Little Bird follows a young resistance fighter who battles against an oppressive American Empire and searches for her own identity in a world on fire.
Little Bird #1 is a comic I’ve been looking forward to reading for some time. The concept of a resistance standing against a religious fundamentalist American empire is a story that sounds intriguing to me. While there’s a lot to like in the first issue, there’s also some stumbling as well in its world building.
Written by Darcy Van Poelgeest, the first issue feels like a cross between Saga, We Stand on Guard, and East of West. A Canadian resistance attempts to take on the evil American empire which works as a story, it’s something we’ve seen before. Where the issue stumbles a bit is in the small details of its worldbuilding which at times feels like weird to just be weird. Bathing in blood with what looks like intestines coming out. Weird baldheaded floating intestine creatures. It’s all visually interesting but with so little explanation we’re expected to go with it. What it winds up being is somewhat of a distraction.
Little Bird is a techno-organic religious world that we’re expected to go with. While the visuals are solid, we’re left wondering about those interesting concepts and it doesn’t help matters. A more straightforward visual would have helped. Getting rid of the weird focuses the story a bit. All of these things might be explained but in the first issue it’s all left hanging.
The concepts though are neat and the story pretty easy to get in to if you’re willing to overlook these open questions. The characters are interesting. The conflict has a lot of potential. The juxtaposition of societies is solid. There’s a lot of set up for what’s to come and a good inclusion on what we need to know of the past.
The art by Ian Bertram is absolutely interesting and as I said above, it can be distracting as well. Joined on colors by Matt Hollingsworth and lettering by Aditya Bidikar, the issue is one that has so many small things for you to linger on the page and stare at. While those visuals absolutely help build the world and hint at what we’re dealing with, they also aren’t explained enough and seem a bit odd for odd’s sake. Those cool visuals also distract without an explanation of the “why” and “what.”
The first issue has a lot of potential and I want to see where it goes. There’s a good chance the miniseries will read better as a whole than it does as single issues and those issues I have with the weird visuals will be explained later. Little Bird #1 absolutely creates and builds an interesting world but leaves too much out there not explained or acknowledged to not distract from the main story.
Story: Darcy Van Poelgeest Art: Ian Bertram
Color: Matt Hollingsworth Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Design: Ben Didier
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
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Vault Comics has announced that, after extremely high demand, These Savage Shores #1 will receive a very special printing as part of the new Vault Lines series of deluxe black-and-white special edition issues highlighting the astonishing original inks from Vault artists.
Printed on deluxe heavyweight paper, Vault Lines introduces a brand-new presentation venue to the growing Vault catalogue which aims to spotlight the artists of some of our most successful titles in a series of pristine black and white editions.
One of the most critically-acclaimed comics of the year, These Savage Shores is written by Ram V, drawn by Sumit Kumar, colored by Vitorio Astone, and lettered by Aditya Bidikar.
Two centuries after the first European ship sailed to the Malabar Coast and made landfall at Calicut, The East India Company seeks to secure its future along the lucrative Silk Route, in the year 1766. An old evil now sails aboard a company ship, hoping to make a home in this new found land. But he will soon find that the ground along the Indus is an ancient one with daemons and legends far older than himself.
These Savage Shores #1 Vault Lines Edition will hit store shelves on March 27, 2019. Stores can order the issue by using the Diamond Order Code: JAN198618.
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Clay McLeod Chapman
Artist: Jey Levang
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Cover Artist: Ignacio Valicenti
After a pandemic strikes, a dorm complex at a small American college is quarantined with all of the students trapped within. What first starts out as youthful freedom from authority soon devolves into a violent new society—it’s Lord of the Flies on a college campus.
From writer Clay McLeod Chapman (Spider-Verse, Ultimate Spider-Man, American Vampire, Vertigo Quarterly), whose most recent play, “Stump Speeches,” was a New York Times Critics’ Pick; and introducing artist Jey Levang.
Collects the complete 5-issue series.
Gotham Academy creators Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl, with colorist MSASSYK and letterer Aditya Bidikar, will release Isola, Vol. 1 this October from Image Comics.
An evil spell has been cast on the Queen of Maar, and her Captain of the Guard will do anything to reverse it. Their only hope lies on an island half a world away—a place known in myth as Isola, land of the dead.
This desperate quest is a breathtaking fantasy adventure two decades in the making.
Isola, Vol. 1 TP (Diamond code: JUL180153, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0922-7) will be available in comic book stores on Wednesday, October 24th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, September 10th. It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, October 30th.
