Stay on target Today is Wednesday, better known as New Comic Book Day, the best day of the week. A lot of great comics came out today, but this column is meant to focus on the best of the best, the must have books that should be in everyone’s stack for the week. This week, that comic is Black Bolt #1 from writer Saladin Ahmed, artist Christian Ward, and Marvel Comics.Black Bolt #1(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Christian WardBlack Bolt imprisoned! But by who? And where exactly? The answers to both will shock you! But to learn those answers, Black Bolt must first win a fight to the death with a fellow inmate — The Absorbing Man! Award-winning science fiction writer Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon) crafts a story as trippy as it is action-packed, with truly mind-bending art from the one and only Christian Ward!via Marvel ComicsBlack Bolt #1 feels like something really, really special, for a lot of reasons. This is the first issue in the first solo series for the character, despite him first appeared in Fantastic Four #45, which came out in December of 1965. This is also the first comic book series by writer Saladin Ahmed, who up until now has been known primarily as a writer of poetry, as well as fantasy and science fiction novels. Marvel has been bringing in a lot of non-comics writers, especially when launching new series, such as Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther, Roxane Gay on World of Wakanda, or Gabby Rivera on the new America series. I am all about this approach, especially when it gives us fresh, diverse creative voices that haven’t been steeped in comics culture. Saladin Ahmed’s a known fan of the comics though, and every page of Black Bolt #1 oozes with a love and affection that I don’t see often from traditional seasoned comic writers. This hardly even feels like a Marvel book, coming across more as a new Image series. It just has a swagger about it, which is really reassuring from a first issue, and especially from a writer new to the medium.Artist Christian Ward is one of the most unique in comics, having an art style that feels both fluid and epic, making him perfect for the Kirby-influenced sci-fi antics of this series. Taking place in a cosmic jail, complete with giant celestials and stunning designs, Ward manages to keep the focus on our hero(?) as he makes his way through grandiose set pieces that you could easily get distracted by. I can’t say enough how gorgeous this book is. While Ward is known more for his big, cosmic visuals, the real stand outs in this issue are the pages that he gets to hone in a character or two, especially the prison fight with the Absorbing Man. The fight just flows so well across the page, even as onlookers commentate, feeling like a fight scene from a Bruce Lee movie. Ward’s panel transitions deserve their own shout-out as well, especially a particularly intense scene in which Black Bolt tries to save another prisoner from a torture pod. A trippy sci-fi story set in the Alcatraz of space, this first issue sets up a lot, especially for our hero.via Marvel ComicsBlackagar Boltagon is a character that cannot speak and is essentially mute due to the dangerous power his voice contains. It feels almost like a necessity to have a solo series for the character in the months leading up to the new Inhumans TV show set to premiere on ABC this fall, and I am just so thankful that it is as good as this first issue turned out to be. The character is a king, a husband, and I am beyond excited for the next issue of this book, and the direction that Ahmed and Ward are taking the character. Black Bolt #1 is the first issue in a new series and is available today in print and online at Comixology.5/3/17 Releases – In addition to Black Bolt #6, here is a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should also be reading, if you are not already.Batman #22 by writer Joshua Williamson, artist Jason Fabok, and DC Comics. The third chapter in THE BUTTON event! Plenty here for fans of Flashpoint and people looking for answers to the Rebirth mystery!Youngblood #1 by writer Chad Bowers, artist Jim Towe, and Image Comics. The first issue in a new Youngblood series by an amazing creative team.All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1 by Marvel Comics, writer Gerry Duggan, artist Aaron Kuder, and colorist Ive Svorcina. The first issue in a new series meant to coincide with the release of the new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 movie, complete with all of the BABY GROOT you could ask for! Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1
Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target The train of new Star Wars movies every year shows no signs of slowing down. With two more episodes in the sequel trilogy plus a Han Solo-based prequel on the way, we already have plenty of Star Wars to look forward to. Now, Disney announced even more. The Hollywood Reporter reports that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works, with Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry in talks to helm the project.Daldry has some seriously great movies under his belt, including Billy Elliot and The Hours. Most recently, he directed a few episodes of Netflix’s period drama, The Crown (one of my favorite TV shows of 2016). While he’s clearly an accomplished director, nothing he’s done has been quite as big as a new Star Wars movie. But, given what he did with a story about the British royal family, a movie about an ancient religious order steeped in tradition shouldn’t be too much of a stretch. What is a Jedi movie but a costume drama with laser swords, anyway? And hey, given that all Star Wars movies take place “a long time ago,” aren’t they technically period pieces? He’ll be fine.Of course, it’s not yet known where in the timeline this Obi Wan movie will take place. The project is still in early stages, meaning it doesn’t even have a script yet. If Daldry does sign onto the project, he’ll oversee the writing of the movie alongside Lucasfilm executives. It’s also unclear whether they’ll bring back Ewan McGregor, but I guess that depends on where in the timeline this is set. If it’s about Obi Wan’s early days in the Jedi Order, set before The Phantom Menace, they’ll probably have to go with someone younger. If it takes place in between episodes three and four, McGregor absolutely deserves the chance to come back.As someone who rewatches every Star Wars movie frequently, McGregor is consistently the best part of the prequel trilogy. Despite the terrible dialog, he’s often the only one on screen who is clearly having fun. If this movie is set during Luke Skywalker’s childhood, I’d love to see what McGregor can do with the character when a good writer and director is involved.As nothing is set in stone at this point, we’ll just have to keep an eye out for more news as Disney continues hammering out the details. Considering the pace at which they’re pumping out new Star Wars movies, it shouldn’t take too long before we start to hear more.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.