Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ALL STAR RECOMMENDS FOR JUNE 27TH


Afternoon.

Upcoming Can't-Miss Comic Book Alert!

With this column now on a fortnightly schedule, the reviews may not be quite as on-the-pulse as I often attempted to make them, but at least no dust gathers on the ol' crystal ball. Coming in November from NBM is a book so promising that I'd be gobsmacked if it weren’t a sure-fire best of the year contender: Satania by Fabien Vehlmann and the husband and wife illustrative team of Kerascoet. 
Long-suffering readers of this column may well be sick of Vehlmann's name by this point as he's the writer of my beloved Marquis of Anaon series from Cinebook. Kerascoet beautifully drew the superlative, must-read Miss Don't Touch Me and Beauty, both also for NBM, and previously teamed with Vehlmann for the breakthrough Beautiful Darkness (which I reviewed way back in April 2015) for Drawn & Quarterly. Satania concerns the search for a lost scientist who claimed "to be able to prove the existence of Hell by using Darwin's theory of evolution." A descent into the netherworld begins and our plucky crew of explorers find themselves profoundly changing as the journey continues, a very Vehlmannian conceit if there ever was one. If that doesn't do it for you, here's the cover:


Upcoming Can't-Miss In-Store Comic Book Event!


A quick plug for my friend Ryan K. Lindsay and his in-store appearance this coming Friday 6-8pm. Celebrating the launch of Beautiful Canvas from Black Mask and the self-published Ink Island with the also-appearing artist Craig Bruyn, the writer has whipped up an exclusive ashcan edition of Beautiful Canvas packed, in typically generous Lindsay fashion, with a tonne of process material. Get in, pick one up for signing and also feel free to pick the perpetual motion machine that is Ryan's brain.


COMIC OF THE WEEK : BILLIE HOLIDAY 
By Jose Munoz & Carlos Sampayo
Translated by Katy McRae, Robert Boyd & Kim Thompson
Published By NBM

If you, like me, are jonesing for the long-delayed re-release of Munoz & Sampayo's classic Alack Sinner which *finally* arrive from IDW tomorrow (although I won't believe it until I'm reading it), good news! The creative pair's 1991 comics-bio of the extraordinary Billie Holiday has been given a new lease on life thanks to publishers NBM. Better news: it is absolutely terrific.

In Billie Holiday, the lauded Argentinian creators wisely stay away from straight biography, choosing instead to build the mythology of one of the world's great singers with anecdotes from the aforementioned Alack Sinner himself (slyly smuggled into the narrative) and a journalist tasked with quickly cranking out a feature on Lady Day on the 30th anniversary of her death in 1959. Holiday is also humanised through the use of flashbacks featuring the singer herself. As a result of its story structure, this is by no means a comprehensive biography, however, it is a better project for its creative liberties. 

Holiday led an extraordinary life, worthy of a thousand Munoz/Sampayo pages. However, instead of a mere slip of a bio-comic, we are treated to a 200 page examination of the enduring power the singer has and just how she lives on through not just those she personally touched, embodied by Sinner who has a surprising connection to Lady Day, but those who even now stumble onto her work, embodied by our deadline-crunching journalist. The story cuts through time and place, frequently in certain scenes, and could easily be something of a train wreck as a result yet the finished product is not just playfully told, bold in structure and visually striking but somehow becomes a cohesive and loving tribute. It's tied together by a cracking introduction by Frances Marmande which provides all the extra biographical nuggets, for those thirsty for them, that the comic omits in favour of artfulness.


And Billie Holiday is artful, no doubt about it. Munoz's work is nothing less than striking at all times and jaw dropping at its peak moments. Stark in its heavy black and crisp white, with frequent moments of abstraction, Munoz's Lady Day is a powerful figure, recognisable always even though Munoz abstains from the slavish photo-realistic recreation that lesser artists would surely have employed for such a project. There is movement in Munoz's lines, depth to his heavy blacks and visible, crushing weight to the tragedy of so many poor, talented people in this story. Together with Sampayo, Munoz works real, true comics magic in this book. Witness this little two-panel sequence, in which Billie Holiday encounters her estranged "intimate friend," the astonishingly talented saxophonist Lester "Prez" Young, for the first time in years as they play "Fine and Mellow" together for a television show:


Young went on to essentially drink himself to death, adding extra sorrow to this brief moment of reconnection between these two dear friends. (For more on the Holiday/Young relationship click here)

A digression: in a moment of real strangeness, I was listening to Holiday's Strange Fruit LP while reading the book. "Fine and Mellow" started playing at the exact moment that this scene plays out in the book, matching right up to the point where Holiday, in panel three, sings, "...he's so fine and mellow." It was uncanny. The opening of the book has a powerfully backlit Holiday saying: "My voice no longer requires my body" as dark clouds part behind her, but for that bizarre moment, she was very much embodied for me.


