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Curt Pires, Tony Pires, and Alex Diotto Explore Hope and Loss in Olympia

Image Comics has announced an all-new miniseries by Curt Pires, his father, Tony Pires, and artist Alex DiottoOlympia, which will launch this November. 

Olympia follows Elon, a latchkey kid who spends his days alone reading comic books—until his favorite superhero, Olympian, comes crashing off the page and into reality! But as he nurses his wounded and delirious hero back to health, he discovers Olympian isn’t the only thing that came through… something evil followed him.

A comedic yet heartfelt love letter to the comics medium, Olympia is also a meditation on hope and loss, co-conceived by the Pires together while Tony was undergoing treatment for cancer.

Olympia #1 Cover A by Alex Diotto and Dee Cunniffe (Diamond Code SEP190047) and Olympia #1 Cover B by Christian Ward (Diamond Code SEP190048) will hit stores on Wednesday, November 20.

Olympia #1 Cover A by Alex Diotto and Dee Cunniffe
Olympia #1 Cover B by Christian Ward

Review: Wyrd #1

Wyrd #1

There are problems, cases, too strange for US law enforcement to solve. Pitor Wyrd is the one who solves them-for a fee, of course. An unaging, invincible detective with a penchant for the strange, Wyrd is the one the government calls when things go very badly and very strange. 

This issue: Crimea. A failed attempt at recreating a certain US supersolider. A monster roaming the countryside. A trail of bodies.

Reading the description, I went into Wyrd #1 expecting a riff on the X-Files and after checking out the first issue, it’s much more John Constantine than anything else. That’s not a bad thing at all. Writer Curt Pires delivers an entertaining issue but at the same time it’s nothing that really feels unique, so far.

We learn a bit about Piotr Wyrd mostly through teasing and he’s a hard drinking individual who doesn’t seem to enjoy life and has made some decisions in the past he regrets. He’s Constantine. And so far, that’s the biggest issue. He’s a her we’ve seen before a few times and isn’t unique enough. Now, that might change over the next four issues but for the first, it’s enough to entertain.

The art by Antonio Fuso is some solid style with coloring by Stefano Simeone it combines to create a visually interesting start. There’s a lot of use of the art to tease us about Wyrd’s story. There’s a lot of show, don’t tell and that extends to the big bad at the end where we’re visually hinted as to what’s going on. The lettering by Micah Meyers is important too giving a bit more personality to the big bad as well. Without that right lettering, the villain would just feel like a roided out reject from the mutant gang in Dark Knight Returns.

There’s nothing bad about this first issue. There’s also, so far, nothing that makes it really stand out. The art is good and tells a lot of the story. The main character feels a bit derivative. The villain is nothing all that special and things wrap up rather quickly. The first issue feels like a bit more of a teaser as to what’s to come than a story itself. Not enough unique to really get into what’s presented.

Story: Curt Pires Art: Antonio Fuso
Color: Stefano Simeone Lettering: Micah Meyers
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Curt Pires and Antonio Fuso Get Wyrd at Dark Horse

There are some cases that are simply too weird for law enforcement to solve. Enter Pitor Wyrd, an un-aging, invincible detective with a penchant for the strange who steps in to assist…for a fee. Between a botched attempt at recreating a certain US supersolider, a monster roaming the countryside, and a trail of bodies, there is no case too big, too small, or too weird.

Writer Curt Pires oins forces with artist Antonio Fuso for Wyrd, a four-issue comics series that’s James Bond meets The X Files. The series is colored by Stefano Simeone and features variant covers by Jeff Lemire, Rafael Albuquerque, Gabriele Dell’Otto, and Danijel Zezelj.

Wyrd #1 (of four) goes on sale January 30, 2019.

Preview: The Forevers #4

THE FOREVERS #4

Written by: Curt Pires
Illustrated by: Eric Pfeiffer
Lettered by: Colin Bell

The killer revealed. Chaos erupts.

Preview: The Forevers #2

THE FOREVERS #2

Written by: Curt Pires
Art by: Eric Pfeiffer
Lettered by: Colin Bell
Cover by: Eric Pfeiffer
In Stores: November 9, 2016

Curt Pires and Eric Pfeiffer step things up a notch with issue #2 of THE FOREVERS – a smart, edgy, stylish horror about the lengths people will go to for fame.

