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Free Comic Book Day has been and gone for another year, but that doesn't mean that there aren't some bargains to be found. Top Cow have bloody loads of free issues available on their website. I'd recommend all of Think Tank and I'm going to take a punt on Madame Mirage, Aphrodite IX and IX Generation. If you really like what you see, spend some Cash Money on it at the store.

The first thing that I picked up was the Witchblade Animated issue, but the late Darwyn Cooke and Paul Dini. Somebody pointed it my way because it's got The Magdalena in it.

For those of you unfamiliar with her, The Magdalena is the descendant of Mary Magdalene and Christ, and is armed with the spear that pierced Christ's side. She's a legacy, working for the Catholic Church, and there have been generations of Magdalenas. I would love to read a book about the medieval Magdalena, like Lake of Fire, but I don't see it happening.

I'm moderately intrigued by her new series, though I'm not enjoying it as much as Vol.3 )
On to the actual issue for free )
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That's the case for both the Richard Stark novel and the Darwyn Cooke adaptation.

The snow's an absence of color; things like the opening, the criminal Parker's armored car heist, stand out against it.

There's him and his bombing the car, getting the cash, and getting out.

And then there's the getaway driver turning a right so hard he turns them over.

Up and over. )
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He translated them well.

His style fit their tales of the progression of crime and criminals.

The fourth adaptation, of the fourteenth Parker book Slayground, was a great showcase of that.

In it, the titular criminal pulled off an armored car heist that went bad in the escape. He legged it with the money into a nearby amusement park.

Some crooks and crooked cops nearby, in the middle of transacting business, saw him. Then they heard about the thing he'd done nearby on the radio and realized who he had to be and what he was carrying.

Parker, looking for a way out of where he'd come in, found nothing that wasn't locked up.

He saw the criminals gathering outside and knew what they were there for (but not why they were waiting).

So he got things ready for them. )
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...and remember that the World's Finest isn't two people, it's three.

The first time Superman met Batman, Batman was in full on "early days lone avenger" mode, terrifying everyone who saw him, whether they needed to be scared or not.

The second time though..

..things were a little different )
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It is now official that Darwyn Cooke passed away this morning from the cancer he was announced as being treated for just yesterday, and at the ridiculously, almost offensively young age of 53.

The genius behind New Frontier and noted for his work on Catwoman, The Spirit, Parker, The Twilight Children and many, many more lost his battle with cancer.

His style was unique and glorious. Retro, yet modern, it was instantly recognisable, and called up echoes of Will Eisner, Bruce Timm and Jack Kirby and was at the same time absolutely his own.

He was also known to be an utter professional and a good friend. Check out your favourite artists on Facebook and there's not a one of them who hasn't been hit by this.

I know I speak for the Mod Team and indeed everyone on Scans_Daily when i express my sympathies and thoughts for his family and many, many friends.

To honour his passing, may I suggest posting your favourite examples of his work, in this, or other threads if it seems appropriate. And if you wish to use the term, and donations to the Hero Initiative and The Candian Cancer Society

For my part, I will repost something i first put up in 2014, when the solicitations for an entire month of covers from DC had his work as wonderful variants... the only time I have actually considered buying a book for it's variant cover. I still hope these get collected.

I don't often swear on scans_daily, but as Mr Cooke put it yesterday when his condition was announced; "FUCK CANCER!"

Such a loss.... )
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From Almost Darwyn Cooke:

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce Darwyn is now receiving palliative care following a bout with aggressive cancer. His brother Dennis and I, along with our families appreciate the outpouring of support we have received. We ask for privacy as we go through this very difficult time.
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One of my all time favourite comic runs is that of the Ed Brubaker/Cameron Stewart/Darwyn Cooke period on Catwoman, and I thought that I'd share some.

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Vertigo is to me what Image Comic seems to be others. While everyone gets excited over whatever Image puts out, Vertigo does that for me. It's produced some my favorite comics of all time (Fables, iZombie, Scalped, Saucer Country, and The Unwritten), but it has been falling on hard times recently. This imprint barely had any new titles at all!

...that is, until just recently...

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"I poured a lot of intensive labor into this which I don’t think I could replicate, so I only hope that I don’t disappoint anyone in the future on other other projects." - Amanda Conner

Writer: Darwyn Cooke & Amanda Conner
Artist: Amanda Conner
Colorist: Paul Mounts

9 out of 28 pages

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I didn’t have a lot of input in it. To me anything to do with the movies – as far as I’m concerned, what Alan and I did was the Watchmen graphic novel and a couple of illustrations that came out at the same time. Everything else – the movie, the game, the [laugh] prequels – are really not canon. They’re subsidiary. They’re not really Watchmen. They’re just something different.

“So I was quite happy to say with the video game, yeah, I like that, and I don’t like that, and, that’s okay, because it wasn’t really anything that impinged on what we’d done creatively.
” - Dave Gibbons

"You know, honestly, let’s cut through all the bulls**t, and let’s just say: to tell the reader a good story. Honestly, that’s such a trite, bulls**t answer, but it’s the truth of it, right? When you cut through all of this stuff, we want the reader to walk away from it feeling like they were told a good story, and that they felt something for the people that lived through it. Outside of that, it’s up to other people to decide what the thing is." - Darwyn Cooke

Writer & Artist: Darwyn Cooke
Colorist: Phil Noto

10 out of 30 pages

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