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April 1, 2015 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 16

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for you to head to your LCS (or however you obtain your comics) and pick up something new! This week is a short week for me (I’m currently ignoring the upcoming DC and Marvel events) so let’s jump in.

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February 17, 2015 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 3

So today is Tuesday, which means it’s a) time to go get new movies from Redbox, and b) time to share my favorite comics of the week. There isn’t anything at Redbox that I’m really intent on seeing, so all my Tuesday enthusuasm has been directly infused into this list.

Silk #1

Writer: Robbie Thompson Artist: Stacey Lee Cover Artist: Dave Johnson

Writer: Robbie Thompson Artist: Stacey Lee Cover Artist: Dave Johnson

If you haven’t been following the Spider Verse event, then i09 can explain it for you. More importantly to us, two female led titles have spun out of the event, which is an occasion for rejoicing. Cindy Moon, a.k.a. Silk, was bitten by the very same radioactive spider that got Peter Parker.

Due to the events of Original Sin and Spider Verse, she’s back in New York trying to examine her past and build her future. Hopefully the writers will give her something more meaningful to do in the first issue.

Lumberjanes #11

Writers: Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson Artist: Carolyn Nowak
Writers: Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson Artist: Carolyn Nowak

I won’t lie, the ending to the first story-arc of Lumberjanes really threw me (major props to the entire creative team for cooking up something I didn’t see coming), and I’m ready to devour anything else the Lumberjanes throw at me. In this issue Mal and Molly get their own personal adventure, and the rest of the team has to deal with mundane things like camp and the Bear Woman. Never a dull moment with these brilliant and brave ladies!

Bitch Planet #3

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: Robert Wilson Cover Artist: Valentine De

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: Robert Wilson Cover Artist: Valentine De

Reading comics written by Kelly Sue is always a treat, and Bitch Planet punches harder than Captain Marvel ever has. This is a universe where there is an entire planet dedicated to the incarceration of women, and in this issue, we get to find out how one of the biggest baddest women on Bitch Planet got jailed in the first place. Something tells me it ain’t going to be pretty. The incarceration of women never is. #Noncompliant

Deadly Class #11

Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Wesley Craig

Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Wesley Craig

I tried to get my dad into this comic once, but the gore was a bit too much for him. God bless him. This book follows the life of teenager Marcus as he is admitted into an academy for assassins in the late 1980’s. High school drama can quickly become deadly when you attend school with the offspring of the world’s top crime families. Issue 11 may not be the best time jump in (it’s the finale to the second story-arc), but I give this series my highest recommendation. So you should start from the beginning.

Ms. Marvel #12

Writer: G. Willow Wilson Artist: Elmo Bondoc Cover Artist: Kris Anka

Writer: G. Willow Wilson Artist: Elmo Bondoc Cover Artist: Kris Anka

I’m not going to say anything about this issue. I think the cover (done by the amazing Kris Anka) speaks for itself.

Lazarus #15

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Michael Lark Cover Artist: Owen Freeman

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Michael Lark Cover Artist: Owen Freeman

Have you ever wanted to watch two relatively immortal human beings fight to the death? Rather, have you ever wanted to learn how to kill a relatively immortal human like Forever Carlisle? In this issue, also the conclusion to the current story arc, Forever Carlisle must face another Lazarus to the death. I may not be caught up on this series, but that’s definitely enough of a finale to draw me back in.

She-Hulk #12

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Javier Pulido Cover Artist: Kevin Wada

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Javier Pulido Cover Artist: Kevin Wada

This is the final issue of She-Hulk, and I can’t wait to see how Charles Soule and Javier Pulido finish things off. Thanks to Kevin Wada, She Hulk has had some of the most gorgeous, non-sexualized covers of any super heroine in existence, and the book will be sorely missed.

