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    Tuesday
    Sep222015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. September 23, 2015

     

     

    COMICS

    After a traditional Image Comics trade break, the alien world future political triller Invisible Republic is back with issue #6 as the war starts to heat up. 1872 #3 is the latest from Gerry Duggan, putting a Deadwood spin on the Marvel Universe. A hero is reborn in this Western town of Timely — the strangest of all Secret War tales! The New Deal by Jonathan Case (Batman ‘66) and Dark Horse Comics is a comedic mystery set inside of the historic 1930’s Waldorf Astoria. See who is really behind these mysterious threats! …Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

     

     

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    Friday
    Sep182015

    Triple Shot: THE INFINITE ADVENTURES OF JONAS QUANTUM #1, CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE #1, D4VE2 #1 at FORCES OF GEEK

    Who isn’t ready for the weekend, amiright? We hope your weekend is filled with many glossy pages (or screens) of comics outdoors for one last time this summer. Crack open that cold can and drink in this last weekend of the Summer because it’s all crashing to an end.

    Looking for something to read as you slowly realize you wasted your summer away at the DMV and Dunkin Donuts? Maybe you were toiling away at the boat motor you never could get started?

    Here’s some suggestions!

    Mark Guggenheim (Arrow, The Flash, Amazing Spider-Man) teams up with Freddie E. Williams II and the tight bros at Legendary Studios (yes, that Legendary responsible for Pacific Rim, The Dark Knight Trilogy and so many more) to give us the smartest man in the world, The Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum #1.

    Contrast that book with the most put upon robot in the world in former FOG! columnist, Ryan Ferrier’s D4VE2 #1, the sequel to his desk-jockey-robot-turned-hero book D4VE. 

    Of course, 98 pound weakling Marvel nerds exhaled a collective wheezy “yay” when they heard that Captain America: White from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale was finally going to see the light of day and the $4.99 price point is totally worth it if you can’t wait for the collected edition.


    The Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum #1
    Writer: Marc Guggenheim
    Pencils and Cover: Freddie E. Williams II
    Colors: Chris Sotomayor
    Pub. Date: September 16, 2015
    Age Rating:15+ Only
    Publisher: 2015 Legendary Comics, LLC



    I’m not shy when it comes to my love of the work that the CW team has done with Arrow and The Flash. I scoop up insider information on the shows like a Hoover in a hotel lobby from Twitter and have always enjoyed behind the scenes interviews with Marc Guggenheim. 

    Marc was also one of the weekly writers of Spidey when I had my resurgence back into comic book fandom so I always keep an eye out for his work. 

    What appears to be on the Millarworld model of writing a volume of comics custom built for an easy adaptation to the big (or small) screen is this very fun superhero story about the smartest man in the world.

    A clever way of marking time in the book marks Jonas’ advanced intellect and milestones. Keep that calculator handy because you need to know that in the flashbacks on DAY 4800, Jonas is 13 years old and mastering time travel.

    At 35, he cures Death.

    The superheroing comes in as someone has broken into an off-world pocket universe and stolen his ‘Cure for Death’. 

    Jonas has powers, or has invented suits and gear to make him superpowered, can travel through time and there is plenty of action. Interacting with real humans, Jonas has some social problems but he seems to get by.

    Great fights and action for the first issue, and as usual Freddie Williams is a master. Quite a great looking book with Chris Sotomayer on colors. 

    Five stars for me on this first issue for fans of über-smart heroes (Reed, Tony, Bruce) and the cliffhangers and high drama of Guggenheim’s TV work.

     

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    Wednesday
    Sep162015

    FOG! Chats With CHRIS HUNT About CARVER: A PARIS STORY From Z2 Comics

     

     

    Paul Pope’s protege Chris Hunt has a new comic from Z2, Carver: A Paris Story hitting shelves November 11. 

    Chris joins us today to tease the red wine and whiskey soaked black and white noir mystery comic and the short film that serves as a prequel to the story.

    FOG!: Chris, thanks so much for joining us today. What brought the Carver story to life for you? 

    Chris Hunt: Carver started as something of an experiment for me about 5 years ago, when I was applying for Paul Pope’s residency at The Atlantic Center For The Arts. I did a short story about this old school, mustachioed adventurer having to fight off a man-eating lion. 

    It was very straightforward, and the main character didn’t have any back story. I kind of just started playing around with what his background would be, how he may have become this old school bad ass. 

    I found that I really enjoyed the idea of building a world around this pseudo-Hemingway archetype and I just started playing around with different concepts. I had actually been in Paris with an ex-girlfriend when I came up with the idea for the original story and concept for the character. 

    I thought it would be an interesting place to start the saga, so to speak. The backbone of the story is my personal experience when I was there, but it spiraled out into something much bigger as the story was developed.

     

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    Tuesday
    Sep152015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. September 16, 2015

     

     

    COMICS

    Chances are the world will end up like The Isles of Los Angeles 2089 in Tokyo Ghost #1 by Rick Remender (Avengers) and Sean Murphy (Chrononauts). In the technology addicted future, people are looking for that next digital fix and will beg, borrow or steal to get it! …Ryan Ferrier and Valentin Ramon’s robot D4VE returns in D4VE2 #1. It will be future soon, who are your robot friends? … After years of being frozen metaphorically, Captain America: White #1 hits the stands joining the Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale Marvel Comics color-based original graphic novels. This includes issue #0. … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

     

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    Tuesday
    Sep152015

    Triple Shot: ATOMIC ROBO AND THE RING OF FIRE #1, STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR #2 & TET #1! at FORCES OF GEEK 


    IDW Publishing takes over Triple Shot with as many big phasers and constructs as there are handguns. 

    That is to say, you’ve heard us gush at the Star Trek and Green Lantern crossover but the publisher’s connections withComics Experience bring Tet to print and independent creator-owned titles like Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener’sAtomic Robo keep the independent spirit alive among a sea of licenses. 


    TET #1 (of 4)


    Writer: Paul Allor
    Artist: Paul Tucker
    Publisher: IDW Publishing
    Pub. Date: September 09, 2015
    UPC: 82771400916300121



    Our friend Paul Allor (TMNT, G.I.Joe) sent FOG! an advance copy of his latest,Tet #1, out today from IDW in association with Andy Schmidt’s Comics Experience class. 

    Paul is a comics professional with some great titles under his belt, but also he is a crucial part of the community and staff over at Comics Experience. His title is Pro Critique Provider, helping would-be creators develop scripts and gives students much needed feedback as a professional that has worked with publishers.


    Tet is a murder mystery set during the Tet Offensive, one of the key campaigns in the Vietnam War. 

    Much like Marvel ‘80s books The ‘Nam and flashbacks in Classic G.I.Joe, Tet offers a look at the war from the soldier’s perspective. 

    This book satisfies a lot of checkmarks for an interesting war tale. Romance, a murder mystery and a team up with U.S. soldiers and local authorities to solve said mystery. Of course the new partners don’t get along.

    I’m compelled to recommend this issue. Tet is different than Allor’s other work and in my opinion, shows his growth as a writer. Setting the story in the Vietnam War gives a gritty backdrop to the mystery and allows for some great dialogue work.

    Much praise to Paul Tucker’s realistic art, in the vein of David Mazzucchelli’s Batman: Year One style as an easy comparison. 

    I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the story and recommending the trade. Tet runs four issues.

     

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

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