I’m going to do something productive with my intro this week, instead of ramble about all the things I am and am not purchasing this week (so many comics with ladies, though, and it’s pretty amazing and wonderful).
ComiXology Submit! What is it? How do you use it? Why do you keep talking about it?
Great questions (mainly asked to me on twitter when I mention Submit over and over). So ComiXology Submit is a feature of the site that allows indie creators to, well. Submit their work. It’s not quite self-publishing, as far as I know. I have no idea what percentage of the proceeds go to the creators themselves, but it’s a lot of exposure. I’ve found things there that I would never have seen otherwise. I check it out every week and have found lots of great comics through it (including my current favorite ongoing, Tiger Lawyer). It’s also a lot of bang for your buck: there are some quality comics as cheap as $.99.
It’s much harder to find Submit-specific titles on the app, if you mostly purchase that way. Generally I will go to the site, browse the offerings, then search for them on the app. Or you can buy them directly through the site, of course. So where are they? Here:
And there you have it! Now onto comics!
Coffin Hill #1 (Vertigo)
Writer: Caitlin Kittredge
Artists: Inaki Miranda, Eva De La Cruz (colors), Travis Lanham (letters), Dave Johnson (cover)
I’m not entirely sure how to describe this book. Horror crime comic? It’s about Eve Coffin, who is a cop and was a member of a very wealthy family descended from people who “came out of Salem” and turned into hedonists. Sorta. Typical rich stuff, and Eve was a typical wild child. Except for the witchcraft thing. In the present she’s recently caught a notorious serial killer, and also gets shot in the head when she goes home. So there’s a lot going on for Eve. I kind of like it, and there’s one page flip that was so jarring it immediately changed my feeling about the book as a whole. It’s my favorite panel, but I refuse to ruin it, so you’re getting my second favorite panel.
Anyway, I want to keep reading this book. It’s supernatural suspense, and I like that genre. I want to know what happened to Eve ten years ago, and how all these characters are related.
Worlds’ Finest #16
Writer: Paul Levtiz
Artists: Scott McDaniel (breakdowns), RB Silva (pencils), Joe Weems (inks), Jason Wright (colors, cover), Carlos M. Mangual (letters), Emanuella Luppachino (cover)
Ah, Worlds’ Finest. Always a guaranteed-enjoyable read. Kara’s powers are on the fritz (on and off with no pattern), her company was gutted by DeSaad (pretending to be Mr. Terrific, remember?) and her cool island house blew up. Meanwhile, Helena is hunting an arsonist across New York City during fashion week. I’m hoping the title gets a little more introspective with the next issue (called “Your Own Worst Enemy”) because as much as I enjoy the snippets of Karen and Helena personality we get amongst all the action, I think 17 issues in is a good time to do some character stuff. We got some in the zero issue, and when Damian died, but overall it’s a lot of action and small references to their feelings. I like feelings. But that’s me. It’s still a great, fun book and one of my favorite monthly pulls.
Superman/Wonder Woman #1
Writer: Charles Soule
Artists: Tony S. Daniel (pencils), Batt (inks), Tomeu Morey (colors), Carlos M. Manguel (letters)
Here it is! The much ballyhooed (bringing that word back) first issue of the relationship-centric book starring the Two Titans (not to be confused with the Teen Titans) of DC Comics! I’ve been excited for this book for awhile because, in case you missed it five sentences ago, I like feelings and relationshipness mixed in with my superheroes.
The triptych cover, which had been leaked awhile ago, is great. It’s about all the baggage these two bring to the relationship, in the form of their super pasts, their supervillain presents, and the humans in their lives. It sets the stage for a good book.
And it is a good book. Wonder Woman gets most of the action in this one but, more than that, it’s about these two superbeings and their life trying to be together. This is the first time in the New 52 I’ve really felt the difference between this universe and the last, which… it shouldn’t take two years for your new universe to actually feel unique, but that’s more on DC as a whole than this book. The difference isn’t just the fact that Clark and Diana are together, or that Diana is now Zeus’ daughter, or that Clark doesn’t work for the Daily Planet. Those are little things. It’s the tone of the way Clark talks about giving everything to the world and wanting something for himself (his relationship with Diana), or how they spend their life fighting and he wants to not do that while he’s with her, which is great because she’s such a warrior.
Then there’s Doomsday, who has a very particular meaning to me and, I suspect, the rest of us who came of age in comics around the time of Superman’s death. I didn’t read the Doomsday one-shot from last week, and maybe I should have, but my understanding is that he still killed Superman in this universe and maybe it’s a little timey-wimey? Regardless, the image of Wonder Woman fighting Doomsday is fantastic and new and I like when comics do new things.
Fearless Defenders #10
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artists: Will Sliney, Veronica Gandini (colors), VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters), Mark Brooks (cover)
Fearless Defenders is back, baby! The cloud of meh that was floating around after the death of Annabelle is gone with this, the dance issue. A DANCE ISSUE! And it works. It also introduced a new character, who seems both badass and awesome and is a lesbian (or maybe bisexual, I don’t know) woman of color. So that’s pretty neat right there. It’s too bad they had to create someone new to get some same sex romance in there, instead of, you know, following through with the established character of Valkyrie, but that’s a somewhat minor quibble in this otherwise really really fun issue. It’s also an Infinity tie-in but, who cares? Blah blah Thanos’ forces, blah blah the place the Inhumans live exploded, what’s really important here is this team of Defenders and Ren. Ren’s the new character I mentioned, and I’m really looking forward to seeing people cosplay as her, because I think that’ll be great.
I’m once again insanely excited for Fearless Defenders. They brought me back! Now I have to wait a month for the next issue, though. Bummer.
Red Sonja #4
Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: Walter Geovani, Adriano Lucas (colors), Simon Bowland (letters), Jenny Frisson (cover), Ming Doyle (variant cover)
Thank you, Dynamite, for including variant covers in your digital exclusive comics. I really appreciate that. Especially when one is drawn by Ming Doyle.
Okay, Red Sonja has grown on me. I particularly like the flashbacks, and would love a whole issue of backstory, but what we’ve got is a fine balance. Sonja is still plagued by… uh, a plague… and her twin bodyguards have come to bring her back to the city from which she was cast out. Also Dark Annisia now wants to be known as Red Annisia and is also a bit crazy. Or she talks to ghosts for real. Or both! Possibly both! Either way, she’s a jerk and nobody really likes her. The art, particularly in the actions scenes, is really great. And now that I care about the characters more (especially those twins), I’m hoping for the showdown between Sonja and Annisia to get epic. Also possibly sapphic, but I’m still not sure if I read that thing from issue #2 right. Maybe!
Book of the week: Fearless Defenders #10 (the DANCE issue!)
Also reading: Uncanny X-Force v2 #12, Template #1(ComiXology Submit title), Three #1