Barbarella and The Wrath of the Minute-Eater

Writer: Jean-Claude Forest, Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: Jean-Claude Forest

Writer: Jean-Claude Forest, Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: Jean-Claude Forest

This classic Science Fiction cult-favorite has been adapted into English by the inestimable Kelly Sue DeConnick. If you’ve been following me on twitter recently you’ll know of my obsession with science fiction history, and I’m looking forward to such a classic gracing my bookshelf.

 

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January 6, 2015 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 5

2015 is a bright new year, and I’m so excited about new comics this year. So let’s start this list off with a brand new title!

Lady Killer #1 (Dark Horse)

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Writers: Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich Artist: Joëlle Jones

This comic follows the life of stay-at-home mom Josie Schuller, assasin-for-hire. The combination of 60’s chic and murder is a stroke of brilliance from creative team Jamie S. Rich and Joelle Jones, who previously collaborated together on You Have Killed Me from Oni Press.

I’m personally hoping the issues are packed full of cleaning advice like, how to remove viscera from under the refrigerator. Not that I have viscera under my refrigerator.

ODY-C #2 (Image)

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Christian Ward

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Christian Ward

ODY-C can best be described as a gender-bent science-fiction version of Homer’s Odyssey. I’m all about the gender-bending because it means that instead of lame Odysseus, we get Odyssia the Clever Champion. Fraction and Ward manage to take the centuries old tale and make it fresh and psychedelic…which is a good thing I swear.

Deadly Class #10

Writer: Rick Remender Artist:  Wesley Craig

Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Wesley Craig

If you haven’t heard of it yet, Deadly Class follows a bunch of assassins-in-training in high school in the late 80’s. Basically, Remender and Craig are giving us one of the sharpest creative teams out there right now. Issue ten gives us a glimpse of what these angsty kids do on their day off in San Francisco. Honestly, I won’t be surprised if they mange to kill someone anyhow.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (Marvel)

Writer: Ryan North Artist: Erica Henderson

Writer: Ryan North Artist: Erica Henderson

Whenever I need to explain to anyone just how strange comics can be, I whip out Squirrel Girl. A super hero that dresses up like a squirrel? And yet now that Ryan North and Erica Henderson have teamed up to write Squirrel Girl, a.k.a Doreen Green, well I can’t help but be excited.  Marvel is on a roll with all its female-led titles.

Storm #7

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Victor Ibanez Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Victor Ibanez Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

With the looming cancellations of She-Hulk and Elektra, loan your support to the not-yet-cancelled Storm! Right now in the comic, Storm’s enemies have made Storm an enemy of the state. She dooooessss look like a radical rebel with the mohawk. Still, she’s off to clear her name.

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin

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Writer: Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett Artist: Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

The only thing I really understand about Angela is a character, is that wherever she goes she leaves havoc in her wake. Knowing that, it’s super excited that Angela makes her way down to earth in this issue! By the by, Angela is also related to Odin and Thor now, if that makes the comic more appealing to you.

Those are all the comics I’m looking forward to this week! What else are you guys looking forward to?

 

 

 

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August 26, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 7

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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August 19, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 8

Some weeks, it starts taking me by surprise how many issues a “new” series has already pumped out. It’s probably just because I’ve been reading through so many back issues with Marvel Unlimited. Anyway, there’s plenty of good new stuff to read this week, so let’s get down to business.

Little Nemo Returns to Slumberland #1

Writer: Eric Shanower Artis: Gabriel Rodriguez

Writer: Eric Shanower Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez

Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez team up to return to the land behind Winsor McKay’s brilliant strips. Landing in Slumberland, King Morpheu’s daughter selects Nemo as her next playmate. But, go figure, the little boy doesn’t really want to play with the little girl. It promises to be a fun all-age adventure, that will ideally hit the right balance of nostalgia and new material.

