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SDCC 2015: Chris Warner Discusses Barb Wire

At San Diego Comic-Con, we got a chance to talk to Chris Warner about Barb Wire, the character he created! Barb Wire has returned to the world of comics courtesy of Dark Horse Comics!

What’s changed in the years she’s been gone? What can folks expect? How does gentrification play into it?

Find out!

Forgive the audio issues…..

Review: Barb Wire Vol. 2 #1

barbThis series comes in the wake of so many reboots or reimaginings of characters that had been popular in other times.  Although this trend is more popular at Dynamite as it utilizes characters in the public domain, Dark Horse is also known to do so.  In this case though the character has always belonged to Dark Horse, and even relatively recently, having been big in the 1990s at the same time as the Bad Girls were making a mark for themselves across the medium.  Barb Wire was a little different from the regular Bad Girl though.  A common theme among the Bad Girls was a connection to the occult, and Barb Wire had little to do with it, instead relying on her skills and cunning in a semi-dystopian future America.  She is a bar owner and bounty hunter in the town of Steel Harbor, and ends up being somewhat of a hero as she cleans up the streets of the city.

For those that liked the character in the 90s and wanted more, then this is likely the series for them.  There is in fact not much which is different, between Barb being on the hunt for a bail jumper, someone calling her “babe” and the immediate fallout of that and then a long time spent hanging at her bar until some other scheme or development takes place.  In the case of this issue though there is a bit of an update which would be necessary compared to the world of the 1990s, specifically with texting being such an important part of society now, it is also mentioned here.  Also the corporations seem to fit into a bit of a more evil stereotype here, thanks in part to the occupy movements effect on pop culture.

There is probably no one that will expect a masterpiece out of this series, and rightfully so.  The concept is not that original, nor was it even original when it first came out.  It is built on characters that might have been a bit edgy at the time, but pop culture has since given us a decent selection of badass babes (sorry) that make Barb only one among their ranks.  At the same time this issue manages to effectively update the series and the characters and to give them new blood.  It might not be a masterpiece but it is fun and worth a look, though it is hard to imagine that the series gains too much traction.

Story: Chris Warner Art: Patrick Olliffe
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

We Stand on GuardWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

We Stand on Guard #1 (Image Comics) – Brian K Vaughn is taking on giant robots and Canada. Sign me up. I’ve been awaiting this one since it was announced at Image Expo.

The Bunker #12 (Oni Press) – Josh Fialkov’s time travel comic has been amazing with each issue and the fact is, I have no idea what will happen. It’s just beyond amazing and one of my favorite comics.

Red Skull #1 (Marvel) – If there’s one character that can mess up Doom’s new world, I’m convinced it’s the Red Skull. Maybe we’ll get the first hints as to how Doom will fall here?

Secret Wars #4 (Marvel) – The first three issues were solid in the best Marvel event in quite some time. It’s interesting to see where it all goes, and I’m along for the ride.

The Wicked + The Divine #12 (Image Comics) – Did you read the last issue? That alone is the reason I’m looking for this one. I seriously have no idea what’s happening next.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Will Eisner’s The Spirit #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I’m a sucker for anything set in the 40’s, and the Spirit is no exception. I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I heard the comic was being released. I even though the movie was pretty decent. Did I just lose my nerd-cred?

Detective Comics #42 (DC Comics) – I’ve always been a closet Harvey Bullock fan, so to have at least a two-part story focused exclusively on him? There is no way I couldn’t pick this up.

We Stand On Guard #1 (Image Comics)A military comic that features giant robots and is written by Brian K Vaughn? What’s not to love?

 

Elana

Top Pick (tie) The Wicked + The Divine #12 (Image Comics) – Ack! My heart! It’s been smashed somewhere on the floor! It’s listening to “People Who Died” and “Rock and Roll Suicide” on repeat.

But Don’t You Cry Tonight (Gillen/McKelvie still love you, baby). There’s an underworld bellow us (BAYBAAHH) and Persephone is the goddess who comes back from the dead every spring.

This month’s issue is a flashback to Inanna’s origins. So put on Purple Rain and pretend you don’t know what’s to come.

