This week for New Comic Book Day, we’re kicking things off with the fantastic Aliens: Dead Orbit, just in time for Alien Day! However, that’s not all we’ve got for you as this week also brings us Old Man Logan fighting through space and time and a coming of age Supergirl story.
As always, this is just a sample of the new books out this week; you can check out everything that came out this week on our website.
Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!
SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.
Aliens: Dead Orbit #1
By: James Stokoe
Gonna be upfront and honest here. I’ve been looking forward to this before any artwork was shown. Knowing James Stokoe from his other works, like Orc Stain and Godzilla – Half Century War, I knew this was going to be a fest for the eyes. I love Stokoe’s style. That high color and tiny scratchy detail make it a pleasure to look at. It’s also good that he’s an excellent storyteller.
This is a new cast of characters on a new ship above a new planet, which makes it an easy jumping on point for anyone. Even if you’ve never seen Ridley Scott’s classic Alien film, you can still buy this comic and enjoy it. Although watching the film will help in understanding the horror of these creatures, it’s not a necessity.
From this first issue, Dead Orbit looks to be an exciting slow-paced thriller. We all know what the Xenomorphs are capable of. We know what they can do, but can you watch while someone else finds out? [Martin M. at TFAW.com]
By: Jeff Lemire, Eric Nguyen
Jeff Lemire’s final arc of Old Man Logan has been a fantastic read so far. Old Man Logan #22 continues that streak by providing another solid story. In this issue, Logan finds himself transported back to his first fight with Hulk and Wendigo. The setting gives Lemire an opportunity to present some new twists to this story that any Wolverine fan will love.
The art by Eric Nguyen is impressive and you’ll have no problem following the action. His run on Old Man Logan has been a treat and I’d love to see him on future Marvel books.
The Past Lives arc has been one of Lemire’s best stories and you won’t want to miss an issue. I can’t wait to see how it all ends. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]
By: Mariko Tamaki, Joëlle Jones
It’s not easy being super, as Kara Danvers can likely attest to. In this third issue, Mariko Tamaki continues to tell a brilliant coming-of-age story. In fact, the story feels like it would make the perfect vehicle for a new Supergirl movie.
Surprisingly, the book asks more questions than it answers. However, I’m confident that Tamaki can pull off a solid landing in the final book.
The art by Joelle Jones is still fantastic. Jones and Tamaki make an amazing team that I’d like to see tackle more DC books in the future.
It’s a shame that Supergirl: Being Super is only four issues long, as this miniseries is one of DC’s best. If you’ve yet to check out this comic, you’re missing out on one of the hottest books DC is currently putting out. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]
What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!
A lot of amazing books have come out in 2016. With Marvel revitalizing their line, DC’s Rebirth, to so many independent and creator-owned books dominating the stands, 2016 has certainly been a comic book year to remember.
With that in mind, the staff at TFAW took a look at sales numbers, fan buzz, and our personal favorites of the year to create a list of the 25 best comics of the year. Now we want you, our awesome customers, to vote on this list to decide definitively what the best books of 2016 are.
Voting will take place from Jan 1st through Jan 31st, so head on over to our Facebook page and cast your vote. Let your voices be heard and recognize all these amazing creators and publishers for all their hard work.
Superman Vol. 01 Son of Superman
By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Gleason
The New 52 Superman is dead, but hiding among us for years was the original Big Blue. Now, a world without a Superman is in desperate need for Clark to leave the good life on the farm with Lois raising their son. This story simultaneously brings Superman back to formula, but also takes him in a direction he’s never really been before.
Bitch Planet Vol. 2: President Bitch
By: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma
Powerful and gut-wrenching, Bitch Planet continues to explore themes of patriarchy and non-compliance. A must read for SJWs, feminists, and people who truly appreciate comics as an artistic medium.
Wonder Woman TPB Vol. 01 The Lies
By: Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, Matthew Clark
Wonder Woman has been interpreted in many ways over her 75 year existence. Instead of trying to hide this, Greg Rucka’s approach is to embrace this to try and get to the real heart of who Wonder Woman is. Not just a great jumping on point for new readers, but a definitive take on the character that will hold true for years to come.
Black Hammer Vol 1: Secret Origins
By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart
Black Hammer is another in a long line of grand ideas by one of comics brightest stars, Jeff Lemire. This book has a unique take on superheroes and the art by Dean Ormston & Dave Stewart instantly ensnares the reader.
Rough Riders Vol. 1
By: Adam Glass, Pat Oliffe
History in the making! Teddy Roosevelt, Jack Johnson, Annie Oakley, Harry Houdini and Thomas Edison make up an American dream team engaged in an epic shadowy war! Monsters and Mayhem folks!
