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    OSBORN, from Marvel Comics, is a serial by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios. In the back of #1, available in comics shops from Weds (North America) and Thurs (UK), is a short story by myself and Jamie McKelvie. Which is why I'm mentioning it here. You might like it. I’ve read the whole of #1 and it’s very good. Which you would expect me to say, I know, but it’s a clever bugger of a piece, and you should read it.

    Thread open for thoughts and comments.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2010
    Very much looking forward to this.
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2010
    I just picked up my copy a few minutes ago. Have been looking forward to this since it was announced.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2010
    shall be haranguing my LCS this weekend.....
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2010
    Read it on the train ride home. It hooked me in, though I'm feeling like a better opinion would be made after reading the second issue. It definitely had me wondering what's coming up next. Good pacing, lovely art and fun lines. Quite enjoyed it and looking forward to seeing where it goes.

    Also Warren, I loved your short story and as usual, Jamie McKelvie's work hits it right out of the park.
  2.  (9189.6)
    I saw in an interview that Kelly Sue DeConnick was asked to pitch for this title. To whoever did it? Hot damn, what a great decision.

    The best thing about all of DeConnick's writing is that she doesn't need a lot of space to make a character come alive. I've never seen the character of Norah before, and in two pages I felt that she's been one of my favorite characters all along. She's real, she lives and breathes and slouches and talks with her mouth full. That's damn fine character writing, right there. But it's not the only good thing DeConnick does. In a handful of pages in OSBORN #1 she sets up a plot that can only go to bad, bad places. The four new villains in the oubliette are completely demented. Incarcerating Norman with them is going to put a spark to the tinder. And I cannot wait to see how terribly wrong this Very Clever Plan on the part of the goblin-cult-or-whatever-it-is is going to go. I fully expect to see people's heads being eaten, or some such.

    The art by Emma Rios is great. She gives life and individuality to every character on the page. As does McKelvie in the second feature. I would buy an entire comic that consisted of people Jamie McKelvie drew, talking to the reader. (It doesn't hurt that Covington story is a dark, darkly funny piece of writing, Warren. I was cackling in mad glee at the various deaths. Horrific but deeply amusing.)

    I can't *wait* to see what happens next.
    • CommentAuthorjdaysy
    • CommentTimeNov 20th 2010
    I loved it - and I was so hoping that each of the villains was a whole series unto itself that I just hadn't heard of. I hope there continue to be short stories around them. Looking very forward to #2 and beyond.
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeNov 20th 2010
    This was flat-out excellent. I can't put my finger on it, but something about this book creeped me out a fair bit. In a good way. It's been a while since a comic has genuinely managed to creep me out. Kudos to everyone involved for a fantastic first issue.
    • CommentAuthorsamishah
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2010
    Wow that was fun. Loved Kelly Sue DeConnick's solid characterization. And the art was a real treat. No offense to DC folks. but Marvel overall has been producing some fantastic comics recently. Everything Fraction does, this new Osborn series, the Strange Adventures one-offs (the one that Rafel Grampa wrote and drew a one-off in).

    Dense question from someone who clearly doesn't extrapolate well: Warren. will you be doing back-ups on all 5 issues of this series?
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    Warren. will you be doing back-ups on all 5 issues of this series?

      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2010
    Late to the party but just got this and read it and me likes it very much.

    THE ART was fantastic - moody but very clear storytelling, excellent depictions of new characters, a nice bit at the end with the priest, and the tattoo.

    THE STORY was equally fantastic - the scenes of bureaucratic infighting seemed very real, Osborn himself, while perhaps a bit more purple than he's been written lately, was a malevolent presence from the moment he appeared, enough twists to be compelling but not too many to be confusing. I enjoyed the bad guard and am sure he will die horribly before too long but not before he does some damage to the "unfortunates" in his care.

    THE BACK-UP was written by Warren Ellis. It is a story by Warren Ellis. He wrote it sitting in a pub. Considering this, it is a much better story than it really has any right to be. The art was very pretty and appropriate.

    I don't hand out letter grades or "out of ten" but I'd recommend this series to anyone.
  4.  (9189.12)
    Yeah I'm late as hell too. I picked this up with my pull-list at my LCS yesterday just to give it a try, thinking at least the art would be worth it. It was, but so is the writing. DeConnick does a wonderful job of balancing plot and characterization. Lots of comics just have one of those things going for them, the really good writers (Jason Aaron w/ Scalped, for example) do both. The art is cool. The layout of the spread page introducing the reader to these insane new villains reminds me a little bit of J.H. Williams, and the character's faces remind me a little bit of Stuart Immonen. I'm not being fair to Emma Rios though, comparing her to anyone, who will have a wonderful and long career in comics; I'd love to see her on a big, famous title.

    I'm seeing this through to the end.