Top Pick (tie) The Humans #6 (Image Comics) – It’s been reported that this issue is going to start giving us some more material about the women in The Humans and Johnny’s long lost former girlfriend. I’ve always appreciated how even in this male-centered story all of the female characters are easily identifiable and unique. This issue could make good on that promise.

But that’s not what I read this comic for. That’s just my intellect talking. I read it because it’s in my guts. (Teaser of a thought piece I’m working on).

It’s safe to say this comic will continue to be some of the best crafted, most addictive, least office appropriate reading you’ll find.

A-Force #2 (Marvel) – All of everyone’s favorite female heroes on one team! I was a bit thrown off by this new issues’s summary page. It describes Sister Grimm and Ms. America as foster sisters. Brett and I had interpreted them as a romantic couple. But let’s see where this goes. Hopefully there will be girl kissing and sharks being punched. And more She-Hulk.

Airboy #2 (Image Comics) – Hey Kids! Airboy is appearing in a comic of the same name! But I’m not reading this for a WWII Boy Adventurer. I’m here for the gonzo struggles of the artist as a middle aged man. (Read my review of issue 1 to find out more.) Will this comic’s writer and artist– this story’s actual protagonists– despoil the golden lad of the Golden Age? Pretty sure all of the hangovers we’re ever had, all put together are less interesting then the hangover that this creative team is about to experience (and they invite us along for the ride).

I want to warn our readers that there is seriously transphobic content in issue 2. I did not have a review copy when I put this issue on my picks list and wrote my endorsement based on my having enjoyed issue 1. Now, having read this issue I am not endorsing it.  We will be discussing the problems with it soon. I’m really disappointed.

For more on this, you can read our post “Airboy Crashes and Burns With Transphobic Second Issue

Years of Future Past #2 (Marvel) – This Secret Wars title seems to have gone entirely under the radar. That’s a shame. It’s a Claremonterrific spin-off of the classic X-Men Future Dystopia, the one that birthed all those crazy X-Men continuities. The book’s got heavy handed but emotionally resonant political metaphor to spare. It also has Kitty Pryde married to Colossus (though he’s only the 2nd best member of the Rasputin family for her to be in love with) and they have a daughter! And she meets Logan’s mysterious son “Cameron”. Ooooo. Who’s he named for?

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Secret Wars #4 (Marvel Comics) – Sheriff Strange, Lord Doom. Marvel’s version of Game of Thrones continues and it’s been epic! Unlike Convergence, part of me doesn’t want to see it end. If only Doom can win…

Action Comics #42 (DC Comics) – Truth continues and we see the “Man” without the “Steel” try to adapt and overcome everything put in his path. Last month was a joy and I’m waiting to see where this month takes us. Hopefully up, up and further!

Barb Wire #1 (Dark Horse Comics) The return of the bounty hunting Babe! Adam Hughes cover alone sold me on this one. If the inside is as good as the cover, I won’t need to keep the receipt.

Green Lantern #42 (DC Comics) – Everyone’s favorite renegade: Han.. er.. Hal Jordan continues his outlaw journey through the cosmos without the Corps by his side. Doesn’t mean it won’t be any less action packed!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #47 (IDW Publishing) – Evil Baxter Stockman, a horde of Mousers and half- shelled heroes. Is it 1984 again? That’s well and ok with me! Me thinks it’s Cowabunga time again!

 

Paul

Top Pick: A-Force #2 (Marvel) – All the women from the Marvel Universe on an island, fighting and protecting their island from outside threats…led by She-Hulk? YES PLEASE!  This is one of the few Secret Wars tie ins that I have really enjoyed, AND it has been reported this title will survive as an on-going title with the MU figures itself out.  I highly recommend getting on board with this one.

X-Tinction Agenda #2 (Marvel) – The second Secret Wars tie-in I really enjoyed, this title sees Havok and the mutants of Genosha dying from a virus running rampant, and their only hope is charging into X-City against Phoenix and taking the help they need to save their people.  Definitely a show down I look forward to seeing.

Years of Future Past #2 (Marvel) – Kate Pryde, along with her parents Shawdowcat and Colossus, have broken free from their prison, and with a handful of fellow mutants, have to race through their ruined city to try and save their surviving friends.  I’ve always enjoyed stories showing a bleaker future, and how the X-Men, no matter their numbers, band together to try and set things right.

