MARVELS VOICES #1 – “Inspired by the acclaimed podcast series!” I don’t know anything about this podcast, and now there’s a comic inspired by it? Has anyone listened to this podcast who would like to sell me on it? (Yes, I know I can go listen to it myself, but what’s the fun in that?)
STAR #1 – I’m always on the lookout for new Marvel or DC characters and Star sounds like something I’d be interested in. Waiting for the trade, though.
WOLVERINE #1 – Snikt!
ARCHIE MEETS B-52S #1 – Look, I enjoyed “Love Shack” as much as the next person, but why does this musical group have such staying power in the pop culture zeitgeist?
DOCTOR TOMORROW #1 – I almost tried out this series.
GODKILLERS #1 – Same. Maybe waiting for the trade.
PLOT #1 – And a third almost ran where I might get the trade.
What are some other comics I missed that I should add to my Buy list?
Best comic I read recently
VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER #7 by Al Ewing, Jason Aaron, Pere Perez, Jesus Aburtov, Joe Sabino, and Mahmood Asrar and Matthew Wilson (cover)
The best Marvel comic you’re not reading continues with the Marvel Medics treating Death herself! The plot is pretty simple (the medics journey to Death’s realm to prevent her from dying and have to face some uncomfortable situations along the way [a la the Hero’s Journey]), but the execution of the scene with the portraits, Jane’s conversation with the Death of Death and her soliloquy as she answers Its question (“Do we need Death?”), and how the final page connected all of what came before was so great.
THE GREEN LANTERN SEASON 2 #1 – More Grant Morrison and Liam Sharpe Green Lantern goodness.
20XX #3 – I recently talked about issue 1 in glowing terms, but after reading issue 2, I’m now questioning my initial reaction to the series and also wondering if I will continue with it. Issue 3, you have a lot riding on you!
DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN #4
ANIMAL MAN BY GRANT MORRISON TP VOL 01 – If you’ve not read this series, do yourself a favor and get this.
BILLY BATSON AND MAGIC OF SHAZAM TP BOOK 01
HARLEY QUINN & BIRDS OF PREY #1 (OF 4) – In case you enjoyed the movie (I haven’t seen it yet)?
ZATANNA AND THE HOUSE OF SECRETS TP – Another of the DC Kids OGNs that I wish I’d ordered.
STAR TREK YEAR FIVE VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL – I now wish I’d ordered this.
AERO TP VOL 01 BEFORE THE STORM – I’m keeping an eye on this as a future InStockTrades purchase.
COTTONS SC GN VOL 01 SECRET OF WIND – I totally missed this in Previews. I want to read this book now.
DOCTOR MIRAGE TP VOL 01 – Same as with Aero.
HOPE TP – Another book I’m interested in getting.
Best comic I read recently
NEAR DEATH v1 by Jay Faerber, Simone Guglielmini, Ron Riley, Charles Pritchett, Tom Coler, and Daniel Freedman
Some time last year, probably during an Image sale on Comixology, I bought both volumes of Near Death primarily because I’m a fan of Mr. Faerber’s comic books. That and I am a sucker for the “bad guy” attempting a shot at redemption. In this case, hitman Markham dies briefly and finds himself being haunted by all of the people he’s killed. He comes out of the experience not wanting to end up in that place again, and so decides he needs to balance the scales. He does this by helping people and, with a few missteps, not killing anyone in the process.
One thing I enjoy about this premise is that Markham’s motives aren’t altruistic and he has no compunction about killing again, but he chooses not to. It reminds me somewhat of the Rockford Files but edgier. Guglielmini’s art is sufficiently noirish and moody, but I’m never confused about where my eyes should scan across the pages and who I’m looking at, which, surprisingly, is a lot more of a problem in other comic books I’ve read than you’d think. And after reading both volumes of this title, I can now read the recently released OGN Over My Dead Body!
Adventureman from Fraction and the Dodsons looks like fun. Though, while I understand why it’s titled what it is, it seems more that it should be called “Adventurewoman”.
Kirkman, Samnee, and Wilson’s Fire Power seems to be highly derivative of Iron Fist, but it’s Samnee and Wilson! Interesting too that they’re releasing a trade as a prequel to the series. I wonder how that will impact the sales of the ongoing, if at all.
I try not to hold it against Shalvey for working on Bog Bodies (with art by Fullerton and Nalty) instead of Injection, but I’m intrigued by the story.
DREAMING #18 – Awesome! Another Marguerite Sauvage drawn issue!
JUSTICE LEAGUE #40 – Looking forward to reading Venditti’s take on the Justice League.
MARTIAN MANHUNTER #12 – The end of the maxi-series. I have loved this mostly for the Riley Rosmo art.
STAR TREK YEAR FIVE TP VOL 01 ODYSSEYS END – Pick of the week – Despite the fact that Mike Johnson was replaced as the writer of IDW’s Star Trek comics (and from I read, unceremoniously), I’m looking forward to reading some TOS adventures.
DC CRIMES OF PASSION #1 – This is the first or second holiday themed special from DC that I didn’t order. I usually find one or two gems in these specials, not to mention new talent sometimes, but the last few from last year just didn’t do it for me.
ADLER #1 – I’m always interested in Sherlock Holmes stories and the spotlight is on Irene Adler, who, in some interpretations of the mythos is the superior intellect. I’m curious how this comic depicts the character.
WHY DID WE TRUST HIM TP – Shannon Wheeler is a singular wit and deserves some of your attention. This book is “a wide-ranging collection of single-panel comics. Relationships, social norms, language, animals, life and death are all targets of his elegant absurdity.”
X-MEN + FANTASTIC FOUR – I would normally ignore a title like this, but Chip Zdarsky is writing it, so who knows? It might be good.
Best comic I read recently
PEARL v2 by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos, Joshua Reed, Dave Sharpe, Kevin Geiger, Curtis King Jr., Exotik Alek, and Diego Martin
This is such a gorgeous book: the line art, the colors, the tattoos, the backgrounds, and the alternate covers, like the Tula Lotay cover from issue 8 I’m spotlighting for you, are just top notch. The characters and situation (plot) are a bit simplistic and the dialog is peak Bendis, but still quite enjoyable. Definitely come for the fantastic art.