Welcome back to The PREVIEWS Party, the blog that looks at the coolest, new comic books and graphic novels available to pre-order from this month’s Previews magazine.
Anyone who has read my blogs or reviews before has heard me rave about the amazingly talented writer Jim Zub, and how he brings a modern humor and sensibility to the fantasy genre. Well, I recently got to chat with him about his upcoming books and the importance of a kind of grassroots fandom in indie comics. Here’s what he had to say.
When the local doctor of the small town of Patience is murdered, the residents turn to Harry Vanderspeigle, the strange hermit who lives on the outskirts of town and a retired doctor, to serve as his replacement. But, unknowingly, Patience has just hired an alien, hiding out on Earth after crashlanding three years ago, as its new general physician. Now, Harry finds himself getting involved in these peoples' lives and growing attached to them in spite of the fact he has to keep his identity secret at all costs.
The Simpsons is known for its wonderful supporting cast, and in Bongo Comics’ One-Shot Wonders line, readers get to go on adventures with some of the craziest characters in Springfield. This month we get three new stories featuring Springfield’s very own scientist supreme, Professor Frink. There’s even a special 3D story and Frink-O-Matic goggles to ensure maximum reading enjoyment.
I have to tell you the truth. I’ve never read a Simpsons comic before until Bongo asked me to start reviewing them, but like many people my age, I grew up on the Simpsons TV show. I have to say, these Bongo comics really capture the essence of those Simpsons episodes I grew up on. Even better, they deliver the humor of the Simpsons in a great, all-ages comic that grownups who remember the Simpsons from their youth can now share with their kids.
Blame it on Johnny Depp, but pirates have been quite popular over the past few years, continuously battling zombies and sparkly vampires for the title of king of the pop culture genres. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the Disney films, I did have my pirate phase as a young comic book sniffer, and the comic medium seems a perfect home for these scurvy dogs! (Am I right? Tales of the Black Freighter, anyone?) Not wanting to be the last to walk the plank, Action Lab Entertainment has thrown its peg leg into the ring with Pirate Eye: A Pirate's Life is Not for Me, a comic book cross between the classic “pirate” tale and the noir elements present in Raymond Chandler’s detective fiction.
MINOR SPOILERS BELOW
I don't know about you, but I am still in Fringe withdrawal. I was late to the party; I didn't even start watching the show until a few months before it ended. But, once I got started, I was hooked on the pseudo-science-y plot devices, the mystery of the observers, the playful episode easter eggs, and, of course, the lovable mad scientist, Walter Bishop.
*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.
If you don’t live in Los Angeles, this news may have bypassed you this week: Robert De Niro cast his hand and footprints in cement in the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. First of all, I do realize that the Chinese Theater has gone through a recent name change, and it’s no longer considered “Grauman’s.” (I’m going to keep calling it by its proper title, because the name change is really stupid. Ah, corporate naming rights! You’ve given us the Staples Center, the Nokia Theater, and the University of Phoenix Stadium!) I assume everybody understands the magnitude of being asked to do this. It’s a much bigger deal than getting a star on the Walk of Fame. If you’re ever in the area, take a stroll down the Walk of Fame and be amazed at the vast number of performers you’ve never heard of before. Hell, if selected by the committee, you actually have to pay for your own star. We throw this word around too much, but getting immortalized in Grauman’s cement means you are an icon.
The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW! Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.
They have always been there for one another and the people of Earth, fighting the battles that no single hero can do alone, and while they have had several roster make-ups over the year, they have always kept up with their mission to defend the world and the innocent. Now, the two main leaders of the group—Iron Man and Captain America—make a decision to restart the entire system of heroic doings, to remake the team into a more streamlined and effective fighting force for the bigger threats. They are, always have been, and always will be the Avengers.
MINOR SPOILERS BELOW
DC Comics fans will easily know the name Nick Cardy. The prolific illustrator, designer, and comic book artist has been drawing for his entire life, with contributions to Apocalypse Now, Batman, Superman, Aquaman, and the Teen Titans to name a few. While fans best know Cardy for his decades-long association with DC Comics, readers will soon be able to enjoy his most profound, personal, and never-before-seen creations in Nick Cardy: The Artist at War.
World of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.
The Devil’s Panties certainly has an unusual name for itself, but it really is a family-friendly comic; the name itself is more of a joke, which the creator/artist—Jennie Breeden—explains both on the website and in the comic itself more than once. The comic is based on her real-life experiences in her day-to-day goings-on, although there are some very visual differences that make it rather enjoyable. The comic updates on a Monday through Friday schedule with extra, non-story related art on the weekends, at thedevilspanties.com.
MINOR SPOILERS BELOW