Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Gosh! Authority 18/02/09

Hello! If you’ve got nothing better to do I suggest you go and get yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit then cheerily send Lewis Trondheim’s wee alien bouncing to his bloody and painful death.

It’s a fairly uneventful week but there are still a few things worth mentioning. The incredibly late second issue of Four Eyes, for instance. If you’ve come in and demanded ‘Where the deuce is Four Eyes?’ listen up:

“Here's the scoop,” says writer Joe Kelly, “Max [Fiumara] and I knew from the start that we wanted to take our time on Four eyes and really do it right. That means more than 4 weeks for Max to draw an issue, plain and simple. However, we thought we'd built in enough lead time to get the first four issues out monthly. Guess what? We were wrong. The summer cons, vacations, business trips, etc. all conspired against us, so we're a little behind. But do not fear! 2 is finished and on its way to the printer, and #3 is being drawn now...and they kick ass. Once we make it through #4, the rest of the books will be solicited on a more reliable schedule, probably bi-monthly, but certainly with the intention of hitting all our doubt, you'll let me know when we don't!”

There’s a preview over at Comicbook Resources.

Speaking of late comics, Gødland #26 was originally slated for an August ’08 release but it’s only now we see it stumble gasping through the door. Joe Casey talks about the series here which seems to be thriving in a world where a new creator-owned ongoing line doesn’t tend to survive all that long. See what awaits Commander Adam Archer on the edge of the universe this Thursday!

Andrew goes weak at the knees whenever Jason Aaron’s name is on the cover, so he’ll most likely be recommending Ghost Rider #32 on your next visit. But it’s not just Andrew who likes him – Aaron was named Best Comic Book Writer of 2008 by Wizard

Magazine for his work on Wolverine, Black Panther, Ghost Rider, Hellblazer and Scalped. So you should probably check him out if you haven’t already. Exactly a year after he began on Ghost Rider, he talks about the series on Newsarama and issue #32 hits the shelves – the final chapter in The Last Stand of the Spirits of Vengeance. There’s a preview here.

The incredibly popular creative team of Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson are doing very good things at the moment in Uncanny X-Men. This week Part 3 (of 4) of Lovelorn sees the story come to a head. There’s preview pages here.

There’s also a couple of Secret Invasion trade paperbacks worth a look. Captain Britain and the MI 13 Volume 1 by Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk sees the Skrull Invasion hit England! There’s a preview of #1 from April last year here, which also got loads of good reviews. Then there’s Secret Invasion: Incredible Hercules by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente with art by Rafa Sandoval in which the Greek Goliath assembles a super-team – The God Squad (nice) – to battle the Skrull gods.

And finally, Zombies That Ate the World #1 by Jerry Frissen and Guy Davis (B.P.R.D.) promises to sate your zombie cravings! It’s 2064 and the U.S. government brings in a new policy allowing the undead to dwell amongst the living because it’s easier than getting rid of them. European publisher Humanoids interviews Frissen and Davis here. Oddly, this comic was adapted into a cartoon that was subsequently scrapped. Should it have been? Have a look and then perhaps answer that chap’s question. Is it still necrophilia if they’re undead?

As promised, Eagle Award winning writer and artist Tom Humberstone’s interview with Adrian Tomine on Alex Fitch’s Panel Borders is now up.

So that’s it for this week. Small but perfectly formed.

-- Hayley