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The weekend is almost here and we’ve got lots of geeky things we’re taking care of on our end. What will you all be up to? Sound off in the comments below. While you ponder that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – ‘Pooot!’: Kathryn and Stuart Immonen have a new Instagram comic – Interesting.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – The Empty Man #1

Comics Bulletin – Marvel Knights 20th #1

Comics Bulletin – Super Support Group #1

The Beat – Upgrade Soul

Comic Mix – The Wrong Earth #3

Small Press Expo Announces Guests Scott McCloud, Raina Telgemeier, Bill Griffith and Kathryn Immonen

spx-logo-240SPX has announced Scott McCloud, Bill Griffith and Kathryn Immonen as guests at SPX 2016. This is in addition to the previously announced guests Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson, Noelle Stevenson, Michael DeForge, Gemma Correll, Noah Van Sciver, Matt Bors, Lilli Carré, Theo Ellsworth, C. Spike Trotman, Jennifer Hayden and Stuart Immonen.

SPX 2016 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

The indefatigable Scott McCloud joyously joins the ranks of special guests on the heels of his tour for The Sculptor from First Second, a graphic novel following the harrowed life of a cursed (or blessed) sculptor given extreme creative powers that come with the ultimate price tag. McCloud’s resume recently included a guest editorship on The Best American Comics (2014), and is the reigning American king of comics scholarship in comics form with his series, How to Understand Comics, Making Comics and Reinventing Comics. If you have ever labored long into the night on a 24 hour comic, you can thank the multiple award-winning (Eisner, Harvey, Kirby and Manning) McCloud for that challenge in person.

SPX 2016 will see the debut of the very first graphic novel by Bill Griffith. Titled Invisible Ink and published by Fantagraphics, it is the story of his mother’s extramarital affairs with a cartoonist that took place in suburban Levittown and the culture center of Manhattan in the 50’s and 60’s. Griffith’s continues his pithy, pointed and surreal social commentary through his long running strip Zippy the Pinhead.  Zippy is available online and is syndicated to newspapers around the United States such as the Washington Post and Houston Chronicle.

Kathryn Immonen is a Canadian comics writer who has written for both DC and Marvel Comics, notably on such titles as Patsy Walker: Hellcat, Runaways, Heralds, and Journey Into Mystery. Earlier this year she and her husband/collaborator Stuart released the critically well-received Russian Olive to Red King from Adhouse Books. Russian Olive to Red King is the newest graphic novel collaboration between Kathryn and Stuart, their previous efforts being Never As Bad As You Think from Boom! Entertainment and Moving Pictures from Top Shelf, which was nominated for both Stumptown and Doug Wright Awards.

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.

Preview: Peggy Carter Squares Off Against Hydra in Operation S.I.N. #1!

This January, venture into the dark corners of the Marvel Universe of  the 1950s for an all-new globetrotting adventure in Operation S.I.N. #1 – the first chapter in a blockbuster new limited series starring fan-favorite characters Peggy Carter and Howard Stark! From blockbuster creators Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis comes an untold story of the Marvel Universe spinning out of the explosive events of Original Sin!

At the height of the Cold War, a supremely powerful alien energy source is discovered on Russian soil. In an effort to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands, secret agent Peggy Carter and Howard Stark must intercept it before it’s too late. Only they’re not the only interested parties…

A new terrorist splinter group named Hydra is on the hunt, seeking the alien technology for their own sinister purposes. It’s only when a mysterious operative named Woodrow McCord enters the picture that Peggy and Howard will see just how far some people will go to keep Earth safe from harm.

Explore Marvel history like you’ve never seen it before as Peggy Carter, Howard Stark and Woodrow McCord do battle against the rising forces of Hydra. You will not want to miss the first chapter of this epic, spy-espionage thrill ride when Operation S.I.N. #1 explodes into comic shops and on to digital devices this January!

OPERATION S.I.N. #1 (of 5) (NOV140774)
Written by KATHRYN IMMONEN
Art by RICH ELLIS
Cover by MICHAEL KOMARK
Variant Covers by GABRIEL HARDMAN (NOV140775) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (NOV140776)
FOC – 12/08/14, On-Sale 01/07/15

Operation_S.I.N_1_Cover

New York Comic Con 2014: Peggy Carter & Howard Stark Unite in Operation S.I.N. #1!

