Saturday, February 06, 2016

BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG: The Sleepwalker Fan Series Trailer

I think some of these Sleepwalker covers are Joe Quesada's most unknown gigs. That said, the Marvel hero who ventures from the Mindscape to fight crime, whenever his 'host' teenager Rick Sheridan slept, is now one step closer to his fan-film series release, with the debut of the series' trailer.

For the past few months, I have been eating up the behind the scenes imagery on the Sleepwalker production crew's Facebook page. To see Rick and Sleepy finally live, is amazing - so here is to writer / directors Josh Noftz and Joe Bariso for making it all happen!

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This splashie comes from I Hate Fairyland, done by writer artist, Skottie Young.

So much to love in this splashie, but most of all the bandaged and angry moon. Gert blew a hole in the lunar lad with a bazooka in the first issue, and this is a clever way of showing the damage - changing the way I look at crescent moons forever.

The man lying under Gert's axe is the issue's narrator. A tradition already, the person who narrates you on Gert's journey so far, generally meets their demise before the first page's end. And that bug like fellow threatening to shoot Gert in the throat if she doesn't stop singing? He's the star of the show. Gert's advisor and drinking companion, Larrigon Wentsworth III.

I tells ya, everyone needs to try I Hate Fairyland, from Image Comics. It really does make sweet sour in all the best ways.

What do you think? For more great splash pages, click here.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

PANEL BEATER: Swamp Thing 1, Spawn 258, I Hate Fairyland 3, Invincible Iron Man 5

Lately I've been revamping my pull list faster than Mystique having an identity crisis. This month I want to shine the Panel Beater light on four titles putting the 'happy' back in comics.


I can't believe how popular this comic is with my non-comic friends. I guess there's just something about a woman trapped in a girl's body, trapped in a fairytale world, getting high and solving her munchies by eating the army of mushroom soldiers attacking her that everyone can laugh at.

Sure, that's a previous issue, but the foul-mouthed, hard drinking, mega-violent Gert continues her search for the key back to earth in this issue, with the same level of carnage as the issues before this.

I Hate Fairyland, with its black humour, sage sidekicks and blood-stained fairytale scenery has become my first read every month. I love it and can easily picture writer and artist, Skottie Young cracking up over every pencil stroke.

Here, Gert meets the yin to her yang. Happy, another trapped earth girl who has set out to find the key home, and have an amazing time doing it. One of them will walk away, the other will find it's not just gold buried at the end of a rainbow.

Click over to the next page for my thoughts on Swamp Thing #1, Spawn #258, and Invincible Iron Man #5.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From Image Comics' April 2016 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Image Comics' April 2016 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:  TOKYO GHOST #6 New story arc. (W) Rick Remender (A) Sean Murphy. Trust me, this is one of those Image books you NEED to be reading - Dan 

 LOOK WHO IS BACK  THE DARKNESS: HOPE In the future, Hope Estacado is a crusading science reporter and her father Jackie, the "World's Greatest Hero," has retired to the suburbs to live out his golden years in quiet contemplation. Hope's about to make a discovery that will shake her to her core--a discovery that will have dark ramifications for the entire human race--and Jackie might be the only one who can help. 40 pages, (W) Charlie Harmon (A) D.P. Dwyer

 JUMP ON HERE:  SPAWN #263 New story arc Demons... GONE. Angels... DEAD. Our Hellspawn... Now HUMAN with NEW powers! (W and A) Todd McFarlane and Erik Larsen


THE WALKING DEAD #153 Heavy hangs the head. (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano and Cliff Rathburn

SAVAGE DRAGON #214 The Tantrum entity finds a new host and Officer Dragon is in for the fight of his life. (W and A) Erik Larsen.

SAGA #36 Freedom...? (W) Brian K. Vaughan (A) Fiona Staples 

What do you think? Full Image Comics April 2016 solicits here.