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    The Good Stuff - December 2010

    In the interest of helping the mainstream comics industry by both promoting their good stuff and ignoring their less successful attempts, Dean Trippe takes time out of his busy schedule to inform you about the best of the best put out by the Big Two. Here are his most recent favorites.

    Welcome once again to The Good Stuff. As always, I’m the Internet’s Dean Trippe, creator of Butterfly, founder and editor of Project: Rooftop, powered by the rays of Earth’s yellow sun. Let’s talk awesome comics.

    Batman, Inc. #1 by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette. More than four years into Morrison’s Batman stories, it’s now pretty easy to divide it up into large chunks. While any Grant Morrison DCU story is always gonna work better in the larger context of the GMDCU hyperstory (including DC One Million, Seven Soldiers, Final Crisis, etc), there are also nice, big bites to recommend as complete stories (the Club of Heroes arc, or R.I.P., for example) and solid jumping on points (Batman and Robin #1) for new readers. With the recent conclusion of the Simon Hurt/Return of Bruce Wayne megastory, Batman, Inc. offers the cleanest jumping on point since Grant’s first issue of Batman in 2006. As I’m sure you know, judging from the excellent sales numbers, this book is flat out action fun times, with new characters, familiar allies, and Morrison’s trademark take on the most capable man alive. Paquette’s art, having already previously floored me in his earlier Marvel and America’s Best Comics work, is so very welcome here in the Bat-Family. I’m sure I’m not shocking anyone with my expectable praise of another Morrison DC project, but as always, my favorite writer delivers not the promise of the characters. In New X-Men, he elevated the mutant population to a more visible minority status among humanity. In Batman and Robin, he put Dick Grayson in his rightful place, finally, as the heir to the Batman mantle. In All-Star Superman, he showed Superman to be the greatest hero in all of human history, both as a real person in the fictional world and as a fictional character in our world. And now in Batman, Inc., he hits Batman over the head with that lone avenger nonsense he’s always talking about and tosses him out into the world to use his complete set of skills to save the world from crime. Grant’s talent is always doing the most obvious thing you’ve never thought of. Brilliantly. Hyperstory followers should read Batman: The Return first.

    Detective Comcis #871 by Scott Snyder, Jock, and Francesco Francavilla. As established above, I tend to follow anything Morrison does and skip anything else going on at the same time as his work on the same dynasty. More often than not, this rule keeps me from buying lots of “tie-in” comics that actually knot themselves up next to Morrison’s intricate tapestries. However, having seen some interviews with Snyder, it sounded to me like he really had a grip on the Bat-Family, especially Dick Grayson. So I picked up this first issue of his run on Detective. Thank God. Because it’s awesome. In the issue, Scott reveals an even better understanding of Mr. Grayson and his familiar ally, Jim Gordon, than I’d expected. This is a badass, quick-moving, action mystery with familiar Bat-mythos elements used in new ways. It fits very well together with my other favorite Bat-titles. Clearly, this is a writer who’s read Dixon’s Nightwing and Brubaker and Rucka’s Gotham Central. Jock’s scratchy, moody art suits the action mystery vibe here so perfectly. And the back-up feature illustrated by the brilliant Francavilla, unlike nearly all of the DC back-up features, gels brilliantly with the main story—not at all by chance, as Snyder’s handling the writing on both parts. So…I guess I’m reading another monthly.