This January, journey to the Marvel Universe of the 1950s for an all-new globetrotting adventure in Operation S.I.N. #1, the blockbuster new limited series from fan-favorite writer Kathryn Immonen and artist Rich Ellis! Tying in to the explosive events of Original Sin, Operation S.I.N. tells an untold story of the origins of the Marvel Universe starring Peggy Carter, Howard Stark and Woodrow McCord!

At the height of the Cold War, a supremely powerful alien energy source is discovered on Russian soil. In an effort to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands, secret agent Peggy Carter and Howard Stark must intercept it before it’s too late. Only they’re not the only interested parties…

A new terrorist splinter group named Hydra is on the hunt, seeking the alien technology for their own sinister purposes. It’s only when a mysterious operative named Woodrow McCord enters the picture that Peggy and Howard will see just how far some people will go to keep Earth safe from harm. But is he there to aid Peggy and Howard? Or to stop them?

Explore Marvel history like you’ve never seen it before as Peggy Carter, Howard Stark and Woodrow McCord do battle against the rising forces of Hydra. The Cold War spy espionage adventure kicks off this when Operation S.I.N. #1 explodes into comic shops and digital devices this January!

OPERATION S.I.N. #1 (of 5)
Written by KATHRYN IMMONEN
Art by RICH ELLIS
Cover by MICHAEL KOMARK
Variant Cover by GABRIEL HARDMAN
On Sale in January!

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Review: Age of Ultron #5, Avengers Assemble #14AU and Ultron #1AU

Age of Ultron #5

Age-of-Ultron_5-674x1024I’ve been generally pissing on this major Marvel event and I’m going to keep on doing it, because it deserves it. Lets start with the cover to show how off this series is. It depicts characters in completely incorrect costumes. As a whole, Marvel seems to be having issues keep costumes consistent in Marvel NOW! *cough* Captain America *cough*. Wolverine is in his blue and yellow and Storm is mohawkless and her classic costume, while Iron Man is in his dark armor and Black Widow isn’t disfigured. Was this cover made for something else? Was the story something else?

Well the interior doesn’t get much better.

The heroes know what they need to do, head into the time stream to stop Ultron, but do they head to the past? Do they head to the future? How about spend the entire issue debating that? Yup! For $3.99, we get an entire issue that could have been handled in a few pages.

That’s the theme of this event, decompressed story telling to the point of irritation. There’s a reason this comic is coming out two to three times a month, yes $8 to $12 each month. Nothing happens! Five issues in and this could have been a much more entertaining comic with a faster pace and condensing of the story. Pages and side events aren’t needed, entire pages are dedicated to running. It’s frustrating.

I’d like some of that art if Bryan Hitch’s art was up to his usual quality. Something is off, so off. Overall, I’m pretty sure five issues in and this major event has been phoned in art and story.

At this point, I’m just waiting to see how they fit Angela into this mess.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Bryan Hitch
Story: 6.5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

Avengers Assemble #14AU

avengers assemble #14auJust when I was about to give up on everything related to Age of Ultron comes this tie-in comic. Focusing on Black Widow and the moments of Ultron’s first attack the issue is the brightest spot of this event. In fact, it’s just a solid comic.

Black Widow is on vacation, hanging out on the left coast in San Francisco. Like we’ve seen in other tie-in comics we get the first moments of the Ultron attack. Like a good disaster movie, we’re then taken into the moments as people scramble, destruction is rampant and the action is ramped up.

This is that cool sequence as the hero races to save people and dodge the enemy. But what’s great about it, is it brings a humanity to Black Widow that some times is missing.

Before the chaos, before the destruction, she’s just spending time with friends. Nothing crazy comes out of it, but her thoughts, her reaction to hanging out humanizes the character and also creates sympathy for her as far as what she deals with and experiences.

The issue also explains why Black Widow is now scared.

Overall, reading this just made me wish this was how the main series was paced and how it was presented. In the page we got a lot of humanity, lots of connection, empathy, loss, and action. Something the main series misses with its excessive talking the leads to nothing.

Story: Al Ewing Art: Butch Guice
Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Ultron #1AU

Ultron #1 AU CoverRemember the Runaways? It’s the formerly fantastic comic that featured kids that currently really isn’t being used at all in the Marvel universe (other than trying to kill some of them in Avengers Arena). So this comic deals with that burning question you have, “what happened to Victor Mancha from that series in the Age of Ultron?”

I understand Victor’s father is Ultron, but unless he will play a bigger role in the main story, I’m pretty sure this comic wasn’t needed. Lets focus on the story though.

