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NYCC 2018: G.I. Joe Assembles for Sierra Muerte by Michel Fiffe

Michel Fiffe, the creator of the critically-acclaimed indie comic Copra, brings his auteur style to the all-new G.I. Joe: Sierra Muerte miniseries. Written, drawn, lettered, and colored by Fiffe, Sierra Muerte will debut in Spring 2019 from IDW Publishing as a bombastic-yet-personal, gritty-yet-colorful account of Hasbro’s iconic G.I. Joe team’s quintessential mission.

In G.I. Joe: Sierra Muerte, a core team of classic heroes goes rogue on a hunt-and-rescue double mission. With everyone trying to thwart Cobra Commander – even Cobra itself – and with Storm Shadow going AWOL, a pack of America’s fighting elite risks life, love, and honor in this fast paced, one-stop-shop adventure.

Michel Fiffe will join IDW Publishing at this year’s New York Comic Con to promote the new G.I. Joe series with signing times, sketched prints available soon for preorder (featuring original head sketches of classic characters), and promotional posters.

Review: Bloodstrike #0

Indie darling and Copra cartoonist Michel Fiffe helms the latest incarnation of Extreme Studios’ Bloodstrike in a comic that tells the origin story of the Rob Liefeld created team of reanimated super soldiers: Cabbot, Fourplay, Deadlock, Shogun, and Tag with fan favorite Chapel showing up in a backup story. Fiffe’s filtering of the early Image aesthetic through a Fantagraphics, art comic filter is quite enjoyable, and Bloodstrike #0’s pages have the feel of a labor of love fanzine instead of corporate product. Unfortunately, Fiffe’s story is utterly incomprehensible for anyone who wasn’t already familiar with the characters in Bloodstrike, and it ends being more like fanservice through an auteur lens than a bold, new beginning for the property.

Probably, the most enjoyment I got out of Bloodstrike was the similarity of the characters to various X-Men; it’s like Liefeld, and by extension, Fiffe weren’t even trying to hide it with bad guy-turned-kind of good guy Deadlock sporting Wolverine’s cowl and having the code name Patient 10 to Cabbot, the lantern jawed gun and pouch sporting team leader and Cable wannabe. This is probably the joke, but the personalities of the members of Bloodstrike seem interchangeable and differently designed action figures going on missions around the world for the good of American imperialism. (The comic is set in the hey day of the first Bush’s presidency and ends around the Gulf War.) They’re reanimated corpses so there’s no possibility of permadeath. By extension, there’s no one to really latch onto, and the time skips and jumps and introduction of other Image characters give the book a stop and start feel like vignettes stitched together. Thanks to Wikipedia, I did understand the cliffhanger ending, and it reminded me of what Mark Millar tried to do with Wolverine in Ultimate X-Men in making him a Brotherhood member and not the Captain America of Canada. So, cool with a “k”, I guess.

It’s kind of funny, but the character that stood out to me in Bloodstrike #0 wasn’t even member of Bloodstrike, but of Rob Liefeld’s flagship squad: Youngblood.  (Thank you Wikipedia, again.) Her name is Vogue, and she made some hilarious quips about costume aesthetics in the heat of battle in a nice bit of commentary on the whole style over substance trend of mainstream comics in the early 1990s where art came before story. And it comes back full circle in Bloodstrike #0 where Michel Fiffe constructs balls to the wall, paramilitary action scenes with neck biting, diagonal panels, and a red “bleed out” effect on his background colors, but doesn’t give readers a reason to care about the characters. Honestly, this is a cast of characters and conceit that could use the minimalist action plotting of The Raid or Dredd, but with more of a team dynamic than the Frankenstein’s Monster of continuity and heavy artillery fire that was Bloodstrike #0.

Maybe, if you’re more knowledgeable about the Image Comics creations of Rob Liefeld and Extreme Studios in general, Michel Fiffe’s Bloodstrike #0 will tickle your nostalgia fancy and filter the excess of the 1990s in a stylish new way. This is definitely not new reader friendly, but it’s worth flipping through to check out Fiffe’s unique art and metamorphic color palette. From the backmatter and care that Fiffe takes at replicating the original costumes, Bloodstrike #0 seems like a passion project, but unfortunately that passion is hard to transfer through this story.

