Recently, this blog has been blessed with a visit from a big name artist in the comic book industry, Sean Phillips himself! He was gracious enough to bestow this piece of wisdom upon us:
Sean Phillips said...

Or better yet, buy the fucking books you thieving bastards!

Thank you, Sean Phillips! You the man!!
I love comics. Unfortunately, like books and movies, good comics are not easy to come by. There are far too many routine superhero and fantasy stuff flooding the market.

By starting this little blog, I want to share with you some of my favorite comic books. Give them a check, they may change your opinion forever. Or not. Just remember, to each their own tastes.

By the way, if you really love comics, support the artists, buy the books.

On the other hand, if you don't have enough money, don't get caught.

Girls (2005 - 2007) by The Luna Brothers

The small community of Pennystown has a big problem: a seemingly endless supply of beautiful, naked, alien women have invaded.

What's the problem? Well, the girls are instinctually eviscerating any human women they come across, having sex with any men they can find, then giving birth to a new crop of girls. The worst part? The entirety of Pennystown is enclosed in a massive shell. No one comes in and no one comes out, at least not until these murderous, sex-crazed girls have been dealt with. -- Source

If you are a fan of Stephen King, you have probably read his latest novel: Under the Dome. If you think the idea of a giant dome separating a town from the outside world is original, think again. The Luna Brothers did it five years ago, and did it in an outstanding fashion. With Girls, the Luna Brothers have crafted a chillingly effective, unpredictable horror tale filled great characters and complex psychology. There are plenty of nudity here, as those lovely, flesh-eating, egg-laying girls are completely sans-clothes. But at no time was I aroused, for I was completely hooked by the story. That in itself is no small feat by the Luna Brothers, for I am someone who is very easily excited by the sight of women au naturel.

I'd love to see a movie adaptation of this graphic novel. For one thing, in the hands of a competent director and supported by a good script, it would be a great horror film. For another, well...the sight of a hundred naked beautiful girls running around would indeed be very pleasant - for me at least.

Miss out on Girls and you're doing yourself a disservice, trust me.

Support the artists and buy this series if you like it.

The Luna Brothers Site

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The Sworn Sword (The Hedge Knight II) by George R. R. Martin, Ben Avery and Mike S. Miller

Here is the follow-up to The Hedge Knight. Apparently this is too new for reviews. But you don't need them, if you have read the first graphic novel, you know you're in for a treat because The Sworn Sword is just as good.

Adapting New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin's SWORN SWORD! The long-awaited sequel to HEDGE KNIGHT tells the story of the adventures of Ser Duncan and his squire one year after their initial meeting at the tournament in Ashford. After traveling the land in search of the puppeteer girl Tanselle, Dunk and Egg find themselves in the charge of Ser Eustace, an aged knight who has accepted Dunk as his sworn sword. But Ser Eustace has another knight in his service who is nothing but trouble, and he will make Dunk's life far more difficult when he rashly attacks a peasant and causes grief to a local noble, the Lady Rohanne Webber. But the Lady Rohanne has problems of her own - and she knows the truth about Ser Eustace and the side he took in the battle of Redgrass Field.

The Hedge Knight - George R.R. Martin, Adapted by Ben Avery, Art by Mike S. Miller & Mike Crowell

The Hedge Knight
George R.R. Martin, Adapted by Ben Avery, Art by Mike S. Miller & Mike Crowell

Fans of George R. R. Martin may already know about "The Hedge Knight" (1998), the first in the "Tales of Dunk and Egg" series, set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire. In 2003, the second tale, "The Sworn Sword" (2003), followed.
This is the comic adaptation of The Hedge Knight and I only have one word to describe it: fantastic.

I can't wait to read Fevre Dream, the comic book. It's been in development for so long now, I am afraid the project's been abandoned or something. Fevre Dream is one of the best and most original vampire novels ever written.

A review by Adam Volk, from SF Site.

The comic book has come a long way since its emergence in the late 30s. Once the realm of anthropomorphic cartoon animals and spandex-clad superheroes, the modern comic book is now a legitimate literary and artistic medium. The graphic novel in particular is perhaps one of the most innovative developments in the industry, thanks to the pioneering work of a handful of talented writers and artists, including the likes of Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore. No longer the pop-culture pariah it once was, the graphic novel exists now as an intriguing and respected new form of story telling.