    iZombie #8 by Chris Roberson and Mike Allred. iZombie continues to be one of the most welcome books in my monthly comics pulls. The reliable goodness is hard to overstate, with Roberson’s very likable character writing and Allred’s always-rad art. It’s a high-quality book, packed to the brim with an expanding and clearly thought-out world. The monsters and monster fighters and friends and allies and, as I said before, set pieces, just make this story feel so delightfully REAL despite the outright insanity of following a zombie girl grappling with her unexpectedly continuing life among humans and monsters, all the while feeding on the disgusting, memory-filled minds of the recently deceased! I also like knowing that Chris and Mike are in this for the long haul, as they’ve revealed they have no intention of leaving this beautiful, creator-owned universe any time soon. Above, we see my favorite character, the ancient and immortal Amon (the series’ dapper mummy man!) talking with the shadow-stalking new villain, Mistress Galatea, a Frankenstein’s Bride-as-mad-scientist! This mashed-up collection of monsters and metaphysics could so easily have been a mess, but it’s really something special to find a series with this much fun and nonsense wrapped around so many distinct and likable characters. It’s rare for me to get locked in on Vertigo series with issue one, but iZombie’s staying on my pull for as long as they’re printing it.

    Starborn #1 by Chris Roberson and Khary Randolph. Another new series from our pal Chris Roberson (iZombie, Cinderella, and who’ll soon be taking over the flagship Superman title), this time from BOOM! Studios. BOOM! is a bit outside my usual purview here at The Good Stuff, but the Stan Lee superheroes line, and of course, my fandom of the writer and artist merited at least a first issue read. Like his much lauded work elsewhere, Roberson’s writing familiar tropes with small, wonderful twists that set the whole story cockeyed to what you’re expecting. I’m actually a bit too fond of this issue to spoil a minute of it, so I’ve only included my favorite of the variously varied variants (Stan the Man homage, eh?) drawn by Paul Rivoche. Pick up this book. If you like comics, this one will like you back. Khary Randolph and Mitch Gerads have the art well in hand here, with an animated, kinetic vibrance in line, motion, and color. With most of the Big Two titles rotating house style artists, this sci-fi superhero book is a welcome addition to my Wednesday spoils.

    Superboy #2 by Jeff Lemire and Pier Gallo. One of my favorite titles from last year was Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul’s Adventure Comics, following the new adventures of Conner Kent Superboy, recently revived from the dead and trying to find his place in the world by following in the footsteps of his heroic mentor, Superman, and trying to avoid the mistakes of his other DNA-donor, Lex Luthor. Now continuing those threads in his eponymous monthly title, Superboy and his eerily Luthoresque BFF, Simon Valentine fight to protect Smallville from super-threats from without and within. Lemire is doing amazing, Silver Agey things here, ala All-Star Superman (which, thanks to colorist Jamie Grant, shares a vital collaborator). Pier Gallo’s art is confident and attractive, with a more unique artistic vision than most mainstream titles. I dug the first issue, but this second one locked it in for me, as my friend Tim Callahan had predicted it would. Lemire’s Superboy and Valentine team play off each others’ strengths and differences in that way one always wishes Superman and Lex could (or in the case of Superman’s friendship with the Luthor mirror character Leo Quintum, did). There’s a cool mystery building here in Smallville, so get on board while there’s still only a little catching up to do.

    Thor the Mighty Avenger #7 by Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee. This title’s not long for this world, but every issue of Langridge and Samnee’s Thor is to be cherished. Langridge has such a clear grasp of Thor’s character, as a brash young man, soothed by friendship and romance, and attracted to sincerity and courage. Chris Samnee is a once-in-a-generation new talent, with serious storytelling chops and clear, gorgeous depictions of every character in any emotional state. Look, I read a lot of comics, and a lot of Marvel comics, many very good ones, but none better than Thor: The Mighty Avenger. I fully expect to follow these phenomenal creators wherever they turn up next. Unfortunately for us all, the majority of comics readers have been trained to buy all the titles that push forward the main megastory arcs dominating events from year to year, rather than simply buying the books from their favorite creators. So when a book of this quality comes along, with no need to keep up with fifteen other titles, nor contributing to the stories in those other books, it’s hard to get any traction with fans anymore. You want to know why comics sales are down? It’s not just the economy. It’s shortsighted sales tactics. It’s sad to see a series of this undeniable, universally recognized quality fall in sales battle. One more issue before Ragnarok, when Thor: TMA joins Nextwave in Valhalla. Bow your heads, ye mortals.