Five friends struggling on the brink of stardom sacrifice everything in a black magic pact that brings them all the wealth and glamour they ever wanted. But now, years later, the glow is fading. When one of them is killed in an accident, they each feel a pulse of magic rise in them. They realize the glow is spread evenly among the group, and if one dies that power is passed along to the rest. Suddenly, they are being hunted. One of them has decided to kill the rest and harness the remaining power.

As they search for the killer, each of The Forevers will be confronted by the macabre reality of the lengths people will go to be adored, to make sure the spotlight never fades.

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Review: The Tomorrows TPB

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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. Artists, terrorists, they fight with explosives, they fight with ideas, they fight to reclaim the future we sold. This trade paperback collects issues #1–#6 of the series.

Anarchistic nihilist cyberpunk nirvana is probably the best words to describe The Tomorrows. Despite the nihilistic outlook this book possesses, there is still hope through it all. It manages to blend in this almost transhumanism idealism with a dimensional jumping concept. The only thing somehow missing is a fitting soundtrack to capture the atmosphere of the book as you read it.

The six artistist featured in this book manage to bring their own sense of style to each of their sections. The art helps to make some of the stranger things that happen in the story shine. I’m curious to know if that was originally planned to switch artists with each individual issue released. Whatever the case it worked out well as the art throughout is superb.

Story: Curt Pires
Art: Jason Copland, Alexis Ziritt, Ian MacEwan, Andrew MacLean, Liam Cobb, Kevin Zeigler
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: The Tomorrows TPB

the-tomorrowsThe first “pages” of The Tomorrows TPB starts with some missives, rescue pleas, and a de facto mission statement. Instead of taking a few issues to get the reader into the story, Curt Pires uses a few pages of “found intel” to lure us in and the first couple of pages of panels to seal the deal. The one-two punch makes the reader feel like they’re part of the characters world. I found myself already invested and curious before I saw the first panel.

The set up for world presented in The Tomorrows is a bleak one, at least for us artists, creators, philosophers, and dreamers. In the world of the Tomorrows, I would be among those slated for death. If you’re like me and missed out on the first six issues of this series, this recently released trade paperback will catch you up and get you hooked on this world with little hope.

We are first introduced to Zoey, an artist in a world where the penalty for creating is death. She is lamenting a loss when Toshiro Mifune having sex with David Bowie aka Death in a Denim Jacket (not his real; name but, that’s how he introduces himself and it sounds way cooler than Claudius) barges in and saves her from these metal octa legged death robot/human hybrids. It’s one hell of a start to a very promising series. We meet our reluctant and poetically bad ass heroes and watch them ride off into the moonlight to safety on a more bad ass version of the Tron bike. Without a second, or panel to breathe, we also get to meet our villains, Atlas, Mr. Hughes and his pet project Icarus. Nothing good ever comes from clandestine corporations, corporate types in all white suits and secret projects that they can’t wait to get off the ground.

It’s one hell of a start to a very promising series. We meet our reluctant and poetically bad ass heroes and watch them ride off into the moonlight to safety on a more bad ass version of the Tron bike. Without a second, or panel to breathe, we also get to meet our villains, Atlas, Mr. Hughes, and his pet project Icarus. Nothing good ever comes from clandestine corporations, corporate types in all white suits and secret projects that they can’t wait to get off the ground.

The first ten pages of this comic are better than some novels making the rounds these days. I wasn’t even halfway through the first issue in the series and I was already all in. The end of the first issue in this collection gave me pure fire. We got to meet the rest of the Claudius’s team, Sasha and Jiro, and got some sass and tech details from their super computer Warhol. There was cyber terrorism and actual terrorism via some bomb-laden server destruction. The Tomorrows are a cross between artistic terrorists and every member of phase two of Fight Club.

We got to see the Tomorrows get kidnapped, Zoey crash in on a hyberbike to save them and we got to read Hughes monologuing.  I was on the fence about the almost murder of Hughes during the rescue. Claudius stopped himself, which means that he’ll be back and more determined to wipe the Tomorrows out. But, this is a comic book and even if you have a face to face with the big baddy, you shan’t kill them because the story would end. I found myself glad and troubled that Hughes made it out of issue #1 alive, glad because there would be more to this story and to this bleak world the characters existed in and sad because I’m tired of people not killing the obvious bad guy when they have a chance. Why come back Claudius? You had a chance to kill TechHitler, you should have done it. Jason Copeland‘s art in issue #1 was basic and I don’t mean that as a dig, I mean that it was just enough to match the story. It was bleak, minimalist and dry. The visuals matched the story we were reading, the panels were a part of the story and they never broke character.

