Mike Norton is the artist on “Revival” for Image Comics. Some of his past work includes Dark Horse’s”The Occultist,” Image’s “It Girl and the Atomics,” DC’s “Green Arrow/Black Canary” or “Trinity,” and more. You can check out his great webcomic “Battlepug,” buy some original art fromCadence Comic Arts, check out his website, or follow him on Twitter (@themikenorton).
by James Johnston
Welcome to Wicked Intervention, Multiversity’s monthly annotation for Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson’s “The Wicked + The Divine”. This week we descend into hell, put on some unsexy finger cuffs and find out what was up with that masked lady from the first issue. Massive spoilers are ahead, natch.
Science and Visions – Theories and Rumblings From the Peanut Gallery
Okay, first things first. I’m not the illest. Even though I’m doing my damnedest to go over “WicDiv” as thoroughly as possible, I’m nowhere near the leading authority on music, comics, and mythology. Like, I’m up there, but I’m fallible.
So I highly encourage everyone to feel free to post their theories, as crazy as they might be, or anything else they think I might have missed. “WicDiv” is a really in-depth book and I feel like Wicked Intervention could be a good space (though definitely not the only one) to discuss theories, ships, etc.
As for the theories presented in the last column, there were some good guesses regarding the circle of symbols relating to the gods of the recurrence but I’m going to admit that I cheated and had read the second issue by the time I wrote that column. (Sorry, catinatree, though I’d suspected the same thing when I read issue #1. That’s why I also kept mum on the woman we now know to be Ananke. If I’d leaked that before the second issue came out, I would’ve been locked in a room with a Dave Matthews Band record or something just as awful.)
by Cassandra Clarke
Like the faithful Lucky forewarned, “Hawkeye” #19 returns us to the bloodied heels of the Barton brothers. This time, like most other times, Clint thinks he’s lost it all. Deafened from the previous battle with the hit-man, Clint is stuck under the care of his “clobbering” brother Barney in an apartment complex about to be stolen from his hapless grip. Old hat, right? Wrong.
Matt Fraction and David Aja strike pulpy gold. In this issue, Barton’s character — that narcissistic nihilist, that unlucky guy who might just save the day or at least part of it with a few tricks up his sleeves and some arrows to aim before the superpowers arrive but bulldozes over his own life — reaches a new level of honesty and grit that gives Phillip Marlowe a run for his money. Like a classic Chandler character, Clint is left isolated, struck in the very apartment that he tried to save, without thanks. Stripped of his hearing, Barton loses the only sense that has helped him through his tooth and claw times: his perception.
by The DC3
We have a rare 5th issue released in a month, which means that we don’t have a regular feature to accompany the issue. So, instead, we thought we’d take a look at the series as a whole thus far, and discuss what we think is working, isn’t working, and what we’re looking forward to in the future for the book.
by Jess Camacho
Jo’s journey ends on a very fitting note in “Fatale” #24. Throughout the entire series, the pieces have been put into place and the grand finale is nothing short of excellent.
“Fatale” has been a series that took two genres that didn’t seem to go together and gave us a memorable tale with a lead character that won’t be forgotten any time soon. Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser have crafted something so unique that it really is it’s own genre: Lovecraftian noir, a concept that definitely needs to revisited at some point by this creative team. They have taken Lovecraft notions and concepts and fit it into a world that is similar to our own. That’s a big part of what it made it so scary at times.
“Fatale” #24 wraps up one of the most consistently great series of the last ten years. Jo has spent much of the last few issues getting together her plan to take out Bishop and free herself from the curse. At this point in the series she has used Nick to help further her goal and while she does care about him, this does little to stop her from using him as another pawn. What follows is an action packed ending that wraps up every detail and concludes the series in a satisfactory manner.
by Matthew Meylikhov
In the back of this week’s “Manhattan Projects” lies a bit of a tease for fans.
While we’re unsure what this is (and no one is telling us, unfortunately), our assumption would be that this is our first look at Hickman’s long-awaited graphic novel “Feel Better Now.” While it has been some time since we’ve heard anything new from it (teased in 2011 and announced as a 40-page graphic novella for $3.99), the book was put on hold for a 2012 release date — which, obviously, never came.
by Mark Tweedale
I hope you enjoyed the first issue of Baltimore: The Witch of Harju yesterday. We’re in a new phase of the series now! It seems like a good time to have a chat with the creative team behind the books about it all, don’t you think?
Originally, Mike Mignola conceived of Baltimoreas a comic, but when the idea grew too big, the concept was re-purposed as an illustrated novel by Christopher Golden. In the novel, despite it being named after Lord Baltimore, the character appears surprisingly little. Instead of being the main character, he instead acts as the engine for the story. The real leads are Baltimore’s friends, Thomas Childress Jr., Captain Demetrius Aischros, and Dr. Lemuel Rose, as they sit in a London pub talking about their encounters with Lord Baltimore and the supernatural.
Could you tell us a little about adapting this story from comic to illustrated novel, Christopher? Was the story within a story approach always a part of the original concept, or was it something that evolved as you adapted it?
Christopher Golden: I’ve known Mike a long time. Frequently, on the phone, he’d mention this “vampire graphic novel” he wanted to do, and one day he phoned me up and said he’d realized he would never have time to draw it but that it might make a great illustrated novel… and did I want to collaborate with him on it? I could take all of his thoughts and the plot he had and fill in the holes, flesh it out into a full-length novel, etc. Of course I jumped at it, so you see it wasn’t that the story was too big for comics but that Mike liked the idea too much to let it just sit in the back of his brain forever and not come to life. He’s a perfectionist with his own art and that is very time consuming.
by Zach Wilkerson
As a note, spoilers for the previous arc of “Black Science” are discussed.
Abstract: When Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera left us back at the end of April, they had just killed off Grant McKay, the lead protagonist of “Black Science.” With his dying breath he tasked his arch rival Kadir with the task of returning his children home to his estranged wife. Now, we explore the question: what is the worth of a promise? Let’s dig in, faux-primary scientific literature style.
by Vince Ostrowski
Welcome back to This American Death, Multiversity’s monthly annotations column on Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta’s “East of West” from Image Comics. I’ll be taking you through each issue of and explaining references, tossing out theories, and keeping track of some of the major events while giving them context. Since I won’t catch nearly everything the book has to offer and have been wrong plenty of times in my life, I’d love to see your thoughts and theories pop up in the comments section below.
Special thanks to the incomparable Tim Daniel for the great banner we’ve been using!
Don’t forget that this article is full of spoilers, so tread lightly and read your copy of the issue before reading.
Tim Seeley is both a writer and an artist keeping busy on both sides of the page. He is currently writing “Revival” for Image, just wrapped up writing “The Occultist” at Dark Horse and “Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash” for Dynamite, as well as doing covers for the latter. He is also one of the four writers on the “Batman: Eternal” weekly comic at DC, and is set to launch “Sundowners” for Dark Horse. On the art side, since wrapping “Hack/Slash” and “Ex-Sanguine,” he has been doing mainly covers and variants, including work on “Afterlife with Archie,” “Army of Darkness,” and “Hoax Hunters.” Check out his website, follow him on Twitter (@HackinTimSeeley), check out his deviantArt page and buy some of his original artwork from Cadence Comic Art.
Tim’s uncolored piece will be auctioned off later this summer to benefit Bill Mantlo. Stay tuned for auction information!