The comic involves Victor and some other survivors hiding out from all of the Ultrons. That’s about it actually. Victor struggles with the fact he’s part machine and attempts to figure out how to tell the people he’s living with.

But, again, that is it. The comic really seems to be either a tie-in we didn’t need, or it’s a story that could have been told elsewhere.

Many of the tie-in comics so far have told the back story to other characters we’ve seen. Like the Black Widow in the issue above, or how the Fantastic Four came back to Earth, or a bit about Spider-Man. They’ve fleshed out the story we’re already reading in the main series. This one doesn’t answer anything. It’s a tangent that doesn’t answer questions we’ve had, or add anything so far to the main story.

Maybe as the story progresses there’s more to it, but for now, this is a decent comic that I didn’t see a point as to why it exists.

Story: Kathryn Immonen Art: Amilcar Pinna
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recomendation: Read

The Future of Journey Into Mystery Is Ravenous!

This April, Sif embarks on a dangerous rescue mission in Journey Into Mystery #651, kicking off the all-new story from the creative team of writer Kathryn Immonen and artist Matteo Scalera!

The warrior Sif’s might rivals that of the Mighty Thor, but when the ravenous Fenris is awoken by one of her own, even she is outclassed! In order to save her home, she must band together with the Warriors Three and Thor to stop him – but when everything they need to stop the beast never existed – things go from bad to worse!

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #651
Written by KATHRYN IMMONEN
Art by MATTEO SCALERA
Cover by JEFF DEKAL
ON SALE THIS APRIL!

JourneyIntoMystery_651_Cover

Marvel Unveils Stuart Immonen’s AVX: VS #1 Variant Cover – An Avengers Vs. X-Men Tie-In!

Marvel Unveils Stuart Immonen’s AVX: VS #1 Variant Cover – An AVENGERS VS. X-MEN Tie-In!

Marvel is proud to present your first look at superstar artist, Stuart Immonen’s jaw-dropping variant cover for AVX VS #1, the premiere battle book tie-in to the summer blockbuster event of the year – Avengers VS. X-Men! Catch the cover to cover battles – featuring pulse-pounding brawls as Iron Man faces off against Magneto & Thing takes on Namor! Don’t miss out on all the action in AVX VS #1, available in comic shops worldwide and on the Marvel Comics app this April!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com

AVX: VERSUS #1 (FEB120531)
AVX: VERSUS #1 IMMONEN VARIANT (FEB120532)
Written by JASON AARON & KATHRYN IMMONEN
Art by ADAM KUBERT & STUART IMMONEN
Cover by ADAM KUBERT
Variant Cover by STUART IMMONEN
Rated T+…$3.99
FOC – 4/02/12, ON SALE –4/25/12

Your First Look At AVX: Vs #1 – An Avengers Vs. X-Men Tie-In!

Your First Look At AVX: VS #1– An AVENGERS VS. X-MEN Tie-In!

Marvel is proud to present your first look at, AVX VS #1, the explosive, high-octane action packed tie-in to the hotly-anticipated blockbuster event of the year – Avengers VS. X-Men! From acclaimed creative teams, Jason Aaron & Adam Kubert and Kathryn & Stuart Immonen; catch the cover to cover battles – featuring pulse-pounding action as Iron Man faces off against Magneto & Thing takes on Namor! Don’t miss out on all the action in AVX VS #1, available in comic shops worldwide and on the Marvel Comics app this April!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com

AVX: VS #1 (FEB120531)
Written by JASON AARON & KATHRYN IMMONEN
Art by ADAM KUBERT & STUART IMMONEN
Cover by ADAM KUBERT
Variant Cover by STUART IMMONEN
Rated T+…$3.99
FOC – 4/02/12, ON SALE –4/25/12

Your First Look At Avengers Origins: Thor #1

Your First Look At AVENGERS ORIGINS: THOR #1

He is an Avenger, the God of Thunder, and protector of the nine worlds – he is THOR! Courtesy of Kathryn Immonen and Al Barrionuevo, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Avengers Origins: Thor #1! Learn all about how Thor became the mighty Avenger and the trials and tribulations he had to go through to get there. This December, Thor wields his trusty hammer Mjlonir for the first time in Avengers Origins: Thor #1!

AVENGERS ORIGINS: THOR #1 (SEP110528)
Written by KATHRYN IMMONEN
Art by AL BARRIONUEVO
Cover by GERARD PAREL
FOC – 11/7/11, ON SALE 11/30/11

Avengers Origins Thor #1 Cover

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