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Exclusive: Dark Horse Announces “LARP!,” A Series of OGNs, from Jolley, deLoache, and Shoop [Interview]

by Brian Salvatore

Coming next year from Dark Horse is a new original graphic novel called “LARP!” The book, the first in a proposed series of three, is written by Dan Jolley and Shawn deLoache and illustrated byMarlin Shoop (“G.I. Joe Vs. Cobra,” “Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends”). Jolley is anacclaimed Young Adult author (the “Alex Unlimited” series) who is no stranger to comics, having written “Firestorm” and the Eisner nominated “JSA: The Unholy Three” for DC among otherss, as well as writing video games like “Transformers: War for Cyberton.” His co-writer, deLoache, is currently writing the webseries “The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy.” I spoke to the co-writers about the project’s origins, their own history as high school nerds, and why Shoop was the right artist for the book.

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Artist August: James Jean [Art Feature]

by David Harper

While not explicitly a comic artist, or even an interior artist in any way, James Jean is an artist I became familiar with because of his comic work. Specifically, his work on the covers of “Fables”, the Vertigo series from Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham. Jean’s art graced the covers of over 70 issues in the series at the start, and his work became so celebrated and so synonymous with the run that Vertigo even printed a collection of his covers in one gorgeous book.

If anyone deserved it, Jean did, as his work was and is staggeringly gorgeous. Having as much in common with comic art as it did some of the most renowned painters throughout history, it doesn’t matter what his medium is – walls on buildings, comic covers, gorgeous prints – Jean endlessly blows me away with his achingly beautiful and powerful work.

But enough words. I have plenty of pictures for you, and that’s worth way, way more I hear. Take a look below, and enjoy. I know I do.

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“Supreme: Blue Rose” #2 is Perhaps the Most Subjective Experience in Comics, And That’s a Great Thing [Review]

by Zach Wilkerson

In “Supreme Blue Rose” #2, Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay continue to turn every concept you might have of the Superman pastiche on its head, starting with placing the focus on the story’s “Lois Lane.” Is someone at DC taking notes?

Two issues in, “Supreme: Blue Rose” is still very much a “what in the world did I just read?” kind of book. It’s existential, abstract, and full of half legible comic book science that sounds just real enough to make you believe that time really is like thread running through a giant cosmic loom. The danger with this type of story is that any kind of human character element will be buried by the mountain of high concepts. Thankfully, this is something that “Blue Rose” avoids, with not one but two strong, compelling female leads.

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Discover the Filth Beneath Tinseltown’s Glamour in “The Fade Out” #1 [Review]

by Keith Dooley

Tinsel town! Starlets! Debonair film Lotharios! All this and more in “The Fade Out”!

The reliable team of writer Ed Brubaker, artist Sean Phillips, and colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser bring us a book that uncovers the grime behind the glean of Hollywood in the late 1940s.

“The Fade Out” is a book that is immersed in and inspired by the world of movies. The title alone refers to a film technique that occurs when an image on the screen slowly disappears from the audience’s view; this is highly appropriate for this particular story because motives and truths fade in and out of perspective as the issue progresses. The complexity of this world that Brubaker, Phillips and Breitweiser have created becomes richer by the panel. We are immersed into these characters’ lives so quickly that we yearn to discover the difference between the truth and subterfuge. What is truth and what is fiction? In this book, one fades into the other.

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“And We’re Go!” — A Cosmic Journey Unlike Any Other Begins in “The Multiversity” #1 [Review]

by Matthew Meylikhov

The story of “The Multiversity” is a long one. First announced as a follow-up to “Final Crisis,” the book was thought for a while to be a comics equivalent to Chinese Democracy, with its title left for some amateur website to use in the interim because it sounded better at the time than “The Eighth City.”

But like Chinese Democracy, we did eventually reach the point where it would eventually be released — and unlike Chinese Democracy, holy shit, this book is awesome. Cue yet another joke from me about the five year wait, and lets get on with the review.

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Robots From Tomorrow Episode 111: Doom Patrolling [Podcast]

by Mike Romeo

The net is taken away as Mike and Greg go stream-of-consciousness for this one. As Baltimore Comicon and SPX approach, talk turns to those conventions and the corners of comics that they represent. This leads into a discussion of Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol work, which mushrooms into a consideration of his post-Final Crisis output, and then rolls right on into meditations on the impending The Multiversity release. Maps are consulted, tunes are whistled, time is hyped, and minds are blown on this episode!

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Art Of The Week: Week Of 08/20/2014

by David Henderson

Are you reading “Shutter”? You should be reading “Shutter”. Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca are creating one of the most wildly inventive and imaginative comic books I’ve ever read that combines a sense of fantasy and a little sci-fi with family drama like Terry Gilliam meets Wes Anderson. I love it and above is the wraparound cover for the first volume of the trade paperback that Leila del Duca posted to her tumblr. If you haven’t been checking out “Shutter” then you definitely should and the gorgeous cover to the paperback should be an incentive to that.

Now that my plugging of good comic books is over, everything else I’ve collected from the past week is down below for you to enjoy. So enjoy!

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Artist Alley: Sean Phillips and the Dark Side of Hollywood in “The Fade Out” [Interview]

by David Harper

Today brings the arrival of the latest entry into Sean Phillips and Ed Brubaker’s growing library of stunning collaborations, as “The Fade Out” debuts at Image Comics. This title, which is a murder mystery (in a way) set in the glittery facade and shady corners of 1940′s Hollywood, is an absolute thrill, and maybe their finest first issue yet. A big part of that is Phillips’ art, who combines with colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser to paint an engrossing, inviting picture into this often dark world, and he does a phenomenal job of really making us feel like we’re part of this world during the reading experience.

Thanks to Image, we’re going to take you inside the book with Phillips in Artist Alley, as he shares the firsts this series brings for him, his favorite parts of the comic world, Breitweiser’s brilliance, and much more. We’re very pleased to feature him for the first time, and thanks to Sean for chatting with us about “The Fade Out” #1.

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Mignolaversity: B.P.R.D. #122 [Review]

by Brian Salvatore and David Harper

David Harper: After a semi-disappointing finale to last week’s Lobster Johnson: Get the Lobster, we’re back with a look at our favorite Mignolaverse book, “B.P.R.D.”, as Johann and Enos go to Kaijuville. The issue comes from the regular crew of Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Dave Stewart, with Joe Querio joining the team for his first run as an artist in the Mignolaverse. I gotta admit, this issue was pretty rad. What’s your take, Brian?

Brian Salvatore: I agree – this was a pretty sweet detour from our usual, USA-based adventures, and it gave us yet another glimpse into what the Earth is really like in the wake of the last 120 or so issues.

Let’s start with the new kid on the block, Joe Querio. Joe is an artist I’ve admired for some time now, and his work here is really pretty exceptional. He does a really nice job with an issue full of cranky people, and he doesn’t shy away from their inherent displeasure. The American agents, especially, seem to be pissed off at the very notion of being in Japan, and Querio does that in a way that isn’t heavy handed in the slightest – everyone just looks a little off.

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