Best Comic Books of 2018!

I read 88 graphic novels and countless comic books in 2018.  These were my favorites…

Best Comic Books Of 2018!

Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerards

Scott Free is the greatest escape artist who ever lived. So great, he escaped Granny Goodness’ gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made quite a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, who has counted him among its ranks.

You might say Scott Free has everything–so why isn’t it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick–except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out.

Best Comic Books Of 2018!

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

The multiple Eisner Award-winning series returns with a spacefaring adventure about fake news and genuine terror. Get ready for the most shocking, most impactful SAGA storyline yet.

Best Comic Books Of 2018!

Friendo by Alex Paknadel and Martin Simmonds

Leo wasn’t allowed toys as a kid, but now that he’s all grown up he’s going to take yours. He used to play by the rules, but then governments and corporations set fire to the rules and still expected him to behave. He probably would have if it hadn’t been for his new friend Jerry. See, Jerry isn’t human; he’s a personalised marketing VR… and he’s malfunctioning.

Best Comic Books Of 2018!

Monstress by Marjorie M. Lai and Sana Takeda

Maika has spent most of her life learning how to fight, but how will she fare when the only way to save her life… is to make friends?

Best Comic Books Of 2018!

Spider-Men II by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli

The sequel five years in the making! The first time the Amazing Peter Parker and the Ultimate Miles Morales met, things ended with a question – who is the Miles Morales of the Marvel Universe?! Now that the Miles you know and love shares a world with Peter in the mainstream MU, you’re finally going to get that answer! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…because as the mystery deepens, the wall-crawling wonders will be targeted by Taskmaster! 

Best Comic Books Of 2018!

Cyanide & Happiness: A Guide To Parenting By Three Guys With No Kids by Kris Wilson, Rob Denbleyker, and Dave McElfatrick

Finally, a definitive and reliable manual that demystifies the complicated world of parenting while delivering crucial tips and sage advice—all from three guys who make comics instead of children. This informative guide for breeders tackles all the big parenting issues: Finding messages in your alphabet soup, drawing the perfect hand turkey, getting away with kidnapping, telling your kids you don’t love them anymore, and making out with your kid’s best friend’s dad.

Best Comic Books Of 2018!

The Fix by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber

Roy makes a big breakthrough in his murder investigation, while Mac is out for justice.

Best Comic Books Of 2018!

Wasted Space by Michael Moreci and Hayden Sherman

“Billy Bane is a prophet who got it all wrong, and the galaxy has been burning ever since. All he wants is to waste away in the darkest corner of space with his best pal Dust, a supercharged Fuq bot. But when a new prophet comes calling, Billy is summoned to save the galaxy he’s at least partially responsible for destroying. 

Best Comic Books Of 2018!

All the Answers by Michael Kupperman

In this moving graphic memoir, Eisner Award-winning writer and artist Michael Kupperman traces the life of his reclusive father—the once-world-famous Joel Kupperman, Quiz Kid. That his father is slipping into dementia—seems to embrace it, really—means that the past he would never talk about might be erased forever.

Joel Kupperman became one of the most famous children in America during World War II as one of the young geniuses on the series Quiz Kids. With the uncanny ability to perform complex math problems in his head, Joel endeared himself to audiences across the country and became a national obsession. Following a childhood spent in the public eye, only to then fall victim to the same public’s derision, Joel deliberately spent the remainder of his life removed from the world at large.

With wit and heart, Michael Kupperman presents a fascinating account of mid-century radio and early television history, the pro-Jewish propaganda entertainment used to counteract anti-Semitism, and the early age of modern celebrity culture.

Best Comic Books Of 2018!

Hot Lunch Special by Eliot Rahal, Jorge Fornes, and Mike Marts

A midwestern noir series set in the harsh landscape of the northern Minnesota Iron Range―Hot Lunch Special is all about family, food and the fight for survival. 

The Khourys are a classic immigrant success story: A fractious and quarrelsome Lebanese family who carved their slice of the American Dream by becoming the largest distributors of vending machine sandwiches in the upper northern Midwest.

Unfortunately, the Khourys gains have been ill-gotten and a branch of the Chicago Irish Mob has come back to collect a past debt. Fealty is demanded, shots are fired, and long-hidden family secrets are fully revealed. Now, Dorothy Khoury, the daughter of the family patriarch is forced to unite her splintered bloodline and fight back.

Only one question is worth asking…is blood thicker than sandwiches?

Best Comic Books Of 2018!

Infidel by Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell

A haunted house story for the 21st century, INFIDEL follows an American Muslim woman and her multi-racial neighbors who move into a building haunted by entities that feed off xenophobia. 

