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Review: Ody-C #1

odyc - covThere is a tricky balance required when adapting famous source material.  Too much liberty taken in the telling and the original source material is lost, but with too close of a telling then there is no point not just to go to the source itself.  The new series Ody-C finds itself in the middle of those two extremes somewhere, although likely closer to the former.  It tells the story of Homer’s Odyssey except retold as a space opera with all of the genders swapped between the characters, heroes and gods alike.  Odysseus is replaced with Odyssia, a spacefaring captain on her way home after the long battle to vanquish Troiia.  After deciding to head back for home, the gods confer about her, and as in the historical epic, deciding to send her across the heavens before she can return home.

The result is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of how it all comes together.  Matt Fraction is the inspiration behind this idea, and he highlights the trickiness of such an endeavour, and he seems to have fallen a bit too far on the side of a liberal interpretation.  Of course, some things would need to change for such a story, but it leaves the reader a bit confused as to what is going on at times, both between the changed setting and the changed genders.  For those that are not familiar with the story of the Odyssey (or at least those that haven’t seen Troy), this is likely to be even more confusing.  At the same time, the artwork by Christian Ward is so mind-blowing in this setting, that the story takes on the truest aspects of the space opera, an almost psychedelic rendering of another place and time.

The entire experience ends up being enjoyable though not particularly memorable.  With a bit more balance in the writing, there would have been a better story to be told, including for the flow of the artwork.  It is evident that the creative team has something grand in mind behind the concept for this series, it only seems as though that this first issue was not the best showcase for those ideas.

Story: Matt Fraction Art: Christian Ward
Story: 7.8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

Image provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.

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Preview: ODY-C #1

ODY-C #1

Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Christian Ward
Cover By: Christian Ward
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: ICSEP140533
Published: November 26, 2014

An epic 26 centuries in the making: In the aftermath of a galactic war a hundred years long, Odyssia the Clever Champion and her compatriots begin their longest, strangest trip yet: the one home. A gender-bent eye-popping psychedelic science fiction odyssey begins HERE, by MATT FRACTION (CASANOVA, SEX CRIMINALS, SATELLITE SAM) and CHRISTIAN WARD (INFINITE VACATION, OLYMPUS).


Preview: Sex Criminals #8

Sex Criminals #8

Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Chip Zdarsky
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUN140572
Published: October 8, 2014

Jon and Suzie have had to deal with a whole lot in their time together but nothing can prepare them for…Robert Rainbow. Actually he’s a pretty cool guy. And that’s the problem. Come along and laff and love with the Eisner Award nominated SEX CRIMINALS by MATT FRACTION (SATELLITE SAM, HAWKEYE) and special guest artist CHIP ZDARSKY (SPAWN*, THE WALKING DEAD*) *avid reader of


Sexual Dummy? Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky Have Just The Tips for You

just the tips coverThis November, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, creators of the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning bestselling Image Comics series Sex Crimninals, will share some of the sexual wisdom that only a year spent creating a comic book about a couple who stop time when they climax can give you, in an elegantly satirical, NSFW hardcover book, Just The Tips.

With tips, tricks, moves, advice, suggestions, stories, and confessions, how-tos, do’s, don’ts, and do-agains-but-slower-this-times from the unmissable letters column of Sex Criminals, plus helpful illustrations of hot positions1 and other brand-new material, Just The Tips will give every sex-dummy the tools for totally not sucking at sex anymore.2

Fraction spoke for himself and Zdarsky about their new creation: “

On the cusp of becoming internationally renowned Sex Experts (note to Chip: we really need to figure out a way to tighten up ‘Sex Experts’ for the Press Release. Sexexp? Seexperts? Think it over some), Chip and I feel what anyone might feel in our position: drunk, absolutely drunk, with power, and overdosing on raw sex energy. Today: this book. Tomorrow: public office.

just the tipsJust The Tips is 96 pages of pure sexual knowledge as hard as the covers that contains it, guaranteed3 to take readers’ boudoir4 life from boring to brimpin’. It will be in comic book stores on November 26 and bookstores on December 2 and is very available for pre-order now.

