Three guests — Travis, Matt, and Damian — join me to recommend five comic books around the theme of “First” to give you a Totally Awesome Week of Comics! What could those five comic books be? Listen to find out! Please let me know what you think of this new format.
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.
CRIMINAL #12 – Pick of the week – How could it not be? It’s the last issue of the “Cruel Summer” arc. Hey, did you know you can read the first issue for free at Image Comics? https://imagecomics.com/read/criminal
Very light week for me, and not enough independent comic books.
ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN JOSE LUIS GARCIA LOPEZ HC VOL 02 – Garcia Lopez’s work was the first art I was drawn to. I hope I can pick these hard covers up later (but soon)!
FAR SECTOR #1 – Buzz is that this book is great. I’ll be getting the trade.
SEX CRIMINALS #26 – The beginning of the end. I’m really curious if this series sticks the landing.
FANTASTIC FOUR GRAND DESIGN TP – I haven’t read any of the Grand Design books, but I want to eventually.
Post these under the title makes them sound like fun comics to read:
ALICE SECRET AGENT OF WONDERLAND YR GN
APOCALYPSE GIRL #1
GINSENG ROOTS #3 – I can’t wait to read the latest work by Craig Thompson in a collected format.
NILS TREE OF LIFE HC – I thought about getting this when it was solicited. Maybe down the road.
Best comic I read recently
IMMORTAL HULK: HULK IN HELL v3 by Al Ewing, Joe Bennet, Ruy Jose, Balardino Brabo, Rafael Fonteriz, Eric Nguyen, Kyle Hotz, Paul Mounts, and Cory Petit
Despite my love of the late 70s television series starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno (did I ever tell you I met Ferrigno once at a car show in Spokane, Washington?), I do not care for the Hulk as a character. It just goes to show you that under artful hands, even mediocre IP can be part of a damn good story. Issues 11-13 especially were magnifique! I loved how everyone melded words and art in such a heartbreakingly beautiful way that transcended the sum of its parts and made me care for this dumb, green guy. I highly recommend this series.