Posts by James Hepplewhite


A World Lit Only By Fire: Some Thoughts On Nocterra #1

A World Lit Only By Fire: Some Thoughts On Nocterra #1

I didn't expect I'd think about Nocterra #1 after I read it. Maybe it's because I'm accustomed to seeing Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey's work on DC titles that seeing them outside Gotham City induces some amount of whiplash. But here I am, still thinking about Nocterra #1. Nocterra #1 is a solid first […]

A Visit To Panorama Island in The Strange Tale Of Panorama Island

A Visit To Panorama Island in The Strange Tale Of Panorama Island

Sometimes you have to gamble. The Strange Tale Of Panorama Island, an adults-only manga by Suehiro Maruo, is based on a story by Edogawa Ranpo (a pseudonym for Tarō Hirai, also a nod to Edgar Allan Poe), wasn't even on my radar until Deb Aoki retweeted it. I didn't recognize any of the authors, but […]

Commanders In Crisis #5: Dont Believe The Hype

Commanders In Crisis #5: Don't Believe The Hype

Image comic Commanders In Crisis returns this month with this issue, #5, being the start of a new story arc. What do owners Steve Orlando and Arancia Studio s.n.c. bring to the table this time around? Is this a good hopping on point? My partner and I re-read all five issues of Commanders In Crisis […]

Further Deconstructing The Metabarons

Further Deconstructing The Metabarons

Deconstructing The Metabarons from Humanoids isn't what I expected. I expected a scholarly dissection of what is now referred to as the First Cycle of the iconic science fiction comic. (I wrote about the Second Cycle of the Metabarons here if you're interested.) Deconstructing The Metabarons isn't that. It's a collection of anecdotes, biographies, sketches, and […]

Luna Issue 1: A Bad Trip In A Good Way

Luna Issue 1: A Bad Trip, In A Good Way

Before I begin: Luna #1 has a sex scene that involves surprise (but apparently not unwelcome) knife play. When Boom! prints on the back cover that Luna is suggested for Mature Readers, they mean it. (Forgive us, newly promoted Boom Studios Marketing Lead, Esther Kim, for spoiling a late-occurring element of Luna #1.) On with […]

A Look Through X-Ray Spex At X-Ray Robot

A Look Through X-Ray Spex At X-Ray Robot

If there's a more unabashedly COMICS title than X-Ray Robot, I'm not aware of it. It's tough to write about the Allred Family's work (Mike Allred and Laura Allred) and not write the word joy. X-Ray Robot is another piece of their joyous science fiction. Depending on how generous you are to X-Ray Robot, it's […]

Break-In: Some Thoughts On Home Sick Pilots 1 &#038 2

Break-In: Some Thoughts On Home Sick Pilots 1 & 2

The Limbo team returns after four to five years apart to a comic called Home Sick Pilots. Both of the principal creatives now enjoy a higher profile than before. Dan Watters wrote Lucifer, and Caspar Wijngaard drew Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra. So what's Home Sick Pilots about? Well, it's about a […]

Some Thoughts On The Seeds from Dark Horse Comics

Some Thoughts On The Seeds from Dark Horse Comics

It's dangerous to buy anything on name value alone (just ask Cyberpunk 2077 players), but sometimes, a person can be tempted. The Seeds, a comic from Ann Nocenti and David Aja, is that temptation. Nocenti's a world-traveling comics veteran, and Aja, you know, from his trend setting work on Marvel's Hawkeye. Eagle-eyed readers will note […]

James Hepplewhites Top 6 Comics Of 2020

James Hepplewhite's Top 6 Comics Of 2020

Here are my top 6 comics of what came out in 2020. 2020 was an awful year, but some great comics came out last year, and they're worth highlighting. There are links to where you can buy these comics if you click on the name. I tried to avoid Amazon, but alas, I couldn't find […]

Dark Horse Announce New Dave McKean Graphic Novel: Raptor

Dark Horse Announce New Dave McKean Graphic Novel: Raptor

Oregon-based comics publisher Dark Horse Comics announced Raptor: A Sokol Graphic Novel, a new original graphic novel from superstar artist Dave McKean, due out July 7, 2021. The OGN, Raptor: A Sokol Graphic Novel, isn't McKean's first rodeo with Dark Horse. Dark Horse previously published a lot of Dave McKean's catalog, including Black Dog: The […]

Theo Ellsworth To Adapt Jeff VanderMeers Short Story Secret Life

Theo Ellsworth To Adapt Jeff VanderMeer's Short Story Secret Life

Drawn & Quarterly, the Montreal-based comics publisher, announced that Theo Ellsworth (Capacity, Sleeper Car, and The Understanding Monster) would adapt Jeff VanderMeer's short story Secret Life as an OGN. VanderMeer (Annihilation, Borne, Veniss Underground), a long-time fiction writer, hinted at a comics project a week ago, and it would appear this is it. VanderMeer isn't […]

4 Thoughts On Overwatch: Tracer-London Calling #1 of 5

4 Thoughts On Overwatch: Tracer-London Calling #1 of 5

I used to play quite a bit of Overwatch when it first came out and was excited to see the team of Mariko Tamaki and Babs Tarr on an Overwatch comic. Therefore, I figured it'd be worth taking a look at what the team came up with. Forgive me. I used to write for a […]

A Single Collector Negotiates To Buy All King In Black Original Art

A Single Collector Negotiates To Buy All King In Black Original Art

Felix Lu of Felix Comic Art dropped a figurative bomb in his latest newsletter when he announced that he is in negotiation to sell all the original Ryan Stegman art (with inker JP Mayer) of Marvel's King In Black to a single buyer. Not just one issue. Every page of every issue of the King […]

Some Thoughts On American Ronin #2

Some Thoughts On American Ronin #2

In the first two years of Artists, Writers & Artisans Inc, they've released a number of series from some of comics' most reliable old hands. We've reviewed some. But none of their series intrigued me as much as American Ronin, the combination of veteran writer Peter Milligan and new-ish to the Western mainstream artist ACO. […]

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: […]