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Valiant’s Shadowman #1 Glow-in-the-Dark Variant Adds Brushed Metal for a True Comics First!

In advance of initial orders for Shaowman #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the new ongoing series by writer Andy Diggle and artist Stephen Segovia – Valiant has announced that it will be combining the debut issue’s ultra-limited, glow-in-the-dark variant cover with the publisher’s highly sought-after metal printing process to produce a true first in the history of the Valiant Universe: the Shadowman #1 Glow-in-the-Dark Brushed Metal Variant!

Due to popular fan and retailer demand, this strictly limited edition of Valiant’s most anticipated first issue comes printed via a special process on an actual brushed aluminum metal sheet…which will then recast the cover artwork of Eisner Award-nominated artist Tonci Zonjic in hauntingly luminescent glow-in-the-dark ink!

This highly collectible rendition of Valiant’s biggest and most anticipated ongoing series debut of 2018 is only the fourth such cover ever produced and the first to utilize a secondary glow-in-the-dark enhancement.

One copy of the Shadowman (2018) #1 Glow-in-the-Dark Brushed Metal Variant can be ordered by retailers who place a qualifying order of 250 copies or more. The Shadowman (2018) #1 Glow-In-The-Dark Brushed Metal Variant is strictly limited to one copy per qualifying storefront. For instructions on how to qualify for the Shadowman (2018) #1 Glow-in-the-Dark Brushed Metal Variant, please see the Diamond Retailer Site under order code: JAN182005.

A staggering new beginning for Valiant’s supernatural icon starts here on March 28th in Shadowman (2018) #1 with PART ONE of “FEAR OF THE DARK” – a tense and gripping three-issue introduction pushing Jack Boniface to the farthest edge of fear itself…and into a startling, adrenaline-fueled fight for survival as Shadowman takes command of the birthright he was born to uphold!

Don’t fear your demons… Fight them! Orphaned as a child and raised on the margins of society, Jack Boniface never knew his place in the world. Until he discovered it waiting for him…in a darkness far older than the reign of men…

Unbeknownst to him, Jack was fated to become the next in a long lineage of Shadowmen – mortals bound to violent voodoo spirits of immense power – that could safeguard our world against incursions from realms beyond. For years, he struggled to control the loa’s murderous urges – a battle he eventually lost.

But now, after years of self-imposed exile, the man once known as Shadowman is returning home to sharpen the weapon within…and unleash a reckoning on the evils of our world that will soon send shockwaves through heaven and hell alike…

Underrated: Ivar, Timewalker

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: Ivar, Timewalker


 

IVAR_HC_001_ALLEN-281x414.jpgMy comic shop recently got the deluxe hardcover edition of Valiant’s Ivar, Timewalker in on a special order for yours truly, which collects the entire twelve issue run in one place for $40. You can also pick up the series in three softcover trade paperbacks, if you’re so inclined, but I’ve become partial to the oversized hardcovers (especially because of the bonus material in the back, but then I love that stuff). I had already read the final four issues of the series long before I started reading the hardcover, which some would think would be foolish, but when you’re reading a book about time travel then it suddenly becomes less foolish.

In order to give you a bit of context, you’ll find the preview text for the series below.

At this very moment in Geneva, Switzerland, history is being made. A thousand meters underground inside the Large Hadron Collider, researcher Neela Sethi is about to discover time travel – and jeopardize her life in the process. But she doesn’t know that yet. Ten minutes from now, every deadbeat chrononaut, wannabe conqueror, and misguided protector of the timestream will be banging down her door. Good thing that the legendary Ivar, Timewalker, got there first…right? Now it’s down to history’s most jaded, most tempestuous time traveler to stop the worst of everything that is, was, and will be…before time runs out!

The series was written by Fred Van Lente, who was joined by Pere Perez, Francis Portella and Clayton Henry with Robert Gill, the first issue being released in January 2015, with the final issue coming in December of that year. The twelve issue series is one of the more underrated offerings from Valiant Entertainment, as many people don’t tend to think about Ivar, Timewalker when talking about the great comics to have come from this publisher – myself included.

