The first arc of the new Image series Copperhead has come to a close. With a new trade out of the first five issues for $9.99 why wait?
Copperhead combines two genres that I love and are rarely seen together, Sci-Fi and Westerns. Although, Science Fiction in general seems to be blowing up right now in comics. Next time you’re at your local comic store look at all the Image series on the racks and you’ll find a heaping portion of outer space books, way more than a year or two ago. I adore Jonathan Hickman’s East Of West series which is another book that mixes those genres. Copperhead is different though. East Of West relies heavily on the Sci-Fi aspects but frames it as a Western where Copperhead feels very much like a Western in the truest sense that happens to have a background setting of space. The two series couldn’t be more different, but both of them are worth your time, energy and money. Hickman tends to deal in the complex and abstract and makes you work for it where Copperhead scribe Jay Faerber eases you and gets you comfortable immediately.
I got my first real computer in 1995 and it was a big day in my life. No longer would I have to use a shitty second hand one that only operated through DOS, this new one had Microsoft Windows. I was 11 years old and couldn’t wait to explore the wonders of dial up internet. One of the first things I remember doing was saving a 3 1/2 inch floppy disk full of original Transformers G1 box art. Retrospectively, it was a pretty odd thing to do. You might say it was that day that the Biff you’re reading today was born.
I’ve always loved this particular art from a young age, perhaps because it was almost a more “realistic” version of the Transformers cartoon counterparts. In my mind this is the version of what these robots in disguise actually looked like. Legacy: The Art Of Transformers Packaging is a labor of love made by fans Bill Forester and Jim Sorenson who scoured the world for the most comprehensive box art they could scan. It seems that somewhere along the way IDW (who currently publishes Transformers and other Hasbro licensed properties) saw the merit behind this book and decided to publish it. The book itself is huge true hardcover coffee table book. The text is minimal, but that’s ok. It leaves more room for the main attraction, the art.
Over the last couple years I have been intermittently reading this series, and last month I finished the fifth and final book of the collection. The series deals with a group of supernaturals familiar to all of us. It’s got vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, and even ninja-like warriors. Some of my favorite characters in the novels are faeries. It was a fun read that I am happy to bring you my review of.
If there is one thing you all should know about me by now, it’s that my entire existence depends on whether or not I am prepared for a zombie outbreak. We all know it’s going to happen eventually, so we might as well all be prepared. Anyone can train and gather supplies, but it takes a harder person to be able to jam a rod through the brain of one of your family members. That is something we may all have to deal with one day. Zombie comics and everything else under the Z banner have sort of become training manuals nowadays in terms of giving you a sort of preview of what’s to come in the future, but what if you weren’t able to retain everything you have learned in terms of zombies and what to do during an outbreak? The new book by James Mulholland seeks to let us know.
Post-apocalyptic scenarios are all over TV, film, and the written word these days. If I confess it to you all, I am actually working on a zombie novel myself. So what better way to enjoy a healthy dose of your post-apocalyptic world than in a series of short stories? Maureen McHugh decided to dapple in the genre by telling us several tales of the human race facing struggles in a futuristic world, some of them weirder than we could ever imagine. I stumbled across this book from a “Best Science Fiction of the Last Decade” list.
First let me say that’ I’m in the minority of people who really enjoyed Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. You may recall me starting a series of articles reviewing all of the Alien movies, I stopped after the second one but do plan to some day pick it back up. Alien is one of my all time favorite movies, so when I heard that Dark Horse was going to begin doing more comic book stories with the franchise I jumped at the chance. Especially since two of the titles would also tie into Prometheus. The other two were centered around Predator as well as the Aliens Vs. Predator series. That’s not my thing really, so today we are going to focus on both the 4 issue Aliens miniseries as well as the Prometheus one, both subtitled Fire & Stone.