Sampayo, for his part, paints no superficial, fawningly glossy portrait of the jazz icon. The darkness throughout Holiday's life - child prostitution, drug addiction, alcoholism - is laid bare across numerous brutal, tragic pages. There is no exploitation of the subject, however, only an amplification of the horror Holiday endured, so much of which lent her voice such raw, sad authenticity. Her refusal to back down in or cower to white, male authority figures who arrested her (multiple times) and her boldness in the face of those other white men in suits who got rich off her rare talent is not only admirable, but demonstrated frequently throughout. The rarity of Lady Day's strength of character is made explicitly clear in a sequence where our journalist, caught up in his newfound admiration for Holiday and her authenticity, is on the phone to a lover who, with her "fake books" and "...fake tits..." and need for "instant gratification" is the shallow, brainless opposite of everything Holiday was, even if the singer eventually succumbed to her demons.

Closing out with the incredible "Jazz Sessions," a section dedicated to Munoz's process for the book and his related jazz imagery, Billie Holiday is a beautiful example of comics as biography, a truthful book unafraid to get fictional for the sake of its story and yet still manage to spotlight the real power of its subject. Its blending of truth and untruth lend it a strange, surreal beauty but it gets very, very real exactly when it needs to. The struggle is here. The racism is here. The strength and beauty of the woman herself is here. You want a strong female protagonist? Look no further than this book.



WEBCOMIC OF THE WEEK : 40 DAYS DANS LE DESERT B
By Moebius

As a mystic meditates in the desert, strange creatures, images and structures both mystical and archetypal appear in bewildering succession before him, driving him, eventually to his end. Subtitled "The Strategy of Dementia," 40 Days In The Desert B should be read both incredibly slowly and then incredibly quickly, or vice versa. Clicking through these images at speed will give you a near animated-effect and a slow, careful reading will allow you to soak up all the insane detail Moebius has given to these wordless pages. Exactly the kind of thing that should, but probably won't, end up in Dark Horse's Moebius Library effort, 40 Days Dans Le Desert B is an astonishing effort from the master of blowing minds.






COMICS VIDEO OF THE WEEK : A ARTE DE MUNOZ & SAMPAYO

Yes, it's back to Munoz and Sampayo's Billie Holiday project to close out this week. Set to the strains of Lady Day herself, here's a generous sampling of Munoz's work from the book.



See you in two weeks. Love your comics.


Cameron Ashley spends a lot of time writing comics and other things you'll likely never read. He's the chief editor and co-publisher of Crime Factory (www.thecrimefactory.com). You can reach him @cjamesashley on Twitter.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

New Comics For Wednesday 28th of June

   

Before we get to this week's books, don't forget this Friday evening from 6pm will be your chance to join us to meet creators, Ryan K Lindsay and Craig Bruyn and pick up their new crowd funded success, all ages release Ink Island. After a signing/meet and greet session, hang around and ask the guys a question or two as part of a hosted Q and A by the Radioactive Lounge's own Lucas Testro from 7pm.

A great night in with Ryan, Craig and us, we hope you'll join in for what will be an fun and informative evening!



PICK OF THE WEEK: Not only is local creator and 2017 Ledger Award winner Ryan K. Lindsay (Negative Space) joining us this Friday for the previously mention in store event but we also get the release of his latest work from Black Mask. A story about a hitwoman facing a existential crisis when her personal life and career come crashing together in BEAUTIFUL CANVAS #1 is an absolute must read!

Ever wanted to know what would happen if your favourite superhero met a symbiote? EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #1 (OF 5) kicks off with X-23 as her frenzied escape from The Faculty causes a chance meeting!

Peak into the happenings of our favourite robot minions in these three collected stories in STAR WARS DROIDS UNPLUGGED #1.

Yosemite Sam strikes it rich! But when the word spreads his new found wealth he hires notorious bounty hunter, Jonah Hex for be his personal bodyguard. Is this a great idea or his worst nightmare? Find out in JONAH HEX YOSEMITE SAM SPECIAL #1.

What happens when one of cartoon most well known, yet somewhat clumsy hunter Elmer Fudd becomes obsessed with a new target, the Batman!? It's Bat season in Tom King's BATMAN ELMER FUDD SPECIAL #1.

More Bats from famed 100 Bullets creative team pair together again for their take on the Dark Knight in this BATMAN BY AZZARELLO & RISSO DELUXE ED HC.

Then artist supreme, Risso returns with even more Batman and the heart-breaking and brutally honest tales of Paul Dini's (BATMAN ANIMATED) unique relationship with the Dark Knight gets a new softcover printing in DARK NIGHT A TRUE BATMAN STORY TP

And to complete your Batman range for this week the epic conclusion, DARK KNIGHT III MASTER RACE #9 (OF 9) COLLECTORS ED, finally arrives in beautiful hardcover with a lovely slipcase to hold all your other beautiful hardcovers in one beautiful, lovely place.

Greg Rucka's time hoping run weaves itself together in WONDER WOMAN #25, a special over-sized anniversary issue!

And speaking of Greg Rucka, he re-teams with WW artist Nicola Scott for the new arc for their occult detective in BLACK MAGICK #6.

