The Archer’s Quest is a reminder of how great Green Arrow can be done right and how using continuity as a source of inspiration can lead to some very interesting stories. That’s why I like this period of DC’s history so much: they were relying a lot more on continuity and it was a great way to showcase how the characters evolved throughout the years and how others came and became part of the family.
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For those that perhaps don’t know,canon is the material accepted as officially part of the story in the fictional universe of that story. It’s the set of elements, laws, and factors that give that fictional universe logic and much more realistic to the reader or viewer, even if it has a lot of fantastical elements.
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Shawn James is one of the most interesting and insightful writers that I've had the pleasure of meeting. I remember I started following him when I saw his comments on several social media platforms since we tend to be in the same circles and I was impressed by his knowledge of the comic book industry as a business, the importance of proper storytelling and dedication to making his characters really human and interesting.
He has been writing books as an independent author for many years now, with The Man Crisis, John Haynes and Isis being some of his successful works, often reflecting his views and feelings about several aspects of life, especially when it comes to the black community. Instead of trying to pin black men and women down in a single trait or social group, he is a huge defender of people’s sense of individuality and diversity of thought.
I had the opportunity of doing this long interview with Shawn and we addressed several aspects of his career, plus his views on modern society, Literature, the ups and downs of being an independent writer and the current state of the comic book industry. Hope you enjoy it.
Independent creators don’t get enough credit in the comic book industry, especially in these harsh times. With coronavirus now spreading, the industry is struggling even more and at a time where Marvel and DC are failing to listen to the fans, customers, and retailers, it’s always a bit uplifting to have the chance to talk with an artist and writer like Josh Howard, who has been in the independent trenches for many years now and has no sign of stopping.
Josh has been in the industry for over a decade now and he has released several independent comics, plus a couple of jobs at Marvel. His most recent work is T-Bird & Throttle, which deals with the story of a struggling superhero, but I’m going to let the man himself do the talking instead of me!
Dan DiDio was fired from DC Comics last week and this has obviously become major news in the comic book industry considering that the man was the company’s co-publisher, along with legendary artist Jim Lee (who is now going to be in charge on a temporary basis, according to reports), for ten years, minus a small gap between 2016 and 2018 (more on that later).
This wasn’t something that DiDio saw coming when considering that the very morning of the day he was fired he was doing business as usual, sharing information about DC on Facebook groups and overall doing what he always does.
Wally West was, for all intents and purposes, a broken character afterHeroes in Crisis, butFlashForwardwas a great example of taking what was a tremendously erroneous event and turns it into one of the greatest challenges that our protagonist had to overcome. Writer ScottLobdelland artist Brett Booth took Wally, at a time when no other creative group wanted to deal with the character, back to the heroic path, making a decision that very few men ever do and it’s a testament to the character’s legacy and value that has such a monumental impact.
Flash Forwardis much more than a classic superhero story (which it is). It’s a story about redemption and families.About hope and resurgence.A story about doing the right thing, even if it means rejecting what you cherish the most.
Flash Forward #4 is so far the best issue of a miniseries that has been very clear and concise about what they wanted to do: to reestablish Wally West’s righteous place as one of the best heroes of the DC pantheon and also to tell a great story that is benefited by having some of the best art of 2019. It has everything you could ask of a classic superhero story combining the best attributes of modern tendencies.
Wally West, the Flash for a lot of us, has gone through a lot, and for the fans that are really invested in the character, this issue is particularly special, showing how good DC is when it goes back to its classic roots.
A very good issue and quite likely my favorite of the entirety of 2019.
Aaron Lopresti is a name that comic books fans are familiar with. He has been in the industry for quite some time now and in the mid-2000s he provided his detailed, slick and beautiful art to some of Marvel’s most interesting projects at the time, such as Brian Reed’s Ms. Marvel (my personal favorite Marvel run of this century) and Greg Pak’s Planet Hulk miniseries, establishing him as one of the most talented artists in the industry. He later moved to DC, where he is currently working, drawing great Wonder Woman/Conan stories and multiple covers.
But Aaron has also decided to revive one of his properties, Garbage Man, and has launched a crowdfunding campaign, which you can back, as part of a personal initiative to break out on his own as a creator. I had the opportunity of speaking with him to acquire his insight on a variety of topics.
The term “underrated” is thrown around way too often, but there are really very few cases when it actually looks the part and this is the case of artist Darryl Banks. The man has been one of the finest artists in the comic book industry in the last thirty years or so and contributed to the creation of the Green Lantern of the 90s, Kyle Rayner (who also happens to be my favorite character).
But Banks’ career doesn’t stop there, having created more characters, collaborated on some very good runs and overall leaving his mark on the industry. I had the opportunity of talking with him for an interview and I got his insight on many different topics.
The X-Men, Superman, Spider-Man, Cable… Art Thibert has done it all in the industry. As an artist, inker and writer, this veteran of the comic book industry has proven time and time that he is one of the most reliable talents in the medium while being one of the most positive and uplifting guys in the industry.
Nowadays, Art left the big two and he is currently promoting his independent comic book,Chrono Mechanics,which you can back here. I had the opportunity of doing an interview with him and we discussed multiple aspects of his career and the industry as a whole.