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The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson from Eddie Gorodetsky and Marc Andreyko this January

Image Comics will debut The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson created by Emmy Award winning writer-producer Eddie Gorodetsky and Eisner Award winning writer Marc Andreyko. Gorodetsky, whose credits include MomBig Bang Theory, and Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan, teamed up with Andreyko whose recent collection Love Is Love united the comics world to raise money and awareness in the wake of the Orlando LGBTQ shootings.

Nick Wilson, their first collaboration, is illustrated by comics veterans Steve Sadowski and Ian Churchill. Colored by Hi-Fi Colour Design, lettered by A Larger World Studios, and edited by Shannon Eric Denton with covers by Pete Woods and Ian Churchill.

The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson is a story for anyone who failed publicly, who didn’t prepare for a second act in their life, who hit a wall and didn’t know how to recover. For a few years in his early 20s, Nick Wilson had super powers and all the acclaim associated with them. When those powers vanished, so did his fame, sending him from national hero to late-night punch line. By the time we pick up his story, he is not yet 30 and barely a name in a trivia contest. Faced with a life in a rear view mirror full of lost powers, faded glory, former enemies, ex-girlfriends, and forgotten grudges, Nick struggles to figure out who he is today. Packing on an extra 20 pounds and peering through a medicinal marijuana haze, he is trying to build a future when all that’s left is just a man who hasn’t been super for a very long time. These are THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF NICK WILSON.

Nick Wilson #1 Cover A by Woods (Diamond Code NOV170648) and Cover B by Churchill (Diamond Code NOV170649) will be available on Wednesday, January 17th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 18th.

Review: Teen Titans #24

tt_cv24In this climactic issue, the team is forced to make a decision: continue fighting crime as the Teen Titans…or go their separate ways.

How to review Teen Titans #24 without spoiling it? That’s actually a challenge. This issue written by Tony Bedard is best read after reading Detective Comics #940. The issue’s content is a direct continuation of the events there. Without spelling things out, folks can probably guess as to what happens there.

The Teen Titans are at a crossroads, reflecting about a member, and also figuring out what comes next. The issue is a decent one telling lost stories in a way from various characters’ perspectives. It manages to take what should be a completely dour moment and add in moments of levity.

But, the issue, more importantly, acts as a good finale and a bridge to what comes next. There’s lots of foreshadowing of what we can expect in Teen Titans: Rebirth as well as Raven’s own miniseries which kicks off next week. It’s a reflection on what was and what is coming. You get a sense of that from the cover which while it features this line-up we also see a hint of Cyborg’s leg. It’s a good finale for this volume.

Artist Ian Churchill and inker Norm Rapmund give us all sorts of situations and characters. Everything from Trigon’s realm to a gay pride parade are covered in this issue. The art is decent though nothing that blows me away. It is impressive in how much is covered though and the different settings still work. There’s an anthology vibe about it all.

The comic is good and for fans of this group of Teen Titans, they’ll probably enjoy it. It doesn’t quite pack an emotional impact, but as a dual prologue and epilogue it works well.

Story: Tony Bedard Art: Ian Churchill Ink: Norm Rapmund
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The CBLDF Presents: Elephantmen: Shots #1

The CBLDF Presents: Elephantmen: Shots #1

Story By: Richard Starkings
Art By: Dougie Braithwaite
Art By: Ian Churchill
Art By: Boo Cook
Art By: Shaky Kane
Art By: Moritat
Art By: Tim Sale
Art By: Dave Sim
Cover By: J Scott Campbell
Variant Cover By: Tim Sale
Variant Cover By: Boo Cook
Price: $5.99
Diamond ID: MAR150521
Published: May 27, 2015

Led by TIM SALE’S 9 page WHEN THE NIGHT COMES story, this special collects all the ELEPHANTMEN strips from HERO COMICS, LIBERTY COMICS and THE THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY. Features the hard to find JUDGE DREDD, STRONTIUM DOG and MARINE MAN crossovers and beautiful covers by J SCOTT CAMPBELL and TIM SALE! All proceeds go to the CBLDF!

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Review: Revenge #1

Revenge01-CoverGriffin Franks was a joke in Hollywood. A washed up action-hero. Over the hill. Past it. A has-been. A barely-was. But now he IS The Revenger. He’s a star. His movie’s a hit. His latest wife is hot. He finally has everything he wants. Just in time for someone to take it all away. Forever. Starting with his face.

Revenge #1 feels like a 70s grindhouse film mixed with modern gore/torture porn. I’d think that the series is a brilliant send-up of over the top violence, revenge films, and torture films of today, but I think it takes itself a bit too serious and dwells on the torture too much to be that much of a wink and nod. Instead, we get an over the top comic that I found myself coming close to stop reading, not for the needless violence and blood, there’s lots of that, but for a plot that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. The failure here isn’t the general concept, it’s the execution in a story that’s so complicated and removed from any semblance of reality, it’s just not enjoyable.

There are spoilers ahead, because I just need to, so I can explain why I had so much trouble with the first issue…. you’ve been warned.

Ok, lets actually examine the plot. Griffin Franks is a washed up actor, and decides to have a risky procedure to get his youth back. Instead he’s tortured during the procedure having his face and finger tips removed, while he’s sedated but awake. That could be the plot of an Eli Roth film, it works, and could work really well, and be entertaining. But here is where I lose it. It turns out this is all a plan by his much younger wife. It turns out that Griffin slept with her mother and thus got her parents to divorce. Her mother then had a downward spiral. From there, the now wife grew up, married Griffin, to torture him and use is finger tips and face to fake getting their pre-nup reversed and steal all his money. What. The. Fuck. This is the plot? Talk about needlessly complicated. The fact that so many pieces had to fall into place to make this all happens is ridiculous, but she’d need to be able to see into the future to know all of it would work out. Why not just slowly torture the guy instead and make him spiral like her mother? That’s much more terrifying to me.

That story completely lost me as a reader. It’s so over the top to be nonsensical and takes me out of enjoying it. There’s sex, there’s violence, there’s gore, there’s blood. It’s over the top. But the plot is what kills it and tortured me as a reader. Churchill’s art is gory, and at times gross, and it’s the highlight of the issue. There’s numerous nightmare dreamscapes Griffin goes through while tortured, and they’re drawn in the nightmarish way they deserve. Sadly that artistic talent is wasted on a plot that should be so much more.

I could hope there’ll be some amazing bait and switch and this will in fact be a movie inside the comic and some reveal will happen that’ll surprise the reader, but for some reason, I just don’t see that coming down the pipeline. If you enjoy blood and gore and no plot, then go for it. I myself want a bit of story. All shock and no story does not make a good comic or good entertainment.

Story By: Jonathan Ross Art By: Ian Churchill
Story: 4 Art: 7 Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review