    More Good Stuff: Knight & Squire #3 continued to reign, New Avengers #7 was a surprisingly delightful fanboy talkathon, Captain America: Patriot #4 ended its tour of duty admirably, and if you missed that Supergirl Annual #2, just hijack a time-sphere and get back to your LCS to pick it up. Trust me.

    — 3 years ago with 19 notes
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    The Good Stuff for September 2010

    In the interest of helping the mainstream comics industry by both promoting their good stuff and ignoring their less successful attempts, Dean Trippe takes time out of his busy schedule to inform you about the best of the best put out by the Big Two. Here are his most recent favorites.

    I haven’t posted one of these in quite a while, but the comics “news” was getting a bit lot too negative for me this week, so I decided to revive it. If you don’t know me, I’m the Internet’s Dean Trippe, creator of Butterfly, founder and editor of Project: Rooftop, powered by the rays of Earth’s yellow sun. Let’s talk awesome comics.

    Batman and Robin #14 by Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving. It’s no secret that I love Morrison’s work to bits, and this issue is a great example of why. The tension and excitement levels in B&R #14 JUST. DON’T. DROP. In part 2 of Batman and Robin Must Die, Morrison and Irving BRING IT, playing with familiar icons from the Batman mythos (Tell me if you’ve heard this one: Robin and the Joker walk into a crowbar…), and continue to surprise even a lifelong Batman fan. Irving’s art really suits this arc, nailing the hyper-creepiness of major players Pyg, Hurt, and Joker (as well as cool details like his clever take on the new utility belts). If you’ve been following this series, and Morrison’s Batman run before it, you’re probably picking up on the Batman: RIP parallels. (If not, check David Uzumeri’s annotations for all the juicy Easter eggs.) Poor Dick Grayson. He’s one of my favorite characters ever, but he can’t even convince the Batmobile he’s really Batman. :(

    Hellboy: The Storm #3 by Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo. If you’ve been waiting on the trades for these, you should be caught up to the last series, Hellboy: The Wild Hunt, which dramatically changed the stakes for the Hellboy U. Storm picks up right where Hunt left off, with H.B. grappling with awesome monsters AND the dramatic revelations regarding his heritage. Fegredo’s art continues to rock, serving as a surprisingly excellent substitute for Mignola’s own work (though Mike recently announced he’ll be returning to those duties soon), especially with the watercolory coloring style provided by Comics’ Best Colorist (TM), Dave Stewart. As always, the Hellboy and B.P.R.D. titles offer a consistent high quality at ever stage of production, unmatched in the vast majority of mainstream ongoings. I can understand waiting on the trades for these, given how well the Mignola-verse crew handles breaking up the stories and getting the trades out on time, but that reliable bite of good comics every issue is too tempting for me to pass up.

    iZombie #5 by Chris Roberson and Mike Allred. iZombie is flat out my favorite new title this year. Allred’s art gets better every month, with new tricks in the mechanics of the page (Gwen breaking the panel border as a doorframe? Effective.) and Chris Roberson’s managed to jam a whole world of awesome into just these five issues. The main cast is really fun and have solid voices, and the recurring set pieces give the series a welcoming feel, more like a favorite TV show than a typical monthly. Lots of coolness for Gwen this issue, with a dangerously awesome new love interest and the start of a mystery regarding her origin that I look forward to seeing uncovered. I also can’t wait for more of the pulp-era monster hunting dudes! The iZombie universe is new and familiar, and offers its creators a canvas wide enough to tell absolutely any tale. When the series first started, I wasn’t sure what the intended length was going to be. Was it a mini-series? An ongoing? Would it do well enough to survive the Vertigo chopping block? Turns out, Chris and Mike are in this for the long haul, so strap in for years of reliably fun comics, fanfolks!