Best Comic Books Of 2018!

My Boyfriend is a Bear by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris

The delightful story of Nora who, after a succession of terrible boyfriends, finds a much happier relationship with a 500-pound American black bear. 

July 11, 2018: Best Comic Book Covers of the Week!

These were my favorites…

July 11, 2018: Best Comic Book Covers Of The Week!

Domino #4 (cover art by Greg Land)

July 11, 2018: Best Comic Book Covers Of The Week!

Jirni Vol. 3, #5 (cover art by Michael Santamaria, John Starr)

July 11, 2018: Best Comic Book Covers Of The Week!

The New Mutants: Dead Souls #5 (cover art by Ryan Stegman)

July 11, 2018: Best Comic Book Covers Of The Week!

Old Man Logan Vol. 7: Scarlet Samurai (cover art by Mukesh Singh)

July 11, 2018: Best Comic Book Covers Of The Week!

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 3: Remastered (cover art by Ashley Witter)

July 11, 2018: Best Comic Book Covers Of The Week!

The Dead Hand #4 (cover art by Jordie Bellaire)

And which were your favorites?

July 2, 2018: On Spoilers!

Oh, teasers are teasers and spoilers are spoilers and never the twain shall meet.

The subject of spoilers came up the other day after a New York Times article essentially spoiled the ending to DC Comics’ big Batman/Catwoman wedding storyline.  Not only did they spoil it, they spoiled it in the damn headline!  Fan response was…heated.  Comic shops that had pre-ordered copies were suddenly left holding the bag (and board to ensure its contents remain in mint condition!) as readers responded by cancelling their planned purchases.  Twitter was ablaze with a furious fandom who felt betrayed by either the book’s ending and/or the decision to reveal said ending days before the title dropped.

To be fair, it was a curious PR call.  I mean, I understand the great buzz that would follow a feature profile in the New York Times, but surely that could have been achieved without ruining the ending.  It’s not like you’re going to convince new readers to check out a movie, t.v. show, or book by saving them the trouble of actually watching/reading.  I honestly don’t get it.

On the other hand, there are productions that guard against any and all pre-release reveals with merciless determination.  Many an extra and crew member has been fired, publicly pilloried, and, on occasion, even sued for posting what they deemed a perfectly innocent pic on their instagram page, or made mention of a seemingly innocuous onscreen development on twitter.  In some cases, I get it.  In others, not really.  For me, it comes down to the difference between a spoiler and a teaser.

And what is that difference?  Oh, that’s easy.  A spoiler spoils viewers while a teaser simply teases them.  I know, I know.  Where to draw the line?  It varies from production to production, viewer to viewer, but I’ve personally always been very forgiving when it comes to on-set posts and pictures so long as they don’t reveal any major plot twists or surprises.  For example, a photo of a presumably deceased character on set would, by my definition, be considered a spoiler.  Photos of our series regulars in action would not.  Yes to sneak peeks of most concept art, costumes, visual effects designs and props because I want to get viewers excited in the lead-up to the episodes – and hopefully intrigue some new viewers as well – rather than wait until after the episode airs at which point these visual tidbits are rendered mere points of interest for the hardcore fans.  No to major reveals – like that new Android costume or a shot of SIX back on the ship after his apparent departure in Episode 303.

I think that’s reasonable.

Inciting a full-scale rebellion among your fandom probably isn’t.  But then again, I’m not the one with the marketing degree.

My Top 5 Stargate Spoilers

#5 – The Curse: Dr. Daniel Jackson reconnects with some people from his past, one of who, it turns out, has been taken over by a goa’uld.  Who could it be?  Well, if you watched the broadcast promo, you’d note a fiery-eyed Anna-Louise Plowman using a goa’uld hand device to blast our heroes.  A dead giveaway.

#4 – Apophis episode: Don’t recall which episode, but the network aired a promo that included a scene of Apophis actor, the amazing Peter Williams, snapping orders.  Only problem was they inexplicably used raw footage in which the actor’s voice had yet to be flanged to achieve that ominous goa’uld delivery.  As a result, mystified viewers were treated to a uniquely terrestrial-sounding System Lord with a slight Jamaican lilt.

#3 – Solitudes: A gate mishaps strands Sam and Jack on an icy wasteland.  Stargate Command races to locate them.  Where could they be?  Well, if the SGC had merely consulted TV Guide before the episode aired, they would have learned Antarctica and saved themselves the time and effort.