As a story about time travel, Ivar, Timewalker is a series that rewards multiple readings – indeed, you could reasonably start at the beginning of any of the three arcs within the series, though this is admittedly more difficult to do with the deluxe edition than the single issues or the trades. Van Lente put together a story that will leave you with as many questions as it will provide answers with an intelligent script that effortlessly blends a heartbreaking story of loss, hope and determination with a sly wit that will have you laughing out loud more often than you would expect in a series that, technically, isn’t a comedy.

Time travel, and effects travelers can have on history are touched on, and often provide some interesting flashes to a story that at its heart is a tale of two incredibly different people; Ivar himself, and Neela Sethi – the scientist who will invent time travel. For as fantastical as the scenery is in this series (and thanks to the artists, it truly is phenomenal), the true draw is the relationship between the two leads.

And that relationship is why you need to read this wonderful story at least twice. I didn’t realize how good this book was when I first read it, and I dare say it’ll only get better with time. Pardon the pun.

Time travel has never been so wonderful.



Join us next week where there will doubtless be another movie, series, comic or comic related thing discussed that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Review: Bloodshot Salvation #5

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NOW: As nanites overwrite her biology, Bloodshot’s newborn daughter is about to take a turn for the worse…just as her father is forced to confront the truth about a deranged cultist with a dark connection to their own family.

THEN: In the near future, as Rampage’s nationwide campaign of terror escalates, Magic’s search for salvation points her farther away than she ever could have imagined… To the year 4001 A.D.!

Jeff Lemire had a tremendous 2017 in terms of the quality of comics he wrote, and his 2018 is shaping up to be just as good a year for us comic fans, if Bloodshot Salvation #5 is anything to go by. Splitting the story between Soon and Now, Lemire gives the first four pages of the issue over to the Soon as Magic, the Bloodshot Squad and Bloodshot’s daughter Jessie try to understand last issue’s revelation in regards to Bloodshot’s location. Although Soon isn’t presented as a backup or bonus story, because the bulk of the issue is focused on the Now one could be forgiven for thinking as such, especially with two different artists handling each timeline.

Mico Suayan is wonderful in Bloodshot Salvation #5. His art pops during the Soon segment; so much so that I wish the comic was longer so that we could see more of Suayan’s work. Although the future is only seen for a handful of pages, which is all together too brief, there’s a surprising amount of things for Suayan to flex his creative muscles, and oh boy does he.

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Lewis Larosa is one of the finest artists working in comics today, and if you’d like proof then simply open this comic at the midway point (there’s no reason to open it midway through other than you’re more likely to hit a Larosa page as he depicts a de-powered Bloodshot who is at the mercy of a group of cultists led by Daddy, the creepy old man who wants Magic, the mother of Bloodshot’s child, to return to his cult. The scenes within which Bloodshot is at the mercy of the cultists are brutal, graphic, and yet still leave something to the imagination. It’s a really well done sequence that pulls the last few issues together as Bloodshot comes face to face with his place in the world.

Tying two of the best artists currently working in comics together is the colouring work of Diego Rodriguez; his contributions are the cherry on top of an already superb comic.

Lemire’s script could easily get buried beneath the visuals this issue. Hell, even if he’d turned in an average script, I’d still be telling you to pick this up for the art alone, but it’s not an average script. The comic delves deeper into Bloodshot’s psyche than you would initially expect given a first read through, but as Bloodshot asks whether he’s man, monster, or some variation of them both, we’re given a visual kick between the legs as he asks the question. Without spoiling anything, Larosa’s use of blank space is incredibly powerful when combined with Lemire’s script.

There’s a reason I think Bloodshot Salvation is a must read series, and this issue is a perfect example. You will be hard pressed to find a better comic released this week.

Story: Jeff Lemire  Art: Lewis Larosa & Mico Suayan Colourist: Diego Rodriguez
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review. 

