Some of the most memorable TV shows have included graphic content and a good story, which is why Sons of Anarchy was so successful. For any fan who’s missing the show, the latest SAMCRO graphic novel has been released called Redwood Original. The graphic novel serves as a prequel, taking place ten years before the show. It focuses on Jax Teller’s first year as a prospect. Written by Ollie Masters and drawn by Luca Pizzari, Redwood Original captures all the violence and drama that made the show so entertaining.
Sci-fi is one of the most popular fiction genres and there’s plenty of opportunity to be creative. Illustrator Luke Horsman sent me his debut comic, Edengate #1, a light-hearted sci-fi adventure inspired by ‘80s movies and toys. A robot mechanic called Seraphine stumbles across a secret that could change the universe forever in what turns out to be a fun and action-packed issue.
Scott Lobdell and Dexter Soy continue to create an emotionally rich story for Jason Todd and in his companions in Red Hood And The Outlaws #13. In the last issue, Bizarro sacrificed himself to stop a rampaging Solomon Grundy, dying in Red Hood and Artemis’ arms. Before the Outlaws could fully take in their friend’s sacrifice, Lex Luthor appeared on the scene. What are Luthor’s intentions and does he plan to use Bizarro for his own agenda?
Over the past couple of years I’ve really come to appreciate western stories, which is why I was excited to read the WesterNoir: Book One graphic novel created by Dave West and Gary Crutchley. Published by Accent UK, the series combines horror, western and steampunk themes to show the darker side of human nature. The protagonist, Josiah Black, finds himself drawn into a world that he didn’t think existed, but has no choice but to embrace it if he wants to survive.
In the comic industry, there are certain teams who create magic together. Whether it’s Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, or Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, you know you can expect greatness. The same can be said for the team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, who’ve knocked it out of the park with Moonshine: Vol 1. The graphic novel combines 1920s gangsters, rural noir and horror to create a tale about monsters, both human and inhuman.
Recently, Deathstroke decided to give up being a villain and formed a team of young superheroes. Called Defiance, the team consists of Ravager, Jericho and the second generation Powergirl and Kid Flash. Deathstroke #22, written by Christopher Priest and drawn by Diogenes Neves and Jason Paz, sees Slade take his new team on their first mission to retake control of a US Embassy, held hostage in a foreign country. Is Slade genuine is his redemption, or does he have something sinister planned for his children and their team mates?
Batman #28, written by Tom King and drawn by Mikel Janin and June Chung, sees the continuation of the epic War of Jokes & Riddles arc. The story takes place early on in Batman’s career and it features a brutal gang war between The Riddler and Joker. Here are my thoughts on what turns out to be another powerful issue.