We’ve been grinding hard on SACRIFICE and we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be shipping the final three issues monthly!
SACRIFICE issue 4 hits stores and online, January 16. Pick it up with MARVEL NOW! UNCANNY X-FORCE issue 1 by myself and Ron Garney!
On the road again: Uncanny X-Force issue 1, written by me, art by Ron Garney and Danny Miki, on sale January 16!
By Chris Sims
Look, I think it’s fair to say that I’ve had my difficulties with Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, Jim Balent’s long-running epic of mostly-naked witchity adventure. We all have. Dubious werewolves, eel trauma, the occasional haunted bathroom area… put it all together and it’s a hard comic to love.
But there’s a reason I’ve bought every single issue for the past nine years, and never, ever want it to go away. And that reason is that every once in a while, Tarot will give you something amazing, like the image above of a woman with golden breast-mounted Gatling guns. It may be the single greatest image to grace a comic book since Superman smashed that car on Action #1, but here’s the thing: That is nowhere near the craziest thing to happen in the latest story.
By Chris Sims
A while back, we brought you the news that Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was teaming up with Wizard World to create a comic book about himself, which was somehow both mystifying and, given Wizard’s slow transition from taste-making comics mag to traveling celebrity sideshow, perfectly logical.
Today, thanks to our colleagues over at MTV Geek, we now know the details of this upcoming masterpiece. In order to bring the Situation’s adventures to the page, he’ll be joined by artist Talent Caldwell, cover painter Greg Horn, and Eisner Award-winning writer Paul Jenkins. Really.
By Chris Sims
This week, Marvel has once again requested the honor of your presence at the wedding of two characters, and while a super-hero marriage is always a pretty big affair, this one is going a little further. In tomorrow’s Astonishing X-Men #50, Marjorie Liu and Mike Perkins are telling the story of Northstar’s proposal to his long-time boyfriend Kyle, with a wedding set to follow in next month’s issue.
By Matt D. Wilson Just take a glance at Cow Boy, Archaia’s new hardcover graphic novel from writer Nate Cosby and artist Chris Eliopoulos, and you might quickly write it off as “cute.” And, to be fair, an all ages story about a 10-year-old boy with what may or may not be a real gun made up to look like a toy horse hunting bounties in the old West is cute. But there’s a lot more to this work than meets the eye. The story has a maturity to it, not in that it’s loaded up with “mature” comics fodder like explicit violence and sex, but in its emotion. Indeed, the title character has lived a lifetime in his 10 short years.
By Laura Hudson
In Girl and Boy, the debut comic by Andrew Tunney, a heroine named Girl explores her relationship with the titular hero in a story that may or may not really be about superheroes. “We fight crime and loneliness,” says Girl as the two masked crusaders race through the streets. “I think he’s my favorite sidekick ever.” Superhero comics love to pair characters off as heroes and sidekicks (not to mention good guys and their evil counterparts), and Girl and Boy takes a look at those familiar tropes as metaphors for how certain relationships can begin to define us, and what happens to our identities (secret or otherwise) once they’re over.
By Andrew Wheeler
Superhero comics have a diversity problem. The leading characters are largely male, mostly white, and overwhelmingly straight. By definition, well-established characters come from an era when the culture was even straighter, whiter and more male than it is today, and as a result the characters fail to represent the diversity of their audience.
It’s tough for minority characters to break through. The first significant female heroes emerged in the ’40s. There were no black heroes until the ’60s and no gay heroes until the ’80s. The appearance of a few minority characters did not open the floodgates in any of those eras. Creators and editors have tried to address the problem by building on the appeal of existing heroes with female versions of male heroes or racially diverse inheritors of white heroes’ helms, and sometimes it works. Usually it doesn’t. The female versions tend to remain second-stringers. The black, Asian and Hispanic heroes get reset to white at the next reboot.
But gay heroes are different. Gay heroes don’t need to be new versions of established characters. Gay heroes can come from the established cast, from eight rich decades of superhero history. Gay heroes can come out. I have a few suggestions for characters who could do exactly that.
By Caleb Goellner
Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 has seen its share of reprints over the years, including being retold in color. It’s a sticky issue for diehards and casual fans alike. After all, Eastman and Laird’s chunky style lends itself to any number of coloring interpretations while also defying artists to match its rich textures. Tom Smith’s Scorpion Studios is the latest to take on the challenge in IDW’s new ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics series, which kicks off this Wednesday, May 9.
By Andy Khouri
On sale this week from BOOM! Town, the alternative comix imprint of BOOM! Studios, is Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness #1. The book is created by none other than Daniel Johnston, the prolific and influential musician and subject of the award-winning documentary, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, which chronicled Johnston’s career and his struggles with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Although best known for his decades-long music career (with songs covered by Tom Waits, Beck, TV on the Radio, the Flaming Lips and more), Johnston’s early aspiration was cartooning, a dream he finally realizes in this idiosyncratic graphic novel about sci-fi ducks and Satan.