Story: Michel Fiffe Art: Michel Fiffe
Story: 3.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 4.8 Recommendation: Pass 

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Rob Lefield’s The Pouch Debuts on a Variant for Bloodstrike Brutalists

Image Comics has revealed a very special Rob Liefeld variant cover to the #23 issue of Liefeld’s highly anticipated Bloodstrike Brutalists arc featuring story and artwork by Michel Fiffe. This variant cover introduces an all-new character—The Pouch!

In Brutalists Part Two, bureaucratic overlords with morbid agendas need love, too. What lengths will they go to? A string of gruesome murders, a deadly disease, and a dark conspiracy; for Bloodstrike, that’s a Tuesday.

Bloodstrike #23 will hit stores on Wednesday, June 27th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 4th.

  • Bloodstrike #23 CVR A FIFFE – Diamond Code APR180494
  • Bloodstrike #23 CVR B LIEFELD – Diamond Code APR188129
  • Bloodstrike #23 CVR C FRAGA – Diamond Code APR188130

Review: Zegas

The most interesting thing about growing up with siblings, is no one knows you better. They know what gets under your skin, what aggravates you and what makes you happy. When you are children, you tend to push each other buttons and more than a few times, get each other in trouble. As you get older, some of those same feelings remain but most mature.

Out of all my relationships, my relationship with my sister, is probably one of the closest I have in my life. This is true for most of my family and some of my friends, as that bond is like nothing else. That’s why when I used to watch Super Friends, growing up, and I saw the Wonder Twins, it always felt like that was me and her. That same bond is what I felt throughout, when I read Zegas, about a pair of adult siblings living together.

In the first story, “Birthday,” we meet Boston and Emily Zegas, as the readers get a front seat to just complicated their relationship is, where they both love each other but can get on each other’s nerves. In one of the more esoteric stories, “Cactus,” Emily accidentally steps on a cactus plant Boston is growing, which leads to an otherworldly effect happening to the plant. In “Plum,” Boston gets an adverse food allergy, and must use alternative means to get rid of it. By book’s end, each story highlights a master at work, as Fiffe, as the way he weaves narratives, is what makes his work since, so superior to his contemporaries.

Overall, an interesting set of stories, which show how cinematic the creator’s view of the character is. The stories by Michel Fiffe are humorous, uncanny, and stirring. The art by Fiffe differs from story to story, although he uses mostly the same characters, he changes his perception based on the story. Altogether, a gritty collection, which challenges the set boundaries of visual storytelling   and proves that some of the best stories are told outside of the box.

Story: Michel Fiffe Art: Michel Fiffe
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.6 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Copra — If Suicide Squad was an Art Comic. Listen to GP Radio on Demand

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What if the Suicide Squad was an art comic? That’s one of the best ways to describe Michel Fiffe‘s Copra, one of the best superhero comics being published today. On this brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio we talk to Fiffe about the series and his success in independent publishing.

Michel Fiffe is the creator of two critically acclaimed titles: the action series Copra published by Bergen Street Press and the quasi-neorealistic Zegas, newly collected by Fantagraphics. He’s written and drawn for Marvel, Valiant, IDW, Boom! Studios, and Dynamite Entertainment. Fiffe continues to serialize Copra, recently launched a Patreon-exclusive comic Negativeland, and is working on a 3-issue mini seriesBloodstrike: Brutalists for Image Comics.

Copra — If Suicide Squad was an Art Comic. Michel Fiffe on GP Radio this Monday!

What if the Suicide Squad was an art comic? That’s one of the best ways to describe Michel Fiffe‘s Copra, one of the best superhero comics being published today. On this brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio we’ll be talking to Fiffe about the series and his success in independent comic publishing.