Review: Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe #1

NJKVS_001_COVER-A_SUAYAN“Colin King is Ninjak, MI-6’s deadliest intelligence operative and weapons expert. When the ruthless assassin Roku exploits his greatest weakness, Ninjak will be forced to betray his closest allies. Now, on the run, he must face off against the most powerful heroes known to man for a high-octane, take no prisoners trial by fire more perilous and more unpredictable than any he’s faced before. In 2018, the world’s most dangerous super-spy goes to war with the Valiant Universe…”

The first thing you should be aware of when opening this comic is that it has nothing to do with Valiant’s shared universe the company has been publishing comics in since 2012, and everything to do with the Bat In The Sun produced digital-first live action series that is coming to a screen near you eventually (the project has been hit with delay after delay, possibly to do with something behind the scenes in a legal and/or character rights type situation, but the rumours and speculation are that we’ll see a general release soon). Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe is a tie-in comic to the upcoming webseries, and it feels like it.

Written by Eliot Rahal, the art is provided by Joe Bennett with Belardino Brabo, who are joined by colourist Ulises Arreola – who continues to provide a vibrant life to artwork that struggles between finding its own voice and maintaining a likeness to the actors in the upcoming webseries, much like the comic itself. The art is at least mostly solid, other than a few panels that feel as though they had less time spent upon them than others (it’s entirely possible that I’m unfairly comparing this to Ninja-K‘s art, which is never going to end well for this comic), but for the most it does it’s job and gets you from point A to point B.

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Ninjak Vs has a pace to it that mimics its title character, with the action and plot points coming at you like a shuriken in the dark. Rahal wastes no time in getting the plot going, which ultimately is little more than an excuse to set up a fight between Ninjak and everybody else in the next few issues.

There are several things going against this comic, one of the more notable ones is that with this series, Valiant have stated that it takes places out of the typical continuity of the main Valiant universe which should, in theory, allow Rahal to weave a compelling story about Ninjak without any worry toward the consequences of the conclusion. Unfortunately he’s forced into creating some inane reasons for Ninjak to betray everything and everyone in order to obtain something, and so the comic never feels like a natural read, instead we’re left with a situation where we know what’s going to happen, and the “why” feels more like an after thought; honestly, had the intro just said “Ninjak has to fight the Valiant Universe” I’d have been happier. Possibly because it is a tie-in, companion piece and/or adaptation of a live action adaptation and has to follow the pacing of said story. On top of that there’s the obvious comparisons to the excellent Ninja-K that Valiant launched in November – and unfortunately, Ninjak Vs doesn’t come off looking too favourably in that comparison.

Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe #1 is part of an ambitious project that crosses multiple different media, and perhaps should be taken as such – knowing that there would have been a clear direction for Rahal (because frankly he’s capable of a much higher standard than is on display here), and to a lesser extent Bennett and Brabo, to follow editorially does provide a bit of leeway when judging the issue – but not much. Without an accompanying live action series, one must judge this issue on face value; and on face value, this isn’t the finest example of what Valiant, or the individuals who have created this comic, can produce, and it’s a struggle to honestly recommend this issue to you to face value.

If you want to read a great comic starring Ninjak, then you should look at Ninja-K. If you want to read a story about one Valiant character facing off against Unity, then pick up the first two issues of Book of Death. Both these comics do what Ninjak Vs tries to do, only they succeed.

Not every book from Valiant is a winner, and this is one of the rare misses.

Story: Eliot Rahal Art: Joe Bennett with Belardino Brabo Colourist: Ulises Arreola
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Valiant & Elhoffer Team Up for “The Faith Collection”

Debuting today exclusively at ThinkGeek, Valiant Entertainment and Elhoffer Design have unveiled a new fashion-forward line of women’s and unisex apparel inspired by Valiant’s internationally renowned, breakout superhero sensation, Faith, and her allies on the Harbinger team of super-powered teenagers.

