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.
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.
I’m sure you’ll be angry with me for disobeying you again but I don’t care, I will not let you fight Leviathan alone. You need me and I will always be at your side. Because it will be hard for me to say these words face to face, I want you to know that Mother may have given me life, but you taught me how to live.
Love and respect,
There comes a time in when we lose someone close to us, whether it’s a relative or friend. Grief is a natural coping mechanism and we all grieve in different ways. Grief is the focus of Batman And Robin: Requiem For Damian, as The Dark Knight struggles to cope with the loss of his son. Written by Peter J. Tomasi and drawn by Patrick Gleason, Requiem For Damian presents a raw, emotional father who will do anything to bring his child back.
“Listen carefully, my son. You are not meant to right all the wrongs in the world. Seek justice in everything you do. But do not seek a fight. Violence only if it comes to you. These are not the teachings of the tribe. These are my teachings. You are your own man, Red Wolf. The world is changing quickly. You may not always understand it, but right and wrong will never change. The world is always talking to you, Red. If you rush to fight it, you won’t hear it. And if you can’t hear it speak, you can’t answer to it with justice.”
One of the great things about comics is the diversity of characters on offer. So, when a graphic novel focuses on a Native American superhero, it offers a fresh perspective on a well-known genre. Red Wolf: Man Out Of Time, written by Nathan Edmondson, follows Cheyenne warrior Red Wolf on a journey through time as he tries to balance his life as an outsider and protector.
“Ororo Munroe. Storm. Goddess-queen-teacher-leader of mutantkind. She stood up for the underdogs, despite what everyone said. Then she suffered the terrible consequences. But she endured and was redeemed. And now she returns in triumph. Not a bad story. But what really makes it sing is how she gives up that glory. Like Cincinnatus turning his back on the crown and returning to the farm after the war. She could be riding a hurricane, ruling a nation. But instead, she answers her emails, teaches her classes, chairs a plagiarism hearing, and most exciting of all…checks up on the mould problem.”
Some of my favourite stories involve strong female protagonists who are relatable and down to earth. Storm: Bring The Thunder ticks all the right boxes, as it follows Storm on a journey to clear her name after she’s framed for a crime she didn’t commit. The graphic novel is written by Greg Pak with art duties handled by Victor Ibanez and Neil Edwards. There are themes of friendship, cultural identity and female spirit all wrapped up into a compelling story.
“We don’t choose our teachers in life. Sometimes they are crazed vigilantes pretending to love us like a son. And other times they take the form of a space kitty who is smarter than anyone gives her credit for. Reminds me of me. It’s a load of bull to think of friendship and romance as being different. They’re not. They are just variations of the same love. Variations of the same desire to be close.” – Red Hood
If I hadn’t made it obvious by now, Jason Todd is my favourite comic character. I’m on a mission to bring as much recognition to him as possible, so I’m reviewing Red Hood And The Outlaws: REDemption today. The graphic novel collects the first arc of the original Outlaws, featuring Red Hood, Arsenal and Starfire. Written by Scott Lobdell and drawn by Kenneth Rocafort, REDemption brings together three damaged characters who find friendship and solace in each other.
“I am a warrior, in the tradition of the greatest. It’s in my bones. From the knights of Charlemagne to the samurai of the Daimyo, we are the purest representation of true human nature. Predator vs prey, the hunter vs the hunted. Throughout time, we have been honoured and praised, love and feared. But above all, we have been respected. And that’s what’s most important to us. The greatest warriors that fought for the greatest kingdoms had the greatest respect. And I am the greatest of them all.” – Deathstroke
When the DC Universe was rebooted with the New 52, it changed the history of a lot of characters. Some of it was good, some of it was terrible. A character that was done justice during this period was Deathstroke. Deathstroke: Legacy, written by Kyle Higgins, is a story about respect, reputation and what it means to be the deadliest assassin in the DC Universe. Slade Wilson takes no prisoners in this violent graphic novel, and here is my review.