I was pondering the other day how hard it is to keep a good independent comic series going. There are the creative struggles — how do you top yourself? how do you keep coming up with good ideas? — and the natural audience attrition. Sometimes making “just” another consistently good installment bores readers, who want more and better and different. Other times, a creator understandably wants to try something else, instead of committing years or decades to the same characters, […]
Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen, the creative team behind the moodily engrossing House of Secrets and the “meditation on creativity using Superman” book It’s a Bird…, have reunited for a look at Genius. First Second puts out so many great books for kids and teens that I think of them as an all-ages publisher, but Genius is clearly for adults. Not for any naughty content, but because the themes and fears expressed here aren’t going to resonate with younger […]
Agatha Heterodyne and the Siege of Mechanicsburg is the 12th volume in the Girl Genius series. I last talked about that comic with the sixth volume. In the five books in between, Agatha has been journeying through her ancestor’s fabled castle, a self-aware creation with a plethora of deathtraps and a split personality, and interacting with a motley gang of prisoners, geniuses, warriors, and imaginative creatures. Now, she’s finally taken control of the property, and the Doom Bell acknowledging her […]
Papercutz has an imprint for “top quality graphic entertainment for teens and adults” called Super Genius Comics that so far has only released wrestling comics. WWE Superstars puts wrestling names into comic-book situations. The one issue I tried, I found too much aimed at existing wrestling fans for it to be an enjoyable read, so I can’t speak much to the content. However, at the end of last year, the company put out an odd press release that was rather […]
The Girl Genius series of print collections has restarted its numbering after hitting 13 books. The new number one is titled Girl Genius: The Beast of the Rails: The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne, but the foundations were laid in that 13th book, Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City. (I last reviewed volume 12.) There, Agatha is kidnapped by one of the presumptive heirs to the Storm King title, Martellus, and taken through a portal to his fortress. Only something […]