“The Faith Collection” is designed by Catherine Elhoffer of Elhoffer Design and available just in time for Valentine’s Day, Valiant’s first-ever line of women’s designer fashion is flying high with three initial offerings:

“The Faith Collection” – Longline Cardigan

$49.99 | Sizes XS-4XL
Officially licensed Faith merchandise from Valiant
A ThinkGeek exclusive from our friends at Elhoffer Design
Lightweight knit fabric
Open front
Harbinger logo knitted intarsia-style into the front left chest
Elhoffer metal tag on back

www.thinkgeek.com/product/kmmv

 

“The Faith Collection” – Cropped Cardigan

$49.99 | Sizes XS-4XL
Officially licensed Faith merchandise from Valiant
A ThinkGeek exclusive from our friends at Elhoffer Design
Buttons up the front but is super-cute open, too
Harbinger logo knitted into the front left chest
Elhoffer metal tag on back

www.thinkgeek.com/product/kmmu

“The Faith Collection” – Harbinger Unisex Sweater

$59.99 | Sized XS-3XL
Officially licensed Faith merchandise from Valiant
A ThinkGeek exclusive from our friends at Elhoffer Design
Harbinger logo knitted intarsia-style into the front
Ribbed shoulders, yoke, and cuffs with thumb holes
Rolled collar, cuffs, and waist
Elhoffer metal tag on back

www.thinkgeek.com/product/kmngc

Those Two Geeks Episode Fourteen: Year’s End Part One

On the docket this week: The geeks talk about the five comics stories that really excited them this year. There will be a second part to this coming next week, but there was a finite time limit this week and we didn’t want to rush through our top five movies list just to squeeze them in.

So despite what’s said at the beginning, it’s only the comics this week!

As always, the Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter or email ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next week in the future!

Ninja-K #4 Presents the Secret Origin of Ninja-G by Christos Gage & Juan José Ryp – In Stores February 14th!

Valiant has released the first lettered look inside Ninja-K #4 – A STAGGERING, 40-PAGE JUMPING-ON POINT for the EXPLOSIVE NEW ONGOING SERIES from acclaimed writer Christos Gage and red-hot artist Juan José RypOn February 14th, learn the hidden history of the Ninja Programme’s disco-era operative – NINJA-G – as she navigates a treacherous terrain full of Cold War espionage and even colder adversaries…who just might still be waiting to shatter Colin King’s world from the shadows today!

At the height of 1970s Britain, MI-6’s covert Ninja Programme has just activated its first female agent: NINJA-G! As financial instability grips the nation and anarchy brews in the streets, can MI-6’s newest ninja recruit counter a steady tide of double agents, double crosses, and dueling nation states that will take her from the leather-padded corridors of London to the most severe corners of the Soviet Bloc? The life expectancy of a ninja agent is never long…but just how and why are NINJA-G’s missions still impacting Ninjak’s deadly manhunt in the modern day? And could her legacy hold the secret to decoding the murders of the Ninja Programme’s last surviving members – before Colin King is scratched off the list once and for all?

Featuring covers by CAFUAdam PollinaRoberto de la Torre, and Juan José Ryp.

Plus: Continuing in Ninja-K #4, Valiant’s ninja mastermind Christos Gage joins forces with comics veteran Ariel Olivetti for the next harrowing chapter of an essential back-up feature chronicling the origin of Britain’s secret weapon of World War I… The mysterious NINJA-A!

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #5

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #5

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT (NOV172030)
Cover B (Villains) by MONIKA PALOSZ (NOV172031)
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by DARICK ROBERTSON (NOV172032)
Pre-Order Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM (NOV172035)
Interlocking Variant by GREG SMALLWOOD (NOV172033)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (NOV172034)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale JANUARY 10th (FOC – 12/18/17)

Something’s wrong with Baby Jessie!

NOW: As nanites overwrite her biology, Bloodshot’s newborn daughter is about to take a turn for the worse…just as her father is forced to confront the truth about a deranged cultist with a dark connection to their own family.

