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Preview: ODY-C #3

ODY-C #3

Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Christian Ward
Cover By: Christian Ward
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: NOV140666
Published: February 25, 2015

O and her crew encounter…the Cyclops.

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Preview: Satellite Sam #11

Satellite Sam #11

Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Howard Chaykin
Cover By: Howard Chaykin
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: DEC140757
Published: February 11, 2015

Act three of SATELLITE SAM starts here with a bang—is someone at the LeMonde Network a killer? What happened to the girl who knows all the secrets? Will the dark secret that threatens the whole show come out in the gossip columns? The fabulous fifties were never so filthy.

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A New Book on Matt Fraction’s Casanova from Sequart

Casanova coverSequart Organization has announced the release of The Future of Comics, the Future of Men: Matt Fraction’s Casanova, authored by Geoff Klock.

Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon’s Casanova is a stylish adventure about a sexy, amoral, universe-hopping, time-traveling spy caught in a war between the militaristic E.M.P.I.R.E. and the decadent and villainous W.A.S.T.E. (led by a bandaged, cackling madman in sunglasses).

The Future of Comics, The Future of Men argues that beneath its pop surface, Casanova is doing more. It challenges the corporate driven comic book production model, in which Disney and Time Warner own all the major superheroes. And it critiques the limited and damaging vision of masculinity that informs so much of modern superhero comics and movies.

With the recent debut of Casanova: Acedia, now is the perfect time to explore the depth of Casanova.

The Future of Comics, The Future of Men features a striking cover by none other than Casanova artist Fábio Moon! It runs 136 pages and is available in print and on Kindle.

Review: Sex Criminals #10

SEXCRIMINALS_10It can never be emphasized enough how remarkably worthwhile it is to have Sex Criminals in the comic book industry, especially considering reminders like the latest issue. Packed into this issue are hilarious jokes in the foreground about dick pics and ludicrous amounts of sexual innuendo hidden in the background, but that certainly isn’t it. There’s also a lot of focus on Jon’s current, multifaceted issues with his mental health and hesitance towards progressing his romantic relationship with Suzie. Sex Criminals is one of the goofiest comics on the stands, but it’s also one of the smartest; issue #10 delivers in spades with a story that calls for a lot of laughter but also just as much emotional investment.

This latest issue continues the series trend of absolutely nailing various kinds of character interaction, with just the right nuance. Whenever readers observe a session between Jon and his blunt, yet helpful therapist, for example, every subtle bit of the conversation clicks. Jon’s dialogue is filled with the perfect amount of hesitance when trying to talk about the most naturally difficult things to verbalize in that context. Beyond Matt Fraction’s dialogue, Chip Zdarsky’s art also goes a long way in carrying scenes like these. Regularly, panels devote themselves to text-less displays of facial expression that are just as essential as the words. There’s a great amount of subtlety to small but crucial moments for setting the scene for such a tense and uncomfortable atmosphere, like whenever Jon’s therapist bites his pen in thought before saying something particularly bold and discomforting. There’s even some surreal, eye-catching, dream-like panels thrown in here and there that further paint an evocative picture of what Jon is going through.

That same level of written and visual nuance finds itself in a wide variety of conversations in Sex Criminals #10, from the always sweet interactions between Jon and Suzie to Robert Rainbow opening up about his love for delivering babies. The variety of emotional highs and lows is really something, and it all works as a whole; in the end, it’s a book that is consistently about intimate, empathetic looks at people and their respective sex lives. Delving into deeply explicit and therefore uncomfortable subject matter quite frequently, Fraction and Zdarksy thankfully understand how efficient comedy is as a lubricant for telling these stories in a way that isn’t gross, with a level of socially aware respect that comes off as inclusive rather than mean.

This comic is hilarious. The most prolonged comedic scene is a conversation between Suzie’s roommate Rachelle and Robert Rainbow, with unabashedly graphic and humorously truthful exaggerated mock-ups of dick pics exchanged on instant messenger meet-up apps. There’s a tendency among males to be a whole lot more forthcoming about sexual interaction in these settings, and these exchange pokes fun at this with a healthy dosage of sneakily placed and delightful puns. In fact, hidden in the background of the book store this conversation takes place in is a smorgasbord of almost childish sex gags that trigger loads of snorting. These little bits are stupid and immature, but their placement as congested background objects fits nicely; you just may find the snort over every hidden innuendo turning into an accumulative laughing fit.

This series flirts with the ridiculous quite a lot despite its characterization often hitting so close to home. There’s the simple fact of that conversation casually, without any acknowledgement from the characters, taking place in a book store filled with books and book sections entirely made up of goofy sex jokes, but also things more overt. The original elevator pitch for this series, remember, was a couple using orgasm-induced time-stopping powers to rob banks, and over time the series has progressed to adding a group of “Sex Police” who use self-imposed authority to regulate folks with these powers. In this issue, this fun, silly part of the plot is fleshed out a bit more in a way that doesn’t take away from enjoyment in favor of world-building. This issue also establishes what appears to be a selection of characters to frame the next arc around, melding just right with the upped stakes that come along with the continued fleshing out of the overarching Sex Police conflict.

Sex Criminals #10 succeeds on so many levels, kicking ass in dialogue, visual storytelling, socially-aware commentary and representation, as well as fiendishly funny comedy. This issue successfully ends the first arc with a fantastic climax, prompting a break before the series returns to work readers back up to another satisfying end.

That was an orgasm joke.

Story: Matt Fraction Art: Chip Zdarsky
Story: 8.75 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Preview: Casanova: Acedia #1

Casanova: Acedia #1

Story By: Matt Fraction
Story By: Michael Chabon
Art By: Fábio Moon
Art By: Gabriel Bá
Cover By: Fábio Moon
Cover By: Gabriel Bá
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: NOV140529
Published: January 28, 2015

Marooned in Los Angeles with no memory of his past, Casanova Quinn takes on the mystery of his criminal benefactor’s tangled and bloody history—as strange occult forces from the future conspire to… do stuff? To him? To Los Angeles? To you? YES. Featuring the first in a series of backup stories by Pulitzer Prize winner MICHAEL CHABON and CASANOVA

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Preview: Sex Criminals #10

Sex Criminals #10

Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Chip Zdarsky
Cover By: Chip Zdarsky
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: SEP140750
Published: January 28, 2015

In which Jon and Suzie learn just how alone together we all are, and the stakes get raised crazy-high in this, the second arc finale. By MATT FRACTION (CASANOVA, ODYC, SATELLITE SAM) and just a great big bunch of C.H.U.D.s with photoshop or something.

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Preview: ODY-C #2

ODY-C #2

Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Christian Ward
Cover By: Christian Ward
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: OCT140754
Published: January 7, 2015

Odyssia and her crew are tempted by the deadly and dangerous Lotus Eaters, living sources of the most powerful narcotic in the galaxy.

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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.

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).

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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

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