    Astro City Special: The Silver Agent #2 by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson. I’d always considered myself a fan of Astro City, but after missing a few issues early on due to finances and availability, I’d actually just planned to return to it whenever I could. Now I have. I spent the last few weeks reading ALL of Astro City, having previously only read a few issues here and there. Anyway, it’s the best ongoing superhero book of our generation. Easily. I’ve heard from a few folks that they didn’t care as much for the recent storyline, The Dark Age, but for me, that series was incredible, hitting hard on multiple levels: the main cop/criminal brothers storyline itself was excellent, the commentary on the trend of darker heroes was powerful, the background cosmic events are awesome, and the revelation in the back matter that it had originally been conceived as a Marvels follow-up made for interesting parallels. Following that, I read the Silver Agent specials, which revealed the secrets of (the awesomely named) Silver Agent’s origin and his mysterious appearances throughout The Dark Age. These two issues told an unbelievably uplifting story about heroism, included lots of familiar elements from classic Green Lantern and the Legion of Superheroes, and like every Astro City tale, used those building blocks to construct a compelling character-driven story with powerful emotional resonance. The Silver Agent is one of the best superhero stories I’ve ever read, reminiscent of Grant Morrison’s All-Star Superman or Alan Moore’s Supreme. But in just two issues, having carefully set up the Agent’s brief appearances during The Dark Age, Busiek and Anderson brought me to tears for a character I’d only recently become acquainted with. Not Batman or Superman, who I’m always predisposed to weeping around, the Silver Agent, a hero I’ll never forget.

    Thor: The Mighty Avenger #4 by Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee. I’ve always liked Thor, but only been able to break into his mythic Shakespearean Asgard a few times. This new series is an excellent jumping on point for anyone, though, as it presents a newly updated continuity-light origin, along with Samnee’s excellent art (and costume modifications!. Consider every character update in this book Project: Rooftop Approved *STAMP*). And at just four issues in, you can easily jump into this series if you’ve been sleeping on it. Following last month’s super-fun Ant-Man & Wasp appearance in issue three, this month features Thor’s pals from Asgard and your favorite super-lord, Captain Britain. And drinking. And fighting. And awesome. I have some VERY minor quibbles about the teensy size of the lettering and the over-reliance on gradients in the otherwise exceptional colors, but hyper-critical nit-picking aside, this book’s creative team clearly works crazy hard to make it one of the best four-color floppies stapled and shelved, waiting each month for your rainbow-ready eyeballs. CHECK IT OUT.

    More Good Books: Fantastic Four #582 by Jonathan Hickman and Neil Edwards, Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #2 by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung.

    Awesome Hardcovers I’ve read recently: All of Astro City by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Alex Ross; Vol. 1 & 2 of The Brave and the Bold by Mark Waid, George Perez, and Jerry Ordway.

    — 4 years ago with 13 notes
    #the good stuff  #batman and robin  #hellboy the storm  #izombie  #astro city: the silver agent  #thor: the mighty avenger  #comics  #reviews  #marvel  #dc  #wildstorm  #darkhorse  #vertigo 
    What is Dean Trippe Reading?

    From Robot 6:

    The only really terrible thing about being a comics creator (besides the pay and constant fear you might’ve been happier or at least healthier with a menial day job of any other kind) is that you know what good looks like.

    I’ve become insufferable as a comics fan. I don’t like most writing, drawing, coloring, or lettering, and I’m sure as hell not shopping in a store that doesn’t let me flip through books to see if they look interesting. I can’t invest in crossovers anymore. I don’t even care about characters, even though I think nearly every mainstream comics character could be interesting. I follow creators because I’m spoiled.

    Because I read Tom Strong, Promethea, Planetary, The Authority, Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Robin: Year One, and All-Star and Superman, I know comics can be absolutely incredible. When my favorite creators team up, that’s when I get interested. Were I President of Comics, I’d make it so every comic was amazing. Somehow. So vote for me.

    What meets my impossibly high standards? Here you go…

    Full article here.

    — 4 years ago with 6 notes
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