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Christian    734

Image has announced a new set of titles for later in 2017. Lots of "United States facing a new civil war" comic books coming up....

The biggest news is that Warren Ellis will not be writing a werewolf comic book. It is actually Grace Ellis. I'm pretty sure that Comic Shop News had a typo, where "Warren Ellis" was listed as the writer.

I don't see a lot that really catch my interest, but one of the Ales Kot books sounds worth reading. The one about the "next American civil war", not to be confused with any non-Kot versions of same.

 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/eccc-image-comics-announces-15-new-comic-book-titles-late-2017-982902

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Christian    734

Royal City #1 (by Jeff Lemire)-Beautiful. It was everything you'd expect from Lemire returning to his non-genre roots. There aren't enough comic books like this....like the best of Daniel Clowes or like Essex County. I love superheroes and horror and sci-fi and fantasy genre comics, but it's nice to see books like this too.

Lemire is truly an amazing creator. Look at the work he's currently doing....Royal City, Black Hammer, Moon Knight....all quite good, but each about as different as you can get in writing. It shows a real talent.

Grade: A, must read.

 

Underwinter #1 (by Ray Fawkes)-Fawkes has really improved as a writer. I'm not judging him by Constantine, which was never showing his full potential. His artwork continues to amaze me. His writing has grown a lot though. He's telling a very weird, very surreal horror story here, but his first attempt at this sort of writing showed a lot of the faults of a writer trying to discover how to do different things with the artform. This book looks like Fawkes has found his talent.

Now, the description of this series from Image....standalone stories, topical.....doesn't seem to reflect the actual content of the book.

The ending intrigued me enough to want to come back and see where this is going.

 

I remember when a writer could come Hellblazer and tell the type of stories they wanted to tell. It's really sad to see how far a John Constantine comic book has fallen. There were times I was reminded quite a bit of the types of stories that Delano was telling with Hellblazer in this comic. Now, writers are forced to tell generic or handcuffed types of stories with the character of John Constantine.

I'm reminded of how great Oliver's Last Gang in Town was, compared to the boring slog he's doing on The Hellblazer.

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dogpoet    442

Apparently, Image are still repackaging Vertigo comics as trade paperbacks:

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Got hold of this as it's a comic by Richard Kadrey which I missed when DC put it out. The rather nice Pander brothers artwork probably looks better in black and white than it did coloured as well.

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Christian    734

I forgot that Kadrey had written a comic before he took over Lucifer.

I seem to remember not really enjoying it at the time, although it's been so long since it was released that I don't remember why I didn't find it enjoyable.

 

Si Spurrier has a new comic coming from Image later this year, titled Angelic. It sounds worth a look. It takes place on a far future Earth after humanity has gone extinct. The only life left on the planet are the bio-technologically enhanced animals which humanity engineered as a slave race. Human civilization is dimly remembered in the myths of these animals' culture.

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dogpoet    442

That sounds a bit '60s new wave, doesn't it?

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Christian    734

Generation Gone #1, by Ales Kot, was pretty good. I'm not sure about that ending though....this really didn't need to go in the direction of a superhero book. It was a very realistic plot, up until that point. I'm not sure if I'm interested in coming back now.

Otherwise, it takes place in the near future, as the economy continues to struggle. The majority of young people are unemployed or work in low-wage, part-time, temp jobs....so, pretty close to 2017. The main characters are three 20-sometbings who are poor and angry. They're hackers, trying to use those skills to change their lives. The girlfriend works two menial jobs.

Another character is a computer scientist who works for DARPA, as it's the only way he can get funding for his real goal. While he designs bigger and better weapons for the US military, he spends his spare time working on "Project: Utopia", which is a way to create superpowers in real life. The government isn't very fond of his pet project, but continue to allow him his extravagance, due to his genius abilities, which have shown much promise for the future of military tech.

The three hackers have been hacking in to DARPA files also, eventually planning to release information about what the peoples' tax money is being spent on, while the government claims to be "broke". What they don't realize is that the DARPA computer scientist is aware of their hacks, but has been keeping it secret from the State.

When the government decides to crack down on "Project: Utopia", shutting down his work in that area, he decides as a last-ditch effort to test his work on the three hackers.

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