Comic Picks of the Week

August 26, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 29

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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July 29, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 30

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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