Name: Matt Williams
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April 3, 2017 3:11 am Glad you guys are enjoying Bendis' Iron Man(s). Me too!! I think Bendis gets such a bad rap these days, but have come to the conclusion that Bendis writes the hell out of single hero titles (i.e. Daredevil, Moon Knight, the Iron Man Titles, Ultimate Spidey, both Alias and now Jessica Jones) and is weak on team books (Guardians of the Galaxy... blah!!). His Avengers run was good to start but got weak as it went on. I also think Powers is pretty Walker or Pilgrim centric and works, too. It's interesting, I think, because all his solo titles are definitely strong ensemble pieces but the man just excels with a narrower focus on a single, main protagonist. I would like Marvel to keep tossing single character titles at him and avoid group books, but, then again, I think Bendis tells them what he's gonna write these days. Simply an observation I think about occasionally ( but not for all that long) when folks at my LCS say Bendis isn't good. Just my two cents, but I still think he's a very good writer and recommend his Riri and Doom books, as well.
May 16, 2016 2:13 am Have not listened to the episode yet, but looking forward to it. I'm guessing the news of Darwyn Cooke's passing followed the current episode, but I wanted to express my condolences to you gentlemen as your friendship with the man seemed genuinely affectionate. My bookcase holds mostly books by the coolest authors I can think of: Raymond Chandler, Donald Westlake, Elmore Leonard, etc. Mr. Cooke is being added this week. Certainly the coolest of the cool. He will be sorely missed. I am truly sorry for your loss.
August 31, 2015 2:21 am Oops, Fighting is My Monday is the subtitle and the website is guncomic.com. Jack Foster is the writer/artist for those interested. Spencer's Superior Foes might have a similar, but more humorous vibe.
August 31, 2015 2:10 am So glad you gave We Can Never Go Home some love. I re read the first 3 issues before reading the fourth. Boy, this is fun to see these creators develop. Ron is right the story is very lean. Reminds me of a Richard Stark or Elmore Leonard novel in all the best ways. I actually feel like I'm reading a crime novel that happens to include super powers (By the way, anyone else think the male lead may not actually have any powers? He says he does but sure depends on that handgun a lot). I love the art. It's not totally there yet, but you can vibe a potential super star there. Reminds me of Travel Foreman, humans are a bit distorted, backgrounds and geometry is very precise. It's weird. I don't love Foreman's art as much, but I like this a lot. It's gritty, modern, and just a touch noir somehow. The regular covers are great. They drew me to the book. They are like the writing. Very lean, basic graphics. Tight. Marvel Zombies was the other fantastic read I had. Not a zombie fan, but it's not really about the zombies. Spurrier is so damn good. One of Marvel's best kept secret. The book is really a character piece about a saucy British gal with daddy issues. Great Elsa Bloodstone solo book in disguise. Kevin Walker is awesomely cartoony, loved his work on Thunderbilts and Avengers Arena. And, it's been a long time since I have wondered about a continuing mystery in a monthly book and I find myself very interested in the identity of the kid Elsa is towing around the Deadlands. There is an interesting new Indy book called Gun that is being very independently published that I recommend. It's about a super villian in a gritty crime noir setting. I can't recall the writer'so name. He isn't on Diamond but you could look up his website. Gun, Monday is for Fighting is the subtitle, I think. One issue out but it's neat. Happy 500!!
July 27, 2015 12:22 pm I think Conor hit the nail on the head when he suggested David Aja as the defining artist of the 2010s. While there are indeed a variety of styles out there now. I think Aja, actually starting with Iron Fist, has a style that is trying to be emulated. It's a cartoonish, super expressive (particularly in facial expression and body language) that we see I'm the work of Samnee, Martin, Scalera, Staples, Guillory, and so many more. While these are varied artists, I think they all have a similarity in the fact that they are cartooning and expressively telling story. It's why newer books like She-Hulk, Batgirl, Black Canary, and Silk are recruiting artists of a similar ilk, I think. You guys referred to the look as retro but I don't think it is. Only in that it gives off a 40s, 50s, or 60s vibe, but the only guy I can think of that expressively in that time is Eisner. I do think Darwyn Cooke and Eduardo Risso could be the true predecessors but they did it a decade sooner. I have to disagree though that this is a writer's decade. I think that was the '00s for sure with guys like Bendis, Fraction, and Kirkman rockin' it. I was certainly buying titles based on writers. Currently, I think we are switching to an artist's decade again with so much storytelling being expressed through art. McKelvie, Scalera, Staples, Martin may be telling their titles stories better than their writers currently, I think. I like Black Science's artistic storytelling more than Remender's words right now, for example. Which is crazy because I really dig Remender. Glad you got Weirdworld, Josh. The more far out the Secret Wars title is, the more I'm enjoying them.
July 3, 2015 11:37 pm Yeah, Infinity Guantlet may be the best of the bunch. The art is amazing. The first issue was like a great action film at breakneck speed, but still able to convey character. So good. Reminded me of Mateo Scalera on Black Science or Dead Body Road but actually had more meat to sink your teeth into. I actually dislike the mother to some degree, but love the father and daughters, but I like that too. Everyone is complex even the characters I dislike. Red Skull was pretty fun this week. An obvious Suicide Squad rip, but felt like cool, classic Ostrander material. Much better than that current DC Squad stuff. Very much looking forward to 1872. Really fun summer reading. Marvel did well getting top notch guys on this stuff.
June 29, 2015 8:05 am Glad that Ron is back. I enjoyed Conor and Josh as a duo but three voices gives the conversation so much more vim and verve!! Also, glad Ron is interested in Secret Wars. I feel that while Secret Wars and Convergence had a certain similarity, the drawback that made Convergence a bit stale was the limitations set by the world vs. world, mostly hero vs. hero, setting the stories in very specific continuities, and not necessarily teaming the right writers and artists with certain eras and characters. On the other hand, Secret Wars has made my summer reading really fun due to Marvel putting solid writers and artists on a lot of books. Sometimes these tie-ins feel rushed and like try outs with creators without history with the characters. The main series is also great summer popcorn action. I'm have been disappointed to not hear many reviews of the tie-ins as I think them "not counting" and just being cool well written stories have freed up some top notch guys to do cool stuff (barbarian Steve Rogers riding Devil Dinosaur through a land of Gamma chaos? What's not to love?). Truly Ultimate End has been a poor representation of what these guys are doing. Infinity Guantlet, Marvel Zombies, Mrs. Deadpool, Where Monsters Dwell, Weirdworld, Master of Kung Fu, Runaways, Ghost Racers have all been amazing. I like what Ron said about just picking up the tie-ins with concepts, characters, and writers/artists that interest him. I feel that's the best way to read comics anyway. Stick with creators you dig and whether it has stakes or counts doesn't matter. Just nifty stories. Glad for the trimumverate of voices. Oh, and Invisible Republic is stunning!!