August 21, 2019

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Catch It at the Comic Shop August 21st 2019

Welcome to Catch it at the Comic Shop, where the Panel Patter team looks at what's coming out at your favorite store or digital device this week. Each one of us that participates picks up to five items due out this week, with a little bit about why we like them. (NOTE: We use solicitation material for this, so if we miss creators, please talk to your publisher!) Sometimes we might only have a few items to share, other weeks, keeping it to five will make for hard choices. Here's what the team wanted to highlight this week...


Rob's Picks:

Stronghold #5 by Phil Hester, Ryan Kelly, Dee Cunniffe, and Simon Bowland, published by Aftershock
What do you do when living your life freely likely means the destruction of everything on Earth? Damned if I know, but Hester/Kelly/Cunniffe/Bowland will present one possible answer in the conclusion of this series featuring an all-powerful being that was deluded into thinking he was just like the rest of us. His desire for freedom, aided by a woman trained to keep him deceived has been a great ride, offering an amazing commentary on the power of choice and the needs of the many versus the needs of the few, not to mention the lengths those watching over us go to to "protect" things as they are. There's plenty of deep philosophical meat on these bones, drawn with extreme detail by one of my favorites, Ryan Kelly, who's equally able to keep up the mundane appearances alongside monstrous, bloody events. If you didn't pick this up yet, you're missing out.

Eerie Archives Vol 27 by Various Creators, published by Dark Horse (originally Warren)
We're in a new golden age of horror comics, and part of that is being able to re-read some of the classics from the past. I'd be lying if I said I've caught up on every volume of these reprints, but I read them whenever I can, and since this is the last of the Eerie series, I wanted to highlight it and remind people that Dark Horse has done some amazing work getting these back into the hands of horror comic readers. This final addition has Don McGregor (Black Panther) and many others rounding out the last eight issues. If you want to see the building blocks so many great people working today cut their teeth on by reading, make sure you pick this one (or any of the others!) up.

Batman Kings of Fear by Scott Peterson, Kelley Jones, and others, published by DC Comics
Kelley Jones plays in the Batman sandbox again, with the Scarecrow as the protagonist. Need I say more? For those who may not be aware, Jones started off his Bat career doing covers around the time Bruce's back was broken, using his exaggerated style to give us a Batman that defied reality visually in the same way that his actions already did. It's a concept you either love or hate, and I credit Jones with helping me understand that not every comic had to look like classic Marvel. Over the decades since, he's done multiple weird books like this one, and I've enjoyed them all. I don't expect this one to be any different.




August 18, 2019

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Sunday Reads— August 18th, 2019

Panel

From Fat Freddy’s Cat-The Yuletide Story by Gilbert Shelton (1992)

Previously on Panel Patter

*** Sunday Reads— August 11th, 2019 (link: https://ift.tt/2GX0Sl9) via Scott Cederlund at Panel Patter

*** Catch It at the Comic Shop August 14th, 2019 (link: https://ift.tt/31GXH98) via Panel Patter at Panel Patter

*** Waiting for the Hook in Once & Future #1 by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain (link: https://ift.tt/2H8XnZj) via Scott Cederlund at Panel Patter

Review

From Last Cigarettes by Jayde Perkin

*** Review: Pope Hats #6: Shapeshifter by Hartley Lin (link: https://ift.tt/2YZXA72) via Alex Hoffman at Sequential State

*** Last Cigarettes – Jayde Perkin’s Graphic Monologue on Tobacco’s Seductive Grip is Unflinching in its Honesty (link: https://ift.tt/2N62OvC) via Andy Oliver at Broken Frontier

*** The Promised Neverland, Vol. 11 (link: https://ift.tt/2ZbDneN) via Sean Gaffney at Manga Bookshelf

*** Women Watch the Watchmen – Shelfdust (a 12 part series) (link: https://ift.tt/30lsGHy) at Shelfdust

*** Minis: Gareth Brookes' Threadbare (link: https://ift.tt/2KPBijj) via Rob Clough at High-Low Minis

Interviews

*** Inside KIERON GILLEN's Mind as He Forgoes WFH For Creator-Owned Future (link: https://ift.tt/2yXHqAC) via By C.K. Stewart, Newsarama Contributor at Newsarama

