• The Fade Out #4, In Stores Tomorrow.
On Twitter, Ed Brubaker has confirmed
that the latest issue of The Fade Out
is in stores this week. I haven't found any previews online, but ComicBook.com
has an advance preview, providing a few panels and giving the issue an A grade.
On a somber note, Chase Magnett notes that the issue begins with a dedication to Elizabeth Breitweiser’s color flatting assistant Eduardo Navarro Lopez, who passed away on November 27th. Magnett concludes his review by writing that "it’s worth lingering a little while longer on each panel and examining how colors bring this story to life."
• More Criminal, Fade Out, and Velvet in March.
The same day
we noted the release of the Image Firsts edition of The Fade Out
#1, Sean Phillps posted an excerpt
of Image's solicitations
for March. We'll see "The Dead and the Dying," the third Criminal trade paperback reprinted by Image Comics, with a cover that complements the new editions for the previous two books.
Also scheduled for March is another issue of The Fade Out
and -- for Brubaker's retro spy comic Velvet -- the next issue and the second trade paperback collection, titled "The Secret Lives of Dead Men" and featuring a gorgeous cover
by Steve Epting.
Velvet #11 and Velvet Volume 2 are both scheduled for March 18th.
The Fade Out
#6 and Criminal
Volume 3 are both scheduled for March 25th.
• Brubaker Interview on The Criminal Special Edition.
On the subject of our favorite crime-comic anthology, at Comic Book Resources, Robot 6
posted a brief interview with writer Ed Brubaker, focusing on this month's upcoming Criminal
one-shot. He describes what makes the title unique among his collaborations with Sean Phillips, in that the book focuses on "violent character studies" and "tragic romances," and he mentions the challenge he has given Phillips in having to create an authentic look for comic within a comic -- a sword-and-sorcery comic from the 1970's.
(About that Conan pastiche, Phillips may have let us in on its title
, hand-lettered in Manga Studio: "By This Sword I Live!")
Brubaker also discusses the inspiration for the upcoming story.
The main idea for this is something that’s been percolating in my mind
for about 15 years, ever since I heard from an old editor that in the
’70s and ’80s, lots of prisoners had subscriptions to the more adult
comics magazines like Heavy Metal, Conan, Creepy, Eerie and Deadly Hands of Kung Fu,
stuff like that. And hearing that, I just had this image of a guy lying
in a cell, reading some black-and-white barbarian fantasy comic. And it
always stayed with me.
Brubaker already has ideas for what will come after The Fade Out
, but he likes the improvisation that comes with Image's five-year deal with himself and Phillips. He may alternate longer projects and shorter projects, and he writes, "The next Criminal
story is starting to fall into place in my notebooks finally, and it
grows out of this one-shot special, in a way, although it takes place
A story set years later, growing out of a one-shot set in prison? We wonder if it's the long-awaited
"Coward's Way Out."
• Velvet Tee-Shirt Evidently Canceled.
Looking back on the year that was, we recall reporting
in August on Image's November solicitations. It included merchandise for Brubaker and Epting's spy comic Velvet, specifically a tee-shirt that "demands respect."
We didn't remember seeing the shirt in stores, and we noticed that the shirt was listed as cancelled in ComicList's year-end extended forecast
. We reached out to Image Comics for any explanation why, but we did not get a reply as this blog entry went to press.
• Fatale, The Fade Out, and Brubaker Among the Year's Best.
Looking On a much more positive note to wrap up 2014, Image Comics posted a press release to trumpet that their creator-owned books "dominate"
critics' year-end lists. NPR named the Fatale
Deluxe Edition Volume 1 one of the Best Books of 2014. Multiversity Comics named The Fade Out
#1 as one of comics' best issues and named Ed Brubaker as one of comics' best writers.
We anticipate that this year will be at least as stellar, especially with a new Criminal
story just weeks away.
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