The Mighty Thor Vol 1: Thunder in Her Veins
By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
Marvel is changing things up by casting Dr. Jane Foster as the new Thor. The goddess of thunder shines in this series as she comes to grips with heroism and her own mortality. Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman are the perfect pairing. Also: Loki.
By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
After Abram came crashing home in Divinity vol 1. Spending his entire life in the depths of space, Divinity II tells the tale of Myshka. Still beliving in the Communist ideal. She intends to play a very real role in the return of Soviet glory
Old Man Logan Vol 1: Berserker
By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
What happens when an older, more gruff version of Wolverine comes to the main Marvel Universe? A whole lot of fighting. He’s on a mission to to prevent a terrible future from happening. Andrea Sorrentino’s art is breathtaking.
Detective Comics Vol. 01 Rise of the Batmen
By: James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Al Barrionuevo
Batman is notorious for being a lone wolf (bat?), but he’s always had his family behind him. Now it’s time to take the Bat-Family to the next level. Lead by Batwoman, Batman puts together a team of Red Robin, Orphan (Cassandra Cain), Spoiler, and Clayface to be ready for whatever threat comes Gotham’s way.
Vision Vol 1: Little Worse Than Man
By: Tom King, Kevin Walsh, Mike Del Mundo
Vision has the perfect family: a wife, two kids, and a dog. Look elsewhere for over-the-top nonstop heroics; this book proves it’s the little moments that matter. Truly impeccable dialogue and top-notch art await!
March Book 3
By: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
The third and final installment in civil rights activist John Lewis’ story in the battle for civil rights in the United States. 1963 was an incredibly turbulent time in America’s history, and John Lewis was not only in the middle of it, but a leader in getting us out of it, long before becoming a congressman. March will remind you there are real heroes in this world.
Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol 1: Black Squadron
By: Charles Soule, Phil Noto
With crisp and clean art by Phil Noto, Poe Dameron is one of the most beautiful of Marvel’s new Star Wars comics. Charle Soule explores Dameron’s uncanny skills and matching bravado.
Paper Girls Vol. 2
By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
Continuing where Vol. 1 left off, the misfit group of paper girls from 1988 find themselves transported to present day. Our main characters are forced to look at who they are, and who they may…or may not become. This superstar team continues to tell one of the craziest sci-fi stories currently on the shelves, while staying focused on the heart of any good story, the characters.
All New Wolverine Vol. 01 Four Sisters
By: Tom Taylor, David Lopez, Bengal
With the death of Logan, clone daughter Laura Kinney (X-23) steps up to be Wolverine and the best she is at what she does. This book is bloody, emotional, hilarious, and beautiful. This is one of those unique books that can present adult subjects in a way that people of all ages can understand. Clone or not, All-New Wolverine definitely has soul.
Dept. H Vol. 1: Pressure
By: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt
Not your average murder mystery! An in depth(see what I did there) story taking place on a deep sea research station. Family, lies, secrets and creatures make for a spectacular, well-paced adventure.
Steven Universe & Crystal Gems Vol. 01
By: Josceline Fenton, Chrystin Garland, Kat Leyh
They are the Crystal Gems. They always save the day! If you think they can’t. Here is proof that they always find a way!
Monstress Vol. 1
By: Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
A fascinating look at an alternate 1900’s Asia where monsters of god-like power are normal. Witness the journey of one teenage girl struggling to survive while trying to tame her own MONSTER.
Black Panther Vol. 01 Nation Under Our Feet
By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze
Wakanda under the microscope. On the brink of civil war, treason and terrorist attacks ensue in T’Challa’s homeland. Witness Black Panther fight to save his country from all fronts.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 01
By: Kyle Higgins, Jorge Corona, Goni Montes
“It’s Morphin Time!” This fantastic new series starts after the Green with Evil Saga. Takes us through a different path from the show, one that keeps it at the top of my reading every month. Perfect for fans new and old.
Saga Vol. 6
By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Set three years after the end of Vol. 5, our story opens with Hazel in kindergarten. For a story that’s followed a family on the run through space since issue 1, Vol 6 shows them living a domestic and stationary life for the first time…and it doesn’t go too well for them. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continue to be a dominating power tag team.
Sheriff Of Babylon Vol. 01 Bang Bang Bang
By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads, John Paul Leon
Currently known for his fantastic work on Batman, Tom King and Mitch Gerad’s The Sherriff of Babylon, is a suspenseful crime noir tale set in Bagdad circa 2003. King’s CIA experience in addition to Gerad’s life-like art style gives this series the accolades it deserves.