*** INTERVIEW: Hurtt, Enger, & Kindt on experimental anthology, & what’s to come for HEK Studio (link: https://ift.tt/308TWJu) via Zack Quaintance at The Beat — The News Blog of Comics Culture

*** O'MALLEY's PILGRAMage to SCOTT's PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE (link: https://ift.tt/30c5H1V) via Chris Arrant at Newsarama

News

From Nexus Newspaper Strips by Mike Baron & Steve Rude

*** Marvel’s Chairman Is Also Donald Trump’s Largest Donor (link: https://ift.tt/2YBVy1z) via at Out Magazine - Gay & Lesbian Travel, Fashion & Culture

*** 2019 Harvey Awards nominations announced (link: https://ift.tt/2KwZLuK) via Heidi MacDonald at The Beat — The News Blog of Comics Culture

*** Upcoming NEXUS collection to feature a brand-new story by Baron and Rude (link: https://ift.tt/2Z3JENj) via Joe Grunenwald at The Beat — The News Blog of Comics Culture

*** Art Spiegelman's Marvel essay 'refused publication for Orange Skull Trump dig' (link: https://ift.tt/2Zc7Nx7) via Alison Flood at the Guardian

This and That

*** FFF Results Post #528 -- Jumping The Gun (link: https://ift.tt/2MRnw2a) via at CR Briefings

*** It Is Time To Boycott Marvel (link: https://ift.tt/2KylC4W) via RJ Casey at The Comics Journal

*** Chris Ware’s “I Guess We’re Here” | Magazine (link: https://ift.tt/302Lf37) via Guno Park at MoMA

*** The 10 Most Popular Comics of 2019 So Far, According to GoodReads Members (link: https://ift.tt/309eIJ4) via By Chris Arrant, Editor at Newsarama

*** Making Comics F2018 – Spin Weave and Cut (link: https://ift.tt/304lcsx) via at Spin Weave and Cut

August 15, 2019

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Waiting for the Hook in Once & Future #1 by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain


Kieron Gillen’s writing, like the best pop songs, is built around strong hooks. Narratively, he comes up with these earworm motifs that just lodge themselves into your brain. His earworm that haunts me the most is Phonogram’s “music as magic” but there are a lot of people who groove on his D&D as life riffs in Die or the superhero as pop star licks of The Wicked + The Divine. Usually these earworms are present from the power chord openings of his comics but Once & Future lacks that strong statement, that announcement that tells you to hold on for dear life on this journey that we’re beginning with Gillen.

As Gillen, Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain introduce us to Bridgette and her grandson Duncan, Gillen’s writing feels less specific and less idiosyncratic than his other comics do. The general tone of this book is a cross of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (with a sly reference in the book thrown in about hunting all of the vampire in England) and Scooby Doo where Duncan is a bit more Shaggy than he is Fred. As an ancient scabbard is stolen from an archeological dig, Bridgette escapes her retirement home and begins a search for the thieves, dragging her somewhat hapless grandson into this grand adventure. It’s an interesting take on the odd couple paradigm, putting two people with different personalities and skill sets together to meet a common goal, but it is still an odd couple story that’s been told time and time again.

August 14, 2019

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Catch It at the Comic Shop August 14th, 2019

Welcome to Catch it at the Comic Shop, where the Panel Patter team looks at what's coming out at your favorite store or digital device this week. Each one of us that participates picks up to five items due out this week, with a little bit about why we like them. (NOTE: We use solicitation material for this, so if we miss creators, please talk to your publisher!) Sometimes we might only have a few items to share, other weeks, keeping it to five will make for hard choices. Here's what the team wanted to highlight this week...

