Mark Millar’s CLiNT magazine is retooled and back, with CLiNT 2.1. I had liked CLiNT just fine the way it had always been, so I was curious as to what changes would be in store for this movie and comic-centric publication. As it turns out, not much has really changed with CLiNT, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. While serving as a showcase of Mark Millar’s various projects, the magazine has always featured a plethora of previews and comic art. For me, CLiNT‘s biggest strength has always been the exclusive interviews and feature articles. In an age where news will appear on the internet weeks before it can be printed in a magazine, any printed publication that hopes to remain relevant absolutely must have good features. CLiNT has always managed to do just that, at an affordable price. So what would CLiNT 2.1 have in store for readers? Pretty much the same thing that it always has– a good magazine.
This issue opens with a roundup of various Mark Millar projects. There are some nice little tidbits and factoids in this segment, but there are also a lot of news items that I was already quite familiar with. Granted, working here at ComicBooked.com I keep a really close watch on movie and comics news, and not much manages to slip under my radar. For a more casual fan, this section would be a nice way to stay up to date about all of the latest Millarworld developments.
The nagging feeling that I had already seen much of this content before would continue into the comics featured here in CLiNT 2.1, particularly with Supercrooks (from Millar and artist Lenlil Yu) and Secret Service (from Millar and Dave Gibbons). These comics had already been previewed in other Millarword titles, and had actually been released as single issues that I picked up before well before CliNT 2.1 hit the streets. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is cool that entire comic issues have been reprinted here, and considering the cover price of comics factored in with the other content in CLiNT, there is no denying this magazine is a decent bargain. Another selling point (in my mind) is that I might not always be willing to lend out my single-issue comics to friends who might not potentially treat them in the same kind manner that I do, but I would be more than happy to pass along an issue of CLiNT for them to check out those same comics.
In addition to the titles mentioned above, there were also installments of Rex Royd from Frankie Boyle (which I admit, I wasn’t really that fond of); and another comic titled Death Sentence from Montynero and Mike Dowling, about an STD that infects and can kill its victims in six months (which is a comic that really seems to have some potential).
Other features in this issue of CLiNT included: a piece about the 20th Anniversary of Roman Dirge’s Lenore comic (published by CLiNT‘s publisher Titan Magazines) that I enjoyed but which again felt about a month late, an interview with a real life superhero who goes by the name “Clint,” and a profile on actor Marko Zaror.
So is the new CLiNT worth picking up? Most definitely. I know that this first issue faced a short release delay, and that was likely a factor with some of the content feeling slightly dated. CLiNT 2.0 still seems like it is working to figure out its identity. Will it fill the vacuum left by Wizard magazine? Will it become a respected comics anthology like Dark Horse Presents or 2000 AD? I think CLiNT has great potential and will continue to evolve, becoming a hybrid showcase of many different ideas. I would like to see more of the excellent interviews and features that have always made CLiNT a “must read” publication for comic fans, and fewer reprints of comics that I have already bought and read. There are definitely some exciting things on the way from CLiNT, as in the next installment we will finally get a look at the upcoming Hit-Girl comic that will play prominently in the next Kick-Ass movie. I understand that in a world increasingly filled with the cacophony of various competing forms of media, sometimes a “retooling” or “reboot” is a gimmick way to get people to pay extra attention (as comic fans know all too well). Did CLiNT really need to retool into CLiNT 2.1? Probably not. The magazine has always done a great job, and I am happy to report, still does. Be sure to pick up CLiNT 2.1 to see for yourself. If you like the magazine, consider the following offer to save some money with a subscription to CLiNT.
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