The Comics Rope: 8th August 2011

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It’s been a pretty quiet week in the four colour world, but there’s no use in complaining. Let’s just dive into it as The Punisher relaunches and Spider-Man changes race.


It was all quiet on the comics front this week. There were a few Comics I Wish I Was Up To Date On (iZombie, Sweet Tooth, Jonah Hex) and a few Big Sellers (Flashpoint, Batman: Arkham City, S.H.I.E.L.D.). Ultimate Comics Fallout grabbed a heap of headlines, and came complete with a lazy polybag which was clearly a last minute addition. But the most notable releases this week were a bunch of new #1s.


The biggest #1 of the week was easily The Punisher #1 by Greg Rucka and Marco Checcetto. This release completes Marvel’s Big Shots series, a trifecta of ground-level superhero relaunches which began with Moon Knight #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev in May and continued with Daredevil #1 by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin last month. This series aims to reintroduce these characters to the Marvel Universe proper after years of being relegated to the deep, dark corners of obscurity, and The Punisher #1 succeeds in the same way Daredevil and Moon Knight did before it.

Moving away from the Big Two, Image Comics had two big-name #1s launch this week with the all-star The Infinite #1 by Robert Kirkman and Rob Liefeld, and Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft and Attila Futaki’s Severed #1. The Infinite does exactly what it says on the box; this is a comic that is written by Robert Kirkman and drawn by Rob Liefeld (not that there’s anything wrong with that). On the other hand, Severed is a new take on the american horror story that sets out to genuinely scare you, and is one of the more interesting new series out in recent times.


Snarked #0

I was sold on Snarked #0 the moment I saw the press release. This is a new comic by Roger Langridge (Thor: The Mighty Avenger, The Muppet Show) that costs $1. I didn’t need to hear anything else. I didn’t need to hear that it was based on characters from Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass. I didn’t need to see previews. I didn’t need advance reviews. This was a comic I was going to buy.

But setting such high expectations is a funny thing. There’s a good chance you’re setting yourself up for heartbreak. If you’re anything like me, you’ll build this book up to the point that nothing could meet those expectations. But sometimes, if you’re really, really lucky, you’ll end up with something that goes above and beyond any expectations you’ve set. That’s a pretty great feeling, and that’s exactly what Snarked #0 did for me.

Snarked #0 is an introduction to the new all-ages series being released by Kaboom! in October. It’s a story about Lewis Carroll’s Walrus and Carpenter, the princess, the prince and the unimaginable Snark. The main feature is a short story introducing the reader to Wilburforce J. Walrus, Clyde McDunk, Princess Scarlett and Prince Russell. It follows the Walrus and McDunk as they set out in search of a meal, meeting Princess Scarlett and Prince Russell along the way and setting up the story to come. It’s a fantastic little story and a great introduction to the universe Langridge is setting up for this story.

But Snarked #0 goes above and beyond what is necessary from a $1 issue, as the book is packed with bonus features, including a sketch book, a fake letters column, excerpts from the Princess’ diary and the Jabberwock newspaper as well as some puzzles and games for any kids you might be giving this comic to (buy a second copy, you’ll want one for yourself). But the real genius is the reprints of the two poems this book takes it’s entire inspiration from, Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of The Snark and The Walrus and The Carpenter, the latter of which features illustrations by Langridge himself. It’s not often you get more than what you paid for, but Snarked #0 really proves that it’s possible.


The highly anticipated first look at Anne Hathaway as Catwoman was released this week, although there is some discussion as to whether or not this is a bit of misdirection from the studio as she is only referred to as Selina Kyle in the press release. Either way, the image raises a lot of questions, the most obvious of which is how exactly Ms. Kyle managed to get her hands on the Bat-Pod. On a related note, the first image of Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel was released and it’s a lot closer to what you’d expect, and Telltale Games released more stills of their upcoming The Walking Dead game, showcasing the game’s environments.

And that’s the week in comics. From here I suggest you head to Dustin Harbin’s blog and check out the amazing There Is Always A Plane In The Sky, you won’t be disappointed.

There Is Always A Plane In The Sky by Dustin Harbin

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