KCCC 2016 – Interview with Valentine De Landro of “Bitch Planet”

KCCC 2016 – Interview with Valentine De Landro of “Bitch Planet”

Valentine De Landro hails from Toronto, and since beginning his professional career, he’s quickly become a fan favorite with his work for DC, IDW, Valiant, Dark Horse and Marvel, where he first caught readers’ eye with his stint on X-Factor.  He is the co-creator, with writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, of the brilliant and non-compliant Image title Bitch Planet. I sat down with fellow Canadian Valentine De Landro to talk about the book, his influences and…

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KCCC 2016: Interview with Legendary Artist Mike McKone

KCCC 2016: Interview with Legendary Artist Mike McKone

Hailing from Newcastle, Mike McKone has spent over two decades as an artist in comics. At age 19, he was hired by DC Comics to provide art for Justice League International, and since then he has provided stellar art on titles such as Teen Titans, 52, Amazing Spider-Man and the “Avengers – Endless Wartime” original graphic novel written by Warren Ellis. I caught up with McKone at Kansas City Comic Con to chat about how he…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Kingsway West #1 – Six-Guns and Dragons

ADVANCE REVIEW: Kingsway West #1 – Six-Guns and Dragons

Kingsway West #1 has the virtue of being unique, I’ll give it that. Created and written by Greg Pak, the series takes place in an alternate version of the old West, suffused with magic and the supernatural, the action taking place in a radically different frontier that’s recovering form a thirteen year war. In this world, the West coast of America is ruled by a Chinese nation known as the Golden Mountain Empire, who warred with…

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REVIEW: All-Star Batman #1 – The Dark Knight Out of His Element, and Under the Gun

REVIEW: All-Star Batman #1 – The Dark Knight Out of His Element, and Under the Gun

All-Star Batman #1 comes with a lot of baggage. First, it’s written by Scott Snyder, who just completed a five-year run on the main Batman title which could be best described as seminal and may arguably be the definitive take on the modern iteration of the character (until the next one comes along). Snyder’s mission for this All-Star book, in part, is to work with the best artists in the biz, and issue one finds…

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REVIEW: Deathstroke – Rebirth #1 – Priest Returns to the Fold

REVIEW: Deathstroke – Rebirth #1 – Priest Returns to the Fold

Deathstroke – Rebirth #1 deserves attention for a lot of reasons, not least that it heralds the return of a writer who has been absent from the comics medium for far too long, namely Christopher Priest (who goes by the singular “Priest”). It’s been a long time since he was on a book for the big two publishers, and it’s therefore easy to forget there was time when his voice was one of mainstream comics’ most…

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REVIEW: James Bond #8 – Bland, James Bland

REVIEW: James Bond #8 – Bland, James Bland

Warren Ellis is a great writer, and a perfect fit to adapt James Bond into comic book form. He’s got a facility with conspiracy and with the kind of fetishistic qualities of the Bond series, both as a film franchise and in the original literary form as written by Ian Fleming. He’s skilled at constructing action set pieces, and is one of the best comic writers around when it comes to structure and shape, especially…

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REVIEW: Battlestar Galactica #1 – A Classic Returns, By Your Command

REVIEW: Battlestar Galactica #1 – A Classic Returns, By Your Command

In 1978, following the incredible success of “Star Wars”, ABC debuted their stab at space opera, Battlestar Galactica. Though the series was initially successful, it also was mind-bogglingly expensive, and probably too derivative of “Star Wars” to differentiate itself. But over time, it has built a following, serving as the inspiration for a critically acclaimed reimagining that outshone its source material. Now, things have come full circle, as writer Cullen Bunn and penciler Alex Sanchez…

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REVIEW: Nightwing – Rebirth #1 – Too Much Epilogue, Not Enough Prologue

REVIEW: Nightwing – Rebirth #1 – Too Much Epilogue, Not Enough Prologue

I’ve been confused as to what DC thinks these “Rebirth” one-shots are supposed to be, and Nightwing – Rebirth #1 is maybe the most baffling of the lot. To me, they suggest a jumping-on point, a prelude to the new direction a series is going to take following the soft reboot that is “Rebirth.” At the very least, it should be somewhat enticing to new readers, or readers coming back to a character after an absence….

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REVIEW: Action Comics # 959 – Old-School Superman Brings a Fresh Feeling Back to Action

REVIEW: Action Comics # 959 – Old-School Superman Brings a Fresh Feeling Back to Action

Action Comics #959 feels like a Superman story. And that’s a welcome thing as far as I’m concerned. For most of the character’s run during the New 52 era (Grant Morrison’s early run aside) I felt like writers were often going against the grain, trying in vain to make their Superman not feel like Superman. There’s a perception that the Man of Steel is too old-fashioned, too earnest, too vanilla to succeed in this modern…

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Advance Review: Kill or be Killed #1 – Gritty, Captivating, Brilliant

Advance Review: Kill or be Killed #1 – Gritty, Captivating, Brilliant

It’s hard to think of a creative team in the world of comics with a better batting average than Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Pretty much every single thing they’ve worked on together is pure gold. Their latest, Kill or be Killed #1, is no exception. For fans of tough, gritty crime stories that push against the boundaries of the genre while exemplifying the best of it, their stuff has been immensely satisfying and always…

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