The Fade Out #1

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artists:  Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artists: Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser

Sad that Brubaker and Phillip’s Fatale has come to a close? Welp, Fade Out should be the cure for that. They’ve teamed up again to tell an epic crime story set in late 1940’s  Hollywood. As if the book weren’t noir enough, Brubaker makes it meta with the noir comic focuses on a failing noir movie.  If you’ve read a Brubaker/Phillips endeavor in the past and enjoyed it, you’ll probably want to pick this title up.

Supreme Blue Rose #2

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Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Tula Lotay

The Solicit: “Diana Dane is being transported by Darius Dax in the hunt for the mysterious Ethan Crane. It’s a car ride that takes her a lot further than she expects: out into the nature of the universe itself.” When Warren Ellis starts looking at the nature of the universe, good things happen. Plus, Tula Lotay’s art is just stellar.

Storm #2

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Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Victor Ibanez

Guess what? It’s finally Storm’s turn to save the world; getting her first ongoing series since the character was created in the 1970’s. With issue two Pak and Ibanez begin exploring some of Storm’s past by taking her down memory lane to her misspent time as a thief. Of course, there’s a bad guy waiting for her there, but I sincerely believe that Storm’s mohawk gives her extra powers and that she can handle anything that comes her way. I’m not pleased with this cover image however, which really seems to focus on Storm’s boobs. It could have been worse though, at least they didn’t go for the boob + butt pose.

The Wicked and The Divine #3

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie

This title, which follows the human carnations of twelve gods as they live for two years and then die, is yet another phenomenal success from Gillen and McKelvie. I don’t really want to get into explaining the series more than that (when multiple pantheons are involved things can get confusing fast) but it’s full of McKelvie’s stunning art and Gillen’s witty writing. If it helps, imagine Gillen and McKelvie’s previous two series, Phonogram and Young Avengers had a baby. This is that weird, yet amazing baby.

Elektra #5

Writer: Haden Blackman Artist: Michael Del Mundo

Writer: Haden Blackman Artist: Michael Del Mundo

This first arc on Elektra has been a tale of redemption. Unfortunately it’s kinda tough to be redeemed if you’re dead – a condition that Elektra might soon face if she doesn’t pull an ace out of her sleeve during an assassin’s showdown. This issue promises lots of fighting, which for once I’m okay with…only as long as Michael Del Mundo is drawing it.

Ms. Marvel #7

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Writer: G. Willow Wilson Artist: Jake Wyatt Cover Artist: Jamie McKelvie

You shouldn’t need me to tell you to buy Ms. Marvel. The fact that Ms. Marvel #1 is on its sixth printing should be evidence of the title’s greatness. Plus, I don’t care who you are, but any comic that manages to get Wolvy to take a selfie (although it’s clearly against his will) is a win. This issue also tells a story of Kamala protecting her hometown from new foe, The Inventor. As much fun as meeting a brand new superhero is, it’s just as much fun to meet their villains. We’ll see what writer G. Willow Wilson has cooked up for us!

Honorable Mentions: Genius #3, Trees #4, Translucid #5

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August 12, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 9

So apparently July 2014 was a doozy for comics sales. There were an exceptionally good crop of comics out in the last month. This month looks to continue the trend with some solid titles.

Hexed #1

Writer: Michael Alan Nelson Artist: Dan Mora Cover Artist:  Emma Rios

Writer: Michael Alan Nelson Artist: Dan Mora Cover Artist: Emma Rios

I may have mentioned recently how Boom! Studios is totally killing it, and Hexed just continues the trend of high quality comics coming from Boom. It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Lara Croft, with a little bit of Faith mixed in.

Luci Jennifer Inacio Das Neves, or Lucifer, is a supernatural thief for hire who works for Val Brisendine in the netherword. She’s also prone to accidental destruction as demonstrated by the accidental unleashing of evil from one of the paintings in Val’s art gallery. Oops. Now she has to use all the talents and weapons in her arsenal to try to stop it. Poor Lucifer.

