Posts by James Hepplewhite


Some Thoughts on The Metabarons: Second Cycle

Some Thoughts on The Metabarons: Second Cycle

The Metabarons: Second Cycle is the collection of six albums worth of The Metabarons spinoff comic. (Rumor has it there's supposed to be another two albums coming, but Humanoids remains mum on that.) The Metabarons (now called The Metabarons: First Cycle) is the iconic gonzo science fiction comic from Alejandro Jodorowsky and Juan Giménez. It […]

Some Thoughts On Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen

Some Thoughts On Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen?

The collection of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen? finally arrived at my apartment a couple of weekends ago, and from the jump, I fell in love with the series' manic energy. The series is what big two comics should be. They should be the unique voice of a proven, talented team on […]

6 Thoughts About New Image Comics Graphic Novel Blue In Green

6 Thoughts About New Image Comics Graphic Novel Blue In Green

Writer Ram V (Catwoman, Justice League Dark) was kind enough to send over an early copy of his next project with penciller Anand RK called Blue In Green. After reading it, there were a couple of figurative melodies I couldn't get out of my head. Here they are: Is Blue In Green good? Yes. Is Blue […]

4 Thoughts About The Scumbag #1

4 Thoughts About The Scumbag #1

I read The Scumbag #1, a comic from Rick Remender (allegedly his biggest Image launch ever) and a rotating cast of pencillers. Lewis LaRosa, currently of Bad Idea fame, penciled the issue. The Scumbag #1 is exactly as advertised. Rick Remender & Co. have a hoot creating a character that can be easily and quickly […]

Faithless II Issues 4 And 5: Evil Is Tireless

Faithless II Issues 4 And 5: Evil Is Tireless

"You've heard those who can't do, teach? Well, those who can't teach? Critique." I read Faithless II's most recent two issues (issue 4 and issue 5) and literally yelled out loud after the issue 5 cliffhanger. That reflexive reaction seemed like a good starting point for a thought piece on Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet's […]

Two Number Twos: Cyberpunk 2077 And Vampire: The Masquerade

Two Number Twos: Cyberpunk 2077 And Vampire: The Masquerade

This week, it's two-issue number twos from my favorite tie-in comics, Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team and Vampire: The Masquerade: Winter's Teeth. Both are stronger than the sum of their parts, and while there's no Eisners in store for either of these comics, I'd like to sing their praises. Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #2 Cyberpunk 2077: […]

Commanders In Crisis #1: Code Green

Commanders In Crisis #1: Code Green

If Vision was rich in theme, but otherwise just okay and American Ronin #1 was sturdy but unremarkable, Commanders In Crisis #1 pales in comparison to both. If I'm charitable, Commanders In Crisis #1 is a great example of how difficult it is to do Grant Morrison-esque big ideas in the superhero genre. Commanders In […]

Tell Me What You See: Thoughts On Vision by Julia Gfrörer

Tell Me What You See: Thoughts On Vision by Julia Gfrörer

In Vision, a Fantagraphics-published story about a nineteenth-century family, nothing is quite as it seems. There are haunted mirrors and cataract surgeries. It's a compelling, realistic story with magical elements. Comics set in the nineteenth century are new to me, and this one at least has novelty. However, Vision frustrates me. Ignatz-award nominee Julia Gfrörer's […]

You Look Like Death and Ghostwriter: Two Comics

You Look Like Death and Ghostwriter: Two Comics

Two comics this week. One of them, the first issue of a spinoff series, the other, a translation of an award-winning Spanish comic. You Look Like Death: Tales From The Umbrella Academy #1: First off, Chelsy Bloomfield took a closer look at this issue, which you can read right here. Gerard Way and Shaun Simon […]

TCJs Abhay Khlosa Announces Kickstarter For Gangland Allstars

TCJ's Abhay Khlosa Announces Kickstarter For Gangland Allstars

Abhay Khlosa, known for among other things, for a multi-part piece condemning abusive behavior by comics professionals through The Comics Journal, announced a Kickstarter to reissue his comic series Gangland Allstars. Gangland Allstars is a trio of 17-18 page genre comics, heavily influenced by a mutated version of the 1980s. The three comics in question, […]

