More stories

  • in

    Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

    Why Are Christopher Nolan’s Movies So Fun to Argue About? The release of a Christopher Nolan movie, even one that “underperforms” at the box office like this week’sInterstellar, is by far the most fervently talked about work of art for several news cycles. Even in the face of constant barrages of Taylor Swift headlines, Nolan’s […] More

  • in

    ‘The Fade Out’ #3 – Classic take on classic Hollywood

    With issue #3, The Fade Out moves away from beaten-down protagonists Charlie Parish, shifting its spotlight on new characters while more familiar faces slide into the background. Using unexpected flashbacks and unique third-person narration, Brubaker reveals the complicated personalities of two additional characters at the opposite end of the Hollywood spectrum. The focus here is on Mr. Thursby (head of Victory Street Pictures who has been doing everything in his power to silence the true nature of Valeria Sommers’ death), and Maya Silver (a young actress hoping to replace Valeria’s lead role in an upcoming film). Ed Brubaker shows us more of the dirty side of the film industry, capturing the various power struggles and moral dilemmas that come with seeking fame and fortune. The scope of this series gets wider making it another winning chapter of a truly great comic. More

  • in

    SHIELD, HYDRA, and the Secret History of the CIA

    Ocsar Wilde championed the notion that life imitates art. He believed the old saying “results not merely from life’s imitative instinct, but from the fact that the self-conscious aim of Life is to find expression, and that Art offers it certain beautiful forms through which it may realize that energy.” Wilde was a miraculous writer […] More

  • in

    Critically acclaimed ‘Criminal’ comes to Image with one-shot and trade paperbacks

    Image Comics is thrilled to announce that Criminal, the award-winning series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, is finally returning to print in beautifully designed new editions, beginning in January. And to celebrate the return of the comic that solidified their reputations as Masters of Noir, Brubaker and Phillips, along with colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser, are […] More

  • media_john_wick_20140915
    in

    Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

    The Hype Cycle: Contenders Arrive in Theaters Excuse the absence in this column for the last few weeks. I’ve been covering the Chicago International Film Festival, catching up with a few of the Foreign Language Oscar contenders while there. Now however, many of these movies are finally making their ways into theaters, providing an extra […] More

  • in

    Ed Brubaker Reinvents Catwoman as an Anti-Hero and Champion of the Oppressed

    Catwoman #1-4 (2002) Written by Ed Brubaker Pencilled by Darwyn Cooke Inked by Mike Allred Colors by Matt Hollingsworth Published by DC Comics In “Anodyne”, the opening storyline of the long running third volume of Catwoman, Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke put a fresh new spin on the assumed dead Selina Kyle/Catwoman with the help of inker Mike Allred and […] More

  • in

    Brubaker & Phillips: A Team Like No Other

    Few creative types understand their collaborators’ work more than their own. Creative duos especially. Collaboration can be the most rewarding aspect of any artist’s career; it can also be frightening, tedious, and perhaps even frustrating. But every once in a while – be it film, music, visual art – a pair of collaborators come along […] More

  • in

    ‘The Fade Out’ #2 demonstrates a mastery of the noir genre

    Using the murder of a Hollywood starlet as a catalyst to expose the web of dark secrets that runs through the City of Angels, the award-winning team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have put together the most intriguing comic of 2014. Brubaker & Phillips’ new crime noir is just getting started but it is already destined to be a cult classic. Brubaker’s name has been synonymous with the noir genre from the very start of his career, but The Fade Out is different from his books that came before it. Set in the Hollywoodland era of the 1940s, with painstaking attention to historical detail, The Fade Out relishes in classic Hollywood tropes – so much so that every page looks like a storyboard from an Anthony Mann film. The Fade Out is clearly, a labor of love from its creative team who go the extra mile by assembling a series of supplementary content that really helps readers get into the mind set of the time. More

  • fadeout-cov-7ece9-104453
    in

    ‘Fade Out’ #1 – A modern masterpiece in the making

    Modern noir masterminds Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips begin their five-year deal with Image with the release of the first issue of The Fade Out, a sprawling saga of corruption and redemption set against a gritty West Coast backdrop. As the premiere storytellers of crime/noir comics, Fade Out actually marks their first trip into Hollywoodland, the never-innocent city of illusions. The Fade Out sees them return to the familiar conventions of ‘classic’ crime noir, and weaves a tangled web through the underbelly of a 1940’s film industry. More

  • in

    To Better Know a Hero: The Winter Soldier

    Real Name James ‘Bucky’ Buchanan Barnes aka The Winter Soldier First Appearance Captain America Comics #1, March 1941 Fun Fact Named after the 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan Powers & Abilities Advanced hand to hand combat skills. Advanced weapons training. Advance covert tactics. Fluent language skills. Equipped with a cybernetic arm granting […] More

  • in

    Five Best New Image Comics of 2014

    The 2014 Image Expo helped partially prove my theory that there is no longer a Big Two in comics, but a Big Three. At the Expo, a plethora of new titles stretching across different genres were announced along with news about popular creators, like Grant Morrison, Ed Brubaker, Jock, and Kyle Higgins working on new […] More

  • in

    Velvet #2 is a Dark, Action-Driven Spy Thriller

    Velvet #2 Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Steve Epting Colorist: Elizabeth Breitweiser Publisher: Image Comics Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting turned the  book starring the Star Spangled Avenger and (later) his sidekick Bucky Barnes into a full-time spy comic when they collaborated on Captain America, but they take things a step further in Velvet #2. They explore the dark underbelly of […] More

Load More
Congratulations. You've reached the end of the internet.