THE BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE
Writer/Artist: Bill Morrison
Inks: Andrew Pepoy
Colors: Nathan Kane
Lettering: Aditya Bidikar
Publisher: Titan Comics
Hardcover, 292mm x 190mm
On Sale: August 28, 2018
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine comes this fully authorized graphic novel adaptation.
The music-loving, underwater paradise of Pepperland has been overrun by the music-hating Blue Meanies and their leader, Chief Blue Meanie.
They turn the people of Pepperland into living statues by dropping apples on them and imprison the Pepperland’s guardians, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band inside a soundproof blue glass globe, before confiscating all the music instruments in the land. Pepperland’s mayor sends aging sailor, Young Fred out in the fabled Yellow Submarine to find help. He travels to our world where he stumbles across the Beatles and begs them to help him free his world. They agree and head back to Pepperland, teaming up with Jeremy The Nowhere Man along the way to help overthrow the evil Blue Meanies through the power of music and love.
Oni Press has announced that the very first issue of The Long Con from Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman, webcomic artist EA Denich, M. Victoria Robado, and letterer Aditya Bidikar, is getting a second printing! The collector’s edition reprint will be out August 29th, and will be priced at $1 to celebrate this hilarious story!
Five years ago, a cataclysmic event obliterated everything within a fifty mile radius of the Los Spinoza Convention Center—including the attendees of Long Con, the world’s biggest (and longest) comic convention. But unknown to the outside world, the con-goers not only survived, they kept the convention going.
It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the longest con ever!
The Long Con #1 is by Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman, EA Denich, M. Victoria Robado, Aditya Bidikar, Leila Del Duca, Sara Richard, Keith Wood, Robin Herrera, and Ari Yarwood.
Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.
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Just in time for SDCC, The Long Con is under way. On July 25th, Oni Press invites you to take a look inside what happens when the world ends, but the Con culture lives on. The Long Con is a hilarious action/adventure comic for teen and adult readers alike, whether con-goers or not, written by Dylan Meconis and film critic for The Portland Mercury, Ben Coleman, with illustrations by webcomic artist EA Denich, colors by M. Victoria Robado, and letters by Aditya Bidikar.
Five years ago, a cataclysmic event obliterated everything within a fifty mile radius of the Los Spinoza Convention Center—including the attendees of Long Con, the world’s biggest (and longest) comic convention. But unknown to the outside world, the con-goers not only survived, they kept the convention going. When proof of their survival surfaces, reporter Victor Lai is sent to investigate—after all, he was covering the con that fateful day and escaped mere minutes before everything went kablooie… abandoning his nerdy pal Dez in the process. So clearly he’s the perfect person for the job, and he won’t get trapped inside like some kinda idiot. Right?
The Long Con is available as a convention exclusive by Sara Richard (My Little Pony) at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, and at your local comic shop starting July 25, 2018. EA Denich will be signing with us all weekend long at SDCC, with a bonus signing with Sara Richard on Sunday afternoon.
Vault Comics has unveiled the brand new cover for the second printing of Deep Roots #1, illustrated by Nathan Gooden and designed by Tim Daniel.
The Deep Roots #1 second printing is part of Vault Vintage, Vault Comics’ line of covers that celebrate the artistic achievements of both modern and legendary professionals of the comic book industry. For Deep Roots #1, artist Nathan Gooden and designer Tim Daniel pay homage to DC Comics’ Swamp Thing #7, the iconic cover illustration by Bernie Wrightson, along with designer Gaspar Saladino’s indelible logo.
Deep Roots #1 was originally published on April 25, 2018 and was greeted by critical acclaim and a same-day sellout. The second printing of Deep Roots #1 hits store shelves on June 6th, 2018. Further, the release date for the second issue of Deep Roots will now also be on June 6th, 2018, so both issues hit stands on the same day. Retailers can order the second printing of Deep Roots #1 using Diamond Order Code MAR188652.
Deep Roots was co-created by writer Dan Watters and artist Val Rodrigues, with colors by Triona Farrell and letters by Aditya Bidikar.
Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Color: Brad Simpson, Kevin Enhart
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Cover A: Piotr Kowalski
Cover B: Game variant
Editor: Tom Williams
Design: Wilfried Tshikana-Ekutshu
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: April 25, 2018
Written by Image Comics superstar Ales Kot, with artwork by Piotr Kowalski! Awakening in an ancient city plagued by a twisted endemic – Where horrific beasts stalk the shadows and the streets run slick with the blood of the damned – a nameless hunter embarks on a dangerous quest in search of paleblood…