Beauty Vol. 01
By: Jason Hurley, Jeremy Haun
The first STD that people actually WANT! In this world, The “Beauty”, transforms your body into its most beautiful version. People are literally dying to get it but the public is unaware of the side effects. Detectives Vaughn and Foster are on the case.
Faith Vol. 01 Hollywood & Vine
By: Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Jele Kevic-Djurdjevic
Starting off as a side character in Harbinger back in 2014, we were given a full ongoing series of Faith Herbert this year. Written by the wonderful Jody Houser. This is a series meant for Fan-boys/girls, as Faith herself is as much of a geek as we are.
Gotham Academy Vol. 03 Yearbook
By: Brenden Fletcher, Moritat, Mingjue Helen Chen
Our favorite students go back after their adventures last year, telling tales before everything went to chaos. Gotham Academy is an all-ages series perfectly suited for those wanting to move to Gotham, but are not old enough to drive there.
Legend of Zelda Legendary Ed GN Vol. 01 Ocarina Time
By: Akira Himekawa
Viz does it again. While this is a reprint, if you’ve never read the Manga adaptation of the celebrated N64 game Ocarina of Time, this is a perfect time. Collecting vol 1 and 2, You get the complete tale.
DON’T FORGET TO VOTE BY THE 31ST
2016 had so many amazing titles that it was nearly impossible for us to narrow it down to 25. With that in mind, here are some honorable mentions of books that you should definitely check out. Odds are they made your own personal top 25.
Batman Vol. 1 I Am Gotham
By: Tom King, David Finch
Gotham City has two new heroes, Gotham and Gotham Girl. With these super powered saviors doing what Batman can’t, is he really what Gotham City needs anymore?
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 04 Kissed Squirrel Liked It
By: Ryan North, Erica Henderson
I an age of dark and gritty superheroes, The Unbeatable Squirrel decides to have fun with the universe it lives in instead. Be prepared to smile.
Dark Knight: A True Batman Story
By: Paul Dini, Eduardo Risso
Legendary Batman writer, Paul Dini, was beaten within an inch of his life. This autobiographical tale shows just how these iconic characters like Batman can get us through the darkest of times.
Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse
By: Chris Roberson, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Wes Dzioba, Dan Dos Santos
Set after the events of the previous series, Leaves on the Wind, No Power in the ‘Verse continues the tale of our favorite Browncoats
I Am a Hero Omnibus Volume 1
By: Kengo Hazawa
A slightly crazy artist, and one of the few people in Japan that actually owns a gun, is neck deep in the zombie apocalypse.
For New Comic Book Day this week – we look at an Old Man, a New Super Man, a Giant Gorilla, and celebrate Star Trek’s 50 years. As always these are only a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!
SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.
Old Man Logan #8
By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
In the last issue of Old Man Logan, we saw Logan defending the people of Killhorn Falls from a crazed group of killers called the Reavers lead by Lady Deathstrike. He will stop at nothing to keep this group from killing the woman who became his wife from his lost timeline. With his back against the wall, Logan succeeds in pushing the threat away from the population and leaves to keep them safe.
In this much-anticipated issue, we find Logan not too far in the future from the events of the last story arc, living once again with his team and family, the X-Men, with one exception – Jean Grey is alive and wants nothing more than to help out her lifelong friend. We also get to see, through Logan’s memories, the events that lead to the night the heroes fell. We now know what happened at the Xavier School for the Gifted – when the villains used Logan as their killing machine to take down the X-Men (see Old Man Logan by Millar and McNiven) – but we never got to see the fall of New York, or what led to the descent of Hank Pym. By the end of this issue, all will be revealed. And in the conclusion of this amazing book, we get to see a perfect reunion that will hit home with any Wolverine fan – or any comic fan in general.
I can’t say enough to about how much I’ve loved this book. Jeff Lemire has taken the mantle of this story and used the new and old universes to make this a truly fantastic book, with the beautiful art of Andrea Sorrentino making the characters and action jump right off the page. I cannot wait for what happens next issue of Old Man Logan! [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]
New Super Man #1
By: Gene Luen Yang, Viktor Bogdanovic
Shanghai, China. Kong Kenan is a bully that justifies his behavior by picking on Lixin, whose father runs an airline. The very same airline who he holds responsible for the death of his mother. Kenan’s father is a mechanic that is part of a “Writers’ Group” which are conspiracy theorists attempting to prove the existence of the Ministry of Self-Reliance.