Alexis Zaritt‘s art in issue 2 was a bit off putting. It was unfortunately basic in a bad way. Everything was undefined and kind of blobish. It wasn’t pretty to look at, which was a bummer because , issue two was a series of flashbacks, action sequences and a suicide with very little dialogue or descriptions. We got to see that in the aftermath of this new world order, Brazil had an uprising in the Favellas and the Brazilian lower class took their country back and created a safe zone, with music and a killer DIY culture. There was so much that could have been to showcase this “safe zone”. Hughes did not make an appearance in issue #2 which made me wonder about how bad it was about to get when I turned the page and headed into issue #3.

Issue #3 rocked my world! There was a cell phone game update that turned kids and tweens into murder monsters and we got to visit Japan and see the evil mastermind behind their version of the Atlas Corp. We got to see a battle royal style fight in the rain and a kid straight up murder his mom at a bus stop. We also got to meet the bad ass Asian contingent of the Tomorrows. Ian MacEwan provided the artwork for this issue and it fell somewhere on the spectrum right between Issue #1 and Issue #2. Since there was more going on conversation and story wise the art glitches weren’t as jarring as they were in issue #2 because there were so many other things to take in and that added equally to the story.

The next issue in this TPB opened with what looked like the human version of the Ice King, which gave me shivers. It should have given me shivers because this was not a regular issue. This was an origin story. The story of how the Tomorrows came to be. Ice King is none other than Aldous Ellis, the man who along with the love of his life Edie, brought the Tomorrows together. We get to see how each original brick got added to the wall and watch his murder at the behest of Hughes. We learn why Claudius needs and wants revenge. The artwork in this one was done by Andrew MacLane and it was like a visual newsletter, which worked for this particular issue. It was more of a propaganda piece for the good guys and any other style would have been a stark contrast to what was going on.

Issue #5 shook me a little bit. The plot line in this issue went from being Fight Club-esque to being straight up Matrix. Someone has been creating alternate worlds and playing out the outcomes in the final showdown between the Tomorrows and Hughes and Co. By the end of this issue I was wondering if Hughes was a Hugo Weaving spin off and trying to figure out if Aldous or Claudius was Neo. The artwork was basic but, telling and there was more story here than in issue #2. This issue also included a bonus sex scene which I would have called unnecessary except for the fact the writer and artist made a female orgasm a huge event and it’s so rare for any form of male-created media to center on female sexual needs that I actually applaud the multi-page sex scene. I was also pleased that the sex scene wasn’t all boobs and male gratification. It felt more like an integral part of the story, because sex does happen, and, there wasn’t even a hint of it being a gratuitous act or plot add on. This issue also had a lot of philosophical musings on what made humans, humans which fit nicely into the story, especially when the characters 919 versions stood over their 2014 bodies.

The conclusion of this arc and the last issue in this TP tied things up in exactly the way they get tied up in the real world, with some straggly ends at the tip, begging for you to pick some more, to look deeper and to enjoy the frailty. We got to watch the Tomorrows fight their evil clone counterparts. We got to see what Hughes actually did to Edie and why Claudius didn’t and couldn’t kill him when he had the chance. We also found out that Hughes isn’t just trying to bring about an Apocalypse he wants to bring about THE Apocalypse. It’s all fun and fighting games until someone releases a parasitic cloud into Earth’s atmosphere and true love reigned supreme when Claudius broke whatever spell Hughes put Edie under to bring her over to the dark nihilist side. In the nick of time using a source code rewrite and some life hacking skills, Zoey and Claudius save the whole damn world. But, you know it isn’t over, it was all way too easy. The artwork fit in well with the story and gave us loads of dark side , light side mirror images to deal with.

Overall , this was a good read, I think issue #2’s art setback was only so jarring because of the issues that preceded and followed it. It was a place holder issue but, I felt that if we were going to have a panel heavy, bubble light, issue more time should have been spent on making those panels as tight as possible. But, in the grander scheme of this, since every other issue was so on point I can overlook it as a sophomore slump. I kept waiting for things to swing around and make issue #2 important and /or an integral part of the story but, that moment never came. I think the who arc could have survived without issue two, or maybe they could have spread it over the remaining five issues. Other than that small bump in the road, I though The Tomorrows was a great read and a solid series. I can’t wait to see more and I hope there will be many more issues to come. There are so many angles to take and story lines to follow and a battle royal between the bourgeois and the artists is something I think would be great to see.

