Friday was the first day of New York Comic Con that was open to the majority of the general public (those who paid extra for VIP passes got access for a little while on Thursday), and my was it busy. The Javits Convention Center was packed to the gills with cosplayers, creators, fanpersons (we are nothing if not PC at NNAR), and even us humble members of the press. While we aren’t able to be everywhere at once, we did try to get around and see what we anticipated to be some of the cooler stuff today. Check out the highlights after The Jump. Read more
Well, we’re off and running. The Con got started officially at 12, but the convention floor opened to all the non-professionals at 4 PM. The lines were nuts. And yes, there were two of them – each easily over 500 or so people, and that’s a conservative estimate. This is only a good thing, as it means plenty of people to make this year more interesting and next year even bigger. Of course, all those people may well have depleted the reserves of swag for the rest of the weekend – okay, maybe scratch what I said about it being a good thing. But there were plenty of other unarguably good things the first day. Get the full recap after the jump. Read more
Generally speaking, we’ve been quite impressed with DC’s New 52. When I checked out Animal Man #1 a couple weeks ago, I was really intrigued. Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman did a really good job setting up a superhero who was also clearly a human being. At the end of that first issue, they had effectively established the hero and begun to set up a larger story arc – it was heading in an intriguing but pretty standard direction.
So I was surprised when the second issue took a bit of a turn into left field. Inevitably, I’m going to give up some details, so if you haven’t read Animal Man #1, stop reading this post and go read that issue.
Comic book stories are, at times, confusing, especially if you haven’t been keeping up recently. I started X-Men: Schism #1 and immediately knew that I had not been keeping up much at all with the X-Men Universe. But soon, that didn’t matter. The story briefly summed up the current state of affairs, and then quickly shifted to the central characters and their own concerns. The center of this story is the relationship between Cyclops and Wolverine, and (in case you didn’t guess it based on the title of the story arc) their inevitable split. This conflict has been so continuous in X-Men stories that it’s just about become a joke by now – but Jason Aaron is not joking around. He totally sold me on these two as partners turned ideological opponents. And if you can re-make the over-used trope turned corny joke and cause readers to take it seriously, then good job: you may have just re-invented the franchise.
Say what you will about the recognizability or historical significance of any other DC Comics character, but there’s only one whose book the company named themselves after. And it ain’t this one. After Detective Comics #27 introduced “The Bat-Man” in May of 1939, he soon became the star of the title and, arguably, the company’s most successful character. As much as we were looking forward to, and have been pleasantly surprised by, several titles in DC’s The New 52, there was never any doubt that the entire endeavor would succeed or fail based on the strength of one comic. Haven’t checked it out yet? Leave it to Someone Old (Tom) and Someone New (Jon) to convince you why you should.
I had an incredibly difficult time deciding where to begin in writing this review. So I’ll start where Frank Miller started. The epigraph of his newest graphic novel, Holy Terror, is this: “If you meet the infidel, kill the infidel. – Mohammed.” I did some searching but was unable to find where that exact phrase is located in either the Qur’an or Hadith. Sure, there are some variations and translations that sound similar, but that exact phrase? Nope, not there. And Frank didn’t provide us with a citation, either. We are left with zero context for this phrase, a context that would entirely change its meaning. And that ends up being the greatest issue for Holy Terror – the lack of context. Read more
First off, I’ll straight up admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of comics in the form of issues. I’m not sure if it’s the irritation at not being able to finish a story in one sitting, or the fact that all of the existing issues have usually been running for years and I wasn’t interested in figuring out the back story.
I’ll also straight up admit that Animal Man #1 has changed that. Shout out to Tom who suggested I go read it, and to DC for rebooting the new 52. I had no idea who Animal Man was until about an hour ago, but none of that matters. I’m in on the ground floor and I’m hooked.
In the entire DC pantheon, perhaps no character was more deserving or more in need of a relaunch/reboot than Wonder Woman. Although she’s officially considered part of the Trinity, it’s not exactly breaking news that Wonder Woman has often, if not always, been the distant third in DC’s big three (not to be confused with Studio 60‘s big three). I was excited when the creative team of Cliff Chiang and Brian Azzarello was announced and even more excited when Azzarello described the title as a mythological “horror book”. For a character I had very little invested in, Wonder Woman had somehow become my most anticipated book of The New 52.
So how did they do?
Before we can jump into the new book, I think it’s important to take stock of both the character’s history and of DC’s recent turmoils, as both inform my (and, I would assume, many other comic book readers’) reactions to and reception of the new Wonder Woman. Gird your loins, it’s about to get real.
New York ComicCon is approaching rapidly. And while we would clearly like to cover every single moment of it and bring the full detail of the nerdiness on home to you, the reader, that just wouldn’t work. So we decided to cover exactly what you want to read about. In order to do that, we’re asking you to check out the panel lists and let us know just what events and discussions tickle your fancy. Certain events (like DJ Z-Trip’s opening concert and Jay and Silent Bob Get Old) will be sure things. But a whole lot else is up for grabs. Hit the jump to check out the schedule and give us an idea of just what you’re hoping to read about. Read more
Welcome back to Someone Old, Someone New. If you don’t know the drill by now, here’s how it works: you’ll get two perspectives on one of the bigger events in contemporary comics: DC’s universe reboot in the New 52. First, you’ll get a new-comer’s opinion (Jon), and find out just how much DC’s attempts at appealing to new readers are succeeding. Then, you’ll get the opinion of someone who’s familiar with the DC Universe (in this case, Third), who will assess how these changes rate among comics today. So, if there are no other questions: Third and Jon’s review of Action Comics #1.