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Review: Year of the Villain: Joker #1

Year of the Villain: Joker #1

In general, I haven’t paid too much attention to DC’s Year of the Villain. As a concept, it hasn’t really jumped out to me. But, with John Carpenter writing Year of the Villain: Joker, I had to check it out.

The Joker, and his new companion the Six of Hearts, run around Gotham with the Joker attempting to get his groove back. But how does he go about that?

Carpenter is joined by Anthony Burch on writing duties and the story is rather entertaining. There’s an interesting focus on the insanity of the Joker from the perspective of someone else. Carpenter and Burch capture the humor of the Joker. There’s a playful randomness about it all that keeps readers on their toys.

It’s not all smooth. The comic is a bit of a drag to stat but as the story gets going to entertainment factor ups and goes into overdrive when the Joker crosses path with another villain at a convenient store.

The art is a bit mixed. Philip Tan handles the pencils with Marc Deering, Danny Miki, Jonathan Glapion, and Tan on ink. Jay David Ramos handles the colors. The art towards the beginning of the comic doesn’t feel like the same as what’s at the end. It’s a weird shift. At first, I disliked the art but by the end, I really enjoyed it, especially when Joker does his dynamic duo impersonation. The detail of saggy costumes is fantastic.

Year of the Villain: Joker #1 is a bit mixed for me. I started off hating it but by the end found myself really enjoying it and my opinion completely changed. Where I struggled to start I flew through the end. I almost stopped reading it at one point. But, by the end, glad I didn’t. The comic doesn’t have the insight I’d hope from Carpenter’s writing but it has his humor. Even if you’re not interested in the “Year of the Villain,” this is a comic you can pick up and enjoy.

Story: John Carpenter, Anthony Burch Art: Philip Tan
Ink: Marc Deering, Danny Miki, Jonathan Glapion, Philip Tan
Color: Jay David Ramos
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Year of the Villain: Joker #1

Year of the Villain: Joker #1

(W) John Carpenter, Anthony Burch (A/CA) Philip Tan, Marc Deering
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $4.99

In the Year of the Villain, what’s a Clown Prince of Crime to do when the world has started to accept doing bad as the only way to live? Out-bad everyone else, of course! The Joker is on a mission to get his mojo back and prove to the world that there is no greater villainy than the kind that leaves you laughing.

This special one-shot is co-written by legendary film auteur John Carpenter (The Thing, Halloween) and Anthony Burch (the Borderlands video games), making for a Joker comic that’s twisted in ways you never imagined!

Year of the Villain: Joker #1

NYCC 2019: Halloween Starts With Storm King Comics

Storm King Comics

Nothing says Halloween like John Carpenter and Sandy King and nothing starts Halloween like the Storm King Comics booth #2304 at New York Comic-Con. The award-winning in-house publishing line from the horror master has made the yearly anthology release of John Carpenter’s Tales For A HalloweeNight a treasured fall tradition in many comic households. NYCC is the first chance for fans to get this year’s con exclusive signed by creators. 2019 is the fifth-anniversary edition of the Halloween release and to make it extra special the cover art is courtesy of renown comic artist Cat Staggs (Wonder Woman 77, Crosswind). John Carpenter’s Tales Of Science Fiction: Twitch graphic novel will be premiering at the show as well and both releases will have creative teams on hand for signings. John Carpenter will not be attending the convention but signed copies of all of the new trades as well as tour DVDs will be on hand for sale. 

SIGNING SCHEDULE

THURSDAY:
 2:00 – John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight team signing (Sandy King, Janice Chiang, Andy Price, Chandra Free, Guy Dorian, Sr., Cat Staggs, Sara Richard, Frank Tieri)

FRIDAY:
12:30 – John Carpenter’s Tales Of Science FictionTWITCH TPB signing (Richard P. Clark, Sandy King & Janice Chiang)
 3:30 – John Carpenter’s Tales of Science FictionSURVIVING NUCLEAR ATTACK signing (Cat Staggs, Joe Harris, Sandy King & Janice Chiang)

SATURDAY: 
2:00 – John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight team signing (Sandy King, Janice Chiang, Andy Price, Chandra Free, Guy Dorian, Sr., Cat Staggs, Sara Richard, Frank Tieri)
Storm King Comics is owned and operated by Sandy King Carpenter and she will be participating in the Wonder Women: Female Comic CEOS panel at the convention. Want to hear what it’s like to break into comics and run a company in what used to be a dominantly male industry? Make sure and get a seat Thursday, October 3rd at 6:30 PM room 1B03. Additional panelists include Paula Garces ( The World of Aluna, Netflix’s On My Block), Tina Fine (Offgirl), and Wendy Chin-Tanner (A Wave Blue World).

Around the Tubes

Daredevil #10

It’s a new week and we have lots on tap for the week! As we roll into a new week, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Washington Post – How Pia Guerra became one of the Trump era’s most moving political cartoonists – It really is some fantastic art.

Bloody Disgusting – John Carpenter Says “Tales for a Halloween Night” TV Series Has Found New Life at Paramount – Hope this happens.

CBLDF – History of Comics Censorship, Part 1 – Some comic book history.

Reviews

AIPT! – Daredevil #10
Comic Attack –
Excellence #4
Talking Comics –
Powers of X #3
CBR –
Year of the Villain: Black Mask #1

John Carpenter and Anthony Burch Co-Write The Joker: Year of the Villain

Acclaimed director, screenwriter, and producer John Carpenter and Anthony Burch, writer of the hit video games Borderlands 2 and League of Legends, will make their DC Universe debut in a one-shot comic as part of the publisher’s “Year of the Villain” event in The Joker: Year of the VIllain #1, on sale October 9. 