These pieces converge when the villain Blue Condor swoops in to abduct Lixin. Kenan instinctively throws a can of soda (which he stole from Lixin) at Blue Condor. This is caught on video and gains the attention of the Ministry of Self-Reliance. Who approaches him to grant him the powers of Superman.
All that power given to one without the moral compass of our Kryptonian is going to steer us on an interesting course, indeed. Gene Luen Yang’s story and Viktor Bogdanovic’s art are both flashy enough to catch our attention, and keep us watching, as this story evolves. It’s going to be an interesting series seeing this New Super Man go from bully to hero. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]
Kong of Skull Island #1
By: James Asmus, Carlos Magno, Felipe Massafera
First things first, the art of this comic book is gorgeous! I was memorized by Carlos Magno’s clear and very detailed illustrations. This issue opens up to a time before Kongs became extinct. The people believed the gods protected us through the Kongs.
As the natives travel to expand the islands they rule, they take their protectors with them. When the natives discover Skull Island, they get more than they bargained for. This island has bad written all over it and as the people try to steer clear of it, the ship is attacked by monsters! As the ship starts to sink, one Kong struggles to get back on the sinking ship. As the people are drowning… the only thought you can conjure up is “Save the Kong!!!”. Kong of Skull Island is going to be one heck of a ride! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]
Star Trek #59
By: Mike Johnson, Tony Shasteen
As we near the 50th anniversary of Star Trek we see the crew of the Starship Enterprise enter a place in space that seems to be a bridge to alternate realities. The crew, for a time, switches minds with their movie and original series counterparts. This comes with some comedic surprises for them.
Switching back and forth between old and new crew members was cool. Mike Johnson did a good job slightly altering how each Kirk or Spock said the same line, highlighting the differences between the two universes. Since he came aboard, Tony Shasteen has done a fantastic job drawing the series. Each character is easily recognizable, even for casual viewers of the series.
It will be fun to see how both crews deal with such an anomaly in Star Trek #60![Martin M. at TFAW.com]
What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!
I’ve been looking forward to this week awhile now. With the Hellboy Winter Special and Old Man Logan #1 dropping this week, we’ve had some pretty good reading at the TFAW offices and comic book shops. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. This is the third of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles.
SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep as many spoilers under our hats as possible, but a nugget may sneak through to our reviews.
By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
The best description for Old Man Logan is if Marvel had a baby with Sin City. This story takes place right after the end of Marvel’s Secret Wars. With Jeff Lemire’s writing going hand in hand with Andrea Sorrentino’s art, you can definitely tell the dark tone this story gives off.
Going through issue #1, you have just as many questions as Logan. What is happening? How is this happening? Where am I? Why did this happen?! Don’t worry true believers, your questions will be answered…on the last page. Old Man Logan is back and has found his one sole purpose in this Universe. Is it revenge? Is it Justice?! You’ll just have to read to find out! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]
Hellboy Winter Special
By: Mike Mignola, Tim Sale, Chris Roberson, Scott Allie, Chelsea Cain, Michael Avon Oeming, Michael Walsh, Dean Rankine, Dave Stewart
I’ve been looking forward to the Hellboy Winter Special for some time now, and I’m happy to say that it does not disappoint. Tim Sale, folks. The living legend contributes the first of the four Mignolaverse vignettes contained in this issue. I fall in love with his art all over again all in a span of eight pages in Broken Vessels. Chris Roberson’s first ever Hellboy story, Wandering Souls, was incredible. I was captivated and am excited to see where he takes us in the months and years to come.
Chelsea Cain & Michael Avon Oeming’s Mood Swings was a charming HB romp. Focusing on a young Liz Sherman and a bout of teenage attitude, this story put a huge grin on my face. Rounding out the issue was Dean Rankine’s fun Lobster Johnson short, Kung Pao Lobster. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]
By: Dennis Hopeless, Javier Rodríguez
Spider-Woman isn’t your the typical superhero book since it features a very pregnant lead. The eight-month jump in time post-Secret Wars allows Hopeless to skip over the how’s and why’s of Jessica’s pregnancy. It creates a realistic sense of danger and drama for the characters but there’s a good bit of humor in the moms-to-be versus a horde of Skrulls.
The art is the clincher for why I’ll come back. I loved Rodríguez’s stuff when he was on Daredevil, but he’s raised his game to another level. The splash pages depicting Spider Woman’s route through the space hospital are fantastic and brought to mind the trippy epicness of Jim Steranko with a definite splash of Kirby. The Kirby influence is especially strong on his depictions of the Skrulls.