Story: Curt Pires Art: Jason Copeland #1, Alexis Zaritt #2, Ian MacEwan Issue #3, Andrew MacLane #4, Liam Cobb #5, Kevin Zeigler #6
Story: 9.7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: The Forevers #1

the-forevers-1-11Curt Pires latest comic book comes to us under the Black Mask banner and, it’s a page-turning good time. Eric Pfeiffer‘s artwork makes almost every panel look like a surrealist painting. It’s beautiful, realistic with a twist and goes perfectly with the story and the mood of the comic. When these two creatives combine forces, the hella rad new comic series The Forevers comes to life in the best way.

The Forevers starts off at a creepy ceremony in the middle of nowhere. There’s fire, a sigil, a cult-like leader and then more flames. We all know nothing good comes from this kind of foolery but, these open to whatever younglings seem to be down with whatever. Whatever doesn’t seem to happen until many years later and the foolery in the dark seems to have made some of the people involved very famous.

That’s how they draw you in. Whatever deal was made and sealed by fire that night has come due. It seems that what these eager beavers wanted was fame and they got it, no matter how unhappy it seems to be making them. Before the issue ends, one of them is murdered in a way that looks like an accident, another tries to commit suicide, a pair of now-famous former loves can’t wait to get away from each other and a puppet master is revealed to be Truman Show-ing their’lives.We don’t know what any of this means just that someone really wanted the coke addict starlet dead & they wanted that death to look like an accident. We also know that following the death of an old friend, the famous but, flawed singer wants to get off of this ride called life. I liked the choice that Curt and Eric made, showing what could very well be two simultaneous deaths in a split screen style.

We don’t know what any of this means just that someone really wanted the coke addict starlet dead and they wanted that death to look like an accident. We also know that following the death of an old friend, the famous but, flawed singer wants to get off of this ride called life. I liked the choice that Curt and Eric made, showing what could very well be two simultaneous deaths in a split screen style.

We anticipate what’s coming next because of the two mega rich dudes meeting person, we know their mega rich because one of them is communicating through his holographic AI! And, the real life version of the Idris look alike things that things just got interesting. We also get a bit of a hint about how interesting things are about to get thanks to a nice little paragraph that comes up on the almost last page tells us that the death is only the beginning. This series is about to get dark and LA and fame are going to get dangerous.

There were moments when I forgot that I was reading and imagined myself in a really kick ass TV show. The only real flaw that I saw in The Forevers was that it ended so soon a few more pages would have been nice but, I can see why ending Issue #1 when it did was a smart choice. Issue #1 grabs your attention and grasping for a few extra pages, what a better way to keep the readers wanting more and shivering with antici—pa—-tion.

Story: Curt Pires Art: Eric Pfiffer
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.9 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Forevers #1

THE FOREVERS #1

Written by: Curt Pires
Art by: Eric Pfeiffer
Lettered by: Colin Bell
Cover by: Eric Pfeiffer
In Stores: September 14, 2016

Five friends struggling on the brink of stardom sacrifice everything in a black magic pact that brings them all the wealth and glamour they ever wanted. But now, years later, the glow is fading. When one of them is killed in an accident, they each feel a pulse of magic rise in them. They realize the glow is spread evenly among the group, and if one dies that power is passed along to the rest. Suddenly, they are being hunted. One of them has decided to kill the rest and harness the remaining power.

As they search for the killer, each of The Forevers will be confronted by the macabre reality of the lengths people will go to be adored, to make sure the spotlight never fades.

Curt Pires (The Fiction, Mayday, Pop) and Eric Pfeiffer (Arcadia) will lure you into a world of twisted decadence.

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Preview: The Fiction TP

The Fiction TP

Writer: Curt Pires
Artist: David Rubín

Four childhood friends discover a box of strange books that, when read aloud, can transport them to the beautiful, imaginary worlds described within. But when one of them goes missing, the others vow never to reveal where they’ve been and what they’ve seen. Years later, when one of the remaining kids, now an adult, also mysteriously disappears, it’s up to the last two of the group to dig up their dusty books to find him and finally figure out what happened to their friend all those years ago. Collects the complete miniseries.

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