THEN: In the near future, as Rampage’s nationwide campaign of terror escalates, Magic’s search for salvation points her farther away than she ever could have imagined… To the year 4001 A.D.!

“THE BOOK OF REVENGE” shall bind them both as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Black Hammer) and superstar artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) rush toward an inescapable turning point in Bloodshot’s legacy of violence!

Preview: Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe #1 (of 4)

NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1 (of 4)

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE BENNETT
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (NOV172006)
Cover B by CAFU (NOV172007)
Interlocking Variant by FRANCIS PORTELA (NOV172010)
Variant Cover by BOB LAYTON (NOV172011)
Photo Cover Also Available (NOV172008)
Blank Cover Also Available (NOV172009)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JANUARY 10th (FOC – 12/18/17)

A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND COMIC BOOK EXPERIENCE!

Watch the upcoming live-action digital promotion coming soon – then jump headlong into the fight-fueled showdown of the century as acclaimed writer Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and red-hot artist Joe Bennett (Teen Titans, Deathstroke) reveal the full scope and adrenaline-drenched intensity of…NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE!

Colin King is Ninjak, MI-6’s deadliest intelligence operative and weapons expert. When the ruthless assassin Roku exploits his greatest weakness, Ninjak will be forced to betray his closest allies. Now, on the run, he must face off against the most powerful heroes known to man for a high-octane, take no prisoners trial by fire more perilous and more unpredictable than any he’s faced before. In 2018, the world’s most dangerous super-spy goes to war with the Valiant Universe…

Guest-starring X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Livewire, Archer & Armstrong, Shadowman, and many more, don’t miss the ULTIMATE JUMPING-ON POINT for the most acclaimed and hotly followed publisher anywhere in comics today as Ninjak leads an all-star introduction to the most brutal fighters the Valiant Universe has to offer!

Alex’s Best Of 2017

Now that 2017 is in the history books, it’s time to have a look back at some of the comics, movies and events that really stood out for me. These comics were all released this year, and in the case of a limited series if had at least two issues released this year (if a mini series began late this year but is scheduled to end in 2018, then expect to find it on next years list – if it’s any good). Remember that this is all based on what I’ve read, and if your favourite comic isn’t here, it may be because I may not have read it, not because I didn’t like it.

First up there’ll be your standard Best Of categories of Ongoing Series, Mini/One Shot, Single Issue, Writer, Artist, and Colourist. However, you’ll notice that the word “best” isn’t used, and that’s because I didn’t read everything this year – so I’ve gone with my favourites and subsequently awarded each at least one of either a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal.


Favourite Ongoing Series

The reason this is first is because honestly this was the easiest category to decide on as there really wasn’t a choice when it came to my most anticipated comic each month.

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Bloodshot Salvation (Valiant) 
An absolutely gorgeously rendered series by Lewi Larosa and Mico Suayan, Bloodshot Salvation follows on from Jeff Lemire’s excellent Bloodshot Reborn series, with the writer being able to continue the story (after a bit of a time jump) while making the first issue very accessible for new readers looking to jump into one of Valiant’s flagship series.  The reason I picked this series is because of how excited I am to read every issue; the themes may be deeper and more intricate in some of the other series I’ve been reading, but there is no other series I look forward to reading as much as this one when it arrives in my inbox (and then once again when I get to pick up the physical copy).

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Aquaman (DC) Had you asked me last year what would be on this list, I’d never have said that Aquaman would even be in consideration… but here we are. A series about inherited obligation, predetermined destiny and the usurpation of a king and his subsequent realization that he wasn’t the best king for Atlantis. So when Arthur Curry finds himself fighting for those far less fortunate than himself it creates a very interesting situation where Arthur Curry refuses to acknowledge his former identity, and has become the Batman of Atlantis; the Aquaman. The king is dead, long live the Aquaman.

Bronze
Ninja-K (Valiant) 
I wasn’t going to include this here because only two issues came out this year, but those two issues were phenomenal. Had there been more to read in 2017, I have no doubt this would have taken the gold. With no real prior knowledge of the character required to enjoy this, there’s no reason for you not to dive right in to this stylish action thriller starring everybody’s favourite British ninja spy.