Scott Synder and Jeff Lemire's unique cursed future story is collected in AD AFTER DEATH HC. A unique mix of comic, prose and illustration in a glorious over-sized hardcover.

And if you needed a little more Lemire mainstream this week, read how he brings a human touch in THANOS TP VOL 01 THANOS RETURNS as the tyrant is confronted with family issues and his own mortality.

Juggling homework and vampire slaying can be risky business! More tales from the slayers formative years in BUFFY HIGH SCHOOL YEARS PARENTAL PARASITE TP.

Quirky underground adventurer Cave Carson from DC's Young Animals line, gets his first collection in CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE TP VOL 01 GOINGUNDERGROUND. Is this his life he's seeing or his cybernetic eye misleading him?

The eccentric Doctor of the weird is in a bind when his world comes crashing in and his magic abilities are shattered. He's no longer sorcerer supreme and with the Imperator here how will he stop the Empirikul? Find out in Aaron's DOCTOR STRANGE TP VOL 02 LAST DAYS OF MAGIC.

Lex Luthor and Superman must work together, hang on wait!? How big a threat are they facing when these two need to team up in SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS TP VOL 03 MEN OF STEEL (REBIRTH).

The Barbarian king returns as the Serpent Men attempt to take over the world. Kull's story has come full circle in KULL ETERNAL #1.

If surreal barbaric adventures are more your speed, this might be for you. Follow the rise from homeless peasant boy to ruling king in Ulises Farinas' kinder Conan by way a weirdly dark Disney meets Mad Max world, MOTRO TP VOL 01.

Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival) tackles Livewire and a new team of Valiant heroes in SECRET WEAPONS #1 (OF 4).

BLAME GN VOL 04 continues the dark journey deeper into the ever expanding 'City' in Tsutomu Nihei's futuristic, surreal mega-structures.

This thrilling spin-off to Carthago, CARTHAGO ADVENTURES DLX HC, follows London Donovan on five individual yet interlinked journeys combating all manner of malicious real life monsters.

Dutch cartoonist Eric Kriek takes a STAB at some new and old murder stories from American folklore. IN THE PINES 5 MURDER BALLADS HC contains five brutal graphic narratives that delve deep into the darkness of Americana.

Moon Girl is back, proving she is the smartest in the Marvel Universe. Along with her fightin' friend Devil Dinosaur, no one can stop them in MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR TP VOL 03 SMARTEST THERE IS.

Get your role playing quest needs filled with Ted Naifeh's band of thieves and bandits in the fantasy heist tale, NIGHTS DOMINION TP VOL 01.

So pretty is this Aquaman, King of the Sea, he still gets the title of Bombshell with the DC BOMBSHELLS AQUAMAN STATUE.

And for the first time very we are dipping our toe into the realm of Marvel Legends figures with X-MEN LEGENDS 6IN AF ASST.

As always pre-ordering gives us the best heads-up possibly so why not check out some goodies to soon be released in PREVIEWS #24 JULY 2017. Also be on the look out for our next Previews Facebook Album going up later this week!

So there it is! A massive week filled with awesome before local convention fun this weekend. If there is something you spot that you'd like to make sure you don't miss out on, just be sure to let us know before close of business Tuesday. Until we see you next, have a excellent week!


MARVEL
ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF GALAXY ANNUAL #1 SE
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #29 SE
BEN REILLY SCARLET SPIDER #4
BLACK PANTHER #15
CABLE #2
DEADPOOL VS PUNISHER #5 (OF 5)
DEFENDERS #2
DOCTOR STRANGE SORCERERS SUPREME #9
EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #1 (OF 5)
ELEKTRA #5
I AM GROOT #2
INFAMOUS IRON MAN #9
JEAN GREY #3
MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #6 SE
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #20
OCCUPY AVENGERS #8 SE
PUNISHER #13
SECRET EMPIRE #5 (OF 10)
SPIDER-GWEN #21
STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA #8
STAR WARS DROIDS UNPLUGGED #1
STAR WARS POE DAMERON #16
TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #20 WMD
X-MEN BLUE #6

DC COMICS
ACTION COMICS #982
BATGIRL #12
BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 #6 (OF 6)
BATMAN BEYOND #9
BATMAN ELMER FUDD SPECIAL #1
BATMAN THE SHADOW #3 (OF 6)
BLUE BEETLE #10
DETECTIVE COMICS #959
FLASH #25
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #23
HELLBLAZER #11
JONAH HEX YOSEMITE SAM SPECIAL #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #9
KAMANDI CHALLENGE #6 (OF 12)
MOTHER PANIC #8 (MR)
SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #27
SUICIDE SQUAD #20
SUPERGIRL BEING SUPER #4 (OF 4)
TEEN TITANS #9
WONDER WOMAN #25

