Interpretation is a concept that lies underneath everything I create in comics and it's one of the reasons why The Intercorstal 683 by Gareth A Hopkins is one of the best comics I've seen in years. Gareth creates abstract forms which like any good abstraction have their root in reality. In early versions of the Intercorstal you can see thumbnails of the page represented and the reformation of panel layouts. This is not a Burroughs style cut-up, it is a new interpretation. The line work on display recalls Zap era Moscoso but it is developed far beyond psychedelia into a splendour of flow and form which across this most recent book elevates comics as a medium. Without a language narrative or conventional visual bodies The Intercorstal 683 successfully creates a sequential experience which is hugely rewarding. View Gareth's work here www.intercorstal.comwww.grthink.com
Regular readers of the List will be well aware of my deep regard for B.P.R.D. The flow of the series feels close to an overall ending now and with every new issue I ask myself where it can go, what is left to say, etc. Issue 144 is breathtaking for many reasons but there's two that I haven't mentioned here before. Lawrence Campbell's artwork does something that is constantly being ignored in other books. It provides continuity. His version of Mignola's Hell is instantly recognisable and correct if compared to to the recent Hellboy In Hell series yet it is executed in Campbell's own style. A treat. The second point is how all the Mignola books exist with each other. Many companies attempt crossover elements that feel forced but here it's clear what world you've come to and what may be in store.
Eternal Warrior 10 finished the Labyrinth arc in swashbuckling style. This second arc of the new run was fast and action packed from the off and exits here with an epilogue that ensures I'm back for issue eleven. A very under-appreciated title both in terms of artwork and script and if you haven't been reading I strongly urge you to pick up the trade in a few months. The basic premise is The Eternal Warrior can't die and an eccentric billionaire builds a death labyrinth under the Himalayas to constantly kill our hero in an attempt to learn how he keeps coming back to life. Hooked.
Cover Of The Week.
All New Wolverine 11
The Awesome Comics Podcast
Episode59 with me talking Monologue process, Murder by Remote Control, and ranting like I've a shopping cart about how comics are a unique medium.
You owe it to yourself.
MBC books - Cold Colony came out on Comixology last Wednesday and Notice issue 2 is finally out this Wednesday!
ICTMI here's a copy of the NOTICE 3 submissions call out that has been doing the rounds on social this week. The standard of work coming in has suddenly jumped up. If you want to get involved please do so.
Notice issue 3 submissions are open
I create a title called Monologue. Monologue is intense in a good way and while working on the first issue I decided to do some “Saturday morning” scifi strips and illustrations which were much lighter. I’d heard people speaking about how long it took them to get on Comixology and I wasn’t having that problem so I thought Notice could be a way for people to get work on a reputable site known worldwide where they could simply point people to their art. Unfortunately digital sales after deductions amount to very little financially so it is simply for exposure. If on the off chance we out-sell Saga everything will be split between creators but Comixology don’t pay out unless the book clears $100 which for a 99c title means we need to sell at least 400. Anyway that’s Notice. The second issue comes out in a few weeks with high and low brow work by KK, Ptr-trb, Keith H Perkins, and myself SJMcCune. The quality of work submitted already for issue three is so high and because of this there is a ‘Best Of’ Kickstarter anthology being planned after issue four next year so that we can all hold something in our hands. To contribute to issue three please mail us anything OtherWorldly in the form of strips or illustrations to firstname.lastname@example.org If it’s suitable for Notice we will be in touch for hi res (450dpi)
THE LIST - arcs, teams, and titles that are worth your time
New Super-man (2016)
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016)
The Dark Knight Returns : The Last Crusade
The Omega Men
The Sheriff of Babylon
Superman: Lois and Clark
Dark Knight 3 The Master Race
Green Arrow (Otto Schmidt issues)
East of West
The Fade Out
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior
The Last Sons of America
The End Of Summer by Tillie Walden
Meanderings by Matt Dooley
Safari Honeymoon by Jesse Jacobs
Terror Assaulter by Benjamin Marra
Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan
The Intercorstal by Gareth Hopkins
Sliced Quarterly edited by Ken Reynolds
Speak No Evil by Grey Bear Comics
Left by Steven Ingram
MOA-192B by Tsemberlidis
The Leopard by Sarah Horrocks
Remorse by Debbie Jenkinson