The Martian Confederacy Archives | Robot 6 | The Comics Culture Blog

What Are You Reading?

Gingerbread Girl

Hello and welcome to another edition of What Are You Reading? Our special guest today is Emily Stackhouse, creator of the award-winning minicomic Brazilianoir and her latest, Miner’s Mutiny.

To see what Emily and the Robot 6 crew have been reading, click below.

Continue Reading »

Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Dark Horse Presents #1

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on what we call our “Splurge” item.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList if you’d like to play along in our comments section.

Chris Arrant

If I had $15, the first pick this week would be the relaunched Dark Horse Presents #1 (Dark Horse, $7.99). As a reader of the title in all its previous incarnations, I have a love for the format but also a desire to see them improve on it; editor Mike Richardson seems to have the right mix of big names and up-and-comers to make this work. Second up would be DMZ #64 (DC/Vertigo, $2.99), and this issue is the final issue in the “Free States Rising” arc and the first real sit-down between Matty and Zee in ages. Third would be Rick Remender’s covert ops squad Uncanny X-Force #8 (Marvel, $3.99). At first glance I question why I like this so much, but when I think about it, it becomes easy: I enjoy Remender’s storytelling, the artists they’ve had and the fearless nature to dig up some classic concepts from early 90s X-Men comics and general Marvel U stuff.

If I found $30 in my pocket instead of $15, I’d double back and pick up a pair of Invincibles: Invincible #79 (Image, $2.99) and Invincible Iron Man #503 (Marvel, $3.99). I really enjoy what these two teams are doing: carving out long expanding story-arcs that can only happen with long-term teams like these two have been fortunate enough to have. Third would be Jason Aaron and Daniel Acuna’s Wolverine #8 (Marvel, $3.99); although Daniel Acuna is known as a more glossy artist akin to Ed McGuinness meets Alex Ross, I think he really bucks that with the story arc he’s working on here. Lastly would be Avengers #12 (Marvel, $3.99) -– it really blows my mind that Bendis and Romita can do such a throw-back classic Avengers story and still keep the high sales going. I’m not complaining -– I love these stories as much as I love Avengers comics of lore, but they never sold this well.

Continue Reading »

To do: From Mars With Love pre-release party tonight in San Francisco

Writer Jason McNamara will be at Mission Comics (3520 20th Street between Mission and Valencia) in San Francisco tonight for a pre-release party for The Martian Confederacy: From Mars With Love, which comes out next week.

“Specialty cocktails will be spilled, books will be signed and an author will read” he said in an email. “Come and be dazzled by my tales of child slave labor and horny robots.”

Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget


Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on what we call our “Splurge” item.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList if you’d like to play along in our comments section.

Michael May

If I had $15:

I’d get Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish ($3.50) to see Hellboy fight some giant robots in space, Salt Water Taffy, Volume 4: Caldera’s Revenge ($5.99) to see Jack and Benny sign aboard a spooky ship in search of a Moby Dick-like whale, and Sweets #5 (2.99) to see Kody Chamberlain wrap up his delicious New Orleans murder mystery.

Continue Reading »

The Middle Ground #46 | Not the droids you’re looking for

For everyone who is tuning in waiting to find out how much I liked those Top Cow books I was sent after last week’s surprisingly controversial* column… You’re going to have to keep waiting, I’m afraid; they’ve not arrived yet. I suspect that the powers that be at Top Cow are still working out how to ensure as many papercuts as possible during my reading experience, personally. Let’s hope for next week, perhaps? Instead, I’m going to steal a leaf from Chad Nevett’s internet tree and abuse the extra eyes that might be watching this week for some Random Thoughts.

Two comics I’ve really enjoyed recently, but feel like I can’t review them properly because I know people behind them: Jason McNamara and Paige Braddock’s The Martian Confederacy, Vol. 2: From Mars, With Love and San Francisco-based anthology The Comic Book Guide To The Mission. The former is a follow-up to the “You probably haven’t read it, and you’re all missing out” science-fiction-plus-sex-and-drinking graphic novel from 2008 that not only has one of the best openings I’ve read all year – It mixes sentiment, comedy and character in a way that just makes me wish that McNamara could write the Fantastic Four, in a really odd way; you’ll know what I mean when you read it – but reads like a weird mash-up of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot and Venture Bros in all the right ways, and hopefully finds a massive audience this second time around (It’s out on March 28th). Meanwhile, Mission is pretty much what the title says it is, as well as being one of the few books I’ve read that actually feels like San Francisco, if that makes sense. It’s put together by friend and onetime fellow io9er Lauren Davis, who turns out not only to be one of the most talented and organized people I know, but a amazingly good editor to boot – there’s a really nice sense of place (Suitably) and variety to the book, and that helps it go beyond just a “You’ve been to the mission? You might like this!” experience and become something more fulfilling. Find out more about it at the Skodaman Press website, and more about The Martian Confederacy at that particular website. Both are highly recommended.

Continue Reading »

Mars on the mind: Two new comic series about the red planet

Free Mars

This week we got news over the transom of two new comic series set on the red planet of Mars. One is a sequel to a series from a year or so back, and the other is a webcomics collection.

The Martian Confederacy: From Mars, With Love follows up on the 2008 first volume by Jason McNamara and Paige Braddock, and this new volume takes the rogues on what the writer describes as “a romantic comedy involving child slave labor” (that’s a joke). These two cosmic confederates get news of child kidnappings to supply an underground workforce, and they’re on the hunt for the secret and the salvation of these children — while trying to keep things professional between each other. Robot 6 ran a preview of the book last fall, and the writer & artist did a back-and-forth with us back in January.

The sci-fi webcomic Free Mars is getting a print collection this week, in time for a debut at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. Free Mars is set in the far-flung 24th century and features a garage band that gets caught up in a grass roots revolution on Mars. Described by the authors as a “space rock opera,” Free Mars mixes sci-fi with six strings and has some great art to boot. This slimline compilation collects the first two chapters of this online story, as well as extras including a foreword by cosmic comics vet Dan Abnett.

Browse the Robot 6 Archives