Monthly Archives: September 2007

That’s the Waid – Uh-huh, Uh-huh – I Like It

Potter’s Field #1
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Paul Azaceta
Colors: Nick Filardi
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Cover artists: J.G. Jones/Paul Azaceta
Editor: Marshall Dillon
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Price: $3.99 US

Boom! Studios has been solid small publisher in the comics industry for a couple of years now, but it really turned some heads at Comic-Con International San Diego this year when it announced that fan-favorite writer and former DC editor (a lifetime ago, it seems) Mark Waid had signed on as the publisher’s new editor-in-chief. It certainly seemed like a solid move, given the attention that Waid’s high profile brought and the expertise he brings to the job as well. Potter’s Field is not only Boom’s first big release in the wake of that announcement, but it’s also penned by the new editor-in-chief as well. Needless to say, Boom! Studios has a lot riding on this comic book, and fortunately, it lives up to expectations. I think what I most appreciated about Potter’s Field, other than the entertaining crime-drama storytelling, is the fact that it doesn’t mark a significant shift in direction for the publisher. It already offered a diverse array of material in its lineup, and Potter’s Field is just the latest addition. If you haven’t bothered to check out a Boom! release before, Potter’s Field is a good place to start.

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Everybody Hurds

Pictures of You original graphic novel
Writer: Damon Hurd
Artist/Cover artist: Tatiana Gill
Publisher: Alternative Comics
Price: $11.95 US

It’s been far too long since we’ve seen new comics work from indy, slice-of-life writer Damon Hurd, but those of us familiar with his short but universally strong list of previous work can take solace in the fact that the wait is almost over. Later this month, Alternative Comics will release Pictures of You, a followup to Hurd and artist Tatiana Gill’s previous collaboration, A Strange Day. That previous project chronicled the first meeting of a couple of kindred spirits, the beginning of a beautiful love story. Pictures of You is a prequel, following the same characters as they follow separate, sad paths the year before. Gill’s art isn’t the sort of clean, tight work that manga and super-hero genre readers are accustomed to, but it’s grounded and honest, more than compensating for any superficial inconsistencies. Readers will be hard pressed to feel disconnected from this story. There are universal elements at play that makes Pictures of You a compelling read. One can easily relate to pieces of the various characters, but really, that comes as no surprise. It’s what Damon Hurd does best.

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