Neil's Pick:

Once & Future #1 by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain and Ed Dukeshire published by Boom Studios
It is almost impossible to turn on your TV in the UK without hearing about the impending doom that is Brexit. News channels informing us of the horrors that a “no-deal” Brexit could bring. Satirical shows making a mockery of the politics behind the whole process. It’s becoming too much to handle. Thankfully Kieron Gillen is here to put his spin on the stupidity that is modern-day nationalism. Gillen may not be referencing Brexit within Once & Future but I can see he’s influenced by it. Set in modern-day with a group of Nationalists wanting to bring back villains from an Arthurian myth. Once & Future could be the fun break we Brits need from the current state of our political system. In fact it could be what we all need. With art by Dan Mora and colour by the phenomenally talented Tamra Bonvillain, Once & Future is one comic that I hope brings some much-needed light to our current grey climate.

James' Picks:

Once & Future #1 by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain and Ed Dukeshire published by Boom Studios
There's been a lot of excitement around this comic, and having read the issue, I can tell you that the hype is deserved. This is one you're going to want to check out. As the author of many comics people adore, Gillen knows how to tell an instantly entertaining story with a great hook. And this story has all of that.  And Dan Mora is a fantastic artist - I know him from the absurd "young swole Santa Claus" comics he does with Grant Morrison, but he's a hell of an artist and he shows it here. This book is fun, witty, topical, and looks to be a fun adventure.

Captain Marvel #2 by Kelly Thompson and Carmen Carnero, published by Marvel Comics
This has been a very strong book since its relaunch. Thompson and Carnero are a terrific team, and they seem to be getting ready to put Carol through the wringer. She just recently discovered that she's part Kree, and people don't seem to be quite as open and accepting of her now that they know she's part alien. At the same time, her powers seem to be failing her, and there's a new hero who's shown up and seems weirdly familiar. It's a fun story so far, with terrific art from Carnero and great dialogue and other storytelling from Thompson.

Powers of X #2 by Jonathan Hickman and R.B. Silva, published by Marvel Comics
I promise not to pick this every single week, but...I might end up breaking that promise. Powers of X and House of X have me more excited about the X-Men than I've been since, well, I don't know when. And more excited about superhero comics. Hickman has that effect - I think back to the heady days of 2013 when Avengers, New Avengers, Infinity, Manhattan Projects and East of West were all coming out. It's been a fun time, getting this into a comic, discussing it with friends. And the books themselves have been fantastic as well. Big and engaging and full of mysteries.

August 11, 2019

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Sunday Reads— August 11th, 2019

Panel

“Too Soon” by Keith Knight (via The Nib)

Previously on Panel Patter

*** Sunday Reads- July 28th, 2019 (link: https://ift.tt/32Ol81M) via Scott Cederlund at Panel Patter

*** Best Shots Review: HOUSE OF X #1 'Exhilarating, Frustrating, Often Chilling' (link: https://ift.tt/2GCVqUq) via By Scott Cederlund, Best Shots Contributor at Newsarama

*** Catch It at the Comic Shop July 31st, 2019 (link: https://ift.tt/2YzgDVm) via Panel Patter at Panel Patter

*** Best Shots Reviews: POWERS OF X #1, PAPER GIRLS #30 (link: https://ift.tt/31jGqmj) via at Newsarama

*** Catch It at the Comic Shop August 7th, 2019 (link: https://ift.tt/2YXtNjw) via Panel Patter at Panel Patter

Reviews

From So Buttons #1 (cover by Noah Van Sciver & Jonathan Baylis)

*** The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest (link: https://ift.tt/2Yf44DF) via Brian Nicholson at The Comics Journal

*** Baylis, Jonathan – So Buttons #8 (link: https://ift.tt/2K36Z9L) via Kevin Beamer at Optical Sloth

*** Death Threat (link: https://ift.tt/2LRhZJv) via Mel Schuit at The Comics Journal

*** Minis: Caitlin Skaalrud, Scotty Gillmer, and Carl Thompson (link: https://ift.tt/2STVFiM) via Rob Clough at High-Low

*** 5 Things That Make Mister Miracle the 2019 Eisner Award Winner You Must Read (link: https://ift.tt/2Yh5zkt) via Tia Vasiliou at Comics – The Mary Sue

*** “American Born Chinese” Combines Folklore and Teen Identity Crisis (link: https://ift.tt/2KkSkpd) via William Moo at www.comicsmnt.com

