The best comics of the week: time-traveling smugglers, a sexy super ant and how to make your words look good – slog

He was a great late 20th century philosopher who, pondering the ripple effects of his decisions, asked aloud, “Did I do this?” ”

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Okay actually, it was Steve Urkel, but it can all be philosophy if you want it. What are the unintended and invisible effects of our actions? I bought the last roast chicken from QFC last week which meant that someone else planning on having one had to adjust their dinner plans and, who knows, go out of their way to have one. fast food or making a nasty frozen meal that kept them awake that night, or maybe stealing their roommate’s pasta, which resulted in another brawl. I might have upset a stranger the whole evening without ever meeting him, did I do that?

Causation is at the heart of a new paperback book released this week by Image, in which time travelers wander through the centuries in hopes of unraveling the desperately knotted threads of fate. Another dispenses with the agency altogether and features a hero who sort of crumbles into his situation without taking much action. And the third is to have good calligraphy, which is a welcome break from constantly think about philosophy but I’m sure you could find an angle if you tried. Thanks as always to Phoenix for helping sort out the week’s outings!

TIME BEFORE TIME VOLUME # 1

It’s the distant future, and the invention of time machines means it’s also the distant past, and also now, and maybe a few years back and forth. The time loops and causation in this book are a bit mind-boggling, but Austin Powers’ principle of not caring too much and just having fun remains true. Two rival gangs of time-traveling smugglers are at war, leaping through centuries to plot, attack, and overtake. An employee has had enough and plans to escape, but it is difficult to escape your enemies when they can find you at any time. Shootings, chases, car crashes and tearful reunions ensue, accompanied by ever-changing alliances that are a pleasure to predict. Although the pages are filled with action, I found my mind lingered on its grim reality: While the world will change dramatically from century to century, the one constant is that it will always be ruled. by greedy and insensitive oligarchs who prey on the weak, and that every day of work only serves to put you in more debt.

Rating: 🕑🕑🕑🕑 (4/5)
Screenwriters: Declan Shalvey, Rory McConville. Artist: Joe Palmer. Colorist: Chris O’Halloran. Writer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Publisher: Heather Antos. Designer: Sasha E Head. Cover: Declan Shalvey.

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO COMIC LETTERING

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I’m not used to reviewing tech manuals here but this book is so fucking damn useful. This essential guide is exactly what the title promises, and so much more: it’s multiple semesters of graphic design, typography, Adobe products, communications, and storytelling courses crammed into 260 priceless pages. Maybe you don’t care about any of those things, in which case this book – like a lot of comics – isn’t for you. But if you are ever called upon, in any context, to “make words nice,” well, just open it up, go to a random page, and start sucking in inspiration. I’m especially eager to try out some of Illustrator’s tips, as I’ve never really understood paths, shapes, masks, and so on. (There are also handy explanations of how handwriting is accomplished, in case the apocalypse happens and you need to write a comic book without electricity.) It’s essential reading for anyone working in the field. sequential art, but also a must-have for hobbyists who sometimes need to spruce up a Keynote presentation, sticker design, or office kitchen poster asking everyone to wash their plates.
Rating: 🖊️🖊️🖊️🖊️🖊️ (5/5)
By Nate Piekos.

ANT PROBLEM # 1

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A quick note about this one: Due to a last-minute delay, Image has asked stores not to sell this issue until next week.
The character of Ant has its origins in the early 2000s, but the original series didn’t have the kind of guidelines that keep a train on track, and it quickly became a bit of a tangled mess. This well-deserved reboot streamlines past lore without straying too far from the source, and serves as the launching point for a superhero story about a young woman with ant-based powers and a justifiable rage against powerful men whose greed destroyed his family. There are nipples too, thanks to works of art particularly intrigued by the nude female form – or at least, how a woman could be shaped if her bones were creatively rearranged to produce a permanent thrust on the breast and them. hips. Our heroine is not exactly what you would call active; her powers are imposed on her by her father, and when she goes into hero mode, she seems to be operating on some kind of insect autopilot. And while I’m always happy to see a black woman directing a series, I can’t say that there is much to distinguish from her passion for protecting the “innocent and the weak” – yes, that is. sure it’s very sweet, but it’s also kind of a base for a hero, right? At least she’s mastered the jacko pose.
Note: 🐜🐜🐜 (3/5)
History, art and color: Erik Larsen. Apartments: Mike Toris. Letters: Jack Morelli. Farm boy: Josh Eichhörn. Based on the work of Mario Gully.

ALSO: AN ELEPHANT FRIEND, MYSTERY MURDER IN SPACE and CATWOMAN’S SEWING

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Definitely take a look at Far sector number 1, which brings together the first 12 issues of NK Jemisin’s sci-fi murder mystery and which I absolutely would have written more about this week if Marvel weren’t so particular about the review copies. You can also be satisfied with Marshmallow and Jordan, a cute (thick!) book about an elephant who befriends a girl in a wheelchair. Nubia and the Amazons gets a problem this week just like the grindhouse horror Fridge full of heads, a native hero of Song of the Phoenix: Echo, and particularly stunning costumes in Catwoman: Lonely City.

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