I Hate Fairyland #1
Written by Skottie Young
Art by Skottie Young
Colors by Jean-Francois Beauieu
Published by Image Comics
Do you ever worry that human beings will eventually use up all of the cool ideas?
It’s a silly fear that haunts the deep recesses of my mind from time to time that is constantly pushed further and further back as independent artists get to work on new properties. The latest example is I Hate Fairyland from Skottie Young over at Image Comics, based around a premise so neat and original that it’s downright annoying it only recently came into existence.
Not only does Steve Orlando’s Midnighter comic star a gay man, it tells blunt, sex-positive stories about that character. The main cast of characters in the upcoming main Avengers comic All-New, All-Different Avengers has only one white dude.
While there is still a lot of work on the road to a utopia of complete social justice, there is a trend of progressivism in some of today’s superhero comics that is impossible to ignore.
“There’s certainly a long way to go, but [the comics industry] is moving in the right direction,” said Orlando via phone interview on Oct. 23.
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Huck, an Image Comics series starting on Nov. 18, is very different in tone compared to much of their past work, but that just means more excitement for writer Mark Millar and artist Rafael Albuquerque.
“I like doing different things,” said Millar via Skype interview today. “In the past two, three years I have tried to mix things up.”
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An old, shady NSA agent creeps in on a young, adventurous and curious woman one night, asking her if she wants to help keep the biggest conspiracies in the world a secret. Elsewhere, a man who hasn’t slept in a decade recruits an ex-cop to solve a psychedelic murder mystery.
These universes can be found in Deep State and John Flood, two BOOM! Studios-published comics from Pennsylvania-based writer Justin Jordan, with respective art from Ariela Kristantina and Jorge Coelho.
“[Boom!] has been a good working relationship,” said Jordan via Skype interview. “The two books I’ve done for them so far are exactly what I wanted.”
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Tony Stark wasn’t always a hero; before he understood that his weapon creation was amorally buffing up the military industrial complex, he was a real detestable jerk who had more money, more fame, and more sex than any upstanding common man could be comfortable with. Superior Iron Man poses the following question: What would happen if the old, wildly selfish and ethically questionable Iron Man from before his heroic days was plopped into the modern Marvel continuity? This absolutely brilliant idea, made possible by weird, comic booky gobbledygook in the Axis comic event, digs deep into the character of Tony Stark. The first issue of this new series from the creative team of writer Tom Taylor (of Injustice: Gods Among Us and Earth 2 fame) and artist Yildiray Cinar, delivers on this fascinating concept in exemplary fashion. Superior Iron Man #1 prompts thought on one of the most beloved superheroes of today while still offering loads of explosive and aesthetically sleek joy.