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Underrated: Brit: Old Soldiers

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Brit: Old Soldier.


I’m going to assume you know who Robert Kirkman is, and what his two most well known properties are. But before he became known as the creator of The Walking Dead and Invincible, or even after, Kirkman created comics that haven’t garnered the same raving obsession as TWD. One of these is a comic about an indestructible octogenarian who has been the secret weapon of the US government for decades. Set in the same world as Invincible and Wolfman (though the latter is also an underrated book, and you likely haven’t had chance to read it). I’m talking about Brit: Old Soldier.

I picked up the trade from my LCS on a whim. It looked kinda cool, almost had an Old Man Logan vibe to the character, and I was curious about a guy who may or may not be immortal (whether Brit is or isn’t immortal, he’s certainly indestructible), and seeing how Kirkman handled the guy. Plus, this specific volume looked like it was a standalone story as I flipped through it quickly, which is always a good thing when you’re looking to pick up a trade paperback just for the sake of reading. I’ve since realized that Brit has also seen a continuation of the original miniseries, but that’s not what we’re talking about today.

No today, we’re talking about the first trade, a complete story in and of itself that stands alone as a violently humorous and at time darkly funny comic.

Brit: Old Soldier is a comic set in the same world as another of Kirkman’s creations, but you don’t need to be overly familiar with Invincible to enjoy the subject of today’s column. It’ll give you an additional layer to peel away, but the story doesn’t hinge on you knowing Everything.

Like I said, this is a standalone book. A complete story in and of itself.

Brit: Old Soldier is one of those comics that takes you entirely by surprise. You have reasonable expectations going in based on the creative team and the synopsis, but the end result proves to be a sum greater than its parts. There’s an oddly funny and heartwarming soul to this story that rears its head between the other blood drenched pages depicting Brit in action.

Interestingly, we see Brit use his ability in some unique ways; for despite being indestructible, he doesn’t have super strength (although he isn’t constrained by his muscles or bones tearing if he punches and lifts things). This leads to at least one fight where Brit emerges victorious using some rather unconventional tactics that wouldn’t work for most other comic book characters.

Brit is the subject of this weeks’ Underrated because when stacked next to The Walking Dead and Invincible it’s easy to overlook this book on the shelves of your LCS. If it’s even there. Do yourself a favour, the next time you’re looking for a popcorn action comic with heart, look for Brit.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Robert Kirkman’s Invincible Casts Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, and Mark Hamill

Invincible

Robert Kirkman‘s Invincible is picking up a hell of a voice cast. The animated Amazon series, the first for Kirkman, has added an impressive amount of talent not just behind the mic but on the screen period.

Steven Yeun, who played Glenn Rhee on Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, will topline the voice cast.

The star packed casst includes J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen (who is attached to the feature film take on Invincible), Gillian Jacobs, Andrew Rannells, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, Walton Goggins, Jason Mantzoukas, Mae Whitman, Chris Diamantopoulos, Melise, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey Griffin, and Max Burkholder.

The series will launch with either hour long episodes. It’s based on Kirkman’s comic series of the same name which recently ended its run and launched in 2003 running 144 issues. Kirkman created the series with Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley took over on art with the eighth issue.

The story is about Mark Grayson (Yeun) whose father is the most power superhero on the planet, Omni-Man (Simmons). Mark develops powers of his own and learns his father might not be as super as it seems.

The series will launch in 2020.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Get a Sneak Peek of the Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman’s New TV Series Debuting Sunday

Dead by Dawn, the first-ever horror nature series produced by Skybound Entertainment and Love Productions, premieres on Nat Geo WILD on Sunday, January 13 at 9/8c. Two episodes will premiere back to back on the 13th.

Inspired by classic, modern and cult classic films, Dead by Dawn uses innovative storytelling techniques to infuse suspense, tension, and eeriness into the terrifyingly real stories of life in the wild…after dark. Each episode will feature wildlife in different countries, from Costa Rica to Indonesia to the swamps of the USA. Once the sun goes down, creatures of the night battle for survival.

