Showing posts from March, 2011

Scarlet #5, very disappointing...

As regular readers of Ich Liebe Comics! already know, I've been a big cheerleader of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev's Scarlet since it started last year. Scarlet is a creator owned title by Bendis and Maleev in which the title character, Scarlet, witnesses something bad happening to a friend by crooked police officers, so she decides to be proactive and sets upon a course so that this doesn't continue to happen to other people. Scarlet is set in Portland, where Bendis lives and is based on things he's seen happen. What I liked about this title was that it took place in the world we live in, nothing fantastical happens (none of the characters have super powers) and Bendis employs one of my favorite story telling devices, breaking the fourth wall, in which the character (or characters) speak to the reader, in this case Scarlet is trying to engage us to participate in what she's doing, which is to start a revolution.

Up until the newest issue of Scarlet (#5, whic…

"21" The Story of Roberto Clemente

A few months ago I was one of the lucky chosen few who had got to read an advance copy of "21" The Story of Roberto Clemente, a graphic novel about this legendary baseball figure. I'm really not someone who watches sports, so I didn't know who Roberto Clemente was, but as Ich Liebe Comics! blogspot readers know, I love a good graphic novel biography. Well as those of you who are familiar with the great baseball player and humanitarian that Roberto Clemente was already know, it would be hard to tell his story in any media and for that story not to be powerful. Cartoonist Wilfred Santiago's "21" is a great companion graphic novel to another great baseball graphic novel that came out a few years ago, James Sturm and Rich Tommosa's Satchel Paige: Srtiking Out Jim Crow.

Today, the color, hardcover edition of "21" arrived at Alternate Reality Comics and it's a handsome production. The only things I disliked about "21" is that it'…

The Sky Over The Louvre

The Sky Over The Louvre is a new over-sized hardcover graphic novel written by Jean-Claud Carriere and BEAUTIFULLY illustrated by Bernar Yslaire.

This graphic novel is actually done in conjunction with the Louvre museum and takes place when the Louvre museum was in its infancy, during the French revolution. The Sky Over The Louvre is also the story of David, the painter who was ordered to do a painting of the Supreme Being (not "God", they were trying to create a new opiate figurehead for the masses) and another painting he was working on at the same time. Although "only" 66 pages in length, The Sky Over The Louvre isn't just a history lesson, as it also contains within its lushly drawn pages, discussions on the nature of art, beauty, and the role of religion in people's lives.

FF #1 & Hellraiser #1 - 2 great new debuts!

This week FF #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting arrived, being the next phase of the Fantastic Four post the death of the Torch. FF stands for First Family and or Future Foundation, which is explained in the first issue as is the costume changes and Spider-Man's addition to the team. A person doesn't have to have read Hickman's Fantastic Four to get into FF, but there are some nice trade paperback collections available and if you've already been reading Hickman's Fantastic Four and S.H.I.E.L.D., you know that Hickman is a writer who has got some big ideas.

The only thing I don't like about this new FF is the title, I wish they would have called it Future Foundation or even First Family. It also is more than a little annoying that they retitled this book when it could have just been the next issue of Fantastic Four and we all know that Marvel isn't going to go much more than a year not having a comic titled Fantastic Four (as this was the title that laun…

Drinking At The Movies; Julia Wertz

I finally got around to reading Julia Wertz's graphic novel Drinking At The Movies, which came out last September. Drinking At The Movies, is an autobiographical graphic novel by Julia Wertz (who has also done a comic called Fart Party, collected in two trades that I haven't read yet) about living in Brooklyn, New York after impulsively deciding to move there from her previous home of San Francisco.

Drinking At The Movies has all of the staples of what people think of when they think of autobio comics, such as starving artists, crappy jobs, crappy relationships, crappy apartments, and the basic just strolling through life seemingly without any real concern about what will happen. But Julia Wertz, in Drinking At The Movies, doesn't allow the tone of her book to be one of pathos, because she realizes that she has made her life choices, so Drinking At The Movies isn't a deep life examination, rather it's an often funny look at the slacker lifestyle. I enjoyed Drinking …

Xombi #1; John Rozum & Fraser Irving

Of the comics I've read so far this week, my favorite by a long shot was Xombi by John Rozum and Fraser Irving. Xombi was a DC Milestone comic from years ago that John Rozum also wrote and it was a favorite of mine at the time.

One doesn't have to have read the previous Xombi series to pick up on the new series, basically if you like Fraser Irving's art, wild concepts like a person who has nanomachines within him that allow him to create things that weren't there (my not very good explanation of Xombi's powers), and characters with names like Catholic Girl, Nun Of The Above, and Nun The Less, well you'll enjoy Xombi! I'm a little concerned about Fraser Irving's ability to do more than four issues in a timely manner (but I like to think he really cares about this title and is further ahead then he usually is) and this is such a niche title that will probably be under most people's radar, but I think that if the crazy ideas of issue one can be maintai…


Today sees the release of a new graphic novel from Dark Horse called Supersized Strange Tales from a Fast-Food Culture, which is an extension of Morgan Spurlock's documentary Super Size Me, in which he ate nothing but fast food for a whole month.
Besides revisiting what eating nothing but fast food for a month does to your body, the Supersized graphic novel has many horror stories of what goes on behind the scenes at fast food restaurants and asks:

"We've all become so used to the convenience of fast food that we've lost connection to where our meats come from. How much is that convenience worth though? Is the time and energy you save by idling in the drive-thru worth your health and well-being?"

Yes, Supersize, the graphic novel and documentary tell us things we'd rather just remain ignorant about, but hopefully the more these messages get out there, the more people will make changes in their lives to dial back what these industries are doing to the health o…

Takio; Bendis & Oeming

Last week, the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Oeming (Powers) released a new all ages hardcover graphic novel called Takio. Takio is co-written by Bendis' daughter, Olivia, which is fitting as its central characters are two sisters who get super powers in an explosion at their friends house (their friends father is a failed inventor).

I was a little apprehensive about reading Takio because I'd read some snippets of reviews that it was a little too cutesy and that it is really just targeted for young girl readers. Well I thought it had just the right amount of cute and although young girls will get the most enjoyment from Takio, I think that Takio will appeal to a good cross audience as long as you like exciting stories, good characters, and the great dialogue that Brian Michael Bendis is known for. My only criticism of Takio is its title, which is the name that the girls decide to calls their superhero selves (it's a combination of both of their names) as…

Term Life; AJ Lieberman & Nick Thornborrow

Term Life is a new crime fiction graphic novel written by AJ Lieberman (Batman Gotham Knight & Cowboy Ninja Viking), drawn by Nick Thornborrow, and published by Image Comics. The central character of Term Life, Nick (yes it's the same first name of the artist, but I think that's the only thing they have in common), is a con man who is suspected of killing a mob bosses' son and stealing his money. Nick has a thirteen year old daughter who he has kept his distance from her whole life so as not to involve him in his chosen "career", but now as he worries that he's not long for the world (as said mob boss is looking to end his life), he takes out a life insurance policy on himself to take care of his daughter upon his life's end. The insurance policy doesn't take effect until a three week background check on Nick's health is completed so Nick has to stay alive for 21 days and then his daughter will be taken care of.

Term Life is a very charged crim…