Instead of arguing about the ending of a telly programme you could be enjoying good comics

GAME OF THRONES is over. There’s ages till the next WEST WORLD. Put down that remote and get thee you your local comics shop, library, Comixology, or Amazon and get into some great comics. Here’s some I’ve been enjoying

Firefly - The Unification War Volume 1

Firefly
This ongoing picks up where the TV series left off. Greg Pak has the dialog dialled in. It’s funny and smarter than it looks

Gunning for hist music thriller. Issue One

Gunning For Hits
An A&R man with a shady past. A Bowie-esque star mining a talented up and comer for hits. Snappy dialog and fascinating endmatter. This is a great book.

West Coast Avengers
I wrote about this a while back and the book has since been cancelled. But there are two really good trade paperbacks you can keep and re-read forever.

The Wicked + The Divine

The Wicked + The Divine
Every 90 years 12 gods are reincarnated. They are loved and hated. Within two years they’re all be dead. It’s good, people.

Steve Rogers, PR Disaster

Captain America saying: Well, I say America is nothing! Without its ideals--its commitment to the freedom of all men, America is a piece of trash! A nation is nothing! A flag is a piece of cloth!!

via jwz, this story about Captain America’s SHIELD assigned publicist is an inspired contrast to Ultimate Marvel’s Steve Rogers.

Worst case scenario, maybe Steve Rogers had come out of the ice with certain old-timey values intact—your standard-issue racist grandpa, only hot. … If Rogers turned out to be religiously intolerant or homophobic or prone to condescending remarks about women, if he needed constant coaching to adjust to the modern world, well, Eva could deal with it from atop her giant pile of money. She would explain Twitter every day if she needed to.

Captain America. Seriously. Easy Street.

 “Steve, I can’t force you not to go, but if Captain America gets arrested at a protest, it’s going to get a lot of attention—”

Steve coughed politely.

“That’s…kind of the point of a protest,” he said.

‘Well,’ thought Eva, ‘Shit.

Phil Noto is back drawing a Star Wars book

The actual STAR WARS book, in fact. Also, Greg Pak!

Phil Noto is the artist that helped me really pay attention to the artwork in comics. I think I discovered his work via Dan Benjamin on BACK TO WORK podcast. His take on the 60’s Marvel heroes was spot-on.

In the last few years I’ve purchased costly but well worth it floppy editions of many of the titles he’s drawn. BLACK WIDOW and the CHEWBACCA limited series were my favourites.

This week it was announced that Noto and Greg Pak will be taking over the main, totes canonical STAR WARS book when Kieron Gillen and Angel Unzueta step down.

Greg Pak! He wrote WORLD WAR HULK. The one where the Hulk is exiled into space, prints enough pamphlets to start a revolution, comes back to Earth and beats up literally everyone. This is a great fucking team!

I’ve been been following STAR WARS on and off via Marvel Unlimited. It’s going back on my pull list at Graphic from issue 68.

Reading: WEST COAST AVENGERS (2017)

Kelly Thompson’s run on HAWKEYE was really good and I was sad when it was cancelled. Fortunately her new WEST COAST AVENGERS book has been just as much fun so far.

The first issue starts with land sharks marauding across LA and continues with a giant Tigra invading from the sea. The team features the good Hawkeye and Hawkguy, Gwenpool, America Chavez, and Quentin Quire.

What more do you need to convince you? Get thee to your local comic book store.