Listen in LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

Michel Fiffe is the creator of two critically acclaimed titles: the action series Coprapublished by Bergen Street Press and the quasi-neorealistic Zegas, newly collected by Fantagraphics. He’s written and drawn for Marvel, Valiant, IDW, Boom! Studios, and Dynamite Entertainment. Fiffe continues to serialize Copra, recently launched a Patreon-exclusive comic Negativeland, and is working on a 3-issue mini seriesBloodstrike: Brutalists for Image Comics.

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Review: Copra Round One

The Suicide Squad, for better or worse is one of the most beleaguered teams in all of comics. As they are basically a rag tag tram of assassins, killers and criminals who have gotten mostly in Batman’s way. The enigmatic Amanda Waller handles them with an iron fist and pulls no punches where it matters. The most intriguing part of the team is that they are supposed to be DC Comics Dirty Dozen.

The recent movie tried to emulate their competitor’s success by using some familiar tropes and catchy music to dull results. I am saying all this because, for the most part, especially in the most recent series, these characters are far more interesting and the stories within the comics realm far outshines what the public feels about the movie and the genre. The most intriguing things in the comics are the interactions between the characters, something that gets lost on celluloid. This fact, and the original inspirations for said team, are not lost Michel Fiffe as he does his own spin on a super villain team that is forced to work for the government in Copra.

Within the first few pages, the reader falls right into a scene that seems more like Ghostbusters than government clean up team. That is what they are, a bunch of former bad buys, and who all “pain in the asses” to each other and especially to the Team Leader, Marty, who is a cross between Hannibal from A-Team and Max Cherry from Jackie Brown. The team gets into hijinks between each other but spring into action when most needed, which leads to them getting framed for the massacre of a bunch of civilians. By the end of the first volume, the team finds out who is behind their framing and although they sustain casualties, they ow have answers followed by more questions.

Overall, an entertaining take on the “Dirty Dozen” concept, one which never loses momentum, and keeps the reader invested in these characters. The story by Fiffe is laced with intrigue, snappy dialogue, and relevant characters. The art by Fiffe has shadows of Frank Miller and Neal Adams. Altogether, a great book which reminds me of Lethal Weapon but in a world filled with villains.

Story: Michel Fiffe Art: Michel Fiffe
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are folks excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, check out some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Smash Pages – Gerard Way’s Cave Carson song gets a Record Store Day release – This is a really cool collectible.

The Beat – A year of free comic – Copra #1 by Michel Fiffe – Free comics, and an awesome one too. Go read it!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Superman #19

Copra’s Subscription 2017 is Now Open

copra_round_four_cover_bergen_streetCreator Michel Fiffe has announced the latest subscription round for his cult comic series Copra is now open. Copra is an indie comic series written by and art by Fiffe and is best described as an indie Suicide Squad. A band of misfit renegade mercenaries gather one more time to clear their names and exact their revenge. It’s good. It’s really good and if you haven’t been reading it, you’re missing out.

But there’s more than just the latest subscription available. Copra #28 is available! You wanna know what? So is Copra Versus #2!

If you’re a subscriber already, your copies are taken care of — no need to order. However–! Since those two issues END the current subscription cycle, slots for the NEXT 6 issue cycle: Copra Subscription 2017!

If you’ve never read Copra, you can catch up now!

Preview: Ninjak #20


Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by MIKE CHOI (AUG162066)
Cover B by RYAN BODENHEIM (AUG162067)
Cover C by MARC LAMING (AUG162068)
Variant Cover by MICHEL FIFFE (AUG162069)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale OCTOBER 19th (FOC – 9/26/16)

“THE FIST & THE STEEL”…strangled by Silk!

His body consumed by a preternatural cancer in the present, Colin King’s mind has grasped a prophetic vision of the future – one that just might hold the key to a cure! But years from today, that quest will bring him face-to-face yet again with one of the world’s most perverse criminal and scientific minds: the devious Dr. Silk! Hoping to exploit the mysteries of the Deadside in his quest for immortal life, Silk has left rot and ruin in his polluted wake – until the newly allied team of Ninjak and the Eternal Warrior come crashing down on his plot to conquer not just the future…but all of eternity itself!

Walk the dark path toward tomorrow with New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.) and explosive artists Khari Evans (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark) as “THE FIST & THE STEEL” continues!


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