*** Weekly Reading Round-Up : 07/28/2019 – 08/03/2019 (link: https://ift.tt/335WBFL) via Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) at Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

*** I, René Tardi, Prisoner Of War In Stalag IIB Vol. 2: My Return Home by Jacques Tardi (link: https://ift.tt/2OGZyt5) via Robert Boyd by at The Great God Pan Is Dead

*** Books In Bites 21: Recent Readings -- Elkin Edition (link: https://ift.tt/2OKbM4f) via Daniel Elkin at Daniel Relkin

Interviews

*** INTERVIEW: RAVEN creators Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo (link: https://ift.tt/2K7ka8s) via Megan Fabbri at The Beat

*** INTERVIEW: Eddie Campbell talks art history, coloring From Hell, and the arrogance of Alec (link: https://ift.tt/2YuXmEH) via Chloe Maveal at The Beat

*** Catching Up With Rosemary Valero-O’Connell at SDCC (link: https://ift.tt/32ZdVfs) via Jazmine Joyner at WWAC

*** INTERVIEW: Gabriel Bá explains why Rumor is so difficult to draw (link: https://ift.tt/2MF1UpS) via Nancy Powell at The Beat

*** I Feel Like We Don’t Meaningfully Have Much Of An “Underground” Right Now”: An Interview With Evan Dahm (link: https://ift.tt/2Kp7rPS) via Sloane Leong at The Comics Journal

This and That

Dork by Evan Dorkin

*** NB Artist/Creator Gisèle Lagacé is a Comics Queen (link: https://ift.tt/2LJ49IX) via Elizabeth MacLeod at The Wave

*** The Unstoppable, Immortal Hulk's Sales (link: https://ift.tt/2ZqzgMQ) via Chase Magnett at Comicbook.com

*** Where Does DC Comics Fit In AT&T’s Vision For WarnerMedia? (link: https://ift.tt/2ytrJRe) via Rob Salkowitz at Forbes

*** With These Comics, Learn How to Laugh Like It's 1999 (Hint: Don't) (link: https://ift.tt/2GLu4Ma) via Etelka Lehoczky at NPR.org

*** House of X Is Ready to Break the X-Men's Grand Design (link: https://ift.tt/2OLITok) via James Whitbrook at io9

*** Tilting at Windmills #275: Is Diamond keeping up with changes in graphic novel distribution? (link: https://ift.tt/2ZJyquC) via Brian Hibbs at The Beat

*** Visual Analysis Comics Class – Spin Weave and Cut (link: https://ift.tt/2KjWfma) via Nick Sousanis at Spin Weave and Cut

News

*** SelfMadeHero Announce Autumn 2019 Releases – Including New Graphic Biographies on Isadora Duncan and Mozart, and the Conclusion of Rob Davis’s Surreal Trilogy with ‘The Book of Forks’ (link: https://ift.tt/2Osox3o) via Andy Oliver at Broken Frontier

*** Ellis & Villalobos' WILDCATS #1 (link: https://ift.tt/2MuGlIA) via By Chris Arrant, Editor at Newsarama

*** Jai Nitz accused of rape as local news runs multiple stories (link: https://ift.tt/2YOiCJL) via Samantha Puc at The Beat

*** Liefeld walks away from Youngblood as Andrew Rev returns with Terrific Productions (link: https://ift.tt/2MG8e09) via Zack Quaintance at The Beat

*** DC Hires JONAH WEILAND as VP of Marketing & Creative Services (link: https://ift.tt/2YGfMqg) via By Chris Arrant, Editor at Newsarama

*** Legendary Comics Artist Ernie Colón Passes Away at 88 (link: https://ift.tt/2KyeGnm) via Sam Stone at CBR

*** JIM LEE: DC's Digital Comics Sales 'Plateauing' and 'Disheartening' (link: https://ift.tt/2MMUCAs) via George Marston at Newsarama

August 7, 2019

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Catch It at the Comic Shop August 7th, 2019

Welcome to Catch it at the Comic Shop, where the Panel Patter team looks at what's coming out at your favorite store or digital device this week. Each one of us that participates picks up to five items due out this week, with a little bit about why we like them. (NOTE: We use solicitation material for this, so if we miss creators, please talk to your publisher!) Sometimes we might only have a few items to share, other weeks, keeping it to five will make for hard choices. Here's what the team wanted to highlight this week...