 

Favourite Limited Series or One Shot 

There were so many great miniseries released this year, that it hurt me to only choose three. Alterna had some wonderful series, as did Image and Valiant, but in the end I had to settle on just three, and so I went with three shining examples of comics in 2017.

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Secret Weapons (Valiant) 
It’s no secret I enjoy Valiant’s comics, or at least it shouldn’t be. So when they put out a series based around a group of super powered rejects with powers that are effectively useless, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it wouldn’t work. And then you’d read it just to see the train wreck only to discover one of the year’s standout offerings. The second issue alone has a Sikh character, also with minor super powers, noticing people pointing at him and speaking in hushed whispers as he is attending class. Worried that people are mistaking him for a Muslim, and by extension a possible terrorist, he keeps his head down and leaves, only to be confronted by three thugs who don’t care about his appearance, only that he has powers. It’s a tense, and incredibly well written sequence that highlights just how much the creative team have to say. It’s a prime example of comics at their very best.

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Voracious: Feeding Time (Action Lab) 
I could tell you so many reasons why you should read this emotional tale about a time traveling chef who hunts dinosaurs, whether it’s Markisan Naso’s fantastic dialogue or the wonderful artwork by Jason Muhr and colourist Andrei Tabacaru. I could tell you that comics like this are the reason you should pay attention to indie comics publishers, because if you don’t you’ll be missing out on some of the best stories  the year. But I won’t; instead, once again, I’ll tell you tell you all the reasons why you shouldn’t  read this:

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God Country (Image) A man suffering from Alzheimer’s becomes a god when he holds Valofax, the god of swords. The first issue of this series deals with the heartbreaking  reality of watching a loved one suffering with this horrible disease, before adding in a dose of space gods. The familial theme never leaves this series, regardless of the setting, grounding this galaxy spanning story remarkably well.

Favourite Single Issue

The top spot was never in question for me here, but the other two issues could have easily have been different if I was in a different mood when I wrote this. There were so many wonderful comics released this year that choosing only three was, once again, painful.

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Voracious: Feeding Time #3 (Action Lab) 
This issue set the bar very early in the year. The series was continually, and consistently, of a high quality in every aspect every issue, but it’s the third that was the high point with a superb interview sequence interspersed with one of the greatest two page spreads of the year, only to culminate in perhaps the most emotional scene in any comic as one character talks to another about  his fears that due to the altered timeline he may forget his wife ever existed. Without the context of the preceding issues, one would that the emotional impact of the scene would be lost. I assure you, it isn’t.

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Batman #36 (DC) When Tom King is good, he’s really good. This issue sees him at his very best as he explores the friendship between Bruce and Clark and the admiration each feels for the other in an oddly touching way with each man talking to his significant other, who also show just how much they understand their husband or fiance. The action is almost secondary to the characterization – and I’m very okay with that.

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Ninja-K #1 (Valiant)
 What better way to start a new series about the history of MI6’s Ninja Programme than with a brief history taking up half an issue that doesn’t feel like a recapNinja-K #1 immerses you into its world with an effortless grace such as that you’d expect from the title character. As an introduction to the character, this is fantastic. Christos Gage doesn’t try to throw out the previous run, instead he briefly acknowledges that it happened in a way that doesn’t alienate new readers before plunging on with story itself. One of the very best first issues this year.

 

Favourite Writer

Three writers who produced the best comics of 2017, hands down.

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Matt Kindt
Everything that Matt Kindt touched this year was a winner for me. I don’t think he penned anything less than a good issue in 2017, and his output reads like a recommendation list for getting people into comics. If you want to read a good comic, then grab anything by Matt Kindt. He will take you on an incredible journey no matter where you’re going.

