August 27, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks rico_staff_picksRICO’S PICK :: PLUTONA #1: “Stand By Me” but with a dead superhero in place of the dead regular person is most likely an oversimplification of this new Image comic book but from what I can tell, that’s the catalyst here. The art from Emi Lenox and Jordie Bellaire looks great and expressive. You can see for yourself in these¬†previews here and¬†here. Not sure if it’s a 4 or 5 issue series but¬†Lenox, Bellaire and writer Jeff Lemire¬†have put together a great looking book with an intriguing premise and I can’t wait to read it.




March 03, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks


seth_staff_picksSETH’S PICK :: MOON KNIGHT #1: Moon Knight has often been treated as a multiple-personality-laden Batman of sorts. ¬†While the jumbled nature of the guy under the mask is intriguing, I’ve always been partial to the character’s horror elements. ¬†With this new relaunch, the creative team of Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire seem poised to integrate both elements of the odd character for new readers. ¬†Though you might not initially recognize the character’s new look (white business suit sans the cape), you’ll no doubt remember that Ellis does still occasionally write solid comics for Marvel. ¬†The fantastic Nextwave series jumps to mind. ¬†And it’s worth noting that Shalvey and Bellaire, though they’ve already made names for themselves in their respective areas of comic making, do seem to have an opportunity to take their storytelling to interesting new places with this character. ¬†I should also mention that this book has been building advanced buzz in recent weeks. ¬†Don’t be surprised if this one sells out quickly.moon knight 1

Bonus Pick: Muppets Omnibus: Over the years on this blog I’ve written at length about the genius of Roger Langridge. ¬†While his Fred the Clown will always be my favorite, his work on the Muppets is downright joyous. ¬†Aside from being genuinely funny throughout, Langridge’s art is impeccable. ¬†This summer he’ll be returning to HeroesCon, so do yourself a favor and stop by his table to bask in the awe of his original art pages. ¬†Like me, you’ll probably wind up spending your money on several of his incredible pages. ¬†muppets



December 16, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks


seth_smlSETH’S PICK :: PRETTY DEADLY #3: It’s the end of the year, so I can finally say it: Image produced my favorite monthly comics in 2013. ¬†What I appreciate the most is that their creators can, by and large, keep to themselves and tell the stories they want without having to allot time to company wide shenanigans (crossovers and events, I’m looking at you). ¬†The results are books like Hickman and Dragotta’s East of West, Dingess and Roberts’ Manifest Destiny, Brubaker and Epting’s Velvet, and Remender and Scalera’s Black Science (issue two is also out this week!) – all exciting comics that warrant your monthly attention.

Then there’s Pretty Deadly, the incredible new supernatural western series from Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Rios, and Jordie Bellaire. ¬†This series shouldn’t be celebrated just because all of the book’s talented creators happen to be female. ¬†We should celebrate this book because it represents the creators’ best work of their careers. ¬†It’s also, more importantly, a riveting and layered comic book experience. ¬†DeConnick’s writing, which I’ve long been a fan of, is lyrical without being overwrought, poetic without being overly expository, and soulful in its delivery. ¬†Rios’ art is full of fragility and fright. ¬†She captures the vulnerability of ¬†small animals with the same confidence as she does the horrific rage of the daughter of Death himself. ¬†Bellaire, who may well be 2013’s most prolific colorist, doesn’t merely match the tone of the writing and art, but stretches her palette more here than you may have seen in her other works. ¬†It’s early enough in this series to be able to pick up the first two issues at cover price, and I’d encourage you to seek them out. ¬†This is a fine comic book, and one I hope you’ll pick up before the end of the year.¬†pd3



July 16, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

SETH’S PICK :: HALF PAST DANGER #3: ¬†There are several interesting titles out this week (Batman ’66 #1, Paul Pope’s Death of Haggard West, The Love and Rockets Companion, Seagle and Kristiansen’s Genius, Brandon Graham’s Walrus), but I’m opting to bring Half Past Danger to your attention. ¬†This action adventure series from IDW is pretty straightforward, but very much a breath of fresh air. ¬†It’s essentially an adventure series, but in the first two issues has already delivered on its promise of Dames, Dinosaurs and Danger. ¬†It features all of those elements (and ninjas!) set against the backdrop of World War II. ¬†More than that, it’s executed wonderfully by writer/artist Stephen Mooney and colorist Jordie Bellaire, who is quickly becoming to colorists what Francesco Francavilla is to cover artists. ¬†This series feels like it was produced by people who love old action and adventure comics and films, and doesn’t shy away from displaying its exuberance. ¬†Best of all, this is the perfect kind of comic to offer you a break from the big, shiny summer events of ¬†super hero books. halfpast



February 19, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

RICO’S PICK :: CAPTAIN MARVEL #10: Captain Marvel is a book I’ve wanted to get into since Jamie McKelvie’s great costume redesign was posted online. While I thought the story in the first issue was appealing I just couldn’t penetrate the dark concept-art styled work of Dexter Soy. This issue features the dynamic art of Felipe Andrade colored by Jordie Bellaire. I personally feel this is what the art on this book should have looked like from the start, check it out and let us know what you think!



November 23, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

RICO’S PICK :: NOWHERE MEN #1: Earned fame is becoming a foreign concept but¬†Nowhere Men promises a world where top scientists are revered as celebrities. Image publisher Eric Stephenson writes it, Nate Bellegarde draws it, Jordie Bellaire colors it, Steven Finch (Fonogafiks) designs and letters it and I can’t wait for it.


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