A great combo of art and story, drama and humor, with guest stars and on-point characterization, this book has me sold on coming back for more. [Dustin M. at Universal TFAW]
Cry Havoc #1
By: Simon Spurrier, Ryan Kelly
Cry Havoc had me sold at “lesbian werewolves” and thankfully the contents didn’t disappoint. The moment I opened the comic I was blown away by the art and had a vast appreciation for the change in art direction throughout the comic. The changes really bring you into the moment and make for a very immersive world. One moment I feel like I’m reading Jem and the Holograms with heavy saturation and bold color choices before being transported into the world of The Walking Dead with a muted color palate to accompany the somber mood of the scene.
This first issue is all about getting our story set up and developing our world. The refreshing and unique take on the supernatural is something I cannot wait to dive further into. It’s all well and good for every werewolf story to have common themes but I have a feeling these werewolves will be unlike anything we’ve seen in mainstream media. This comic has easily left an impression on me and I look forward to seeing this world and its characters develop further. [Megan W. at Universal TFAW]
What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!
Mark Millar and Steve McNiven–the team behind last year’s hit Old Man Logan and the writer of Marvel’s Civil War, Wanted and Kick-Ass, bring you their newest story. Nemesis is going to be one of the hottest comic book events of the new year and a bunch of people have been talking about it on the interwebs since they announced the series.
What follows is an interview with Millar and McNiven about the series. Warning: The following interview contains adult language.
The two of you have developed quite a history working together, first with “Civil War” and then with your follow up, “Old Man Logan,” both massive hits for Marvel. I guess teaming up for “Nemesis” was a no-brainer?
Millar: I just love Steve. He’s amazing. After working with somebody this brilliant, it would be heart-breaking to work with somebody shit. I’m just spoiled now. I can’t stand seeing the brilliant artists I’ve worked with work with other guys. I’m like a psycho ex-girlfriend. The minute I come to the end of one project with Steve or Hitchy [Bryan Hitch] or John Romita Jr. or somebody, I’m just thinking of the next thing for them.
So Steve and I really had to do a third project together. We get along well, even though he’s a prick and Canadian, and we work really well together too. We’ve only done two comics together before – “Civil War” and “Old Man Logan” – and both, like you said, were massive books. So the logical next step was a creator-owned project that shatters all records. We made Marvel a lot of money with these first two projects, and we feel we paid our dues and we had fun writing and drawing almost all of the characters that we’d ever want to do. But now we want to create something, and we want it to be bigger than “Kick-Ass.” “Kick-Ass” went through five printings each [issue] and has sold something like 115,000 [copies] an issue. But we want to beat that. “Nemesis,” we hope, is the next big thing. We’re very excited and think we have something quite unique here.
So when Mark called, Steve, you were ready to go?
McNiven: Yes, definitely. Mark is fun to work with. He writes stuff that’s fun to draw, and that’s great when you’re not pulling out your hair. And he makes me lots of money, too [laughs].
There’s nothing wrong with that.
Millar: What? I’m in it for the craft, baby. Jesus, you make me feel like Jodie Foster in “Taxi Driver.” I didn’t realize I’m just your wee cash cow [laughs]. Steve’s Harvey Keitel and I’m Jodie Foster. [Laughs] I thought he loved me, but now I see it’s just about the cash.
OK. Before, we jump into this, let’s put the rumors to rest. “Nemesis” is not an Avengers project, or an X-Men project, or a Marvelman project. It’s not even set in the Marvel Universe. It’s another world that you’ve created.
Millar: Absolutely. It’s a Marvel book, technically, in the sense that it’s published by Marvel, but like “Kick-Ass,” it comes out via Icon, and that means me and Steve own all the rights just like Johnny and I own the rights to “Kick-Ass.” It’s a sweet deal.
McNiven: It’s great for Marvel to have an imprint there for us. It’s really a great place to do this kind of thing. Just looking at how well “Kick-Ass” has done. It really gets your hope up.
When we first emailed back and forth about this project, Mark, you teased me with the tagline your friend suggested: “What if Batman was The Joker?’ I guess the answer to that is you’d have “Nemesis.” What was the genesis of this project?
Millar: Yeah, a lot of people who’ve read it have been coming up with hilarious tag-lines. “What if Batman was The Joker?” is the tame one. “What if Batman was a total cunt?” is maybe my favourite, although it’s hardly going to be an ad. Marvel President Dan Buckley sort of paid me a compliment, saying, “This is such a stupidly simple and obvious idea. I can’t believe nobody’s ever come up with it before. You are the master of the stupidly simple idea.” Which I suppose is kind of flattering because everyone said that about “Kick-Ass” too. It’s almost too simple.
