Comic Picks of the Week

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With all the amazing titles that have been coming out, it’s nice to have a semi-slow week for a change. At least my wallet feels that way. This week has very few comics already on my pull-list, so I’m looking to expand my interests with several first issues from new series.

Pop #1

Writer: Curt Pires Artist: Jason Copland Cover Artist: Dylan Todd

Writer: Curt Pires Artist: Jason Copland Cover Artist: Dylan Todd

Here’s the pitch: All the world’s pop stars are literally products grown/created by the world’s wealthiest people. Uh-oh, one of these pop stars has escaped. So, it has slight hints of the Ewan McGregor/Scarlett Johannsen flick The Island, but hopefully the whole “pop star” things will give us comedy as well as tragedy. At the very least, reading this comic will probably be the first time I’ve ever felt sorry for someone more famous than me (just kidding….maybe).

Sundowners #1

Sundowners#1

Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Jim Terry Cover Artist: Chris Brunner

Written by Tim Seeley – you know the guy who does that excellent Revival comic – Sundowners sets out to explore the small chasm between heroism and insanity. The Sundowners live in that chasm. They may have been sworn to protect humanity from inter-dimensional invaders – but there’s not telling if they’re fighting real bad guys, or just figments of their imagination.

Wayward #1

Writer: Jim Zub Artists: Steven Cummings, John Rauch Cover Artists: Steven Cummings, Ross Campbell

Writer: Jim Zub Artists: Steven Cummings, John Rauch Cover Artists: Steven Cummings, Ross Campbell

This comic is trying really hard to channel its inner Buffy, and I’m wildly okay with that. Set in Japan, Rori is trying to get used to her new living arrangements. Trouble is, ancient creatures in Tokyo keep messing things up when they sense something in Rori that she’s not yet aware of. Judging from the cover, perhaps she’s a cat whisperer? Squirrel Girl has taken on some pretty nasty foes with just the help of squirrels, imagine if her powers were upgraded to do the same thing with cats!

Ahem. The solicit promises that Wayward, “…combines the camaraderie and emotion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the action and mystery of Hellboy.” I’m in, at least for one issue.

 

Tomb Raider #7

Writers: Gail Simone, Rhianna Pratchett Artists: Nicolas Daniel Selma, Juan Gedeon Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

Writers: Gail Simone, Rhianna Pratchett Artists: Nicolas Daniel Selma, Juan Gedeon Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

This issue begins an all new story-arc co-written by Gail Simone and Rhianna Pratchett. THIS IS THE DREAM TEAM LADIES. One of the greatest female writers in comics teaming up with one of the greatest female writers in video games? My worlds have collided and produced gold. Pure gold in the form of this comic.

Evil Empire #4

Writer: Max Bemis Artist: Andrea Mutti Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

Writer: Max Bemis Artist: Andrea Mutti Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

In the last issue of Evil Empire, we learned that behind every crazy wife-murdering movement starting freak, there’s another woman who made him that way. Assuming Reese and Theo survive to lead us through issue four, hopeuflly we’ll learn more about her as the rest of the country just keeps going to hell. With all the social unrest in the country lately, this comic will disturb you that much more.

Turtles in Time #3

Writer: Erik Burnham Artist: Ben Bates Cover Artist: David Peterson

Writer: Erik Burnham Artist: Ben Bates Cover Artist: David Peterson

Say what you want about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, but seeing the turtles in full samurai gear was awesome. Equally awesome: seeing them as pirates. As the turtles continue traveling through time, Michaelangelo finally finds something he might be good at: captaining a ship.

That’s it for this week (short list, I know). If you think I missed something great, let me know in the comments!

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