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Watch Frank Quitely Get the Spotlight by the BBC

The BBC is running a series What Do Artists Do All Day? It recently highlighted comic artist Frank Quitely in a recent episode. You can now watch it online and get a sense as to what exactly artists do…

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Preview: Jupiter’s Legacy #4

Jupiter’s Legacy #4

Story By: Mark Millar
Art By: Frank Quitely
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG130699
Published: March 5, 2014

Brandon and his Uncle Walter have instigated the superhero revolution, but there are those who would still stand against them. On the other side of the world, Chloe and Hutch are hiding with their enormous secret and hoping to evade the man charged with hunting renegade superhumans.

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Preview: Jupiter’s Legacy #3

Jupiter’s Legacy #3

Story By: Mark Millar
Art By: Frank Quitely
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUN130547
Published: September 25, 2013

The heroes conspire to overthrow The Utopian, discontent rumbling in the bars and the clubs where the superheroes get wasted and complain how much he’s been holding them all back with his old-fashioned ideas of power and responsibility. There’s a new world out there if they will only grasp it. But what is his daughter’s secret and how will it change things forever for their family?

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Jupiter’s Legacy #3 Gets Variant Covers by Hitch, Phillips

Image Comics has unveiled two new variant covers by Bryan Hitch and Sean Phillips for Jupiter’s Legacy #3 by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. The variant covers can be pre-ordered now, with the Diamond codes JUN138034 (Hitch) and JUN138035 (Phillips).

The third issue of the Image series that explores inter-generational power struggles between superheroes and their children marks a turning point in the story: a violent attempted coup that, successful or not, will change the world’s trajectory.

Jupiter’s Legacy #3 will be in stores on August 28.

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Preview: Elephantmen #50

Elephantmen #50

Story By: Richard Starkings
Art By: Axel Medellin
Art By: Gabriel Bautista
Art By: Moritat
Cover By: Frank Quitely
Cover By: Ladrönn
Price: $5.99

“BLUE COLLAR BLUES” The work of an Elephantman who died quietly after living a solitary life in a loft in downtown Los Angeles, paints a different picture of the lives of all the Elephantmen. PLUS: A gallery of art and ELEPHANTMEN #1, re-presented in celebration of our 50th issue!

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Review: Jupiter’s Legacy #2, Lazarus #1 and Satellite Sam #1

Jupiter’s Legacy #2

juplegacy02_coverAThe comic book event of 2013 continues as the schism between the superheroes widens and a plot to unseat the greatest hero of them all emerges. I dove into the first issue of the new Mark Millar series expecting his more recent brand of storytelling, over the top violence and moments that make you wince. Instead I found a mature title that’s understated and muted compared to his other recent work. The first issue was really solid, though not great. The second issue though, is getting more towards that “great” territory.

Following up on the various characters we met in the first issue we get a better look at the heroes and their kids and what ails them. Millar drives further into the twisted psyche and lives these “heroes” live and it’s definitely not rosy. The next generation of heroes are pretty broken and definitely not living up to the standard set forth by their parents. And as we learn more about their powers and personalities, how they lash out should get pretty interesting.

But, things aren’t great with the first generation of heroes either. Dissension exists and animosity that’s been brewing over the years looks like it’ll finally spill over. And if those final pages are what’s to come, that meltdown will be epic and entertaining to follow.

Of course, it’s not just Millar’s writing, Frank Quitely provides the art, which is as solid as you’d expect. It’s great stuff to look at, with characters looking different and each having their own style.

The second issue improves on the first, setting up a superhero story that seems like it’ll be pretty epic.

Story: Mark Millar Art: Frank Quitely
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Lazarus #1

lazarus01_coverIn a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family’s holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus. Shot dead defending the family home, Forever’s day goes downhill from there….

I love Greg Rucka’s writing, I usually gush over it. While Lazarus‘ writing is solid in the first issue, the plot and pacing is the problem. A lot is set up in this first issue. We’re introduced to this strange world, sort of explained the rules of the world and given a bit of the long term plot. There’s a lot to pack in there with sequences that are fantastic. But, there’s so much crammed in, I felt like I didn’t get enough of each bit. It was too much, too quick, with not enough explanation.