VERTIGO
ASTRO CITY #45
LUCIFER #19

BOOM
ADVENTURE TIME COMICS #12
JIM HENSON POWER OF DARK CRYSTAL #4 (OF 12)
LUMBERJANES #39
WWE #6

DARK HORSE
BANKSHOT #1
CONAN THE SLAYER #10
ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #20
JOE GOLEM OCCULT DETECTIVE OUTER DARK #2
MASS EFFECT DISCOVERY #2
REBELS THESE FREE & INDEPENDENT STATES #4

DYNAMITE
BLOOD BROTHERS #1
GREATEST ADVENTURE #3
PROJECT SUPERPOWERS HERO KILLERS #2
WONDER WOMAN 77 BIONIC WOMAN #5 (OF 6)

IDW
CLUE #1
DUCK AVENGER #5
GHOSTBUSTERS 101 #4 (OF 6)
JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS INFINITE #1 (OF 3)
KILL SHAKESPEARE PAST IS PROLOGUE JULIET #3 (OF 4)
KULL ETERNAL #1
MICHAEL RECYCLE #4 (OF 4)
MY LITTLE PONY MOVIE PREQUEL #1
POWERPUFF GIRLS TIME TIE #2 (OF 3)
SAUCER STATE #2 (OF 6)
STAR TREK TNG MIRROR BROKEN #2 (OF 6)
TMNT ONGOING #71 (C: 1-0-0)
TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #7
X-FILES (2016) #15

IMAGE
BLACK MAGICK #6
MAGDALENA VOL 4 #4
PAKLIS #2
REDNECK #3
RENATO JONES SEASON TWO #2 (OF 5)
SAGA #44
SHUTTER #29
SNOWFALL #9
SPAWN #1 25TH ANN DIRECTORS CUT FOIL ENCORE ED
SPAWN #275 25TH ANNIVERSARY
THROWAWAYS #9
UNDERWINTER #4
WAYWARD #21

ONI
INVADER ZIM #19
RICK & MORTY #27

VALIANT
SECRET WEAPONS #1 (OF 4)
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 (NEW ARC)

MISC
BEAUTIFUL CANVAS #1
DREGS #4
ELEANOR & THE EGRET #3
HEROINES #2
JUGHEAD #16
MILLENNIUM GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO #1
NAMWOLF #3
ROUGH RIDERS RIDERS ON THE STORM #4
STARGATE UNIVERSE BACK TO DESTINY #1
STREET FIGHTER VS DARKSTALKERS #3 (OF 8)
THE FOREVERS #4

MAGAZINES
IMAGE PLUS #15 (WALKING DEAD HERES NEGAN PT 15)
MARVEL PREVIEWS #24 JULY 2017 EXTRAS
PREVIEWS #346 JULY 2017

TRADES
ABSOLUTE Y THE LAST MAN HC VOL 03 
AD AFTER DEATH HC
ADVENTURE TIME COMICS TP VOL 02 
ALACK SINNER AGE OF INNOCENCE TP
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW VOWS TP VOL 01 BRAWL IN F
ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN COMP COLL HC
BATMAN BEYOND TP VOL 01 ESCAPING THE GRAVE (REBIRT
BATMAN BY AZZARELLO & RISSO DELUXE ED HC
BIG BAD FOX YR GN 
BLAME GN VOL 04 
BUFFY HIGH SCHOOL YEARS PARENTAL PARASITE TP 
CARTHAGO ADVENTURES DLX HC 
CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE TP VOL 01 GOING U
CHEW SMORGASBORD ED HC VOL 03 
DARK KNIGHT III MASTER RACE #9 (OF 9) COLLECTORS ED
DARK NIGHT A TRUE BATMAN STORY TP 
DARK SOULS TP WINTERS SPITE
DOCTOR STRANGE TP VOL 02 LAST DAYS OF MAGIC
DOCTOR WHO 9TH TP VOL 02 DOCTORMANIA
ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST TP VOL 03 
FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLL MASTER PLAN OF DOCTOR DOO
FLASH GORDON KINGS CROSS TP
FLASH TP VOL 09 FULL STOP
FLYING WITCH GN VOL 02 
FOOLKILLER TP VOL 01 PSYCHO THERAPY
GHOST RIDER TP VOL 01 FOUR ON THE FLOOR
GIL JORDAN MURDER BY HIGH TIDE HC 
GREAT LAKES AVENGERS TP VOL 01 SAME OLD SAME OLD
IN THE PINES 5 MURDER BALLADS HC 
IRREDEEMABLE PREMIER EDITION HC VOL 04 
LIFE CHANGING MANGA OF TIDYING UP 
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR TP VOL 03 SMARTEST TH
MOORCOCK LIB HC VOL 05 VANISHING TOWER
MOTRO TP VOL 01
NEIL GAIMAN CINNAMON HC PICTURE BOOK 
NEW LOW GN JOHNNY RYAN 
NIGHTS DOMINION TP VOL 01 
NIGHTWING TP VOL 02 BACK TO BLUDHAVEN (REBIRTH)
NORMAN TP FIRST SLASH
OCTOPUS PIE TP VOL 05
PAKNADEL AND TRAKHANOV TURNCOAT TP 
PEEPLAND TP 
POSTAL TP VOL 05 
PRISON SCHOOL GN VOL 07
PROWLER TP VOL 01 CLONE CONSPIRACY
REN & STIMPY STIMPY SUPER DEFORMED PLUSH 
SPIDER-MAN WEBSPINNERS COMP COLL TP
SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS REBIRTH DLX COLL HC BOOK 01
SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS TP VOL 03 MEN OF STEEL 
THANOS TP VOL 01 THANOS RETURNS
THUNDERBOLTS TP VOL 02 NO GOING BACK
USAGI YOJIMBO TP VOL 31 HELL SCREEN 
WALTER SIMONSON THOR RETURN OF BETA RAY BILL ARTIS
WONDER WOMAN 100 PROJECT TP
X-O MANOWAR 2017 TP VOL 01 SOLDIER

