This week sees the release of just one comic from Action Lab Comics’ Danger Zone imprint. But that’s just fine since it’s Blood & Dust: The Life & Undeath Of Judd Glenny #2. While it’s a vampire tale, it stands out in that it isn’t your typical blood and guts bloodsucking story. Instead, we get a long-lived undead creature that is trying to settle into his place for all of eternity, all the while protecting his family and, inadvertently, a local township.
Vampires. Every few years they resurface in the literary world. Though to be fair, they really haven’t gone away this time. There’s something about them that really piques the interest of large percentage of readers, myself included. Mine stems from reading early Anne Rice books, but I find most of what’s produced these days to be lacking in originality and versatility. Mind you, I did say most. Blood & Dust: The Life & Undeath Of Judd Glenny #1 is certainly an exception to the rule. Please allow me to elaborate further.
Tall Tales From The Badlands #3 Written by Sean Fahey, Mark Wheaton, Robert Napton, and Matt Dembicki
Illustrated by Jerry Decaire, John Fortune, Franco Cespedes, Ezequiel Rosingana, and Ruben Rojas
Lettered by Kel Nuttall
Cover by Borja “Borch” Pena Black Jack Press
Release Date: September 02, 2013
Cover Price: $1.99
Sean Fahey is back with Tall Tales Of The Badlands #3. With this latest collection of short stories from Black Jack Press, Fahey brings along a new set of story-tellers and artists, luring you into the supernatural and down right scary side of the wild-west. Once again, in all black and white, these stories are filled with grit, heartache, justice, and this time, a whole lot of fright.
Mark Wheaton crafts a devastatingly karmatic tale in “The Judgement Of The People,” a story of a crooked judge, the lives he’s hurt, and those who seek vengeance both in life and death. Jerry Decaire has a keen eye for perspective and emotion as proven by means of close-up shots of the characters within pivotal panels.
Ignition Vol. 1 Written by Various
Penciled by Various
Colors by Various
Edited by Andrew DelQuadro 215 Ink
Release Date: Available for Pre-Order
Cover Price: $29.99
So, there’s a review in here, promise, and it’s going to be about the new collection from 215ink called Ignition Vol. 1. The lede is just, as people who call writing a profession say, buried. First, I need a moment to qualify what I mean and give a frame of reference. So, sorry, but: you can always circumvent that by skipping to the end if you’d like.
There’s been something of a renaissance of creator owned content lately, with a bevy of titles being announced from creators like Grant Morrison, Steve Niles, Brian K Vaughan, and other industry heavyweights. Although artistic control has been a high profile issue in the comics world at least since the early 90s -what with the Creator’s Bill of Rights in 1988, and the creation of Image Comics in 1992- the past calendar year has seemed like something of a watershed moment for the publicity and frequency of creator owned projects. Every major publisher, I believe, has an imprint dedicated to these projects, and the whole thing smacks of a cash-in. That sounds cynical.