Hot on the heels of Captain Marvel #1’s runaway debut, Marvel has released a preview for Captain Marvel #2. And oh boy…do those soldiers have samurai swords? Read on for the images and release details! Read more →
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So. You, my comic book loving friend, may or may not have heard of this one indie comic called The Walking Dead. Turns out, it’s actually kind of a big deal. How big? Try best selling comic of the century.
Your name is Sam and you are disturbed. You fall asleep one night only to find yourself cast out from your physical body and into the lives of a baby eating demon, your cruel mother, your druggie ex, and the bed wetting douche who is cheating on your most recent ex with your mutual friend. Joshua Luna’s Whispers follows Sam and his ghost like descent into darkness. Joshua Luna, one half of the Luna Brothers duo that brought you The Sword, Ultra, and Girls goes solo in Whispers. Luna runs the whole shebang, publishing the six part bimonthly miniseries with Image.
As you may imagine, life is pretty stressful for our hero, Sam. Luna has demonstrated Sam is your typical socially awkward, self-centered coward who has gained the ability to listen in to the thoughts of those he knows. Not only can he listen in this “ghost” form, he can also whisper.
The rest of the cast features a few gems, but they all seem a little shallow right now — I get the feeling that Luna is just biding his time before he sinks into the side characters more fully. Just with their expressions alone, Luna manages to give us flashes of other perspectives, sides of the characters deeper, and more real than a just a druggie, drug dealer, or a baby-eating monster. Indeed Luna’s creepy art guides us through the story easily. He casts the characters into shadows, dark reds and rough lines during the “ghost” dreams, sending Sam into dark space and hellfire and forces him to brave bright, germ ridden coffee shops by day.
In the first two issues we see Sam and we think of that one friend we have to coax off the figurative bridge every night and we sigh, sympathetically. In issue #3, we start to see a side of Sam that suggests our hero isn’t quite the pathetic, harmless, failure everyone thought him to be. Sam appears to be quite capable of harm — and those little whispers are starting to ooze poison. I love the subtle switch between pitiful loser to vengeful puppet master.
There’s horror and then there is the whisper of horror. Shadows and slaughter intertwine with Starbucks and OCD in Whispers. It’s a picture of the average life crumbling apart and sticking together by some horrific black goop. Interested in a sinking to a little creepy slice of the 20-something life? Pick up Joshua Luna’s Whispers #3 from Image Comics at your local comic book store now.
Star Wars Invasion: Revelations script by Tom Taylor, art by Colin Wilson, takes place at the start of the Yuuzhan Vong War, and follows the story of the royal Galfridian family of the planet Artorias. Please immediately banish any typical images of a deceitful royal family engaged in corrupt political scheming. The Galfridians are a loving family torn apart by the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of their planet. Artorias was a world on the Outer Rim, invaded by the Vong, abandoned by Coruscant & the Republic at the so-called center of the galaxy, and now its population is either dead or refugees. Our heroes are Kaye and Finn Galfridian – a set of siblings as favored by the Star Wars narrative. Kaye Galfridian is our Princess – again abandon images of the peaceful diplomatic daughter – my favorite shot of Kaye is one where the tiny little blonde decapitates a stormtrooper with her bare hands. She is a warrior and a leader. Finn is the Prince, a brooding, conflicted young Jedi who has a knack for mechanics. Both harbor secrets unknown to them that will shake the Galfridian heirs to their cores.
The cast of side characters shines particularly bright – from Queen Nina Galfridian, a complex character on numerous levels, to the defiant defender of justice we find in Republic Admiral Blysas. My favorite two characters are Cianba, a stalwart reporter, and Arbeloa, the grizzled, fatherly warrior and former prisoner of war. The heart-wrenching, expressive and heavy art by Wilson combined with Taylor’s dialogue and my personal weakness for the old grizzled warrior trope meant a few “it’s just that I’ve got something in my eye okay,“ moments on my part. On the other hand, Jedi Master Dray, Finn’s new mentor, is every kind of crazy we thank the Force Yoda was not.
- Taylor uses Cianba as a clever compositional construct of a reporter bringing you the images of a genocide. Cianba’s dialogue is ripped from the headlines of today but she does not feel like a cheap device. Instead, under Taylor’s pen Cianba holos make the scene only that much more horrific, borrowing some power from the images we are confronted with in our reality. At the same time, the contextualization means that this first time reader of the series didn’t need to constantly cross-check with Wookipedia to understand what was going on. My experience as an devoted reader of the NJO series meant only an extra bit of delight in recognizing certain favorite Vong words and witnessing the visualization of some of my favorite Vong biotechnology. It’s the Yammosk, if you’re curious. Say it with me. Yammosk. Fun right? Readers of that series will certainly be delighted by Taylor’s offering to the narrative of the Vong invasion – new heroes, on a new front.
The dialogue is at one moment pithy and in the next inspirational on an epic scale. Taylor will flash us from Coruscant where a poor Jedi-mind-addled palace guard decides it’s time to buy himself a nice new pair of shoes, to a horrific battlefield or tense political scene. Taylor often invokes political speak and the attitudes of our global north towards global south by referencing tribal and agricultural conflict, but in this book, the heroes behave as we want them to. Star Wars Invasion: Revelations is an uplifting tale of heroes fighting for justice and of a family ripped apart by conflict. The story does not offer much in the way of creative narrative risks but if you’re looking for a bit of galactic justice and heroism look no further. Revelations delivers a healthy dose of pithy wit threaded into soaring inspiration, as all good Star Wars stories should. Star Wars Invasion: Revelations is the third and latest arc of the Invasion series published by Dark House. It will be available to buy in your LCS on April 25th, 2012.
The 2012 Inkwell Awards are upon us! The nonprofit organization that seeks to promote the art form of comic book inking had a strong opening to its fifth season. ”The Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge event went exceptionally well and the book collection of our first Challenge has sold more copies than I can keep up with, especially the Joe Sinnott signed and numbered editions!” says Inkwell Awards director Bob Almond. “Thanks to our loyal supporters, our ongoing fundraising auctions on eBay enabled us to fully fund our annual Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning & Design.” The director also said that due to personal reasons, the Inkwell tour will have fewer shop stops in 2012. The Inkwell Awards will stop at this weekend’s Pittsburgh Comic Book Convention (April 20-22) and their ‘homebase’ of Charlotte, NC with Heroes Con on June 22-24. Read on for all the details, including who will portray the lovely Ms. Inkwell! Read more →
Jericho fans are in for another installment of the much beloved post-apocalyptic story. After the success of the Jericho Season Three: Civil War series, IDW Publishing recently announced that Jericho: Season Four would hit shelves this summer. Read on for all the details! Read more →