MERCH
DC BOMBSHELLS AQUAMAN STATUE
REN & STIMPY STIMPY SUPER DEFORMED PLUSH 

X-MEN LEGENDS 6IN AF ASST 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

New Comics For Wednesday 21st of June


A great start the week only made better with this week's new comic list!

A forgotten past hides dark truths as September Mourning must overcomes the voice in her head to find herself in (funnily enough) SEPTEMBER MOURNING VOL 01.

It's back to basics with your old web slinging, Peter Parker. It's time to brush up on the A B C's of crime fighting in with the more grounded, PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1 from funny guy supreme, Chip Zdarsky.

The Guardians of the Galaxy are stranded. It's time for Starlord to get a real job but with his credentials things aren't looking great. Maybe his sweet, sweet abs and help in another Chip Zdarsky winner, STAR-LORD TP GROUNDED.

A resistance has risen against Hydra and may have the key to ending this nightmare in SECRET EMPIRE UNDERGROUND #1 SE.

Weapon X is up and running again with a brand new mission (kinda like the old mission) - eradicate all mutants with the help of a Hulk? Oh O spaghettios, WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION #1 WMD.

Sunstone's incredible creator, Stjepan Sejic joins the Aquaman team with AQUAMAN #25

You better run in fast to pick up these Looney Tunes crossovers before an ACME trap set by Wile Coyote catches them for himself. This week it's LOBO ROAD RUNNER SPECIAL #1 and WONDER WOMAN TASMANIAN DEVIL SPECIAL #1.

Gail Simone and Cat Staggs- The dream team bring a new mind bending series from Image comics. Two random people- a Chicago hitman and Seattle housewife have their bodies and lives switched. Once again- Oh o Spaghettios, it's Freaky Friday meets Goodfellas in CROSSWIND #1.

Local boy and cool dude supreme, Dean Rankine has joined the art team for I HATE FAIRYLAND #13 for the secret story of Larry The Fly!

Do you enjoy graphic violence? Shirtless hairy men? Bears in the wild? Well than this magical book is for you. Image's SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER #1 (OF 5).

Vixen and Hawkgirl join the growing team in DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS TP VOL 04 QUEENS.

Cue Alice Cooper "School's Out For Summer"! Woo hoo. While other teens party, our fave Super heroes are off fighting crime but having fun while they do it in DC SUPER HERO GIRLS TP VOL 03 SUMMER OLYMPUS.

Adam Strange finds his way back home with war raging on the planet next door, it's only a matter of time until violence erupts with serious consequences for someone...DEATH OF HAWKMAN TP.

A new hero rises from the streets of Chicago. Riri Williams is ready to show the world what she can do, taking over the mantle of one of Marvel's biggest heroes in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN IRONHEART PREM HC VOL 01 RIRIWILLIAMS.

The battle of the century begins with JUSTICE LEAGUE VS SUICIDE SQUAD HC. Who will make it out alive...our guess is everyone but you never know!
Meet Kong Kenan from China. The school bully turned superhero. What will his new life be like when he has to rise above his bullying ways in NEW SUPER MAN TP VOL 01 MADE IN CHINA (REBIRTH).

With no repercussions the everyday human is growing tired of the death and destruction left by super heroes. Who will stand with them when they decide they've had enough? Hero looking for redemption, Clint Barton Hawkeye is who in OCCUPY AVENGERS TP VOL 01 TAKING BACK JUSTICE.

Doctor Aphra barely escaped with her life after a run in with the Dark Lord. Now it's time to get back to normal life among droids and searching for rare artifacts and probably some double dealing and backstabbing for good measure, STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA TP VOL 01 APHRA.

What being could be strong enough to hold eternity itself? And what is a cosmic jailer? It's time for Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Blue Marvel, Spectrum and Ms America to do some problem solving in the comic with the biggest stakes in the Marvel Universe, ULTIMATES 2 TP VOL 01 TROUBLESHOOTERS.

Have an EXCELLENT time as two bodacious dudes save you (and everyone and everything else) from evil in BILL & TED SAVE THE UNIVERSE #1.

In the year 1984, Peter Case was about to be crowned king of Swordquest..... that is until the game was discontinued. Years of heartbreak now finds Peter heading to a museum to see the relics of games past and a life that could have been his in SWORDQUEST #1.