Genius #1

Writers: Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin Artist: Afua Richardson Cover Artist: Nelson Blake

Writers: Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin Artist: Afua Richardson Cover Artist: Nelson Blake

Genius was the winner of Top Cow’s Pilot season, and it making a return to print this month. I am not prone to recommending comics with naked ladies on them. It usually signifies that the comic itself will be full of anatomically incorrect women that I just don’t need to ill my head with. HOWEVER, after reading this interview with artist Afua Richardson about the thinking that went into the cover, I’m willing to give Genius (and Afua) a chance.

The greatest military mind of our generation was born to Destiny, a teenaged girl from South Central L.A. The comic follows her conquests and exploits as she uses this primal knowledge to grab territory for herself and her army of gangbangers. Probably the most compelling premise I’ve heard this week.

Princess Ugg #3

Creator: Ted Naifeh

Creator: Ted Naifeh

I want this cover as a print in my house. Look at the muscles in Princess Ugg’s legs! So fierce. In this issue, Ugg may have decided to call it quits with the princess academy (who wouldn’t?) but her escape is stopped by one of the weirder teachers. There’s good news and bad news, and you’ll just have to read the issue to find out the rest.

Shutter #5

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Writer: Joe Keatinge Artist: Leila Del Duca

There’s a reason Kate Christopher quit her job as a globe-trotting adventurer, and we’re about to find out the big secret. Hopefully. Keatinge and Del Duca could just be teasing us.

Ghost #7

Writer: Christopher Sebela Artists: Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons Cover Artist: Jenny Frison

Writer: Christopher Sebela Artists: Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons Cover Artist: Jenny Frison

Christopher Sebela has done a great job taking over Ghost from Kelly Sue DeConnick. The current story arc has her going up against a tech-savvy bounty hunter – who knows Ghost’s weaknesses better than she does. We’ll see how Ghost can handle herslef in the realm of black-market weaponry. But really, she’s got to be one of the most highly sought after weapons.

Dream Merchant #4

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artists: Konstantin Novosadov, Anthony Hope-Smith

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artists: Konstantin Novosadov, Anthony Hope-Smith

Nathan Edmondson has been incredibly busy on the Black Widow ongoing, but it’s nice to see he’s finally gotten back to Dream Merchant. I’ve been waiting for this issue for over a year! Refresher: Dream Merchant follows Winslow (a guy residing in a Psychiatric facility) who suddenly realizes that his dreams are real and the monsters from them keep attacking him. As the dream world starts to meld with our reality, Winslow is the only one who can stop it, and save us from our nightmares.

So yeh. That’s Dream Merchant for you. It’s pretty awesome.

Sex Criminals #7

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Chip Zdarsky

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Chip Zdarsky

I saved the best for last. In this issue of sex criminals Jon breaks into Kegelface’s house (I can’t believe I just typed “kegelface”) and Suzie learns the fate of her precious library. In other words, Zdarsky and Fraction continue making magic with this delightfully tawdry and witty book. Not digging the cover of this one though.

That’s all for this week! If you think I missed something great, let me know in the comments.

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August 5, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 9

Let’s face it, it’s unlikely that any comic you read this week will come close to capturing the amazing feeling you just got from watching Guardians of the Galaxy. I’ve already watched it twice in theaters (tearing up both times) and I can’t remember the last time I saw such a perfect movie, let alone comic movie. There are, however, a number of GotG related titles out this week, that you can use to fill all the time you have where you can’t watch Guardians of the Galaxy on repeat.

Rocket Raccoon #2

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Everything done by Skottie Young

So, assuming you’re a normal human being, Rocket has probably stolen your heart. The little fuzzball is tragic, cynical, loyal, and hilarious – all of which come together in the current series by Skottie Young. I could tell you the plot of the current arc, but does it really matter? Don’t you just want more of this gun-toting maniac in your life?