Now a human-alien hybrid, Lex Luthor has made his appeal to the world, asking its citizens to embrace doom and give in once and for all to evil, humanity’s true nature. In exchange, he will grant them the tools to ascend to their ultimate selves. While some DC villains (and heroes) are willing to hear what “Apex Lex” has to offer, the Clown Prince of Crime isn’t going to wait around until Lex gets to him. This puts The Joker on a mission to get his swagger back in a world gone bad by out-badding everyone else, proving that the greatest evil is always the one that leaves them laughing. 
“The Joker is the greatest villain in comics,” said Carpenter.  “I’m proud to be reunited with Anthony on this project.”

While this one-shot is the first time that Carpenter and Burch will be writing a DC story, they’re no strangers to collaborating on comic books that tell big, over-the-top and bombastic tales, having previously co-written BOOM! Studios’ Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack miniseries. 

The Joker: Year of the VIllain is a 40-page one-shot priced at $4.99 and debuts in comic book stores and online retailers on Wednesday, October 9 and features art by Philip Tan and Marc Deering.

The Joker: Year of the VIllain

SDCC 2019: Storm King Comics Launches Storm Kids

Storm Kids

From the mind of John Carpenter and the heart of Sandy King, multi-award-winning publisher Storm King Comics is launching their ages 10+ horror imprint Storm Kids at San Diego Comic-Con 2019.

At Booth #2205, fans can get a free Storm Kids sampler comic and families are invited to come to the launch panel Friday at 5pm Room: 29AB.  Hear from the panelists creating the line and have a little fun with a Truth or Dare Q&A. Panelists include Louise Simonson (New Mutants, Superman), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, The October Factor), Sandy King Carpenter, (They Live, Vampires), Janice Chiang (DC Superhero Girls, Transformers). San Diego Comic-Con 2019 will be the convention premiere for the graphic novel collected edition of John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: The Standoff as well. 

Storm King Comics Booth Signing Schedule: 

FRIDAY

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Twitch
1pm-Duane Swierczynski (writer)
John Carpenter’s Tales For a HalloweeNight, Storm Kids
3pm – Steve Niles (writer)

SATURDAY

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Twitch
1pm-Duane Swierczynski (writer)
John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack
3pm – Cat Staggs (art) and Joe Harris (writer) 
John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: The Standoff
5pm – Andres Esparza (art) and David J. Schow (writer) 

Sandy King Carpenter will be signing at the booth the entire show. Janice Chiang will be on hand as time allows.

Sandy King Carpenter will also be part of Wonder Women CEOS – Female Owned and Operated Comic Publishers panel Sunday, 7/21/19, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., Room: 7AB. 

Preview: Big Trouble In Little China Legacy Edition Book One SC

Big Trouble In Little China Legacy Edition Book One SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Carpenter, Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Colorists: Michael Garland, Michael Spicer, Lisa Moore, Gonzalo Duarte
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Phantom City Creative
Price: $29.99

BOOM! Studios presents the the first of three Big Trouble in Little China Legacy Editions! Collecting the previously released Big Trouble in Little China comic for the first time under one cover in an all-new value priced format that no fan can afford to miss.

Jack Burton, a macho, truck-driving adventurer, finds a stowaway demon hiding on his rig, The Pork Chop Express, but that soon becomes the least of his troubles.

Director John Carpenter returns with Eric Powell (The Goon) and artist Brian Churilla (Secret History Of D.B. Cooper) in the continuing adventures of Jack Burton, taking place mere moments after the ending to the cult-classic.

Collects Big Trouble in Little China #1-12

Big Trouble In Little China Legacy Edition Book One SC

Preview: Big Trouble In Little China: Old Man Jack Vol. 3 SC

Big Trouble In Little China: Old Man Jack Vol. 3 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Artist: Jorge Corona
Colorist: Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Greg Smallwood
Price: $16.99

With both Heaven and Hell out for Jack’s head, there’s nowhere left for him to hide. It’s a battle of apocalyptic proportions, but ol’ Jack Burton won’t go down without a fight.

Don’t miss the epic conclusion of Jack Burton’s story and the final ride of the Pork-Chop Express

Collects issues #8-12.

Big Trouble In Little China: Old Man Jack Vol. 3 SC

Preview: Big Trouble In Little China: Old Man Jack Vol. 2 SC

Big Trouble In Little China: Old Man Jack Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Artist: Jorge Corona
Colorist: Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Greg Smallwood
Price: $16.99

Getting old ain’t ever easy. Especially when you’re entering your golden years during the apocalypse. Jack Burton’s haphazard quest to save the world and defeat the evil Ching Dai continues here — but to get the job done, he’ll need the help of his old friends Wang Chi and Egg Shen. The question remains, do they want to help him?

Collects issues #5-8.

Preview: Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack Vol. 1 SC

Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Artist: Jorge Corona
Cover Artist: Greg Smallwood
Colorist: Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $16.99

  • From John Carpenter (director of Big Trouble in Little China, Halloween, The Thing, Escape from New York) and Anthony Burch (writer of Borderlands 2) comes the story of old man Jack Burton’s final ride in the Pork-Chop Express.
  • The year is 2020, and hell is literally on Earth. Ching Dai, sick of relying on screw-ups like Lo Pan to do his bidding, has broken the barriers between Earth and the infinite hells, and declared himself ruler of all.
  • Sixty-year-old Jack Burton is alone in a tiny corner of Florida with only his broken radio to talk to, until one day it manages to pick up a message. Someone is out there in the hellscape, and they know a way to stop Ching Dai.
  • Collects issues #1-4.

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