Titan Comics PUBWATCH: March 2020

Titan Comics PUBWATCH: March 2020

Will Titan Comics bring in March like a lion and out like a lamb? Let's find out. Titan Comics News and Announcements May 2020 Solicitations Life is Strange #11, by Emma Vieceli, Andrea Izzo, and Claudia Leonardi The road trip continues in Life Is Strange: Partners in Time #2, on May 20th, with everyone coming to

Will Titan Comics bring in March like a lion and out like a lamb? Let’s find out.

Titan Comics News and Announcements

May 2020 Solicitations

Max is taking a picture with her camera in the foreground, with Polaroids of Chloe in the background as puzzle pieces.

Life is Strange #11, by Emma Vieceli, Andrea Izzo, and Claudia Leonardi

The road trip continues in Life Is Strange: Partners in Time #2, on May 20th, with everyone coming to Tombstone, Arizona for a showdown with cowboys and…pirates? Irene Adler and her team will find a danger deeper and darker than Moriarity earlier in the month with Adler #2, out two weeks prior on May 6th.

And if you’re looking for a little bit of lighter fare, the Minions continue their zany charm with Minions Vol. 5: Sports #2, also released on May 6th.

Last month, we reported on a new Breathtaker museum exhibit that would also include a companion comic. That comic, Breathaker: Make Way for the Man #1 will come on May 20th, and include a restored Make Way for the Man #138. It’s the first all new collaboration from the original creative team in two decades.

In non-comics offerings, Star Trek Magazine #76 will dive deep into what could come from the third season of Star Trek: Discovery. And a new art book on May 13th celebrates 40 years of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, going behind the scenes of the film’s visual artistry with a first time look at archival material. That same day, Blade Runner 2049 fans will also have a new art book that dives into how Denis Villeneuve expanded the world of the original 1982 film.

You can read about all these titles (and more) on Newsarama.

Doctor Who Humble Bundle

Whovian comic readers have a Humble Bundle that is bigger on the inside with comics and audiobooks starting as low as $1. Over 640 titles are available, all in DRM-free format. These include stories from both classic and current Doctors, along with a few UNIT stories. But hurry: you only have a few more days to take advantage of this offer!

Emma Vieceli Interview

Life is Strange fans will enjoy this interview with writer Emma Vieceli to talk about next month’s Life is Strange: Partners in Time, her favorite moments and characters from the series, and her favorite part of writing (it’s the dialogue). One of the biggest reveals? We could meet more characters who share the same powers as Max.

What I’m Reading

With March hosting International Women’s Day a few days ago and being Women’s History Month, we look at two women in comics: one classic, one contemporary.

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Year 2 #3
Enrica Eren Angiolini (colorist), Comicraft’s Sarah Hedrick (letterer), Jody Houser (writer), Roberta Ingranata (artist), Richard Starkings (letterer)
March 4, 2020

The Thirteenth and Tenth Doctors back to back, fighting a crowd of Weeping Angels

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Year 2 #3, by Jody Houser and Roberta Ingranata

Things are getting real.  And it’s not just with the Weeping Angels either.  While Ten and the fam look to stay one step ahead of the Angels, Thirteen and Martha dig around in Martha’s dress shop to find some answers…and some Autons. (Yikes!) It’s the TARDIS that finally brings all of them together. Yes, you heard right: Ten and Thirteen meet face to face.  It’s also the TARDIS that is what the Angels are after, so this whole idea of a temporal paradox may be on hold while everyone unites to make sure that they stay safe.

It’s a lot of fun seeing Ten and Thirteen finally meet.  These are two of the wittiest Doctors to occupy the TARDIS, and Jody Houser captures how well they work together while retaining their distinct personalities.  What I haven’t seen much of in this series is the companions interacting with each other, and now that everyone’s together, that will come to pass.  (And wouldn’t it be fun to have a companion crossover—maybe Martha and Yaz traveling with Ten, for example?)

Ingranata continues her stellar simplicity on art.  The small eyes are hard to look at though, especially when you know what expressive large eyes both David Tennant and Jodie Whittaker both have. What I do love is the contrast in colors from Enrica Eren Angiolini: muted in the real world, bright and bold inside the TARDIS. It really shows just how different (and beautiful in their own ways) each environment is.

The stakes are high, both with the immediate threats and that long term threat of two Doctors in the same time space.  We’ve got one more issue to see how it all ends.

Ms. Tree: One Mean Mother
Terry Beatty (artist), Max Allan Collins (writer)
September 4, 2019

A woman holding a gun against a black background

Ms. Tree: One Mean Mother by Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty.

With this Pubwatch, we’re inaugurating “Throwback Thursday:” an occasional installment where we look back at past Titan works. As it’s Women’s History Month, we celebrate a classic female detective: Ms. Tree.

Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty created Ms. Tree (get it?) in 1981.  Inspired by Mike Hammer’s secretary Velma, Michael Tree (don’t call her Michelle) took over her husband’s business when he was murdered. (Did I also mention her late husband is also a Michael?) In her investigation, Michael finds deep connections to organized crime, which leaves you wondering what secrets Mr. Tree took to his grave.  Complicating things, her son (also named Mike; head spinning yet?) is in love with the daughter of a prominent member of that crime family.

The One Mean Mother collection of stories serializes ten issues of the comic from 1981 – 1984, with tales such as Ms. Tree becoming an unwitting pawn in a high school flame’s takedown of his ex-wife, confronting Frankie the Loon, and even trying to find who bumped off Muerta first lady Dominique. Complicating matters, Michael Tree finds herself in the family way thanks to that old high school flame. But it doesn’t stop her from seeking answers and protection for her loved ones.

This is definitely not a comic for kids: plenty of sex and violence.  I was also a bit concerned that language would read dated looking at these stories that are approaching 40 years old, but I was pleasantly surprised not to find that the case.

The stories are timeless without feeling dated. But what I love the most about Michael Tree is that Beatty does not try to make her an over-sexualized femme fatale.  She’s certainly feminine, but drawn with proper proportions. While her preferred wardrobe is classic dresses and skirts, she knows when and where to wear the right shoes for the situation, more so after her pregnancy. No constantly running after the Muertas in heels! The flatter artwork style of the pre-digital era could take some time to get used to. Knowing that someone took the time to draw this all by hand does make you appreciate it even more.

Michael Tree is one bad bitch—and I want her on my side.

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