 

Review: Barb Wire Vol. 2 #1

barb wireBarb Wire, the club owner/ bounty huntress returns after a decade of absence and her troubles have hardly let up, but not to worry, she isn’t ready to let up either.

She is a salty rip-roaring woman, and she does business the old-fashioned way, with a readied first and a bottle of whiskey waiting on her desk.

Creator(and writer) Chris Warner published  first Volume of Barb Wire in 1998. The comic was then made into a movie starring Pamela Anderson which has since been banished to the vaults of movie history.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week! And we’re getting closer to San Diego Comic-Con! Who’s excited for the convention?

Around the Tubes

The Full Bleed – Marvel Had to Put The Punisher On Netflix, But Not for the Reason You Think – Interesting theories.

The Outhousers – Industry Shocker: Does Marvel Force Employees to Sign Away Right to Say Anything Bad About Marvel for the Rest of Their Lives?! – Interesting read. Hopefully no one signs this.

The Beat – San Diego Comic-Con ’15: Perfect Pack Preparedness – Some good advice!

The ComiChron – Secret Wars #1 tops May 2015 comics sales; Loot Crate-powered Bravest Warriors takes second – Not really shocking.

Erie TV News – New Erie Art Museum Exhibit Brings Comic Books to Life – I want to check this out.

Kotaku – DC Comics: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy Are Girlfriends “Without Monogamy” – Mazel Tov!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – 1602: Witch Hunter Angela #1

The Beat – All Star Section Eight #1

The Outhousers – Barb Wire #1

The Herts Advertiser – Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Ant-Man

ComicMix – Pride and Prejudice

Dark Horse’s Star Wars #1 Trade-In for a Barb Wire #1 Variant

Announced on April Fools’ Day, it was hard to tell if Dark Horse was serious about their promotion for stores to get an Adam Hughes Barb Wire #1 ultravariant cover. In the initial release, they did joke about giving away a live tiger, so it was hard to tell if any of it was true. Today they’ve sent a new release saying at least part of the release was true, the part about stores trading in covers of Star Wars #1 for a variant.

That’s right: for every twenty covers of Marvel’s standard Star Wars #1 first printing that retailers send to Dark Horse, they’ll get one rare Barb Wire #1 ultravariant by Adam Hughes for FREE with a clear message: Don’t f*** with Barb Wire. This variant cover will only be available through this promotion.

In the new release Dark Horse President and Publisher Mike Richardson said:

We have been and remain huge Star Wars fans and as such we wanted to do our best to help promote Marvel’s new series. No retailer who is a true Star Wars fan would destroy his or her own first issue, so what better way to pump sales than by offering a reward for ordering extra copies? Of course, we’re hoping that Marvel returns the favor by offering an exclusive Star Wars cover for every 20 Barb Wire covers it receives. Seems fair and what better combination exists in this or any galaxy than Star Wars and Barb Wire?

All submissions must be received by June 5, 2015, at the address below in order to qualify.

Please note: no subsequent printings or variants are accepted as part of this promotion.

Dark Horse Comics
ATTN: Barb Wire
10956 SE Main Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Please include the following information with submissions:

• Store Name
• Name of Primary Contact
• Store Address
• E-mail Address
• Phone Number
• Number of Covers Included

Retailers will be contacted by Dark Horse once submissions are received. Retailers with further questions should contact Dark Horse directly since this promotion is not affiliated with Diamond Comic Distributors.

Check out the cover below.

Adam Hughes Barb Wire #1

Dark Horse Delivers Ten New Series This Summer

At Emerald City Comicon, Dark Horse Comics announced ten new comic series that’ll debut this summer.

Barb Wire #1

Chris Warner (W)
Patrick Olliffe (A)
On Sale in July

Nail-hard tough and drop-dead gorgeous, Barb Wire is the baddest bounty hunter on the mean streets of Steel Harbor, where gangsters can lift bulldozers and leap rusting factories in a single bound. The hunting is stupid good and the bounties are hella big—if Barb lives long enough to collect!