But, yeah. “Nemesis” is a reversal of the Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark archetype. What if this genius billionaire was just this total shit, and the only thing that stood between him and a city was the cops? It’s Batman versus Commissioner Gordon, in a weird way. Or maybe a super-villain version of “Se7en.” A billionaire anarchist up against ordinary people. The Joker’s the best thing in the Batman movies, so this guy is a bit of an amalgamation of all the stuff we like.
McNiven: And we didn’t want to do a little creator-owned book. We wanted to do something that shoots for the Top 10 and competes with “X-Men” or “The Avengers.” We want this to be as big as it possibly can be. We’re aiming directly at the mainstream, too, and have already set up some corporate backing you’ve never seen in comics before, and international press. Mark has been working overtime on this one.
Millar: I’m a great believer in creator-owned books not being small. I think probably growing up in nineties’ comics did that, seeing things like “Spawn” and “WildCats” that did really well. I just love the idea of creator-owned books outselling Marvel and DC even.
So the idea that you do your Marvel and DC stuff with big sales and then you do your little creator-owned work on your own, I’ve never been a fan of that. I’ve been really lucky that “Wanted” and “Kick-Ass” have all sold hugely. So with this, I just wanted to do the biggest one of the lot. “Kick-Ass” beat “Wanted” as the biggest creator-owned of the decade, and we’re hoping this beats “Kick-Ass.”
McNiven: Aim high, buddy.
Millar: I don’t see why it shouldn’t. Steve is the biggest-selling artist in comics. If you add up all his sales and divide it by the number of books he’s done, he’s the biggest selling artist by a mile. At the moment, he’s the biggest and best of this generation.
Steve, you need to hire Mark as your agent.
McNiven: I know. That’s why I work with him.
Millar: It’s totally true. There are guys who sell well, and then there’s Steve. It’s just a different league. So the idea of getting Steve to go from “Civil War” to “Old Man Logan” to this big, new creator-owned thing to me feels just like Todd MacFarlane going from “Spider-Man” to “Spawn.” So I wasn’t going to give him a little slice of life thing about what it’s like to be a gay Muslim living in Arkansas or something like that [laughs]. It wasn’t going to be that kind of creator-owned. It had to be huge.
Nemesis is the world’s smartest man, and the bad news for us is that he’s the world’s only super-villain. That means he’s got freeze guns and jump-jets and all these James Bond gadgets and he’s using them against us. To entertain himself, he picks a different cop every year and makes his life a misery. The book opens with him fucking over Japan’s top cop, and then our story, the mini-series, takes place as he shifts his attention to Washington and his first American attacks. The visuals we’ve released here are just single panels from the Japanese segment. It’s the best stuff I’ve ever seen Steve do.
Do we get to see Nemesis in the Bruce Wayne role – the billionaire playboy, out and about town?
Millar: I wanted it to be a kind of mystery. I liked the idea of having “who is this guy?’ as a plot thread running through it. Why does he keep going after these cops and flying and training all around the world to end up in America to take on this one guy? So we find out a little more about him every issue.
McNiven: It’s a clever idea to switch it around so you don’t have the origin at the beginning, as opposed to Batman where you get it right at the beginning. I think this makes it a little more of a compelling story.
Millar: It’s the reverse superhero concept. A superhero story normally has a linear fashion. You see how he becomes that guy, and then you see him in action. But here, we’ve done the reverse. The origin comes at the end of the story. But he’s the Hannibal Lecter of supervillains in that sense. All the cops are needed to go up against a guy as formidable as this. He’s almost supernatural, he’s so good. But he happens to just be in a costume. Hopefully nobody’s ever seen anything like it before. We’re so used to supervillains fighting superheroes, I just thought, “Imagine if there was only one person on the planet like this, and he was actually a bad guy.” How would cops deal with him, even though he has no super-powers?
Let’s talk about the main cop, the Commissioner Gordon to Nemesis’ Batman/Joker. What can you tell us about him?
Millar: Very simply, I wanted to do a book about the world’s greatest villain up against America’s greatest cop. I just liked the high concept of that – the idea of a villain going around from country to country and having a battle of wits with the best guy that he can get his hands on. And he sends them a little funeral wreath with the date and time of when they’re going to die on it, every one dying at precisely that time. All these cops in the Pacific Rim are dead, and then we come in at the American side of the story and see the struggle of this guy in just trying to stop him.
McNiven: Tell him about the charity auction.
