Saturday, January 3, 2009
Bold words, no? When you get right down to it, comics are a collaborative medium. Sure, guys like Chris Ware, Seth, and Adrian Tomine don't need the extra help, but for comic fans like me (ie, super hero comic fans), the best collaborations equal the best comics. For my money (yes, I do pay for comics), the best comics being done right now...the best comics to come out in the past 5 years...are comics by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. In celebration of their new comic, INCOGNITO (out right now!), I thought it'd be cool to look at some of their better team-ups.
The only other artist that has a similar chemistry with Ed is MICHAEL LARK. For proof, check out:
GOTHAM CENTRAL (co-written by Greg Rucka)
SCENE OF THE CRIME
The best feature of both CRIMINAL and INCOGNITO are the essays in the back. Pulp historian, Jess Nevins, weighs in on the Shadow in this issue and trust me, it's worth the extra .50 cents alone.
Back to my bold statement that started this post. We might never see an artist like Jack Kirby again. We may never get the Stan Lee of our youth. But for all their contributions to comics (Marvel or otherwise), the closest you can find today are Brubaker and Phillips. They might not reinvent the wheel, but they are giving us new and amazing comics and comic concepts, and that's just what Lee and Kirby did. And if you won't give me Lee and Kirby, then they are definitely the new Claremont and Byrne.
P.S. Buy Criminal volumes 1, 2, and 3 from JHU's online store! Volume 4 comes to Jim Hanley's Universe January 28!