After escaping the machine moon it's time to head on a quest to find answers in 

Finally reunited with his love Aiko, PunPun. But things aren't as wonderful as he imaged they'd be..actually it's always pretty sad in this series...GOODNIGHT PUNPUN GN VOL 06.

A great list of winners bound to make you grinners! If there is something extra here that you notice you are after, just let us know before close Tuesday night and we'll get you sorted!
Until we see you next, have a great week!


MARVEL
ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #4
AMERICA #4
CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #18 SE
DAREDEVIL #22
DOCTOR STRANGE #22 SE
ICEMAN #2
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8
LUKE CAGE #2
MAN-THING #5 (OF 5)
MIGHTY THOR #20
MONSTERS UNLEASHED #3
NICK FURY #3
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1
ROYALS #4
SECRET EMPIRE BRAVE NEW WORLD #2 (OF 5) SE
SECRET EMPIRE UNDERGROUND #1 SE
SILVER SURFER #12
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #24
STAR WARS DARTH MAUL #4 (OF 5)
STAR WARS DARTH VADER #2
STAR WARS POE DAMERON ANNUAL #1
ULTIMATES 2 #8
US AVENGERS #7 SE
WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION #1 WMD
X-MEN GOLD #6

DC COMICS
ALL STAR BATMAN #11
AQUAMAN #25
BATMAN #25
BATWOMAN #4
CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #9 (MR)
DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #29
FALL AND RISE OF CAPTAIN ATOM #6 (OF 6)
FLINTSTONES #12
GREEN ARROW #25
GREEN LANTERNS #24
GREEN LANTERNS #25
HARLEY QUINN #22
INJUSTICE 2 #4
JUSTICE LEAGUE #23
LOBO ROAD RUNNER SPECIAL #1
MAD MAGAZINE #546
NIGHTWING #23
ODYSSEY OF THE AMAZONS #6 (OF 6)
SUPER SONS #5
SUPERMAN #24
SUPERMAN #25
TEEN TITANS GO #22
TRINITY #10
WILD STORM #5
WONDER WOMAN TASMANIAN DEVIL SPECIAL #1

BOOM
BILL & TED SAVE THE UNIVERSE #1
COADY & THE CREEPIES #4
DEEP #6
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #12
LUMBERJANES 2017 SPECIAL FAIRE & SQUARE #1
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #16
VICTOR LAVALLE DESTROYER #2

DARK HORSE
ALIENS DEFIANCE #12
ANGEL SEASON 11 #6
BLACK HAMMER #10
BTVS SEASON 11 #8
CALL OF DUTY ZOMBIES #5
DEPT H #15
SHAOLIN COWBOY WHOLL STOP THE REIGN #3

DYNAMITE
CHARMED #4
JAMES BOND FELIX LEITER #6 (OF 6)
NANCY DREW HARDY BOYS #4
RED SONJA #6
SWORDQUEST #1

IDW
GI JOE (2016) #6
HIGHLANDER AMERICAN DREAM #5 (OF 5)
MICKEY MOUSE #21
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #55
NIGHT OWL SOCIETY #3
REAL SCIENCE ADVENTURES FLYING SHE-DEVILS #3 (OF 6
REVOLUTION AW YEAH #2
STAR TREK BOLDLY GO #9
TMNT UNIVERSE #11
UNCLE SCROOGE #27
X-FILES ORIGINS II DOG DAYS OF SUMMER #1 (OF 4)

IMAGE
BLACK MONDAY MURDERS #6
CROSSWIND #1
ECLIPSE #8
FEW #6 (OF 6)
GOD COUNTRY #6
GRRL SCOUTS MAGIC SOCKS #2 (OF 6)
HEAD LOPPER #6
HORIZON #12
I HATE FAIRYLAND #13
INVINCIBLE #137
OLD GUARD #5
PLASTIC #3 (OF 5)
ROYAL CITY #4
SEPTEMBER MOURNING VOL 01
SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER #1 (OF 5)

ONI
HEARTTHROB SEASON 2 #1
INVADER ZIM #20

VALIANT
BRITANNIA WE WHO #3 (OF 4)
RAPTURE #2

MISC
ANNO DRACULA #4 (OF 5)
ARCHIE #21
B & V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #254
BUBBLEGUN VOL 2 #2
FOREVER WAR #5 (OF 6)
JACKPOT #6 (OF 6)
NORMALS #2
SLASHER #2
SPENCER AND LOCKE #3 (OF 4)
TANK GIRL WORLD WAR TANK GIRL #3 (OF 4)