BARB WIRE

King Tiger #1

Randy Stradley (W)
Doug Wheatley (A)
On Sale in August

Blood, death, and fire—the darkest kind of magic. A monstrous secret from King Tiger’s past has found the mystic warrior, but can Tiger’s skills and sorcery triumph against an unthinkable supernatural obscenity linked to his own destiny? If the Tiger falls, the Dragon will rise!

KING TIGER

Negative Space #1

Ryan K Lindsay (W)
Owen Gieni (A)
On Sale in July

When one man’s writer’s block gets in the way of his suicide note, he goes for a walk to clear his head and soon uncovers a century-old conspiracy dedicated to creating and mining the worst lows of human desperation. A corporation has manipulated his life purely so they can farm his suicide note as a sadness artifact that will be packed and shipped to ancient underwater creatures who feed off our strongest and most base emotions. Our hero partners with a cult intent on exposing the corporation, and only a suicide mission can solve the whole mess.

NEGATIVE SPACE

The Tomorrows #1

Curt Pires (W)
Jason Copland (A)
On Sale in July

A bold new speculative-fiction comic from the mind of writer Curt Pires, each issue illustrated by a different brilliant artist!

The future: art is illegal. Everything everyone ever posted online has been weaponized against them. The reign of the Corporation is quickly becoming as absolute as it is brutal—unless the Tomorrows can stop it.

They told you the counterculture was dead. They were wrong. Welcome to the new reality.

TOMORROWS

Death Head #1

Zack Keller, Nick Keller (W)
Joanna Estep (A)
On Sale in July

When Niles and Justine Burton go camping to get a break from their stressful lives, they expect to find peace . . . not an abandoned village hiding an ancient evil. In a turn of events ripped straight from a horror movie, a brutal killer wearing a plague doctor’s mask begins hunting Niles, Justine, and their two kids. Who is the Plague Doctor? What does he want? And how will the family survive?

DEATH HEAD

Zodiac Starforce #1

Kevin Panetta (W)
Paulina Ganucheau (A)
On Sale in August

They’re an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters—not your typical afterschool activity! But when an evil force from another dimension infects team leader Emma, she must work with her team of magically powered friends to save herself—and the world—from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions!

From Kevin Panetta (Bravest Warriors) and Paulina Ganucheau (TMNT: New Animated Adventures, Bravest Warriors), this super-fun and heartfelt story of growing up and friendship—with plenty of magical-girl fighting action—delivers the most exciting new ensemble cast in comics!

ZODIAC STARFORCE

Adam.3 #1

Scott Kolins (W/A)
On Sale in August

Award-winning writer and artist Scott Kolins (Past Aways, The Flash, The Avengers, Solomon Grundy) premieres Adam.3.

On a futuristic island paradise populated by talking animals and monitored by orbiting control satellites, the peaceful lives of Adam and his wife Skye are troubled by growing tension between Adam and his previous son, Beo. The situation goes from bad to worse when an alien invader infects the animals—turning them into aliens themselves. When Beo is captured, Adam must battle his transformed animal friends to save his son—and their island home!

ADAM3

Power Cubed #1

Aaron Lopresti (W/A)
On Sale in September

On his eighteenth birthday, Kenny’s inventor father gives him a phenomenal piece of matter-reinterpreting technology, attracting the attention of a bumbling Nazi scientist and an elite government agent. Aaron Lopresti delivers a comical coming-of-age tale in a fantastic sci-fi universe!

POWER CUBED

The Steam Man #1

Mark Miller (W)
Joe R. Lansdale (W)
Piotr Kowalski (A)
On Sale in October

The Old West (but not as we know it): Giant robots that run on steam power are created to take down invading Martians and armies of killer albino apes in an all-out brawl. The Steam Man, a giant metal man operated by a team of monster hunters, seems to have the town protected and the West under control, until a crazed and powerful vampire comes to town to bring forth the apocalypse.

STEAM MAN

Chimichanga: Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face #1

Eric Powell (W)
Stephanie Buscema (A)
On Sale in late 2015

Wrinkle’s Traveling Circus’s most adorable bearded girl and her savory-named beast are back, and there is a new act in store! Come one, come all to the Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face! But beware: those who look behind the curtain are in for an awful treat, and it’s not just his face we’re talkin’ about!

CHIMICHANGA