Check out a ten minute preview.

The Hills Have Eyes

Sunday Jan 13 9/8c

The Arabian Desert comes to life at night, but where there’s life there’s death. After the sun sets, specialized predators emerge to take advantage of the cooler temperatures to feed through the night, from lizards that swim under the sand to spiders that run ten miles an hour.

Night of the Living Dead

Sunday Jan 13 10/9c

As the sun falls on the island of Java that denizens of this jungle metropolis are on edge. Nowhere is safe. Just before darkness swallows daylight, the night stalkers of Indonesia awaken with a lust for blood. Bats that eat 6,000 insects a night, baby pythons, and a fish that can crawl on land.

Charlie Adlard Posts a First Look at The Walking Dead #187

The Walking Dead #187 is in stores January 2, 2019 to kick off a new year of comics and artist Charlie Adlard has posted a teaser of some of what we can expect.

In “The Road Back” can Rick Grimes bring peace to the Commonwealth – or will he tear it apart?

The Walking Dead #187 is written by Robert Kirkman, art by Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn, and a cover by Adlard and Dave Stewart.

The Walking Dead #187

Underrated: The Astounding Wolf-Man Volume One

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  The Astounding Wolf-Man



atounding wolf-man.jpgBorn from Robert Kirkman‘s desire to see comic books on the rack that are easily identifiable from the cover and the title, The Astounding Wolf-Man is a comic about a werewolf superhero. The complete twenty five issue run is collected across four volumes, all published by Image. The series originally ran in the mid 2000’s, culminating with the 25th issue in 2010. The Astounding Wolf-Man mixes the supernaturally traditional horror monsters (basically werewolves and vampires) in with the traditional cape and cowl crowd in ways that you may not have necessarily encountered before within the Marvel or DC universes. Kirkman establishes the existence of the monsters long before he does the heroes, which has the effect of grounding the world in the supernatural long before we see the heroes – so while the reader is used to and has accepted the existence of werewolves, the heroes are left to question the very nature of Wolf-Man much longer into the series.

The origin of Wolf-Man is told succinctly, with Kirkman never allowing the origin to feel overly drawn out or excessive – the story is well paced from start to finish, and it all begins with the origin.

Who is the Wolf-Man?

Gary Hampton. A man who was mauled by a werewolf while out camping with his family, and chooses to use his newfound powers for good by becoming a superhero. But there are dangers with being a heroic werewolf, both the physical reactions of those he confronts, and from the reactions of those around Gary Hampton. Kirkman stays true to the horror stories that have made him famous by injecting a touch of the emotional tension from The Walking Dead as the audience witnesses Wolf-Man’s world adjust to who and what he is.

Joining Kirkman in this venture is artist Jason Howard. Howard was a relative newcomer at the time of the series publication, but has gone on to work on Super Dinosaur, also with Kirkman, and Trees with Warren Ellis. His style throughout the comic reminded me a lot of Batman: The Animated Series in how the characters had a weight to them, and their kinetic energy as they dance their often violent dance across the pages of the graphic novel. Obviously, given the nature of the titular hero, one should expect a judicious use of red ink on these pages as Wolf-Man slices his way through various opponents of varying degrees of villainy.

So the question now, is why is this underrated? Because aside from it being an incredibly fun read, I hadn’t heard of it until I saw the collection on the used shelf at my local comic shop. It turned out that the fresh take on supernatural superheroes was far more entertaining than I had initially expected, and given the fame of some of Kirkman’s other work, I was a little surprised that the twenty five issue run ofThe Astounding Wolf-Man hadn’t gained any real stream before. 

If you get a chance to read this, then do so. You’ll find an Underrated gem just waiting for you.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Stellar Gets a Trade Out January 2019

Writer Joseph Keatinge and artist Bret Blevins will release a trade paperback collection of Stellar—created by Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri—this January from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment.