TRADES
AMERICAN WAY 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION TP 
APPLE AND AN ADVENTURE HC
ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS HOOPLA TP
ART OF ATARI POSTER COLLECTION SC
AVENGERS UNLEASHED TP VOL 01 KANG WAR ONE
BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC
BRIK TP
DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS TP VOL 04 QUEENS
DC SUPER HERO GIRLS TP VOL 03 SUMMER OLYMPUS
DEATH OF HAWKMAN TP
DESCENDER TP VOL 04 ORBITAL MECHANICS
DIRK GENTLY SALMON OF DOUBT TP VOL 01
DOCTOR WHO 10TH TP VOL 06 SINS OF THE FATHER
DOCTOR WHO 12TH HC VOL 06 SONIC BOOM
DOCTOR WHO 12TH TP VOL 05 THE TWIST
DOCTOR WHO 4TH TP GAZE OF MEDUSA
DOROHEDORO GN VOL 21 
EMPOWERED TP VOL 10 
FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 60 
FOUR POINTS HC GN VOL 02 KNIFES EDGE 
GOLDEN KAMUY GN VOL 01 
GOODNIGHT PUNPUN GN VOL 06 
GOON LIBRARY HC VOL 05 
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY PREM HC VOL 04 NEW GUARD GROUN
HARLEY QUINN TP VOL 02 JOKER LOVES HARLEY (REBIRTH
INUYASHIKI GN VOL 07 
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN IRONHEART PREM HC VOL 01 RIRI
JUSTICE LEAGUE VS SUICIDE SQUAD HC (REBIRTH)
KITARO AND THE GREAT TANUKI WAR 
LEANING GIRL TP (IDW ED)
LEGO DC COMICS SUPER HEROES AWESOME GUIDE HC 
LOST PLANET HC
MAD ABOUT TRUMP TP
MASKED GN VOL 02 RISE OF THE ROCKET 
MASTER KEATON GN VOL 11 URASAWA 
NEW SUPER MAN TP VOL 01 MADE IN CHINA (REBIRTH)
OCCUPY AVENGERS TP VOL 01 TAKING BACK JUSTICE
POWERS DEFINITIVE HC COLLECTION VOL 07 BUREAU SAGA
RED RANGE A WILD WESTERN ADVENTURE HC
SPACE BATTLE LUNCHTIME TP VOL 02 A RECIPE FOR DISA
SPACE RIDERS HC VOL 01 
SPELL ON WHEELS TP 
SPIDER-GWEN TP VOL 03 LONG-DISTANCE
SPIDER-MAN DOCTOR STRANGE TP WAY TO DUSTY DEATH
STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA TP VOL 01 APHRA
STAR WARS POE DAMERON TP VOL 02 GATHERING STORM
STAR-LORD TP GROUNDED
SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS TP VOL 09 LAST RITES
SUPERMAN THE GOLDEN AGE TP VOL 03
TOKYO GHOUL GN VOL 13
TOP 100 COMIC BOOK FILMS TP
TORCHWOOD CLASSICS TP VOL 01
TOYBOX TIME MACHINE HC
TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME TP VOL 01
ULTIMATES 2 TP VOL 01 TROUBLESHOOTERS

WITCHER TP VOL 03 CURSE OF CROWS 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT DOUBLE PASS GIVEAWAY!


The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours


Thanks to those masters of disguise at Paramount and TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT JUNE 22, we're giving you the chance to win 1 of 5 Double In-Season Passes to see the film!

To go into the draw for your chance to win all you need to do is tell us,
"Although one shall stand and one shall fall, I would never throw away the opportunity to see the new Transformers with  ______ so recklessly."  filling the blank with the tag of the person you can see yourself transforming and rolling out to this film with and you will be entered in the draw.


Terms and Conditions:
-Only entries made via the comments on the Facebook post will be included in the draw.
-All entries will go into the All Star Barrel and winners will be drawn at random.
-Entries close 6pm Monday the 19th of June and winners will be announced Tuesday the 20th and notified soon after as to how to collect their tickets.

A huge thanks again to Paramount and TRANSFORMERS THE LAST KNIGHT IN CINEMAS JUNE 22

To find out more head to:
Twitter: @ParamountAU
Instagram: @ParamountAU
#TRANSFORMERS

© 2017 Par. Pics. © 2017 Hasbro

Monday, June 12, 2017

ALL STAR RECOMMENDS FOR JUNE 13TH


 

RIP ADAM WEST

Like so many of you, Adam West was my first Batman. There are times in my life I begrudged the '60s Batman TV show for perpetuating what many non-comics readers saw as the campy ridiculousness of the medium as a whole, but the truth is that without Adam West, I may not have every begun reading comics in the first place.

My sister sent me a message this morning: "Adam West. Such a huge part of my memories of growing up with you." And that, more than anything else I could write here, encapsulates just how special the 1960s Batman TV show, and West in particular, really was. He's soaked not just into the childhood of comics fans everywhere, but of everyone we knew, everyone who grew up alongside us. Adam West is immortal.


Hi there,

How soon is Now? September, apparently. Yes, Fantagraphics has an all-new thrice-yearly alt-comix anthology on the way and hopefully you're as chuffed as I am about the news.