Such is the case with George R.R. Martin's The Hedge Knight, a lavishly illustrated and highly entertaining graphic novel from Devil's Due Publishing. Martin has earned a well deserved reputation as one of the top writers working in the field of fantasy today, due in part to his highly successful A Song of Ice and Fire series. The novels, which are loosely based on the historical events surrounding the War of the Roses, chronicle the fates and fortunes of a disparate cast of characters struggling to survive in a land wracked by civil war, strife and bloodshed. Martin's writing is crisp, his characters and plots textured and realistic, and he skillfully avoids the usual pitfalls and clich├ęs associated with the fantasy genre. In short, the series of novels are nothing short of brilliant. In The Hedge Knight, Martin -- along with the assistance of writer Ben Avery, illustrator Mike S. Miller and inker Mike Crowell -- continues the tradition established in A Song of Ice and Fire and offers readers yet another glimpse into the elaborate world of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms.

The Hedge Knight itself takes place a hundred years before the events in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, and chronicles the misadventures of Dunk, a burly and somewhat oafish commoner who has spent his life as a squire to Ser Arlan; a now elderly hedge knight who earns his living wandering aimlessly from both jousting tournament and battlefield alike. Like many young squires, Dunk naturally longs for the day when he too can take up the mantle of a knight; a chance he is finally given when the elderly Ser Arlan finally passes away on a mud splattered road in the middle of nowhere. Armed with nothing more than his former master's sword and a weary steed, Dunk makes his way to the great tournament at Ashford Meadow posing as an ill-born hedge knight and determined to earn fame and fortune on the jousting field.

Along the way to Ashford Dunk encounters Egg, a young boy living near a road-side tavern, who despite Dunk's best efforts, eventually becomes his squire. When Dunk eventually reaches Ashford Meadow however, he soon finds that he is completely out of his league, and with no reputation, no gold, and no noble born status. He becomes a virtual outcast amidst the seasoned knights and pompous aristocrats that flock to the tournament. Adopting the name Sir Duncan the Tall, Dunk eventually finds sponsorship with an influential noble house even as he finds his attention drawn to the beautiful Tanselle, a skilled puppeteer and artist plying her trade at the tournament.

But before the newly reborn "Sir Duncan" can try his luck on the jousting field, Dunk finds himself caught up in a deadly political confrontation after rescuing Tanselle from death at the hands of a brutal lord, and discovers that there is more to Egg than meets the eye. The story culminates in a frantic battle with Dunk's very life on the line, and results in a series of key events that will reshape the history of Westeros and have a direct bearing on future events as they relate to Martin's novels. An additional illustrated short story unrelated to Dunk's trials and tribulations, chronicles the Battle on Redgrass Field, a key moment in Westeros history which sheds some light on the dreaded house Targaryen and provides the basis for one of the Seven Kingdoms pivotal legends. It is these clever details that offer a unique glimpse into Martin's intricate and well-developed world and readers already acquainted with A Song of Ice and Fire will instantly recognize many of the allusions and references peppered throughout the text.

It is in Martin's pacing, plot and dialogue however, where The Hedge Knight truly shines. What might outwardly appear as a rather contrived tale of a squire seeking to become a knight is in reality a complex, multi-layered and highly innovative tale combining Martin's usual stylistic balance of action and character. The reader can't help but care about Dunk, Egg and Tanselle, and all are complex, well-developed characters complete with their many foibles and moral ambiguities. The Hedge Knight, in terms of the writing alone is well worth picking up, but the brilliant narrative is also complemented by the gorgeous artwork of Mike S. Miller and the vibrant colouring job by Team Kandora. In both instances the quality of the visual work is truly impressive. Miller's art in particular is almost cinematic in scope, shifting between kinetic action sequences and more subdued character driven moments. It is this calibre of artwork and writing that elevates the work into a truly unique artistic and literary experience.

In the end The Hedge Knight is well worth picking up and remains a stunning example of both the visual and literary potential of the comic book medium. With the fourth book in Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire nearing completion, and fans eagerly clamoring for more, The Hedge Knight offers a wonderful opportunity for both new readers and fans alike to take a glimpse into the brilliant and vibrant world that is George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.