Taken as a child, Stellar was transformed into the ultimate weapon, one that would end an intergalactic war. She succeeded…at everything except finding peace. Now she’s a bounty hunter, scouring the worlds she’s broken in a search for redemption. But there are other weapons loose in the galaxy, and some just can’t leave the war behind them.

Stellar hits comic book stores on Wednesday, January 16th and bookstores on Tuesday, January 23rd.

Review: Oblivion Song Vol. 1

A decade ago, 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them, but after many years they gave up. Nathan Cole… won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those still living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe Nathan is looking for something else. Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?

Collects OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #1-6

NYCC 2018: Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta Ends in a Twelve Issue Arc Beginning this December

Robert Kirkman took to the stage at New York Comic Con to announce the series’ final story arc of his co-created horror series with Paul Azaceta, Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta. The final arc will kick off in December with issue #37.

The final arc will build to a crescendo of plot twists over the course of twelve issues and end on issue #48 will the long-planned ending to the psychological horror series first launched in 2014 to critical acclaim.

Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it.

Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #37 (Diamond Code OCT180225) will hit stores on Wednesday, December 19th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 26th.

Review: Die!Die!Die!

Die!Die!Die! bills itself as a blood-soaked, no holds barred, action-packed, irreverent story. The series focuses on a world where evil people do evil stuff all the time. A secret cabal within the United States government influences world matters through targeted assassination. The world around us is manipulated right under our noses, mostly for the better… but sometimes for individual gain, and sometimes for the fun of it.

Written by Robert Kirkman and Scott M. Gimple, Die!Die!Die! feels like the creative team channeling Garth Ennis with over the top torture, blood, copious amounts of drugs, and some nudity. The story too feels very Ennis with a secret cabal sending out killers to… well kill.

The story itself is over the top and feels like a departure in a way from what I’d expect in the more character focused Kirkman series like The Walking Dead and Oblivion. That’s not the focus here, it’s clearly the action, and that’s not a bad thing.

The bloody action is presented by Chris Burnham with colors from Nathan Fairbairn and lettering from Rus Wooton. And boy is that bloody action presented. Things are over the top in an almost comedic fashion that turns it from gross to something almost mocking the genre in a way. The characters are interesting and action decent but again, like the writing, the art is a reminder of Ennis’ partnership with Steve Dillon, in particular their work on Preacher.

There’s a clear reader who will absolutely enjoy this debut issue, fans of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. There’s an over the top aspect of it all that desensitizes the violence in a way that makes it comedic. The comic was a surprise for fans and retailers and what’s inside too is surprising as it’s a departure from Kirkman’s other current series. If you like a little bit of ultraviolence to the point of borderline spoof, this is one to check out.

Story: Robert Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple Art: Chris Burnham
Color: Nathan Fairbairn Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Skybound Announces a Surprise Release with Die!Die!Die! Out Wednesday

In a shocking move, Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment dropped the first issue of an all-new series by comics titans Robert Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple, and Chris Burnham, with colors by Nathan Fairbairn and lettering by Rus Wooton, titled Die!Die!Die! which will be available for sale tomorrow.

Die!Die!Die! promises to be a blood-soaked, no holds barred, action-packed, irreverent story that fans won’t be able to rip their eyes from. We live in an evil world where evil people do evil stuff all the time and Die!Die!Die! lifts the veil on a secret cabal within the United States government that influences world matters through targeted assassination. The world around us is manipulated right under our noses, mostly for the better… but sometimes for individual gain, and sometimes for the fun of it.

So if you’re hurting people, somehow making the world worse than it already is, or even just standing in the way of something good happening… someone could right now be giving the order for you to… DIE!DIE!DIE!

Die!Die!Die! #1 is available in stores tomorrow. Don’t miss it!

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