Millar: Ah, good point. Another thing that I should mention is the two lead characters – the secret identity of Nemesis and also the cop – haven’t been named yet. At the moment, I’ve written the scripts just with kind of placeholder names, but I wanted to do is what I did with “Kick Ass,” which was have a charity auction for the kids at a handicapped school where my brother Bobby works. Doctor Bob works at this amazing place and he’s trying to raise money to send the kids on another special trip. “Kick-Ass” raised a few grand for them, and now Dave Lizewski is a movie star name. There are two names up for grabs on “Nemesis,” and we’ll get details of this auction on CBR in the New Year.
Steve, can you speak about the look of Nemesis and the cop?
McNiven: Mark and I have been talking about it quite a bit. We want to make the guys good looking. They’re not ugly mugs. And they’re relatively young, as well. Even though Mark said this cop is Clint Eastwood-level good, it’s like young Clint Eastwood, not “Gran Torino” Clint Eastwood. Not that there is anything wrong with that. We get great mileage out of the old guys. The visual is to try and keep them very clean and very elegant and not go with giant belts and big shoulder pads and pouches everywhere and that sort of stuff. We’ve tried to streamline them and give them more of an iconic look. ??We’re just talking about the different outfits right now. But Nemesis, being the central figure, we really worked hard on his design.
I started with more of a Midnighter type of look, but we wanted to work with a white costume, something that really stands out in the shadows. Very much the antithesis of a Batman costume with the cape, as well. But in working out that initial design, we realized it was a little too bulky, too much armor. We wanted something smoother and simpler, and so we really distilled it down to something that’s almost the bare essence of a costume.
A lot of the impact of the costume is going to be more in the acting of the character, as opposed to some costumes where you have giant shoulder pads and huge guns and all that stuff, and it takes the place of any particular acting on the character. This one is stripped down, and we’re trying to let the character of Nemesis come through.
Millar: Almost the way Batman was a good guy dressed in black, we’ve reversed that to the bad guy dressed in white. It just seemed obvious to me. And there are so few characters out there wearing white, it’s actually an unusual look in comics. There are loads of red and loads of blue and loads of black. We wanted a guy that’s very, very visually distinctive. When Steve sent through the first drawings, I had never really seen anything like that before. He looked quite beautiful for a bad guy. It almost looked like a costume made of moonlight, just because it was this shining light material. It’s visually quite stark, but it also looks like something people could wear in the real world. Again, this is set in our world. It’s not a superhero universe.
Mark, you’re no stranger to having your projects being picked up as movie properties. Have you already had those talks about “Nemesis”?
Millar: We actually got a call a few weeks ago when the teaser poster went up on CBR. We were pretty crafty about this in terms of how we marketed this. We had a poster out that said, “‘Civil War,’ ‘Old Man Logan,’ ‘Nemesis,'” and teased it as a potential big event for Marvel. The number of people talking about it and guessing was just insane, which we loved.
And Marvel was very good about it, not contradicting us. But what was funny was that I got a call from my agent that night – and it was funny because all we did was release a date and a title and no information. And my agent called and said two producers had been in touch saying, “We’re really big fans of this book that Mark and Steve are doing. We really like it.” Are the rights available?” [laughs].
McNiven: That, my friend, is the definition of Hollywood insincere.
Millar: I know [laughs]. I couldn’t believe it. But it made me realize how lucky I was my first picture making $350 million and getting Angelina [Jolie] in it. It made me realize how lucky I was getting [Matthew] Vaughn on “Kick-Ass” and the buzz around town being through the roof and “American Jesus” and “War Heroes” and all that getting picked up so quickly. I remember what it was like, literally being unable to pay my bills nine years ago, so to have this level of interest when I couldn’t sell a book not very long ago is just amazing.
McNiven: Sniff. I’m so touched I think I’m going to cry.
Millar: So, yeah, if a movie happens, great. If a bed-spread and lunch-box happens, great. But we’re really just focusing on the comic. Anything else is gravy and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
McNiven: Making comics is a real job.
Millar: Exactly. Movie guys are pussies.
Millar, McNiven, “Nemesis,” March 2010. Gentlemen, thanks so much for for your time.
McNiven: Can’t talk. I’m still finishing a page.
It’s pretty clear that this is going to be one of the hottest new titles of the new year. To celebrate the debut of this exciting new book, we’re giving away 10 Free Subscriptions to Nemesis. Everyone who preorders Nemesis #1 before March 1st will be entered into our Nemesis Contest for each one they order.
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This week’s Wednesday New Releases is especially exciting, with looks at Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love #1, Psylocke #1, Buffy Season 8 #30, Doom Patrol #4 with the Yellow Lantern ring, the Criminal Omnibus, and the Wolverine: Old Man Logan Hardcover. Watch the video below to hear more!
