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Harris Smith recommends Low #1
The best science fiction is a measured balance of concept and idea. The concept is the hook, it draws the reader in with its inventiveness. The idea is what gives a good science fiction story resonance. Planet of the Apes, Logan’s Run and X-Men all have great sci-fi concepts: a future where apes have evolved beyond humans, a futuristic society that kills off anyone over the age of 30, a group of teenagers born with metahuman abilities. No doubt these clever stories are what initially drew readers and viewers in, but these three concepts have strong ideas behind them that have continued to reverberate with readers for decades: a treatise on evolution and man’s inhumanity to man, an indictment of youth-obsessed culture, an allegory for racial prejudice.
Rick Remender's new comic, Low, has both concept and idea. The concept is overflowing with imagination (would we expect anything less from the creator of Franke-Castle?): in the future, an expanding sun has doomed the human race and driven them underwater, where they live in an encapsulated city besieged by “Road Warrior”-esque pirates and scavengers. The idea, meanwhile, is universal- how do we find hope in the face of the inevitability of death, in this case the knowledge that the sun will soon engulf the Earth? Remender sets this heady existential question, one that’s plagued philosophers from Kirkegaard to Ernest Becker, within an exciting, colorful universe, a world replete with majestic fantasy landscapes and riotous underwater battle sequences. It’s a perfect blend of concept and idea tied together with the vision of a true artist and highlighted with masterfully evocative artwork by Greg Tocchini. High-minded ideas and aristry aside, Remender really knows how to tell a story and this first issue left me genuinely excited, maybe even a little anxious, to find out what happens next.
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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Jonah Chuang recommends Deadly Class #6
I’ve been really enjoying Rick Remender (rickremender) , Wesley Craig (wescraigcomics) and Lee Loughridge’s new series, Deadly Class. It feels like a cross between X-Men, Harry Potter, the Breakfast Club, and Game of Thrones in that it’s a school for exceptional teenage misfits to learn a special set of skills, but everyone’s either brutally killing or having sex with each other.
Deadly Class takes place in 1987 at a school for assassins. The students are the children of the most over-the-top caricatures of the world’s most violent archetypes— Neo Nazis, Cartel leaders, drug dealers, gangsters of all kinds— and they takes classes like Beheading, Poison and AP Black Arts. The main character, Marcus Lopez, is a crazy wreck that you can’t help but love, despite the terrible things he sometimes does. He’s a struggling, lost kid in a hostile world who’s in love with a girl who’s way out of his league. If twenty years of reading comics and watching TV and movies has taught me anything it’s that you can’t go wrong with this formula.
“But if it’s been done before, why should you care?” That’s a good point, reader. My response would be because it hasn’t been done exactly like this before. Marcus is no Peter Parker or Aladdin, he’s a desperate homeless kid with a horrifying past who gets high and kills people. Also, when you pick up early issues of Amazing Spider-Man you never get the sense that Flash Thompson will kill Peter Parker in the course of his bullying, but you don’t get that sense of security with Deadly Class. In this closing chapter of the first story arc, students are shot, stabbed, beaten and slashed on almost every page, so the stakes are noticeably higher.
Deadly Class is one of the most exciting, gripping and dynamic stories on the shelves today. Don’t let it slip through the cracks!
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Jonah Chuang is a production coordinator assistant at comiXology. He lives in Queens with his two rescue dogs, Baby J and Li’l Sebastian.
It’s finally Friday, and that means that its time for another comiXology guide to one of our favorite comic book characters. This week, we’re dedicated to bringing you the low-down on the man they call “The Merc With a Mouth” - the one and only Deadpool!
Thanks to his tendency to refuse to remain in one universe or timeline for any meaningful length of time, Wade Wilson is definitely one of the more confusing characters in the comic landscape. But this snarky parody of the comic book world is also one of the major reasons that he has become the beloved fan-favorite that he is today. If you feel like you need some help figuring this guy out (you aren’t alone), then read on and take a crash course into degeneracy with…
A comiXology Guide to Deadpool!
You probably already know about Deadpool’s well deserved reputation as a big ol’ jerk and generally insane individual, but where did all of this madness begin? The first appearance of the character was in New Mutants #98, as a character that seemed to have a very striking similarity to a certain DC character known as Deathstroke. Co-creator Fabian Nicieza even went so far as to provide Deadpool with the name “Wade Wilson”, after Deathstroke’s secret identity “Slade Wilson”. Although he changes drastically in the years to come, New Mutants #98 set the stage for the kick-ass character that is Deadpool.
Arguably the best iteration of the modern Deadpool that we all know and love came from his involvement in Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force. Although he dons a different costume, Deapool’s antics and sardonic wit are in full force while the he and the rest of the X-Force (a group of mutants recruited to do the dirty work the X-Men wont do) team up to stop Apocalypse by any means necessary.
Fabian Nicieza returned to the character he helped create in a major way with the funny, action-packed, and totally nuts Cable & Deadpool. A series that truly lives up to Deadpool’s reputation, this is a great place to become introduced to the hilarity and insanity that we have come to expect from Wade Wilson.
When Gerry Duggan (gerryduggan) teamed up with comedian Brian Posehn to bring us Deadpool’s current series, they obliterated the notion that Deadpool couldn’t be a strong character without a team to balance him out. This run gives us a bit of a darker take on the character, but doesn’t skip out on the comedic elements that have become Wade Wilson’s trademark. If you want to get caught up with Wade Wilson’s modern life, then this is a great place to start!
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The best day of the week is back again! It’s #NewComicDay! Here’s some of the books we’re looking forward to reading most this week:
Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two #1 (of 5) - Dredd heads Californee way! As part of a judicial exchange program, Dredd is sent packing to Mega-City Two, a sprawling city covering 5,000 square miles of the Californian West Coast and centered in what was once known as Los Angeles, where he soon discovers that they do things differently there.
Batman (2011-) #27 - "Zero Year" reaches an all-important crossroads as Batman and Jim Gordon try to turn the lights back on in Gotham City. This issue leads directly into the final arc of Zero Year, which begins in our next issue!
The Walking Dead #120 - ALL OUT WAR continues!
All-New Invaders #1 - The KREE EMPIRE intends to conquer the universe using a weapon that will grant them an army of NORSE GODS.
Deadly Class #1 - Welcome to the most brutal high school on Earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical, nor is your fellow classmates’ poison.
Bad Ass #1 - If Kick-Ass and Deadpool had a baby, it would be Bad Ass! The only difference being that Dead End is a villain through and through with no intentions of serving anyone. What makes Dead End so great is his self-aware humor and biting sarcasm- the mark of a true evil genius. Hard to hate and even harder to kill, Dead End is an eloquent psychopath who fights for something better than justice: himself.
All-New X-Men #22.NOW - A jumping-on point for new readers! When alien races learn that Jean Grey, host of the destructive Phoenix Force, is back on earth, they do something about it. Now it’s up to the rest of the All-New X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy to save Jean Grey from twisted intergalactic justice!
Hactivist - Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are young, brilliant, and the co-founders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world stays connected. In secret, these best friends are also “sve_Urs3lf,” the largest, white-hat hacking group on the planet, exposing information and sparking revolutions across the globe.