Sunday, October 23, 2005

Comics News Revue: Scouring the Comics News Sites So You Don't Have to -- Week of 10/16

There have been a few news items in the past week that caught my eye and I thought I'd share those. You may have seen them, too, but if not, take a look. Some of these are worthwhile projects that could always bear some additional exposure.

Robotika: Newsarama has ten preview pages of this upcoming Archaia Studios Press series by Alex Sheikman described as a "steampunk sushi samurai western." Seriously. If the article had those four words in any combination, even without the lovely preview pages, I would have considered checking this out. But the pages themselves reveal a highly stylized and distinctive vision of the future, so this may be more than just a hodgepodge of influences. It looks promising. The first issue is being solicited in this month's Previews, so order now. Look for the great Ryan Sook cover.

Shaolin Cowboy: Continuing the theme of Asian-influenced westerns -- or maybe that should be cowboy-influenced kung fu -- Burlyman Entertainment provides a couple of preview pages to this series by Geof Darrow and the Wachowski Brothers. It looks like more of the over-the-top violence and zaniness we've come to expect from this series. I loves me some Burlyman comics.

Frank Cho: The Liberty Meadows creator and master of the female form (check out the piece that has Klaw blasting the hell out of Warbird) provides some details regarding his exclusive Marvel Comics contract extension as well as some upcoming projects. It appears we'll be waiting a while longer for Liberty Meadows #37 as Cho gives priority -- as one would expect -- to "Marvel deadlines and family matters." He says he hopes to work even more with Marvel's female superheroes during this contract period. In addition, he and writer David Tischman are collaborating on a series called Voodoo Dolls and he's got a new art book in the works from Image Comics.

Savage Dragon: Speaking of Image Comics, publisher Erik Larsen has announced the return of his fin-headed hero in 2006 with the release of Savage Dragon #122. With his time largely consumed in recent months by the "publisher gig," the series has slipped from the schedule. Now largely into the swing of things, Larsen anticipates a more regular schedule for the Dragon.

Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards: From Dragon to dinosaurs (and more cowboys!). Jim Ottaviani discusses with Comic Book Resources his recent book detailing the feud between dinosaur men Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh. Not typical fodder for comic books and, thus, intriguing to me (although I dig some of the typical fodder, too). I pre-ordered this and received it recently. Now I just need to read it!

Pasqual Ferry: Please note the spelling. The Newsarama interviewer and Ferry take pains to emphasize it right off the bat since there have been variations floating around over the years. In addition to that, this is a pleasant little recap of Ferry's career thus far, including his apparent disappointment over the reception of his Superman-related work, the more favorable reception of his work on Adam Strange, and his transition from the Grant Morrison-penned Mister Miracle over to the Marvel Ultimate line.

Dr. Doom: Like a lot of comics readers, Dr. Doom is one of my all-time favorite villains -- anywhere. So I've been looking forward to Ed Brubaker's handling of the character in The Books of Doom. Brubaker explains, "My goals were really to take the key points of his biography as they're known, and weave them together into one big narrative, fill in all the blanks, and try to provide motivation and explanation for things that were always a bit unexplained. " Specifically, Brubaker will answer questions like:

1.) Why was an Eastern European enrolled in an American university during the Cold War?
2.) What was the U.S. military's role?
3.) Why does Doom go right from college to the mountains?

He adds, "Breaking the timeline of the miniseries down, issue #1 is his younger days, until he leaves Latveria for college in the US. Issue #2 is his time in the US. Issue #3 is the lost time between leaving the US and going to the monks on the mountaintop, showing what he did and how he learned about the Tibetan monks. Issue #4 is his time with the monks, and how he came to be their leader, and decided to encase his body in a metal suit. And issues #5 and #6 are the tale of his return to Latveria and how he takes over the country."

Malinky Robot: I missed Sonny Liew's original 2003 Malinky Robot story, Stinky Blue Fish, but did not miss his subsequent work with Mike Carey and Marc Hempel on Vertigo's My Faith in Frankie, which was really great. I'm planning to check out the new Malinky Robot installment, Bicycle. Liew elaborates on this story, which is being published by Slave Labor Graphics.

Disney Comics: I mentioned recently that I'm a regular reader of Uncle Scrooge but, additionally, I read most of the Disney comics that Gemstone publishes. The Scoop plugs the Disney releases that came out on 10/12, Mickey Mouse and Friends #282 and Donald Duck and Friends #333, with both placing special emphasis on some classic foes of the world's most famous mouse and duck.

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Blogger Bastarður Víkinga said...

"Donald has become addicted to squandering money at garage sales; Daisy and the boys would like to cure him, but they've got a very difficult row to hoe."

See, *this* is why Donald Duck & Co. comics are the greatest in the universe.

10/23/2005 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Shouldn't that be "Frank Cho: Master of *a* female form?"

10/23/2005 05:42:00 PM  
Anonymous The "No 'There' There" Alex Freakin' W. said...

No, take a walk through town sometime, I think you'll find all women look like that...

10/23/2005 08:07:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher Burton said...

Aw, c'mon, fellas. I have no doubt that Cho could draw the best grotesquely obese woman you ever laid eyes on.

10/23/2005 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger Harvey Jerkwater said...

Shaolin Cowboy #2 was the best comic produced in the last year. Really.

It dares depict the eternal conflict of Man Versus Crab.

So very good. So very, very good.

Wild, weird, laden with spectacle and bad jokes...


10/24/2005 04:47:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher Burton said...

For sure. I'll never again look at shellfish the same. Oh, the pathos! The humanity!

I thought that naming King Crab's family members after members of the British Royal Family was a nice touch.

10/24/2005 10:25:00 PM  

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