Posts Tagged ‘DC Comics’

Reading Around Comics – The Best Comics Reference Books

If you’ve ever had the nagging sensation you’re not getting something in comics, or you just want to know more about a broad and complex range of books, genres, characters and creators, you’re certainly not alone. Here to help is a list of the best books to help get to grips with all of the above.

To make this list as broad as possible, I’ve mostly stayed away from books on creating comics – this will be a separate post further down the line. This will focus on comics theory, history, and some broad reference books. A list like this can never be comprehensive – if you think I’ve missed something, leave a comment or shout at us on Twitter. Read On…

Paul Pope and the One-Trick Rip-Off

The One-Trick Rip-Off

Paul Pope has always been something of an artist’s artist, which is why a collection of his work selling for three times the cover price yet you can still rarely find any of the comics he’s created on the shelves. He first appeared in the mid-nineties, with his weird sci-fi tale THB, about boarding schools and giant genie-like creatures that spring into action with the addition of a drop of water. At the same time, he was starting to work on Supertrouble for manga publisher Kodansha. Supertrouble never really appeared, and THB trickled out spordacially, making it hard to collect for even the most dedicated.
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iZombie It’s pretty rare for me to read an issue from the moment it starts right through to the end (a preference for trades over single issues and a lack of time tend to mean I’m always catching up), but Chris Robeson and Mike Allred’s iZombie somehow grabbed me and I stuck with it. It’s hard to describe without making it sound like sub-Buffy nonsense, but it concerns the lives of a bunch of monsters in Eugene, Oregon. The central conceit (that Gwen, the main character, eats the brains of the dead and solves unresolved issues relating to their deaths) is abandoned early on for a more freeform structure, giving focus to the full cast of characters and paying more attention to the arc.

I’ve been a sucker for Allred’s artwork since I first encountered him on X-Statix. Robeson’s plots are pacey, leave a lot of dangling threads, and introduce enough new weirdness to keep a reader hooked. Sadly, after he left DC Comics over his criticism of their treatment of writers and artists, the series had to be wrapped up in a hurry, and all those dangling plot threads were shoved into a final 7-8 issues at a pace that couldn’t really support them all. It’s a shame because while the series was never brilliant, it was always a lot of fun, and it would have been good to see it wrapped up at the pace at which it was intended. Hopefully Roberson’s experience and the recent changing of the guard won’t stop people from creating great things at DC / Vertigo.