Berger Books Preview (November 2017)

Berger Books Free 2018 Preview

The Berger Books Preview is, frankly, concerning. Influential comic editor Karen Berger has an imprint coming out from Dark Horse next year and the Preview shows off the launch titles.

Of the four, Hungry Ghosts seems the strongest. The writing isn’t bad, which is something. There’s some bad writing before the end of the ashcan.

Incognegro, even with its excellent Warren Pleece art, has a lazy script. Mat Johnson’s dialogue is choppy exposition. Nothing to suggest it’s going to turn around either.

Then the Mata Hari preview is too slight to tell. Ariela Kristantina’s art isn’t impressive and there’s not enough of Emma Beeby’s writing to get a feel. But it definitely doesn’t look ready.

Finally there are some promotional images from The Seeds, which has David Aja art and Ann Nocenti writing. Two images. It’ll look amazing because Aja but otherwise… who knows.

The strangest thing about this Preview is how unimpressive the line appears. Even if Hungry Ghosts is good, it’s a book for Anthony Bourdain fanatics who also read indie comics and art wanks. Pleece isn’t an artist who sells comics. No one cares about Mata Hari. And David Aja art is only a big deal when there’s actual David Aja art.

It’s concerning.


Editor, Karen Berger; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

The Jetsons 1 (January 2018)

The Jetsons #1

The Jetsons is really serious. It’s about a damaged Earth about to be struck with another disaster. There’s only so much time left with your kids. Hug them.

I’m not sure why writer Jimmy Palmiotti thinks anyone is going to care–past not wanting to see the Earth blow up or whatever (I’ll admit, it’s a weird sensation)–because his revision of “The Jetsons” cast sure isn’t going to get much sympathy.

Dad George Jetson looks about sixteen. Artist Pier Brito isn’t ready for a mainstream comic. His scenery is fine. His people are not. Past George looking like a kid, his part is to be freaked out his mom euthanized herself to become the family’s robot maid.

Wife Jane is an important scientist who knows the world is going to end soon. Or might end soon. Brito can’t keep a constant set of features for her. It’s like he can’t be bothered with facial details, much less expressions.

Daughter Judy has nothing to do. Except look younger than her dad. Jane doesn’t get the youthful appearance, at least nothing like George does.

Son Elroy is at that awkward age where he doesn’t like girls yet (but they like him) and he’s just trying to impress his dad. Who looks like his little brother. And has no scenes with him.

The script’s mediocre, the dialogue’s not even mediocre (Palmiotti can’t seem to figure out how to have George talk), the art’s disappointing.

We’ve met George Jetson. No more please.


Meet the Jetsons; writer, Jimmy Palmiotti; artist, Pier Brito; colorist, Alex Sinclair; letterer, Dave Sharpe; editors, Diego Lopez, Brittany Holzherr, and Marie Javins; publisher, DC Comics.

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands 1 (January 2018)

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1

Black Lightning is back. Both in the series and as a hero. He’s returned to Cleveland to bury his father. He still narrates the book talking to his father, but whatever. Writer (and Black Lightning creator) Tony Isabella has a lot of exposition to get out. Including one-liners name-dropping other heroes. Though only two of them are big time. The others… well, whatever.

Isabella doesn’t lay out the ground situation straightforward, he tries to bake information into the scene, which sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t. Artist Clayton Henry doesn’t have the right visual pacing for the script. He doesn’t do well with a lot of dialogue (and there’s often a lot of it).

Some of the series is ostensibly going to have to do with cops not liking vigilantes and especially black ones (or women, the white male cops don’t like women either). It’s nearly ambitious. Then the issue ends with Black Lightning framed for murder and on the run. Giving the cops an excuse.

There’s no character stuff for Black Lightning past the talking to dead dad.

There doesn’t seem to be much point to Cold Dead Hands, except maybe to have a Black Lightning comic out when the TV show premieres.


Ready To Do It All Over; writer, Tony Isabella; artist, Clayton Henry; colorist, Pete Pantazis; letterer, Josh Reed; editors, Rob Levin, Harvey Richards, and Jim Chadwick; publisher, DC Comics.

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