Legendary Star-Lord #2

Writer: Sam Humphries Artist:  Paco Medina

Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Paco Medina

So, Peter’s been captured by a bounty-hunter (go figure) and has to finegle his way out of the situation. Nothing new for the notorious Star Lord. The fun of this series right now is watching how silly/stupid Peter can be when the rest of his GotG pals aren’t around. Seriously though.

Thanos: The Infinity Revelation

Creator: Jim Starlin

Creator: Jim Starlin

The recent movie didn’t show off just how crazy scary Thanos actually is – but you can learn for yourself in this hard cover original graphic novel from Thanos creator Jim Starlin. While I typically don’t enjoy reading about villains for pleasure, the twisted Mad-Titan snares me every time.

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artist: Phil Noto

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artist: Phil Noto

Back to our regularly scheduled programming, Black Widow is having a cross-over with the Punisher. I’m pretty sure it won’t lead to a more in-depth understanding of Black Widow and her life, but it will probably lead to mayhem. Sometimes you just need a little mayhem in your comics. Plus, I can’t imagine the Punisher has ever looked better, with Phil Noto still leading the art. It’s a fun romp.

Moon Knight #6

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Declan Shalvey Cover Artist: Jordie Bellaire

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Declan Shalvey Cover Artist: Jordie Bellaire

This cover of Moon Knight gives away the least amount of information about the series yet. Bravo. This is the last issue for Ellis, Shalvey and Bellaire so you definitely want to read it. Like really, when a creative team of superstars comes together for a weird book like Moon Knight, you have to read it.

She-Hulk #7

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Javier Pulido Cover Artist: Kevin Wada

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Javier Pulido Cover Artist: Kevin Wada

Every so often, it’s fun to have a shrinking story in comics. Plus, the look on Hellcat’s face on the cover is priceless.

Madame Frankenstein #4

Writer: Jamie S. Rich Artist: Megan Levens Cover Artists: Joëlle Jones, Nick Filardi

Writer: Jamie S. Rich Artist: Megan Levens Cover Artists: Joëlle Jones, Nick Filardi

In this issue of Madame Frankenstine, the lady monster gets to go on her first big outing! Between the carnivale, burlesque dancers, and speak-easy, it’s everything I wish my first public outing could have been. Of course there’s bound to be trouble when taking your pet monster out for the first time, but who cares?

Lazarus #10

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Michael Lark

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Michael Lark

So you’ve been hearing about this awesome Lazarus comic, but you haven’t yet made the jump. As a stand alone issue following Jonah Carlyle’s failed attempt at family-coup, this is the perfect issue to jump on. You’ll learn what happens when you desert your Family, and watch Jonah get his just desserts.

Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks

For those of you who are interested in something meatier than a single comic issue, here are some excellent collections coming out this week.

Trillium TP

Creator: Jeff Lemire

Creator: Jeff Lemire

As reality is unraveling, two intrepid explorers fall in love from opposite ends of the space-time continuum. It’s literally the LAST love-story of the universe. Reading this series as the issues came out was killer, with cliff-hangers galore. Do yourself a favor and grab the story in full, savoring the last moments of the universe.

Complete ElfQuest TP

Creators: Wendy Pini and Richard Pini

Creators: Wendy Pini and Richard Pini

You know the feeling you get when you read The Hobbit? Young Bilbo’s young adventures are filled with an innocence and purity of heart that gets lost in the darker Lord of the Rings trilogy. You can get that feeling back with Elf Quest. The series follows Chief Cutter and the Wolfriders as they navigate the ever-changing terrain of the land searching for a new home. This volume collects the first 20 issues, giving you a rare treat of starting this epic story from the beginning, and falling in love with classic fantasy all over again.

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July 29, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 9

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

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Sean Murphy Cover Art:  Andrew Robinson

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Sean Murphy Cover Art: Andrew Robinson

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.

