Is Neil Gibson An Undiscovered Brian Bendis?

Brian Bendis used to write and draw black-and-white crime comics. I remember having a booth opposite him at San Diego Comic Con once, I really liked his work. It was dark and funny, had good human ear, great twists and a deadly sense of reality. But he was clearly not the kind of person destined to write superhero comic books.

Until, of course, he was. Both Todd McFalane and Joe Quesada saw his transferable skills and he became one of the most successful comic book writers of the past decade.

Yesterday I read Neil Gibson’s third volume of Twisted Dark short stories. I’d read previous books and enjoyed them but volume three was something else entirely. A series of short stories with a variety of artists, I was struck by how much more I was enjoying this one. Human lives steeped in tragedy but very relatable, lots of twists, lots of pull-back-and-reveals, but unlike previous volumes, these were less likely to be the ficus of the stories. What I got was real, intelligent, human drama… and melodrama., all set in the same world.

And exactly the same feeling I had reading Brian Bendis’ comics seventeen years ago.

Neil Gibson has a booth at NYCC. He can be found online here. If you are a reader, this is a perfect time. You get to say “I knew Neil Gibson before he wrote…”

And if you are an editor or a comic publisher, it’ your duty to make that time gap as short as possible.

BlackBatReturns100

Moonstone Brings Back The Black Bat Prose

Every Justice League Member Ever

14345860051

Arkham Knight Director Explains The Role Of The Batmobile In The Game

Iron_Fist_TLW_1_Cover

To Mystic Or Not To Mystic - Marvel's Question On Iron Fist

arcadefestus

Booze Geek - Festus Rotgut Features Short Comic Strips By Jason Aaron

Tiffany Smith Sings Every Playable Character In Lego Batman 3

a5

James Robinson Responds To Transgender Controversy Over Airboy

2807273-trailer_justcause3_20150213

Avalanche: 'Destruction In Just Cause 3 Will Make You Michael Bay'

The John Carter That Could Have Been

The Road North