Sunday, July 3, 2022

Brendan McGinley:


Image brings the script of Robert Kirkman’s successful super-hero tale Invincible to print in this bare bones script book for #1-6. Then, fantasy writer Tad Williams joins the DC crew as the writer behind The Next, a cute but cerebral super-hero story.



Invincible Script Book

A bare-bones compilation of the scripts from Invincible #1-6. No sketches, no annotations, just pure, bang, out-of-the-gate script text from the first to last page. A script book’s always for completists anyway, who don’t necessarily need goodies, but it’s still a bit stark.

A fresh Cory Walker cover provides the whole of the book’s art. Robert Kirkman is a good, concise writer, so the real recommended audience for this book is aspiring comic authors who want to know how to communicate intentions to the artist while giving him or her room to breathe.








The Next

Every few years, DC puts out some amazing superhero book that’ll hit cult status and probably get canceled well after expectations, but well before its time. Major Bummer, Chase, Young Heroes in Love, Aztek… titles that all fell victim to a readership that by and large, has all the super-heroes it wants.

Welcome to that club, then, The Next, a cute, cerebral book written by Tad Williams and drawn by Dietrich Smith, and wish it longevity.

A group of extra-dimensional waifs on the run from their oppressive governing council, The Iron Ring, for the deadly crime of individual thought, chases their dog (“He’s actually not a dog, he’s a rehearsed concept – an algorithm with some free will…”) to Earth, saves a young lady named Monikka, in the process, binding themselves here and ripping a hole in time-space. “You are my friend now,” one clucks cheerily to her, “I will definitely give you this body when I’m done with it.”

Happy sailing, friends.



Brendan McGinley is a long-time writer for ComicBase. His comic favorites include anything featuring Grim Jack, Punisher, Guy Gardner, Green Lantern, or written buy Evan Dorkin, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Deadpool… and the list goes on. But he insists he is of discriminating tastes.

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