#2 – Kindred I: Another network promo totally ruins a surprise the production had kept under careful wraps for almost a year.  “You won’t believe the last five minutes!”says the voice-over, at which point we are treated to a shot of a once-dead, now very much alive Carson Beckett asking Sheppard and his team: “What took you so long?!”.

#1 – Forever In A Day: The German title for this episode is “Sha’re Ist Tod”.  Translation: Sha’re Is Dead.  But maybe not!  Ah, who am I trying to kid?

June 26, 2018: 13 of the Most Insidiously Evil Organizations!

June 26, 2018: 13 Of The Most Insidiously Evil Organizations!

A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics)

What’s Their Deal?

An off-shoot of Hydra, they’re a terrorist organization run by science-minded nerds unfettered by things like morals, ethics, and laws.

How Low Can They Go?

Their distinct yellow uniforms ensures they are constantly being mistaken for rogue beekeepers.  Also, in addition to creating the reality-altering cosmic cube, they also created M.O.D.O.K., a living computer with a giant head and tiny baby feet.

Shocking Twist!

Big Head Baby Feet?  He’s their leader now.

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June 26, 2018: 13 Of The Most Insidiously Evil Organizations!

Cobra

What’s Their Deal?

World domination and international arms dealing under the direction of the aptly named Cobra Commander.

How Low Can They Go?

Released ultrasonic waves from their underwater base in the Gulf of Mexico, devastating the surrounding marine life.  Also, once held a telethon (the equally aptly named Cobrathon) to raise money from fellow criminals so they could target and destroy law enforcement computers.

Shocking Twist!

Cobra Commander kills his own son, Billy, with a poison dart, then hoists his corpse up a flagpole for the Joes to find.

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June 26, 2018: 13 Of The Most Insidiously Evil Organizations!

The Hand

What’s Their Deal?

Black magic-wielding ninja operatives who serve a demon called the Beast.

How Low Can They Go?

Stole Elektra’s corpse in an attempt to resurrect her and turn her to their cause.

Shocking Twist!

Daredevil accepts their offer and becomes their leader.

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June 26, 2018: 13 Of The Most Insidiously Evil Organizations!

H.A.M.M.E.R.

What’s Their Deal?

Created by noted philanthropist Norman Osborn as a substitute for S.H.I.E.L.D. during the post-Skrull Invasion, this government-sanctioned organization abused its authority, using the superpowered Dark Avengers as muscle.

How Low Can They Go?

Lead an unsanctioned attack on Asgard after framing Volstagg for a civilian massacre engineered by Osborn himself.

Shocking Twist!

Osborn has Bullseye kill Sentry’s wife because he considers her a source of weakness.  Bullseye accomplishes this task by choking her and then tossing her out of a helicopter.

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June 26, 2018: 13 Of The Most Insidiously Evil Organizations!

H.I.V.E.

What’s Their Deal?

The Hierarchy of International Vengeance and Extermination.  That about sums it up.

How Low Can They Go?

The organization’s leader, HIVE Master, was murdered by his wife, HIVE Mistress, who took over and then, when facing defeat at the hands of The Teen Titans, killed herself and a bunch of scientists in their undersea headquarters.  What a sore loser.

Shocking Twist!

Deathstroke, under contract to H.I.V.E., uses Terra to infiltrate The Teen Titans!

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June 26, 2018: 13 Of The Most Insidiously Evil Organizations!

Hydra

What’s Their Deal?

They’re a terrorist organization with roots in the Axis Powers of World War II.

Hail, HYDRA! Immortal HYDRA! We shall never be destroyed! Cut off a limb, and two more shall take its place! We serve none but the Master—as the world shall soon serve us! Hail HYDRA! – Hydra oath

How Low Can They Go?

Killed Wolverine, resurrected him with the help of The Hand, then sicced him on his former friends.

Shocking Twist!

One of its longtime leaders, Madame Hydra, was really…a sleeper agent working for Hydra’s ancient enemy Leviathan!  Another one of its other leaders, Kraken, was really…Nick Fury’s younger angrier bother Jake!  Also,  a number of its members were…skrulls!  And one of its most infamous deep undercover agents was none other than…Captain America!  But then he wasn’t.

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June 26, 2018: 13 Of The Most Insidiously Evil Organizations!

Intergang

What’s Their Deal?

Metropolis-based crime syndicate outfitted with advanced tech and weaponry courtesy of Darkseid.

How Low Can They Go?

Leader Bruno Manheim punished those who refuse to join Intergang by eating them.

Shocking Twist!

Boss Moxie has his neck snapped by Superboy-Prime.  Yep, that was him.