That’s the thing that I go back and forth about this first issue. Each part is very cool separately, but together it feels like too much with too little detail and the issue would have benefited from decompressing it a bit and explaining more. Never thought I’d say that. There’s some pages in the back that talks about Rucka and Lark’s collaboration, those would have been better used as an over-sized issue with more comic.

The art by Michael Lark is pretty solid. There’s something familiar about the world, but still it’s a futuristic world where you can’t quite tell how messed up it is. The mystery is continued through the art, which is cool.

Overall, the first issue is good, but not great. This might be a first arc that’s better to read as a trade than individual issues.

Story: Greg Rucka Art: Michael Lark
Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Satellite Sam #1

satellite same #1 coverSEX – DEATH – LIVE TV!
NEW YORK CITY, 1951: The star of beloved daily television serial “Satellite Sam” turns up dead in a flophouse filled with dirty secrets. The police think it was death by natural causes but his son knows there was something more? if only he could sober up long enough to do something about it. This noir mystery shot through with sex and violence exposes the seedy underbelly of the golden age of television.

I’ve said it numerous times, but I love a good crime/noir mystery. There’s some attraction to me about the idea of dames, detectives and investigators and throw it during a time period that can be a character itself and you’ve got a great combination and fun entertaining story.

Here writer Matt Fraction goes the crime story route, something I don’t think I’ve seen him do. And, not knowing what to expect this totally caught me off guard. The first issue is all set-up and you leave the end wanting to go back and see who the suspects are and try to figure out the motivation. This is a hard-boiled detective/whodunnit that exudes fun.

That’s helped in part by the art of Howard Chaykin who brings his unique art style which seems well suited for a story of this type. He draws the “dames” exactly as you’d expect with a hint of danger and sexiness.

Then there’s the backdrop of the fledgling television industry, which brings a political aspect that makes the set up even more intriguing.

The comic comes out July 3rd and it’s easily one of my top picks for the week.

Story: Matt Fraction Art: Howard Chaykin
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview: Jupiter’s Legacy #2

Jupiter’s Legacy #2

Story by: Mark Millar
Art By: Frank Quitely
Cover By: Frank Quitely
Variant Cover by: Bryan Hitch & Jock
Price: $2.99

The comic book event of 2013 continues as the schism between the superheroes widens and a plot to unseat the greatest hero of them all emerges. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Superman this month by buying this frankly much-more interesting book by superstar creators MARK MILLAR and FRANK QUITELY.

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Elephantmen at the Half-Century Mark

Elephantmen, Richard Starkings‘ epic science fiction series exploring the ramifications of genetic experimentation, war, and racism, is reaching a milestone this July: its 50th issue. Elephantmen debuted in 2006, published by Image Comics, a spin-off of Starkings self-published (and now Image title) Hip Flask.

Following a group of human/animal hybrid super-soldiers who are struggling to integrate themselves into a society that is often hostile to their very existence, the series has gone on be collected into six hardcovers and trade paperbacks. It has featured art by Ladrönn, Boo Cook, Chris Burnham, Shaky Kane, and Axel Medellin, and the cover of Elephantmen #43 is among the work that earned Brandon Graham a “Best Cover Artist” Eisner Award nomination.

“Fifty issues! One more and Elephantmen is as old as I am!” marveled creator and writer Starkings, who also owns the well-respected comics lettering studio Comicraft. “When we launched the series in 2006, I thought maybe I had six issues in me, yet here we are, seven years later and six Elephantmen collections in stores and another in preparation for release this summer!”

Elephantmen #50, “Blue Collar Blues,” has a cover by renowned comics artist Frank Quitely, and comes after the close of the monumental “Sleeping Partners” story arc. It brings the story into the intimate sphere of one Elephantman, following his everyday life with its struggles and small triumphs. The issue is illustrated by series regular Axel Medellin and Gabe Bautista and also includes a re-presentation of Elephantmen #1, with art by Moritat, and a gallery of covers by Brandon Graham, Camilla d’Errico, J. Scott Campbell, Brian Bolland, Chris Weston, Ladrönn, Ian Churchill, and Ed McGuinness.