Sean's Picks:

 Sea of Stars #2 by Jason Aaron, Dennis Hallum, Stephen Green & Rico Renzi, published by Image Comics
I loved the first issue of this book so much that I nearly read its debut to pieces. Jason & Co. told a vividly simple thesis statement to a character study of a father and son relationship gone bizarrely awry. And that’s not because of their lack of connection, the dialogue actually showed how simple and intimate their bond really was. The visuals told their own story as provided by the imaginative mind of Dennis Hallum. The art is hypnotic and it sweeps you away into the far corners of space. The colors, the paneling, it all fits together so well you may find yourself forgetting to turn the page. As a parent I appreciate creative and new ways storytellers find to tell stories of family and relationships. Throw in space exploration, aliens, smart-witted juvenile one liners and sizable amounts of mystery and you have this comic. I like this one, and I’m pretty sure you will too.

 
Thumbs #3 by Sean Lewis & Hayden Sherman, published by Image Comics
If you aren’t aware of the dynamic duo of Sean and Hayden, then.. how dare you!? The Few was phenomenal and I found it rather underrated but it still managed to gain enough momentum to harness these two fresh faces into different corners of the success within the industry. Both have done well on their own since they’ve completed The Few and reading Thumbs is like cozying up with a warm blanket on a cold winter day (it’s bloody hot out! Why’d I use that metaphor?). This story has just begun. In the last issue we were discovering things alongside Thumbs; his mysteries became our own, and his surprises ours also. The visuals are brilliant with this comic as Hayden himself does the colors with the only color beyond it’s grayscale being a single hue of bright pink to highlight various tech spanning the pages. This is a fast and easy read but it’s definitely one of my favorites right now. Oh.. and not only is each issue supersized at well over 30 pages, but it also features mini shorts at the end. Money well spent.

Absolute Carnage #1 by Donny Cates & Ryan Stegman, published by Marvel Comics
Yea yea yea.. this doesn’t need any hype, I know. But sometimes I write these recommends for me.. so I don’t care. I’m a fanboy to most things that cross paths with Spidey, so this event comes with the territory. Earlier this summer I was first in line to sign up for the “Absolute Train” when I subscribed to *all tie-in’s* of this event. (cough*Literally*cough). Call me a sucker. Call me a target to corporate agendas. Call me whatever you want, because I won’t be hearing you anyway. As an early teen I remember reading Maximum Carnage and now, two and a half decades later, I get to read it’s follow up event in real time. The time is nigh. The time is now.

James' Picks:

Coffin Bound #1 by Dan Watters and Dani, published by Image Comics
I don't know much about this book, but the synopsis sounds like a lot of fun, and I really like what Dan Watters is doing at Vault Comics on books like Deep Roots. So I'm up for checking out something new. This one sounds fun and kinda bonkers.

Thumbs #3 by Sean Lewis and Hayden Sherman, published by Image Comics
Lewis and Sherman are a terrific team doing great, depressingly dystopian and realistic-seeming work. Depressing because the work is really good, and they have skill and insight in depicting some depressing possible futures for humanity. This is a great, smart read, and Sherman's artwork keeps getting better and better.

Berserker Unbound #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato, published by Dark Horse Entertainment
So, I'm curious because this sounds like a fun premise, and Lemire and Deodato is a very strong creative team But I'm also curious because the premise here is basically "what if Conan the Barbarian went to modern-day America", and it's a fun premise. In fact, it's such a fun premise that Marvel is actually doing that story right now. I know this won't be exactly the same, but I'm curious to see how the stories compare.

Future Foundation #1 by Jeremy Whitley and Will Robson, published by Marvel Comics
So, I'm not loving the current Fantastic Four comic, which is disappointing. However, I am interested in checking out this book because maybe it'll give me the sort of fix that I'm not really getting from the main title. I like Whitley's work as a writer (his Princeless and Wasp books was a lot of fun), and Will Robson is a really fun artist. So this first issue is worth checking out.