy tale.
But reading it collexted certainly helps with keeping one in the loop.


Transformers vs. G.I. Joe no.9 (2015)

Why are there still people out there complaining about this comic? If it is not for you, either don’t read it or don’t talk about it. Hmm, that is an advice i could use.
Anyway, we get to see what happened while the Transformers where still hibernating aboard the Arc and what it meant to humankind, as well as the history of a certain character’s family.
As always, it is presented in a dreamlike quality, that tikes time to adapt to, but once you’re settled is very enjoyable.
Not for everybody, but if you have no idea about both franchises and are not big on mainstream comics, then this has been made for you!


Atomic Robo and The Ring Of Fire no.2 (2015)

As enjoyable as ever. The creators have grown since the first Atomic Robo issue, which was already a very enjoyable read. With the odds as high as in this arc, you can’t help but wonder how everybody will make ot out of it, and in what state they will find themselves.
But first, it’s boat and Kaijus.


Karnak no.1 (2015)

From the company that publishes Star Wars related comics comes a completely new and unique character!
What, he’s been around since 1965?
Inhumans? Lets call Mr. Ellis and gove him a five issue run on the guy, we’ll figure out the rest afterwards.

That is how i imagine the meeting regarding this book. And while it is enjoyable to see Warren Ellis do the Moon Knight with another character it feels like a repetition with the Spider Jerusalem of philosophy-level set to eleven. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but i wonder if it is the result of expectations. Ellis writes him, so he has to be.
But in the hands of a lesser writer, the story of a guy who can dismantle a steel door with the touch of his nose would have been a less good comic.
And the art in it reflects Karnak’s internal state. Fluid, but firm. A non-newtonian fluid.


Book Of Death: The Fall Of X-O Manowar no.1 (2015)

Valiant is on fire! I apologize for ever doubting the need of new Valiant comics!
Like every other Fall Of title, this one deals with the end of a major character from the Valiant universe. And Aric’s end is a very emotional one. Even after his death, he is still protecting his people, but this time not only with his fists, but also with the wisdom that he gained through the ages.
This book had it all, great art, action and emotions.


Star Wars: Shattered Empire no.4 (2015)

Phew, that issue a calming one. And it might even reveal an interesting link between what we see being done to Poe Dameron in the movie and what his Mother brings home with her from a trip with Luke Skywalker.
This mini-series might have been a miss with some people who thought it centers around the lives of the main cast from THE TRILOGY, and in some instances we get a small amount of time with them, but the main story, which it is only showing a few glimpses of, is about how the war is only the beginning of change, there is more work ahead once one faction has lost more than the other, and there is guilt about not having the strenght to continue the fight once the war is over.
Or i’m just interpreting what i want into it.


Weirdworld no.5 (2015)

The gift that keeps on giving. If it the price point wasn’t so high.
Weirdworld was a great tie-in title to Secret Wars. And seeing Crystar is such a great moment. Michael Del Mundo’s artwork is beautiful to look at, and enhances the “weird” nature of the comic. It is sad to see it end so abruptly but they are already setting up the coming ongoing series, which i am looking forward to.


Ivar, Timewalker no.10 (2015)

Looking for a clever book that is also funny? Look no further! From the beginning, Ivar, Timewalker has been a joy to read. It also is a showcase in how tight the Valiant ship is run, plucking characters and events from rich timeline that has been established over the last years.
And there are dinosaurs in it. Unusual dinosaurs.


Usagi Yojimbo no.149 (2015)

A great issue. As usual it is about honor and duty in the days of the samurai, but this time it is also a comment on consumerism, individuality, greed and how all those factors blind ones judgement.


aama vol.3: The Desert Of Mirrors (2015)(engl. version)

While advancing the story only by a small bit, the penultimate volume of aama packes quite a punch. aama is out and about, showing us some disturbing creatures that wear the faces of their pray chasing after the protagonists, and a few pages later puts them into one of the most calming environments i have ever seen in a comic.
The end of this volume leaves Verloc with a clearer state of mind. He has to work through a few personal things in this, and its interesting to witness the process.
He has a goal and the means to achieve it. But is that a good thing?

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52comics [19]: Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (2014 – ongoing)

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written by: Tom Scioli & Tom Barber
art, colours and lettering: Tom Scioli
production by: Chris Mowry
edits by: Carlos Guzman
published by IDW Comics

Earth makes contact with an alien race—and G.I. JOE is on the front lines! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive—well, let’s just say you’ve never seen TRANSFORMERS or G.I. JOE like this! Visionary comic book maker Tom Scioli (with TRANSFORMERS fan-favorite John Barber in tow) combine two of the biggest names in entertainment into the surprise breakout hit of 2014!

This title polarizes. At least the people i talk to/listen to about comics. It’s either all in or out. No “it’s ok” or good.
And i get it. Tom Scioli’s art is not for everybody and the continuity of both franchises has been kicked out the door.
But isn’t that what comic readers demand from the big two companies? Here we got it! Major changes, twists and turns on every page. On every panel! Seriously, every issue is packed to the borders with content. It is amazing that one of the bigger publishers and Hasbro allowed this to happen, a comic that seems to be a visual diary two talented kids keep of their playtime.
At the end of every issue so far waits a “director’s comment” from Mr. Scioli and Mr. Barber which also oozes knowledge and ideas and isn’t just “and on this page we see *insert name here* doing this”.
Everybody who wants to read something that feels fresh should try it out. Comixology offers the Free Comic Book Day issue (US, EU), which gives you an overview of what to expect.

You can get the first volume of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe at The Book Depository.

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