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Preview: Satellite Sam #13

Satellite Sam #13

Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Howard Chaykin
Cover By: Howard Chaykin
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: FEB150629
Published: April 22, 2015

Mike and Kara split up just as the good Doctor makes his final offer: the Le Monde Network can’t survive without Satellite Sam…but Satellite Sam can survive without Michael.

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Preview: ODY-C #4

ODY-C #4

Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Christian Ward
Cover By: Christian Ward
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: DEC140748
Published: April 8, 2015

The core of a fabled starship may make Odyssia’s journey home a matter of moments rather than months—but it comes at a price.

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Preview: Satellite Sam #12

Satellite Sam #12

Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Howard Chaykin
Cover By: Howard Chaykin
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JAN150705
Published: March 18, 2015

Everybody’s got their something. Sometimes that something is sex, death, and live TV.

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Preview: Casanova: Acedia #2

Casanova: Acedia #2

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: DEC140722
Published: March 11, 2015

Tensions in Los Angeles continue to rise as Quentin Cassaday, aka Casanova Quinn, dives head-on into the mystery of Emil Boutique. Meanwhile, CHABON and BÁ continue their whirlwind tour of the Casanovaverse.

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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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