With Captain America: The Winter Soldier debuting in theaters this weekend, it’s the perfect time for me to interview Steve Pugh, artist on Marvel’s All-New Invaders, featuring Cap as one of its stars! We talk about how this assignment came to be and what he enjoys about his work on this revival of one of the company’s classic teams! We also chat briefly about the recent conclusion of DC’s Animal Man ongoing series and Hotwire, how I was introduced to his writing and art. Don’t miss my interview with writer/artist Royden Lepp, creator of the soon-to-be released third volume of
Animal Man has managed to make it to issue twenty one when many other books, some starring more popular characters, have all met their fate at the chopping block of DC editorial. Whats more amazing is that Animal Man has maintained the same writer this entire time, when virtually every other book has changed creative teams more often than you change partners at a square dance. Does Animal Man still have the quality to justify still being published? Find out with your Major Spoilers review!
Or – “What The French, Toast?” The WTF month gimmick has some potential to it, although I’m not sure that I’m on board with everything they’re working on. This issue follows up on the tragic events of Rotworld with a focus on the personal toll for the Baker family… Your Major Spoilers review awaits.
Or – “Buddy Baker Overdrive!” Younger comics readers are always a hoot. Recently, I was privy to a conversation between two 20-ish readers about how stupid it is that they put Animal Man back in a costume in his New 52 incarnation, because “Vertigo guys don’t have costumes.” Laying aside that Animal Man’s original duds are both iconic and goofy, it’s a good example of how you can’t get used to the status quo of comics, because it will change. Ironically, there was also a grain of wisdom in the conversation, as well, because, in his first appearance, Animal Man
Buddy Baker returns from The Rot. Once he gets back to Earth he finds that everything has changed: A planet in ruins, Steel is an android, mass hysteria, cats and dogs living together. What else does he find in this newly whacked-out world? Read on to find out!
Or – “For Freakier Imagery, You’d Probably Have To Get Rodrigo Plastered.” The return of Animal Man to regular monthly storytelling has also led to a return of the 90’s Vertigo sensibilities, as A-Man is stuck in the middle of an invasion by forces of ‘The Rot’, while simultaneously finding his morphogenic powers to be related to another nebulous concept, The Red. What does The Red do? Give Matthew nightmares, mostly…
Or – “Buddy Baker’s Triumphant Return!” Animal Man is one of those books that I remember fondly, even if nobody else seems to care any longer. Much like Justice League International, Animal Man’s book was key to DC’s 1980s post-Crisis universe, and the book not only cemented Buddy Baker as a DC/Vertigo mainstay, it made Americans realize for the first time what this ‘Grant Morrison’ cat was all about. Given the pure, concentrated awesome of that run of A Man, I found myself looking forward to this book, hoping that it would be a hidden gem of the relaunched DCU…