Elephantmen #50 will be in stores on July 17 and is available for pre-order from the May issue of Previews. The revised and expanded Elephantmen Volume 1, which now includes issue #0 with art by Ladrönn and an introduction by Jonathan Ross, will be in stores on May 22. The newest collection, Volume 6: Earthly Desires, due in stores in July 10, is also available for preorder.

Jupiter’s Legacy #1 Sells Out, Gets Second Printing

Jupiter’s Legacy #1, the first issue of the Image Comics series that marks the return, after ten years, of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely as a creative team, has sold out.

An issue that ably and enticingly lays the foundation of the story and themes of the series — including the wise use of power, generational clash, and moral entropy — Jupiter’s Legacy #1 has gone back to press for a second printing, which will be in stores on June 5.

The debut of the new series, which was in stores on April 24, broke Image sales records for 2013.

The second printing of Jupiter’s Legacy #1 by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely is available to pre-order now with the Diamond code MAR138318 and will hit comic book store shelves on June 5.

You can read our review here.

Review: Ten Grand #1 and Jupiter’s Legacy #1

Ten Grand #1

TenGrand01_covAJoe Fitzgerald was a mob enforcer until the day he met Laura, who convinced him to leave that world behind. Before quitting, Joe agreed to one last job, little realizing that the man he’d been sent to kill was deeply involved in demonlogy. He survived Joe’s attempt and came after him, fatally wounding Joe and killing Laura. As he lay dying, an angelic force (who may or may not be what she appears) pointed out that where she is going, he can’t follow, and where he is going, he wouldn’t want her to follow. But if he will agree to work for them as a different kind of enforcer, they will bring him to life and keep on bringing him to life every time he is killed in a righteous cause. The reward: for those five minutes of death, he will be with Laura again. Would you endure an eternity of pain and death, dying over and over, to be with the woman you love for just five minutes each time you died? Most people might say no. But Joe Fitzgerald isn’t most people.

Ten Grand #1 marks the return of Joe’s Comics, the imprint by J. Michael Straczynski (who pens this series) and this first series’ tone and look, it’s as if time hasn’t passed. This first issue does what few comics today do, it gives pretty much the full background as to what’s going on in the first issue. It’s laid out for the readers, who the characters are, what the major crux is, etc. We might not know the specifics as far as how, but we know what’s going on, and that’s something I really liked. In fact, I realized how much I missed it after reading the issue.

On top of a solid start storyline, we get the awesome art of Ben Templesmith, an artist who I put up there as one of my favorites. His style fits the horror background of the comic.

The story might not be totally original, but the fact it flies in the face of today’s decompressed stories won it points in my book. Further that there’s some great writing, some of the verbal exchanges are solid, and fantastic art makes it an easy suggestion that folks should be picking this one up.

Story: J. Michael Straczynski Art: Ben Templesmith
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Jupiter’s Legacy #1

Jupiter's Legacy #1 CoverWriter Mark Millar has been a bit over the top lately with some of his series, filling them with uber-violence or reprehensible acts. This series comes off as almost adult for him and it’s more than welcome.

Jupiter’s Legacy intends to be the next superhero epic that all future comics will be measured by. The world’s greatest heroes have grown old and their legacy is a poisonous one to the children who will never live up to their remarkable parents.

Yes, it’s a new deconstruction of the super hero genre, and it would be just that if not for a few pages that really piqued my interest.

What I thought was really interesting was a debate late in the comic of that legacy group of heroes about their role in the world. If the series goes in that direction and ties in this newer generation, there’s some really interesting material to mine and the series will stand out to me.

The first issue though is a solid one, but unlike the above, not much is laid out, it’s very much set-up. We generally know how the heroes got their powers and the world they live in, but the series is very character focused in the issue, so not a ton happens action wise. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just different from a lot of the super hero series out there. There’s a lot I enjoyed about that.

Of course, it’s not just Millar’s writing, Frank Quitely provides the art, which is as solid as you’d expect. It’s great stuff to look at, with characters looking different and each having their own style.

Overall, the issue is really good. I’m not going to gush over it as much as others have, but it’s a solid start.

Story: Mark Millar Art: Frank Quitely
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

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