Edited by Eric Reynolds, Now #1 features new work by Eleanor Davis, Noah Van Sciver, Gabrielle Bell, Dash Shaw, Sammy Harkham, Malachi Ward, J.C. Menu, Conxita Herrerro, Tobias Schalken, Antoine Cossé, Tommi Parrish, Sara Corbett, Daria Tessler, Kaela Graham and this insane cover by Rebecca Morgan:




Whatta line up. Can't wait.


COMIC OF THE WEEK : BOUNDLESS
By Jillian Tamaki
Published Drawn & Quarterly

"I move about the land when and where I want," says a squirrel in the titular story of Jillian Tamaki's new short story collection, Boundless. "I bound across roofs and yards-- fences are irrelevant. It's all the same to me." In many ways, Tamaki could well be writing of her own burgeoning career in comics, the inspired choices she makes on the page and what appears to be an unwillingness to remain contained by formal comics structure. Artistically, the tales collected in Boundless move from loosely scribbled drawings to finely detailed black and white recreations of photographs (see this week's webcomic for more on this) to softly, warmly coloured pictures with rich, thick lines. Tamaki is as clever with a page of panels as she is playing with negative space or unfolding images over double page spreads, poetic enough to juxtapose text and image and let her readers work for meaning, confident enough to frequently experiment with her cartooning and boil her images down to shapes that are at times almost conceptions of objects rather than the objects themselves.


Individually, any one of the short comics here is a clear example of a surging talent. Collected together, however, Boundless proves to be something extra special, the kind of thing you would give to a prose reader unfamiliar with the real potential of our medium, filled with bite-sized chunks of beautiful, dreamy, smart comics. In fact, I would not be surprised to find Boundless in bookshops filed next to the best short story collections of the day. It certainly would not be out of place. I personally was left with same kind of quiet awe I felt after first encountering Peter Carey's The Fat Man In History so many years back.


Tamaki has a grand imagination and a knack for conceptual hooks - the "mirror universe" Facebook in "1.Jenny" in which a woman finds her double leading a vastly different life to her own, the weird audio-virus of the Ignatz-winning "Sex Coven" (which, incidentally, made this column's Best of 2015 list) and the creepy unease, suburban dread and oh-so subtle body horror of the Amway-satire, "The Clairfree System" being the strongest examples of ideas that could have been commercial genre pieces. Tamaki, however, has no time for the cheap payoffs and neat conclusions of most comics shorts, instead adhering to perhaps the one "rule" of most Capital-L Literature short stories - create not a beginning nor an end, but a slice of the in-between.

 
This eschewing of neat story construction adds a layer of dreaminess to Tamaki's work. There are no ripping climaxes to be found here, no heroes to save the day -- instead we have examples such as a woman who finds herself forever shrinking, another pondering why everyone she was involved with loved the same movie and a producer reflecting on his attempt to make a porn-sitcom. Her stories, aided obviously and immeasurably by really lovely artwork and inspired layouts in which images and panels often "float" on the page, move along gently, leisurely, and are often over quickly before another begins, then another, then another. Read Boundless in a sitting and you may feel like you've just woken up by its end, with Tamaki's stories like dream-fragments recalling themselves in your consciousness.

I'm going to stop here before I do a disservice to the work through over-explanation.  Find your own way into Boundless, find your own favourite story here and soak up those it's surrounded by in this superb collection which perfectly elevates comics to the realms of Fine Art and Literature.


WEBCOMIC OF THE WEEK : JILLIAN TAMAKI EXPLAINS HER CREEPY SKIN-CARE COMIC

Okay, if you do not want to take a peek behind the curtain of Jillian Tamaki's creative process making "The Clairefree System," look away now.

As briefly mentioned above, "The Clairfree System" turns the business of selling skin care into quiet, strange dread. Tamaki actually used numerous found photographs as source material for many of her images, which would explain the real intimacy found in some of them. I strongly recommend reading the story before you click this link as Tamaki really unpacks it all here, including her choice of image and her symbolic intent in presenting them as she does.




COMICS VIDEO OF THE WEEK : PENGUIN THREADS-PENGUIN CLASSICS

From 2011 comes this video, which is so poorly shot and put together it makes 1987's Masters of Comic Book Art look like a cinematic masterpiece. It does, however, detail the creation of Penguin Books Classic Deluxe line of books, the covers to which are lovely and most of which were drawn by comics professionals, and in particular, the Penguin Threads line, all three of which were designed and embroidered by hero of the week and former high school quilt-maker, Jillian Tamaki.

The Secret Garden, Emma and Black Beauty got the Threads treatment, with Tamaki, thrilled to try her hand at fibre arts, taking over two months to complete the assignment. "Time-consuming and laborious" is how Tamaki describes the process of creating her embroidery, but the work speaks for itself and showcases, yet again, Tamaki's flexibility as an illustrator. Seek these volumes out if you're a Tamaki completist.


See you in two weeks. Love your comics.




Cameron Ashley spends a lot of time writing comics and other things you'll likely never read. He's the chief editor and co-publisher of Crime Factory (www.thecrimefactory.com). You can reach him @cjamesashley on Twitter.