Every ZERO cover design to date, made with Michael Walsh, Becky Cloonan, Chris Burnham, Paul Pope, Tradd Moore, Christian Ward, Mateus Santolouco, Morgan Jeske, Will Tempest, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Francesco Francavilla, Nick Dragotta, Cameron Stewart, Matt Taylor, Sean Phillips, Jorge Coelho, Tonči Zonjić, and Michael Gaydos.
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Mike Isenberg recommends Monster & Madman
Jack the Ripper was in the headlines again last week, with claims surfacing of new DNA evidence pinning the 1888 London murder spree on Polish barber Aaron Kosminski. Writer Steve Niles (arcaneimages) and artist Damien Worm, however, have another theory.
Monster & Madman tells the tale of Frankenstein’s monster, following the events of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. Rather than burn himself to death on Victor Frankenstein’s funeral pyre, as he told the novel’s narrator he would, the monster decides to continue his life—as wretched as it is—and finds passage from the Arctic on a ship bound for Norway.
The monster eventually makes his way to London in 1888, just as a string of grisly murders is beginning to terrify the populace. There he strikes a deal with mortician John Moore; if the monster allows Moore to examine him and discover the secrets of Victor Frankenstein’s work, Moore will grant the monster what Victor denied him: the creation of a companion to ease his loneliness.
Of course, Moore has his own secrets and motives, and his source for female body parts may not be the generous local hospital as he claims.
Steve Niles’ writing is in turns eerie and melancholy, matching Shelley’s original text in terms of both writing style as well as his characterization of the monster.
What makes Monster & Madman really shine, however, is definitely Damien Worm’s gorgeously grotesque artwork. Worm’s moody collages of ink, paint, and newspaper clippings set a perfect tone for this creepy tale, and work wonderfully in letting the viewer see the world through the monster’s borrowed, reanimated eyes.
For fans of the Shelley’s classic novel, or of dark and moody horror in general, Monster & Madman is highly recommended.
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Harris Smith recommends At the Shore #2
As goofy and loveable as the gang from Scooby-Doo , the central group of misfits in Jim Campbell’s At the Shore #2, from Alternative Comics, finds themselves embroiled in a mystery when their car is stuck on the beach. Bickering the whole time, they face off against what may or may not be oceanic zombies, which may or may not be the result of the environmental shenanigans of the Midlothian Seaweed Mining Company. The story unfolds among flashbacks that may or may not be relevant to the story (I’m betting they are) as the characters bicker their way through this ever-evolving adventure.
At the Shore has its own unique sense of style that sets it apart from many of the other zombie comics out there these days. It’s certainly a horror story in the grand tradition of “teens stranded somewhere” horror stories, but it’s funny too, yet the humor isn’t overly jokey. Rather, it arises subtly from the relationships between the characters and their dialogue. Campbell seems to be referencing young adult mysteries, a la Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and the aforementioned Scooby-Doo, yet he’s not afraid to throw in a good zombie head-squashing, suggesting the possibility that things could take a significantly darker turn as the story progresses. It’s appropriate his art somewhat recalls that of Richard Sala, who operates in a similar arena of humor and horror. There’s a hint of Bryan Lee O’Malley in there too, as I think fans of Scott Pilgrim and Lost at Sea would feel at home in the world of At the Shore.
The resulting mesh of conflicting tones and genre bending is delightfully unpredictable and off-kilter, and makes me a really fun read. Without being overly saccharine or excessively twee, At the Shore is, without a doubt, the most charming zombie comic on the market today. It’s rewarding read for those of us who enjoy low-key humor and oddball horror.
Harris Smith is a Brooklyn-based comics and media professional. In addition to his role as a Senior Production Coordinator at comiXology, he edits several comics anthologies, including Jeans and Felony Comics, under the banner of Negative Pleasure Publications. He’s also the host of the weekly radio show Neagtive Pleasure on Newtown Radio.
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Kate Kasenow recommends Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller has a deep and rich history which has only been enhanced by the current incarnations published by BOOM! Archaia. This newest addition to the series is an attempt at a more focused collection of material, one that exceeds all expectations the audience may have. When one hears a title like ‘Witches,’ certain imagery comes to mind—usually of the Halloweenish variety—but the first issue of The Storyteller: Witches, this cliché is laid to rest deftly by the gorgeous illustrations and fantastic tale spun by S. M. Vidaurri (smvidaurri).
The story includes familiar elements of old stories as well as new and shining details to entice the reader throughout. What truly stands out, however, are Vidaurri’s unique watercolor paintings that portray his story perfectly. Every inch of the image is well-crafted and delivered especially the lettering, which brings to mind ancient illuminated texts. Together, the words and images tell a tale of loss and the strength that can be forged by it. There are enchanted forests, royalty, magical creatures, quests, and a witch of course! Will the princess be able to save the day or will she be outwitted by the mysterious Lord of the Forest?
There’s so much to love about this first issue, I can hardly wait to see what they come up with for the next!
Kate Kasenow is a comics artist from Indiana currently living in Manhattan. She works at ComiXology as a Lead Digital Editor and spends most of her spare time re-reading J. R. R. Tolkien.
ComiXology Announces Second Wave of DRM-Free Publishers
New participating publishers include
IDW Publishing, Valiant Entertainment, Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books and more
September 17th, 2014 – New York, NY – Today comiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform, unveiled the latest group of publishers offering DRM-free backups, allowing comiXology customers to download and store copies of their books. ComiXology’s new DRM-free backup feature was announced this past July during Comic-Con International.
The second wave of participating publishers include IDW Publishing, Valiant Entertainment, Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books, Aspen Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, Th3rd World Studios, A Wave Blue World, Blind Ferret Entertainment, Caliber Comics, Creative Impulse Entertainment, Devil’s Due Entertainment, GT Labs Comics and Kingstone Media. They join Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions in offering this new option to customer. Creators using comiXology Submit also have the option to offer their comics, graphic novels, and manga as DRM-free backups.
“After the wildly successful launch during Comic-Con International we’re thrilled to offer our customers an even greater selection with this next wave of publishers offering DRM-free backups,” said comiXology VP of Communications & Marketing Chip Mosher. “We look forward to continuing to work with more publishers in offering DRM-free backups to comics fans worldwide.”
To obtain the DRM-free backups of digital comics on comiXology, customers can go to the “My Books” section of comixology.com on their desktop computers and click the button that appears next to their books. Books and series from the second wave of participating publishers will be available for backup starting today. Backups from participating publishers can be downloaded in high definition PDF and CBZ.
Customers will continue to enjoy all their purchases – whether available as a DRM-free backup or not – on the comiXology platform in comiXology’s exclusive cinematic Guided View reading experience, anytime and anywhere.
With over 50,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience makes it the best digital platform for comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.
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