Basically all we needed to hear to get excited about a Kickstarter were the words ‘fashion’ and ‘comics’ so yeah. We are all about Couture. To quote from their page:
Couture is a collection of short comics inspired by iconic moments in fashion. Influenced by designers from Christian Dior to Hussein Chalayan, Couture’s short stories span romance, science fiction, historical drama, fantasy and horror, drawing from fashion that shook the runway and changed the face of haute couture. Written by Dani Colman and featuring art by 15 award-winning artists, Couture will be available as a handsome hardcover that is as much a piece of art as the stories within it.
The artists include Kevin Wada (!!!) and Jen Bartel and Marguerite Sauvage amongst others and we could not be more excited to see the finished product.
You can go back the project over on Kickstarter and reserve your copy now. (We already have!) They’ve also got some super neat backer levels with exclusives that you won’t be able to get anywhere else. We highly recommend it.
We don’t do comic reviews very often around here at White Hot Room. In fact, it’s been a year since I last wrote one for here. But every now and then, we just can’t help ourselves and have to hype a book for you guys. If you’re anything like us, then you’re anxiously counting down the days until Guardians of the Galaxy comes out. Good thing that The Legendary Star-Lord #1 by Sam Humphries with art by Paco Medina hits comic stores today.
It’s Peter Quill on his own with the rest of the Guardians… uhhh… elsewhere. But hey! That doesn’t mean things are every boring for the Legendary Star-Lord as he fights the Badoon to help save an orphanage and even manages to fit in some flirting with a certain intangibly powered lady of the X-men persuasion.
There’s a lot to love about this book. For starters, Paco Medina is on art. I’ve been a huge fan of his ever since his work on New X-men and if anything, he’s gotten even better while still maintaining all the stylistic elements that made it great almost a decade ago. Seeing a nice and diverse looking cast is definitely another bonus.
And then we have the writing. Sam Humphries has a real talent for bringing humor to a situation without taking anything away from how serious it might be. He has the same talent for bringing real distinct personality to the characters without forcing it. Peter Quill is definitely a good choice for a solo book with this creative team. Humphries also does a really good job in this issue with how he plays with tropes and expectations and then turns them on their side to keep you wondering what might happen next. All of this makes for a really enjoyable read that’s well worth the price of admission (so to speak). I’m excited to see where Humphries is planning to take this plotline especially given what happens on the very last page. *wink wink*
The Legendary Star-Lord #1 gets an endorsement from White Hot Room along with our recommendation that you go pick up a copy.
Clearly, I’m a comic book girl at heart and that includes loving quite a few of the older comics from decades ago. (Seriously: don’t get me started on the Dark Phoenix Saga or we’ll be here all day.) Point is, those comics were riddled with plenty of sound effects, something I always found to be endearing. When I saw these leggings on Romwe, I knew I had to get them and create an outfit even if they didn’t include the famous ‘SNIKT. It was definitely a fun way to add a bit more colour to be wardrobe and spice things up a bit.
Tunic Top: Express
Comic Leggings: Romwe
Black Wristlet: Coach
No but seriously. If you haven’t heard already, Marvel announced yesterday at their SXSW panel that they are offering 700 first issues or first appearances of digital comics for FREE
until Tuesday. The demand for the comics has actually overwhelmed the servers and so right now, you give them your email address and they will let you know when the promotion kicks back in. But they will still be free. Let us count the ways in which this is fabulous and awesome! Okay, so maybe we won’t count them all but here’s a few in case you need convincing:
- It is a free way to get into comics
- It is a free way to test the waters of new series
- Your digital library can expand drastically
- No but seriously: it’s free comics. What other reason do you need?
Really, you should definitely take advantage of this sale. Also, don’t be discouraged if it takes you a few tries to get the site to load. Comixology’s servers are taking a beating but you’ll get through eventually so be patient and be kind to the hard working support staff. ;)
Free Comics, folks. Why are you still reading this?
I know. It’s not a geeky fashion outfit post but I promise that we’ll get back to those soon. This book was just too good not to write about!
Yesterday saw the start of another Marvel NOW book with the release of New Avengers #1 written by Jonathan Hickman and with pencils by Steve Epting. This was the first book announcement for new Marvel NOW ongoings to really catch my attention several months ago and it’s the book that I have been anxiously awaiting ever since. And boy oh boy did it deliver!
New Avengers reunites the biggest time bomb of a team in recent comic book memory: The Illuminati. No but really: this team is the WORST idea ever. Just ask the Black Panther. He’s objected since the group was first proposed and he still objects even now as he pulls them together. These men are the rich, the geniuses, the powerful, and some of them are even kings. That many egos in a room is bound to backfire spectacularly one day even with Captain America playing referee. This issue shows Iron Man, Captain America, Namor, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, and Mister Fantastic all arriving in Wakanda and answering T’Challa’s summons. (See what I meant about a lot of egos?)
Hickman uses this first issue to beautifully set up both the book and arc, making it fairly accessible to readers who might be newer to the Illuminati. (If you’re remotely intrigued by the Illuminati, I’d definitely suggest going and checking out the wiki entry just so you have a more completely idea of their history.) At the same time, the issue doesn’t feel like it was a filler introduction but instead tells its own story.
The last six pages of this issue are absolutely stunning and I don’t mean that purely from an artistic standpoint. Everything about them is perfect from the words, to the art, to the lettering. It drives home not just how desperate T’Challa is to save the world but also the caliber of team he’s reuniting. If anything, his invitation to Namor should emphasize the gravity of the situation. “Save me from what we are about to do” reads the final words of this issue. They’re going to save the world but who knows what the consequences might be. In all honesty, buying this issue is worth it even if it’s just so you can read these last six pages. (Yes, they are that perfect.)
What I’m really looking forward to about this book though is the team itself. Throughout Bendis’s run on the the Avengers, I always found myself intrigued by any Illuminati plot line because it’s wonderful watching all them play off each other while trying to save the world. This is really the first time we’ll be seeing them work more as a team instead of a secret society and I think it will be those team dynamics that make this book great. I want to see the friction between T’Challa and Namor. I want to see Tony and Reed play ‘I’m the smartest person in the room’. I want to see how Steve is going to adjust to being a part of this group. I want to see how a team with three kings works. This is a book that is as much about how the team works together as it is about the plot. If I want to read about a team that works well together most of the time then I’ll pick up my X-men or Avengers books. But that’s not this team. Let’s see this team get out there and save the world or possibly destroy it.
In short, the first issue of this book absolutely lived up to my expectations and I cannot wait to see where Jonathan Hickman takes us on this wild ride. Illuminati Assemble!