In this introductory issue of the recently reformed Canadian super-team Alpha Flight, Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, and Dale Eaglesham hit the perfect balance between a comic that will appeal to all readers and a story that has some fun ‘Canadiana’ shout-out moments.
My opinion of webcomics is about the same: anything with a continuous thread more than five panels long gets on my nerves. Thankfully, Dark Horse Books has been compiling some of the most prolific webcomics into hefty printed volumes, the latest of which is Christopher Hastings’ The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Night Powers, which debuted at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
DC's summer super-event, Flashpoint has both the fun of an alternate reality tale and the reward of a continuity storyline. Written by Geoff "I am DC" Johns, with stunning artwork by Andy Kubert, the first issue is largely spent setting up this previously unseen ‘world’. And what a world they have crafted! Though I'm more a fan of Green Lantern than of The Flash, this event looks to be far more exciting... and dare I pun ‘fast paced’, than Blackest Night or Brightest Day.
Grant Morrison's seminal run on X-Men returns to print... and just in time for the new movie! Originally penned when the first X-Men film was reigniting the public's favour with these long running characters, Morrison sought to incorporate new, modern elements while remaining true to the spirit of the earliest issues. What resulted was signature-style Morrison bizarre, which is to say, pure mutant gold.
Michael DeForge is a busy dude. At the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this weekend, DeForge will debut two comic books, an art book, a porn-anthology that he co-edited, and he's featured as an artist in a third anthology. DeForge has also emerged as one of Canada's most celebrated young comic book artists. He kindly agreed to chat with us this week about his new comics, TCAF, immature Hotmail addresses, cable television and Toronto's best ethnic food.
Heavily embedded in the culture and locations of Queen Street West, Snow, by Benjamin Rivers, is a very Toronto-centric indie graphic novel. It's the 30-something equivalent of Brian Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim saga, but with a more culturally relevant storyline and less manga-influenced art.
In the last few years, Paul Peterson and Jason Gilmore talked to four suicide survivors, about their experiences, the lead up and the aftermath. The compilation of these talks is called The Next Day, illustrated by acclaimed artist John Porcellino, accompanied by an interactive online component co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada. So even if you can’t talk to anyone else about it, I’m sure you may be comfortable reading it.
Too often, when famous and successful franchises are mixed together for a crossover, you end up with a total disaster. Danger Girl and Army of Darkness manages, though not as well as the respective source materials, to be a fun, fast-paced, action-packed read!
Yet another Point One issue from Marvel, and I'm starting to notice some trends. Creator change-ups on titles; less forced back-story exposition; and the stories are just getting better and better! Secret Avengers #12.1 has all of these elements and is possibly the best issue yet in this stellar series.
It's no secret that Canadians love some home-grown talent; this includes Kill Shakespeare, a graphic novel that I described to my roommate this morning as "Shakespeare crossover fan-fiction that's actually good." On Monday, the team announced on Twitter that Astral Media have awarded Kill Shakespeare, among others, money to produce a screenplay.