Scratch9 and Buck Rogers hit the top 10 list for the Detroit News
“Buck Rogers” (Hermes Press): Hermes digitally restored a complete Sunday story from the vintage comic strip by artist Russell Keaton for this special issue.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140501/ENT06/305010015#ixzz30Tff3lKp
“Scratch9” (Hermes Press): Former Metro Detroiter Rob Worley will bring his delightful all-ages character back this summer with a new series, and this issue includes an introductory story. Flip the book over for a preview of the new series “Run & Amok.”
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140501/ENT06/305010015#ixzz30TfX0wkU
Buck Rogers #1 by Howard Chaykin
Many publishers seem to have an endless desire to revamp old pulp heroes and revive caped crusaders who’ve been MIA for years, such as the recent (and uninspired) resurrection of the great Pete Morisi’s superhero title, Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt. Such updates, which often ‘modernize’ the character by making him, look, talk, and act like every other contemporary superhero, are rarely worth the time.
But with this makeover, it looks like Howard Chaykin will energize a stale property by giving Buck Rogers a not-so-modern world-view, one that revisits 1930s America and speaks to 2013 by looking to an era that shares much with our own. Rather than the coded jingoism we expect from traditional pulp fictions, Rogers articulates a ‘workers vs. capitalists’ socialist perspective; because the character first appeared in 1928, Chaykin’s move has an historical rationale.
While I prefer Chaykin’s art in black and white (here it’s colored and printed in the ‘hyper-gloss’ method), I enjoyed reading a book with an unusual take on what many others would’ve approached as a generic space opera: a handsome white guy battles an ugly alien to save a beautiful white woman and the universe. Bypassing such clichéd territory, Chaykin fashions an intergalactic Eugene Debs.— http://www.tcj.com/comics-survey-word-art-part-i/