Fatale #24

Writer:  Ed Brubaker Artist: Sean Phillips

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Sean Phillips

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

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Noah Salonga Cover Artist: Gabriel Hardman

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Noah Salonga Cover Artist: Gabriel Hardman

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

Writer: Max Bemis Artists: Ransom Getty, Andrea Mutti Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

Writer: Max Bemis Artists: Ransom Getty, Andrea Mutti Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

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

Writers: Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

Writers: Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

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.

Veil #4

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Toni Fejzula

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Toni Fejzula

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

Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist:  J. H. Williams

Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist: J. H. William

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.

Snowpiercer GN

Writers: Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand Artist: Jean-Marc Rochette

Writers: Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand Artist: Jean-Marc Rochette

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

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Michael Lark Cover Artist: Owen Freeman

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Michael Lark Cover Artist: Owen Freeman

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

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artists: Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyagawa Cover Art:  Adrian Alphona

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artists: Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyagawa Cover Art: Adrian Alphona

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.

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Comics Picks of the Week

April 8, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 13

This week I was granted a reprieve from difficult pull list decisions by the comics gods. Why? Mainly because not that much I’m interested in is coming out this week. It may be a light week, but its’ also a week full of WINNERS. Just a quick advance warning, I may turn into a drooling school girl when I talk about a few of these titles.

Lumberjanes#1

Writer: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis Artist:  Brooke A. Allen Cover Artist: Noelle Stevenson

Writer: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis Artist: Brooke A. Allen Cover Artist: Noelle Stevenson

The day this was announced, I audibly squealed and did a weird finger dance in my office. I can’t even express how excited I am for this title written by Nimona’s Noelle Stephenson. Hopefully there will be shark jokes. But seriously. This title is about a bunch of girls living in a cabin fighting monsters, and looking SO DAMN COOL while they do it. If you don’t believe me, check out the preview here.

Shutter #1

Writer: Joe Keatinge Artist: Leila Del

Writer: Joe Keatinge Artist: Leila Del Duca

According to the description, Shutter is supposed to be the love child between Indiana Jones, Fables, and Y: The Last Man. Plus, it’s written by Joe Keatinge who re-created my beloved Glory. Plus it’s about a lady. Plus plus plus JUST BUY IT OKAY. Okay okay, you don’t have to buy it if ladies, fantasy, and adventure aren’t your thing…buuut why wouldn’t those be your thing?

Nightcrawler #1

Writer: Chris Claremont Artist: Todd Nauck Cover Artist: Chris Samnee

Writer: Chris Claremont Artist: Todd Nauck Cover Artist: Chris Samnee

Okay, this title rounds out the awesome first issues of the week. I honestly have no idea what Nightcrawler’s recent history is – I hear he’s been dead or something. He’s a cool character, Chris Claremont is writing him, and I enjoy non-team titles. I’m willing to take a chance this week to see if it’s any good.

Captain Marvel #2 (ANMN)

Writer:  Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: David Lopez

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: David Lopez

Duh.

FBP #9

Writer: Simon Oliver Artist: Robbi Rodriguez Cover Artist: Nathan Fox

Writer: Simon Oliver Artist: Robbi Rodriguez Cover Artist: Nathan Fox

This title was on my “maybe” pile for a few issues, but the addition of Rosa to the team (She got sucked through various multiple dimensions before finally finding her way back…naked?) drew me back in. Plus, the cover art continues to be fantastic.

That’s all I have this week – no honorably mentions, no other comics I wish I could buy. Yes, I realize I have now snubbed Darevedevil and Deadpool. Maybe they should be more interesting!

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Comics Picks of the Week

March 31, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 8

I have limited myself to 5 comics per week. So far, this makes me want to hit myself in the face; but it’s a good practice in restraint. This will somehow make me stronger. So, here are my top 5 picks of the week.

