This week is full of small press recommendations, and the last issues of some phenomenal series. While I usually like to list #1 issues first, this week we’re going in reverse order to honor the final issues of two great series.
The Wake #10
With issue ten of The Wake, part two of Snyder’s deep sea adventure finally comes to an end. The first five issues of the series showed us the beginning of the end, and this final issue Leeward hope to find a new beginning buried leagues beneath the sea. Or you know, everyone might die. It’s that kind of comic. The Wake has been one of my favorite comics of the past year. If you’re not come up, you should probably wait for the trade….or manically scavenge back-issues on e-bay. It’s worth it.
It’s the end of the line for Josephine in this final issue of Fatale. In a double-sized issue Brubacker and Phillips bring us the finale, revealing the Josephine’s biggest secret yet and giving us the showdown we’ve been waiting for. Josephine’s journey to this point has been bizarre, strange, and desperately hard to follow at times. I can only hope for more of the same as the series comes to an end.
Red Sonja #0
I’m not sure that anyone has been enjoying Gail Simone’s run on Red Sonja more than Simone herself, but it’s been a fun ride for the rest of us too. This anniversary issue has Red Sonja coming home to find a beastly marauder claiming to be her husband. As if Sonja would ever settle down.
Evil Empire #3
With freedom, liberty, and the American way slowly going down the drain as insanity and corruption spread, Reese (an anti-government hippie type) must find out where the corruption stems from. This series has a Cabin in the Woods feel, where you know only tragedy will follow, but it’s fun to watch it all burn. Plus, Bemis (as usual) offers unique political and social commentary without detracting from the thrilling ride of the story.
Day Men #4
My only complaint about this series is that it just doesn’t come out often enouhg. Day Men follows the the life of David and his service to the vampiric Virgo family. Unfortunately the Virgo’s (and David) have not been having a good week as all-out war erupts between them and the Ramses tribe. It’s finally time for the Virgo’s to fight back, and David is keen on getting some revenge.
I may have initially been drawn to this book by David’s dapper looks (I’m a sucker for a well-drawn man) but I’ve continued reading it for the story. It’s a bit like Game of Thrones on a two family scale…if all the families in Westeros were vampires living in modern times under the radar.
I can’t get enough of Greg Rucka, can you? While many people are interested in Veil (and few have her best interests in mind) we finally get to see if this mysterious young woman can fight back. I’m going to hazard a guess and say duh, or course she can fight back. Women who wake up naked and confused always have excellent fighting powers. Veil is just following in River Tam’s and Lelu’s footsteps.
Sandman Overture #3
The death knoll of the universe is sounding, and Sandman attempts to stop it; accompanied only by himself. Which is to say that Sandman is accompanied by Cat Sandman. Don’t worry, it’s both more and less confusing than it sounds. It’s Gaiman, it’s J.H. Williams III, and it’s Sandman. Only good things have ever come of this.
Trades and Graphic Novels
If you’re one of those people that likes collecting in trades or the meatier reading of a graphic novel, I’ve still got a few suggestions for you.
Titan Comics gives us the graphic novel that inspired the movie – in English for the first time! I saw the Chris Evans led movie last week (loved it) and can only hope that the graphic novel is even better. This is one story that I don’t mind experiencing over and over again.
Lazarus TP Vol. 2
This is another excellent Greg Rucka title set in the post-apocalyptic future where families run the remaining resources. Forever Carlyle is the Carlyle family’s lazarus, their protector and loyal “sibling” that can’t die. Volume two of the series follows Forever’s journey to uncover a rebellion in L.A., and the Barrett’s 500 mile journey to be granted “serf” status in the illustrious Carlyle family.
Runaway Complete Collection TP Vol. 1
If you haven’t yet experienced the Runaways, a super-powered group of teens with super-villains for parents, then this is your chance. The first volume in this complete collection features issues #1-18 of the series. Using the tools and genetic inheritance’s of their parents, the Runaways attempt to make new, pure-hearted family legacies for themselves. Plus, one of the kids gets a pet velociraptor. It’s super cool.