Had some time this morning to sit down and read a couple of the books that I purchased yesterday: Captain America #8 and Simone Bianchi and Mark Millar’s Sharkey The Bounty Hunter #1.
Sharkey The Bounty Hunter #1 (Volume #1 | 2019)
Now, I wasn’t immediately drawn to the name “Sharkey The Bounty Hunter” or its science fiction kid/parent dynamic premise but decided to give it a chance since I am a big fan of Mark Millar related properties…and I’m glad I did. In addition, Italian artist Simone Bianchi’s art clearly stands out in more ways than one.
I know that last sentence is pretty vague but do ask me about it if ever we meet up in person.
As a way to join in on the collective efforts of the comic book community, I have donated this original inked Superior page (Issue #4 | Page #15) and left it with the kind people of Druid’s Keep/DK Collectibles, Inc. over at their Fort branch.
Art by Leinil Francis Yu and inked by Gerry Alanguilan, Superior (2010) holds the Guinness Book of World Records for being the fastest comic ever produced as well as having the most number of creators working on a single comic.
Sir Gerry signed the piece at the Komikero Komiks Museum in San Pablo City on August 13, 2016, while Leinil added his signature during Free Comic Book Day 2017 at Filbar’s Megamall.
First-time comic book writer Zack Kaplan had been making comic book pitches for a number of years before Top Cow Productions’ President and Chief Operating Officer Matt Hawkins gave him his big break. The pitch–and I am paraphrasing here–probably went something like this.
Eclipse is a science fiction, murder mystery set 10 years from now where the world as we know it has changed. Sunspots have made the rays of the sun lethal to organic life[i] and civilization is now forced to live underground. Several murders have also been discovered with the main suspect (a vigilante?) somehow unaffected by the killer sun.
Hope I did that some justice.
Now Zack was tasked to find an artist for the then projected 4-part mini series. He looked through several portfolios and decided on Italian artist Giovanni P. Timpano who had done work with a number of franchise properties such as G.I. Joe: Infestation, The Shadow, and The Lone Ranger/Green Hornet. However, there was a catch–Giovanni was committed to another project for the next five months. Top Cow informed Zack that he would either have to wait for Giovanni or go with another artist. But in his mind, Zack felt that waiting another five months for Giovanni was the right thing to do for the book.
It was; the Eclipse creative team was formed and they haven’t looked back since.
What I like most about this book is the world building as well as the transparency of the creative process detailed at the end of each issue. In the first arc[ii], the writer (Kaplan), artist (Timpano), colorist (Chris Northrop), and letterer (Troy Peteri) all take turns in sharing their experiences in putting Eclipse together.
[i] But according to Zack, the scorching heat has not affected water.
[ii] If you guys haven’t had a chance to read Eclipse, Image Comics released the the trade paperback last February and Issue #6 is scheduled to be released on May 20, 2017.
While on an out-of-town trip with some friends, we decided to stop by SM City San Pablo for lunch. It was our first time there and SM sure made the most of their lot. They had their staple department store and grocery sections but only an exiguous number of restaurants.
The good thing though is that SM City San Pablo did manage to squeeze in a small branch of Booksale among their many lessees. Highest marks SM! Anyway, I found a copy of PowersVolume 4: Supergroup and Volume 5: Anarchy[i] and decided to pick them up largely because of the Powers double-splash page homage that writer Joshua Williamson and artist Mike Henderson put into Nailbiter #7[ii].
What then is Powers? To be honest, I didn’t know much past it being a Brian Michael Bendis book. It turns out that Bendis and Powers artist Michael Avon Oeming use a very generous–and I do mean generous–amount of panels to convey a scene.
I think by the time I am done reading these Powers books, I’d have my own Powers homage layout in mind for a future issue of ObIsessions.
[i] The following day, I found and purchased Powers Volume 2: Role-play in Booksale’s V-Mall branch. Anyone know where I can get my hands on Volume 1: Who Killed Retro Girl and Volume 3: Little Deaths? This is a nice little quest since I don’t usually buy physical TPB’s anymore. You know, lack of space and all.
[ii] If you haven’t read that issue yet, put down what your doing right now and read Nailbiter. Their 30-issue run ended last March 2017.
With what has become an annual event, the #AntFam marched to the 36th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) at the SMX Convention Center with excitement in our eyes: Indy gushed at the overwhelming sight of all the books; Daryl made a bee-line for the nearest adult colouring books; while I headed for Fully Booked’s impressive graphic novel section.
Fully Booked’s Instagram account gave me a head’s up on what to expect: a formidable selection of Marvel, DC Comics, and Independent books. I immediate scanned the Batman and Spider-Man sections and the first trade paperback caught my eye was Judd Winick’s Batman: Under The Red Hood. For those of you that may not know, the character of Jason Todd (The Red Hood), the second Robin, was killed off in the late 80’s and remained in that state until he was resurrected in 2005. I didn’t think anything of it until my interest in the character was piqued when I finished Batman: Arkham Knight and subsequently completed the DLC (Downloadable Content) Red Hood Story Pack. It really helps when you give the character an actual voice (Doesn’t he sound so much like Anakin Skywalker when he rants?) but I digress–I had been looking for the Batman: Under The Red Hood TPB for quite some time now and I finally held it in my hand.[i]
I took a moment and looked around; it seemed as if every people I saw had anywhere between two to five books under their arms. I guess when twenty percent is knocked off any price tag, it just makes our ability to spend seemingly more judicious. I finished off my book haul for this year’s book fair with a Batman: Arkham Origins Limited Edition Strategy Guide[ii] and Idan Ravin’s The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Heads of Basketball’s Best Players.[iii]