Not sure if JUST THE TIPS is for you? What’s wrong with you? Of course it is. But Image is generously offering a 23-page PDF preview, downloadable here.

  1. Including, but definitely not limited to, swaffling, shrimping, twerging, and auto-erotic twerging.
  2. Some tips may require the purchase of additional tools from reputable sex-tool vendors.
  3. Not guaranteed.
  4. French, and therefore sexy, for “bedroom.”

Matt Fraction’s Casanova Returns to Image

Image Comics has announced the return of Casanova by Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon in a series of deluxe hardcover “Complete Editions.” The first of these, Casanova Volume 1: Luxuria, will be released in October 2014, followed by Casanova Volume 2: Gula in November, and Casanova Volume 3: Avarita in December.

Casanova “Cass” Quinn was born into a life of wealth and privilege but turned his back on it to pursue his own interests — namely stealing, spying, and living a hedonistic life with few moral compunctions. The black sheep in a family of international super-spies, Cass is pulled back into their sphere after an evil organization targets the Quinns. In a game of hidden agendas and double espionage across parallel universes, Cas must choose an identity. Is he the decadent thief named Casanova Quinn? Or is he the top secret agent named… Casanova Quinn?

Writer Fraction is known for his metafictional winks and deft melding of genres in the mega-hit Sex Criminals, and Casanova puts his skill at the forefront in a science fiction spy story shot through with psychedelia, with gorgeous art by renowned Brazilian artists Bá and Moon.

In January 2014, Image Comics announced that Casanova would return with a fourth volume, Acedia, co-written by Fraction and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.

Each Complete Edition of Casanova collects four issues of the critically-acclaimed series in a deluxe, oversized hardcover volume, complete with covers and extra content. Volume 1: Luxuria will be in comic book stores on October 22 and bookstores on November 4; Volume 2: Gula will be in comic book stores on November 12 and bookstores on November 25Volume 3: Avarita will be in comic book stores on December 17 and bookstores on December 30. All are now available for pre-order.


Preview: Satellite Sam #10

Satellite Sam #10

Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Howard Chaykin
Cover By: Howard Chaykin
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR140594
Published: September 17, 2014

The second arc of SATELLITE SAM comes to its thundering conclusion: everybody’s secrets get a little bit of daylight and all hell is set to break loose in front of, and behind, the cameras. Who killed Satellite Sam and why? What happened to Michael White during the war? And who can he trust to help him set things right?


Preview: Sex Criminals #7

Sex Criminals #7

Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Chip Zdarsky
Cover By: Chip Zdarsky
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140728
Published: August 13, 2014

Jon breaks into Kegelface’s house and oh my golly what on EARTH do you think he finds there. Not only are our beloved Sex Criminals not alone…they’re not unwatched, either. And Suzie learns once and for all the fate of her precious library.


Preview: Satellite Sam #9

Satellite Sam #9

Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Howard Chaykin
Cover By: Howard Chaykin
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAR140592
Published: July 2, 2014

The clock runs out to save the network from scandal as Michael makes the biggest mistake of his life—and the only friend he has left behind the scenes has to face his father’s killer alone.


Preview: Sex Criminals #6

Sex Criminals #6

Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Chip Zdarsky
Cover By: Chip Zdarsky
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR140596
Published: June 18, 2014

TIME MAGAZINE’S COMIC OF THE YEAR RETURNS WITH ITS SECOND STORYLINE! After their narrow getaway from the Sex Police, Jon and Suzie are learning that this is “just the tip” of a massive iceberg. And what happens after the rush of a new relationship fades? Are they in love, lust, like, or just lame? Sexy fun times returns: We missed you so much, brimpers.


Preview: Satellite Sam #8

Satellite Sam #8

Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Howard Chaykin
Cover By: Howard Chaykin
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: FEB140626
Published: May 7, 2014

SEX! DEATH! LIVE TV! Michael and Kara make a major breakthrough in their unofficial investigation into the death of the man that played “Satellite Sam” as everyone’s kinks and obsessions go into overdrive—and scandal threatens to tear the show and the network apart.


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