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I’ve been waiting MONTHS for this. First Marvel and crew start off an amazing story, then the Wolverine movie and Dark Wolverine bump the dates for the final few issues of the arc for months. I’m excited to say that we’ve finally got the Wolverine Old Man Logan hardcovers now in stock!
Mark Millar and Steve McNiven bring us one of the most exciting Wolverine stories ever! The bad guys won. They banded together and the heroes fell and the villains have been calling the shots ever since. What happened to Wolverine is perhaps the biggest mystery of all.
For 50 years, no one has heard hide nor hair from him, and in his place stands an old man called Logan. A man concerned only about his family. A man pushed to the brink by the Hulk Gang. A man forced to help an old friend–the blind archer, Hawkeye–to drive 3,000 miles to secure his family’s safety.
Get ready for the ride of your life, Logan!
If you only pick up one Wolverine graphic novel this October/November, make it Old Man Logan.
Have you been reading the single issues as they’ve come out? Are you as stoked to sit down with this book and read it from start to finish as I am? Let us know below.
Hey everyone! Sorry this is a bit late, but we have some awesome stuff to show you today: the long-awaited conclusion to Old Man Logan, The Umbrella Academy: Dallas Limited-Edition Hardcover, Detective Comics #857, and the Twilight New Moon figures. Check them out:
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If you’ve been following Mark Millar’s amazing Old Man Logan arc, you’re probably as excited as I am that Wolverine #71 dropped this week.
Steve McNiven’s artwork perfectly complements the tone and pace of the story. Here’s the story so far. Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!
50 some odd years ago, Wolverine died. In his place stands Logan, a family man who’s just trying to make ends meet. One day, the Hulk Gang (Bruce Banner’s grandkids) shows up at his door and demands their rent. Old man Logan doesn’t have it, so they beat it out of him. Enter an old, blind, ex-Avenger–Hawkeye.
Hawkeye has a job for Logan that will pay. All he has to do is accompany him on a cross-country delivery to New Babylon. Sounds simple, but nothing’s ever that simple. On their journey, they find out that Hawkeye’s daughter is in the clutches of the Kingpin. The trip takes a small detour as they go to spring her, but she has different plans. She wants to be the new Kingpin, and she’s willing to kill anybody to do it.
After narrowly escaping that situation, our two ex-heroes continue to New Babylon. After leading us on for a couple issues, Logan finally tells us what happened all those years ago.
The X-Men died at his hands! It turns out that all of the supervillains banded together to bring down the heroes. Mysterio was charged with confusing Wolverine’s sense of smell and made him think that the mansion was being invaded by a bunch of villains. Turns out, there was only one villain there that day, and his name was Wolverine! After unwittingly dispatching all of the X-Men (awesome scene, BTW), a horrified Wolverine wandered bloody and broken to a train track, where he died.
Logan hasn’t popped his claws since.
Wolverine #71 continues this amazing story and takes the duo through the Mutant Forbidden Quarter, past Pym’s Falls (breathtaking visuals), straight to the streets of New Babylon, the place where anything can happen! My lips are sealed on the rest of the issue. You gotta pick it up and see for yourself.
So, what’s your take on the story so far? Like it? Love it? Think it’s a little much? Let us know below! Don’t forget to order your copy of Wolverine #72 while you’re at it.
BEST. ISSUE. EVER.
I’m picking up some copies of Wolverine #70 for some friends because they will definitely get a kick out of this one! Wanna know why Wolverine‘s dead and Logan hasn’t unsheathed his claws in 50 years?
You’ll find out in this issue, and it will rock your world! Logan tells Hawkeye what happened all those years ago at a campfire one night and the next day, the two continue their journey to New Babylon.
Kudos to Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines, and Mark Morales on this issue. The art is top notch! Millar’s writing continues to blow me away. Too many metaphors? Too bad. This issue is better than a piñata full of Benjamins! You’ll definitely enjoy the ride.
Have you read the issue? What do you think? Am I blowing this out of proportion or are you loving Old Man Logan too?
Old Man Logan continues as Hawkeye and the former X-Man continue their journey through the Kingdom of the Kingpin to New Babylon in Wolverine #69. I was psyched to get my grubby mitts on the book this week. It seems like it’s been forever since Wolverine #68 came out, and the ending of that issue left me chomping at the bit.
Mark Millar and Steve McNiven continue their awesome run on Wolverine and bring us one step closer to Hawkeye’s payday and, hopefully, answers to some of our biggest questions:
- What package is Hawkeye delivering?
- What happened to Wolverine all those years ago?
- Who’s running the country in this messed-up future?
It’s been a wild ride so far, and I hope that these guys can keep it up! Like the story so far? Think it’s too far out there? Let us know what you think!