Trillium8

Creator: Jeff Lemire

This is the FINALE. The universe is unraveling, and Nika and William seem to be the only two noticing. Are they going to go down with the ship (the universe)? I have absolutely no idea how Lemire is going to attempt to end this (not holding out for a happy ending) which makes me all the more excited to read it.
Writer: Greg Rucka  Artist: Toni Fejzula

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Toni Fejzula

I believe I’ve mentioned this – but anything Greg Rucka writes is good, and I’m enjoying the artistic difference between Veil and Lazarus right now. FOr those of you who missed the first issue, Veil follows the story of a girl that wakes up naked in a subjway tunnel surrounded by rats. Like another familiar character that is introduced to us naked (River Tam), the girl from Veil has something going on with her mind. She miiiight be able to kill people with it. Maybe.

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick  Artist: Emma Rios

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Emma Rios Colorist: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Clayton Cowles

If you’re not currently reading Pretty Deadly we can’t be friends. THIS ISSUE IS GOING TO BE EPIC. Preparations have been made, and now Ginny and Death collide in the ultimate showdown. Death fights his progeny, what can go wrong here? Hopefully everything if Kelley Sue and Emma have anything to do with it.

Writer: Warren Ellis  Artist: Declan Shalvey

Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Declan Shalvey

Moonknight beat out other comics on the list this week because my curiosity got the better of me. I read the first issue of Moonknight, and Warren Ellis managed to suck me in with this mythological/crazed hero. I’ve heard that Moonknight can simultaneously be one of the most nuanced Marvel heroes, while ending up in the wackiest situations. I’m fascinated.

Culled Comics of the Week

I’m limiting myself to 5 comics a week due to money, vague promises, and the realization that the fewer comics I read, the better my experience is. So here are some comics that I also think are amazing and worthy of your money, but I just won’t be grabbing this week.

Writer: Charles Soule  Artist: Javier Pulido  Cover Artist:  Kevin Wada

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Javier Pulido
Cover Artist: Kevin Wada

The covers of She Hulk continue to be astounding, and I’m sad I can’t buy posters of them. Props to Kevin Wada. The reason that this issue got cut from my list is the inside art. Javier Pulido’s style is a bit different than the art I’m used to, and I don’t find reading She-Hulk as pleasant when I’m constantly wondering “Why does her face look so funny”. The story is absolutely amazing though. The combination of superheroes and law is fantastic and it’s exciting to see how this will play out.

Writer:  Nathan Edmondson Artist: Phil Noto

Writer: Nathan Edmondson
Artist: Phil Noto

My problem with Black Widow is the opposite of the problem I have with She Hulk. I love love love love Phil Noto’s rendition of Black Widow (and her environs) but the story has been a bit week. As a book that is attempting to follow the “Hawkeye” model (distinctive art coupled with a look at a hero’s personal life) the characterization of Black Widow is wearing thin. I get it. Black Widow has a past. She’s trying to avenge it. Is there any possibility that we can have her think of something else for a change?

Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Lee Garbett  Cover Artist: Jenny Frison

Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Lee Garbett
Cover Artist: Jenny Frison

I love Loki. I love watching his pranks. You know what will happen in the end? Loki will win. Some how, some way, Loki will win. There might be a sacrifice (or many) but he will win in the end. So, I’m going to save a bit of money and pick up the trade.

Writer: Jim Zub  Artist: Jonathan Lau  Cover Artist:  Jeffrey Chamba Cruz

Writer: Jim Zub
Artist: Jonathan Lau
Cover Artist: Jeffrey Chamba Cruz

The revitalized Red Sonja (thanks fairy grandmother Gail Simone) is amazing. Will this one-shot be? Questionable. At the same time I think it would be fascinating to see how Red Sonja deals with a young human child since she doesn’t exactly seem to have the strongest maternal instincts.

Writer:  Mike Carey  Artist: Elena Casagrande Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Elena Casagrande Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

I’m letting this one off the list for this week do to fatigue. I really like this title, and the current story arc is building up to something big, but I think I’ll wait for the arc to finish before I pick up the issues.

 

So that’s it for this week! What issues do you guys think are missing from my list?

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