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Jeff Lemire
Another writer with a stellar output this year, the only reason Lemire landed in Silver was that I just didn’t click with his run on Moon Knight. But plenty of people did, and the comic was very well received; it just wasn’t for me. That said, the work he did for Valiant this year was second to none, as was Black Hammer for Dark Horse. Honestly, Moon Knight aside, I loved everything Lemire put out this year (that I read).

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Markisan Naso
He may not have been as prolific as other writers in comics this year, but he wrote the best issue I read all year. Pound for pound, he was the best writer in comics in 2017, and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us for 2018.

Favourite Artist

Art is always subjective, but the following artists were, in my opinion, three of the very best. Next year, I may move away from the gold/silver/bronze because choosing only three sucks.

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Lewis Larosa
I… look I can’t tell you how amazing Larosa’s work has been this year, so I’ll show you a random page as an example. And when I say random, I took the first result of a “Lewis Larosa 2017” google search that was big enough to highlight what I needed.larosa 2017.jpg

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Raul Allen & Patricia Martin
Their work on Secret Weapons alone earns them a spot on this list with a deliciously classic style and some incredible use of the page layout and the pacing of each issue they draw. This style is best experienced within a full comic, but there’s an example below.SW_002_004.jpg

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Mico Suayan 
Yet another incredible artist to whom words won’t do justice. Another random page, because everything Suayan touches is incredible.

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Publisher Of The Year

Gold
Valiant Entertainment 
In terms of output, there was maybe three comics Valiant VALIANT LOGOpublished this year that I didn’t love; they were still good, but weren’t ever candidates for this list. That’s three issues out of their entire line. On top of giving us the phenomenal Secret WeaponsNinja-K‘s stratospheric debut and two other incredibly solid titles in Bloodshot: Salvation and the relaunched X-O Manowar the publisher also made headlines with their tongue in cheek homage to the mid 90’s with the Quantum & Woody #1 variants, the number of which is mind boggling. Including a single issue second printing that made $1600 or so for the CBLDF. When I asked Valiant CEO Dinesh Shamdasani about that, he said that there were no spares created in case the second printing got damaged – had that happened then Valiant would have incurred costs to print another comic. This is a company run by people who are in it for the comics and the fans (and to make a buck), as is evidenced by the activity of Mr. Shamdasani and the Valiant staff on twitter with fans. Valiant genuinely seems to care about putting out quality over quantity.

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Alterna Comics With a concerted effort to bring comics back to the masses, Alterna launched their newsprint line with prices topping out at $1.50. That’s all well and good, but if the comics aren’t any good, then they’re just selling kindling; fortunately, Alterna’s range of comics and miniseries were some of the most entertaining issues I read all year. You want stuff for an all-ages audience? Check. You want a creepy horror themed story? You’re in luck. Post apocalyptic survival? Yup. If you  committed to Alterna this year then aside from saving your wallet a beating, you would have read some fantastic stories at an amazing price point.

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Self Publishers No matter who you are, if you’ve decided to self publish your comics this year, then I tip my hat to you. I can only imagine the dedication it takes to ensure your story gets out to the public – whether that’s digitally or in print.

Movie Of The Year*

Logan
Hugh Jackman’s last hurrah as the Canadian mutant was better than I ever could have imagined. Not only was this movie my favourite of the year, but it’s probably my favourite movie of all time. I’m a huge Wolverine fan, and this was a perfect homage to the character without being bogged down by continuity or an attempt to follow a preexisting comic story to the letter. Everything about this movie was excellent; the acting, the story, the action and the finale. I couldn’t have asked for a better movie.

*for a list of my top five movies, check out an upcoming episode of Those Two Geeks.

 

The Moment That Had Me Grinning Ear To Ear

  • The release of Batman & Bill on Hulu. An incredible look at the crusade of Marc Tyler Nobleman to give Bill Finger, the co-creator of Batman, the credit he deserves after Bob Kane screwed him over more than 75 years ago. This heartbreaking documentary is powerful watching, and is a must for any fan of comics.

 


 

Well there we have it; a look back at some of the best comics that I read over the year. Agree, or disagree? Let me know!

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