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League of Assassins

What’s Their Deal?

Aka The Society of Assassins, aka The League of Shadows, aka The Society of Shadows.  An international cult-like guild of trained killers led by Ra’s al Ghul.

How Low Can They Go?

Wiped out an entire pod of sperm whales in order to harvest their wombs so that Ra’s al Ghul could use them to grow a cadre of genetically-altered assassins.

Shocking Twist!

Batgirl is killed by the fearsome Mad Dog, then resurrected in a Lazarus Pit by Lady Shiva.

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June 26, 2018: 13 Of The Most Insidiously Evil Organizations!

LEXCORP

What’s Their Deal?

With its headquarters in beautiful LexCorp Tower located in bustling Metropolis, this mega-corp is owned and operated by Lex Luthor.  Its front as a legitimate ruthless business operation belies its true nature as a ruthless criminal operation.

How Low Can They Go?

Its employment charter specifically prohibited LexCorp employees from rendering Superman any manner of assistance.

Shocking Twist!

Company CEO and grandstanding business magnate Lex Luthor becomes President of the United States – only to be forced out for abuse of power after three years in office.  He goes bankrupt, and see LexCorp’s assets sold to the Wayne Foundation.

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June 26, 2018: 13 Of The Most Insidiously Evil Organizations!

OSCORP

What’s Their Deal?

Formerly known as Osborn Industries, it is a megacorporation,  specializing in defense weaponry, under the direction of CEO Norman Osborn.

How Low Can They Go?

Norman gained control of the company, and the goblin formula, by ensuring his business partner, Mendel Stromm, was locked up for embezzlement.  Yes, he was technically guilty but, in all fairness, his strength was chemicals and robots, not accounting.

Shocking Twist!

Allan Chemicals merged with Oscorp, giving rise to the Alchemax Corporation.  Its CEO, Liz Parker, hires a man named Mason Banks who, it turns out, is actually Norman Osborn in disguise.  It turns out he has secretly orchestrated the takeover.

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June 26, 2018: 13 Of The Most Insidiously Evil Organizations!

Roxxon

What’s Their Deal?

Roxxon Energy Corporation (formerly Roxxon Oil Company) seeks world domination through a world-wide energy monopoly.

How Low Can They Go?

Arranged the deaths of Tony Stark’s parents, Howard and Maria Stark.  Also, after microwave radiation from their satellite Star Well 1 killed over 200 inhabitants of Allantown, Iowa, Roxxon covered their asses by passing the incident off as an Anthrax scare – then hosted a celebrity golf tournament for the town’s survivors.

Shocking Twist!

Jonas Hale, Executive VP and Head of Research, is named after the actor who played the Skipper on Gilligan’s island!

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June 26, 2018: 13 Of The Most Insidiously Evil Organizations!

Sinestro Corps

What’s Their Deal?

They’re the anti-Green Lantern Corps, made up of Qwardian Yellow Power ring-wielding members committed to the propagation of fear.

How Low Can They Go?

The Corps’ surprise assault on Earth and their massacre of a multitude of Green Lanterns evidenced, not by witnessing the killings, but the sight of innumerable Lantern rings flying through space in search of new and worthy bearers.

Shocking Twist!

Sinestros’ ringer revealed at the end of Sinestro Corps War Special #1 = none other than the Anti-Monitor.

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June 26, 2018: 13 Of The Most Insidiously Evil Organizations!

SYFY

What’s Their Deal?

Basic cable and satellite channel featuring fantasy, horror, supernatural, paranormal, drama, and reality programming.  Occasionally, science fiction.

How Low Can They Go?

Proclaimed their commitment to science fiction and fandom, even went so far as to adopt a new catchphrase #ItsAFanThing, then canceled sci-fi fan favorites Dark Matter and The Expanse.

Shocking Twist!

That guy making the programming decisions?  He’s really just a monkey picking random chits out of a top hat.

May 23, 2018: Comic Book Covers of the Week!

My favorites…

May 23, 2018: Comic Book Covers Of The Week!

Achilles, Inc. #1 (cover art by Daniel Maine)

May 23, 2018: Comic Book Covers Of The Week!

Doctor Strange #390 (cover art by Mike Del Mundo)

May 23, 2018: Comic Book Covers Of The Week!

Falcon #8 (cover art by Jay Anacieto)

May 23, 2018: Comic Book Covers Of The Week!

Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #1 (cover art by Skan)

May 23, 2018: Comic Book Covers Of The Week!

Star Wars #28 (cover art by David Marquez)

What did you like?  What did I miss?