ShortBox in Dire Financial Straits Announces Shortbox Comics Fair

ShortBox in Dire Financial Straits, Announces Shortbox Comics Fair

The indie darling and Ignatz award-winning publisher ShortBox announced on Tuesday the ShortBox Comics Fair 2020 to raise funds to continue publishing in 2021. They previously ran a Kickstarter for Rosemary Valero-O'Connell's Don't Go Without Me (which we looked at here) to get the publisher into bookstores and libraries. At the online Comics Fair scheduled […]

5 Thoughts About Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #1

5 Thoughts About Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #1

I read Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #1 on a whim, and it hit me with a whammy. I'm skeptical of licensed work and tie ins because not every licensor is as easy to work with as Hasbro historically was with GI Joe. Regardless, Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #1 earned my undivided attention. Here's why: If […]

American Ronin #1: If Shadowrun Was A Comic Itd Be American Ronin

American Ronin #1: If Shadowrun Was A Comic, It'd Be American Ronin

Sturdy, but not remarkable. American Ronin #1, Peter Milligan and ACO's debut for publisher Artists, Writers & Artisans is an assassin/spy story. I'm not sure if Milligan and ACO worked together before or not, but for AWA, they're a well-oiled machine. The first issue of American Ronin isn't meaningfully different from a high power level […]

4 of Bleeding Cools Favorite Comics Debuts of 2020

4 of Bleeding Cool's Favorite Comics Debuts of 2020

This debut roundup is supposed to be one part gift guide, one part suggestion box. Or, an answer to the question of "what's new that you've enjoyed this year?" Pulp's not on here because the standard Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips set is so consistently high that meeting it doesn't feel like best or novel, […]

Lets Take a Look at Some Jonathan Hickman Comics

Let's Take a Look at Some Jonathan Hickman Comics

I realize now I read quite a bit of Jonathan Hickman comics recently, but it was only in retrospect. Here are my thoughts on some recent comics from, you guessed it, Jonathan Hickman and an array of collaborators. Decorum #4: Hickman and the team return to the series' A-plot, the conquering armies and invading cultures. […]

Looking at Blacksad: Collected Stories and Vampire: The Masquerade #1

Looking at Blacksad: Collected Stories and Vampire: The Masquerade #1

A couple of recent releases caught my eye, Dark Horse Comics' Blacksad: Collected Stories and Vault Comics' Vampire: The Masquerade #1. I thought I'd give them a look. Blacksad: Collected Stories Sometimes, there's not much to say about a comic except that it's particularly good and deserves the praise it gets. Blacksad is that comic, […]

Thinking About Top Cows Think Tank Volume 4

Thinking About Top Cow's Think Tank Volume 4

I read Think Tank volume four (subtitled Creative Destruction) recently. Think Tank, a comic about a DARPA-employed scientist called Dr. David Loren growing a conscience while playing with the toys of the U.S. military has five collections, and while I haven't read volume five yet; I've read the first four. There's a big turn in […]

Pulp is a Strong Entry from the Businesses Best

Pulp is a Strong Entry from the Businesses Best

I recently read Pulp, from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, and had some thoughts about their latest collaboration. 1. Bless Ed Brubaker, with Pulp, he really did try to write a story about cowboys for Sean Phillips, but Brubaker keeps returning to crime all the same. At this point, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are […]

3 Hypothetical Creative Teams Thatll Never Happen

3 Hypothetical Creative Teams That'll Never Happen

It's a fun hypothetical playing commissioning editor. It's basically easy mode. You can afford everyone's page rate, there's always plenty of time to get the best work from a creative team, everyone's schedule is open, and there's no last-minute editorial jackknifes to navigate. Given that, what creative teams do you get on a comic, and […]

Looking Back at Titan Comics Monika

Looking Back at Titan Comics Monika

With Guillem March drawing a portion of Joker War, the James Tynion IV Batman crossover event (are there crossovers that aren't events now?), I figured I'd take a look at Monika. It's an example of what March could do outside of the confines of the big two American comics companies. Published from Titan Comics in […]