Happy New Comics Wednesday!
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- LUCIFER TP VOL 02 THE DIVINE TRAGEDY – The previous volume of the series was soooo good and I thought this would pale in comparison, but I was pleasantly surprised by the first trade.
- SUPERMAN #19 – Not sure yet how I feel about the new status quo regarding Superman’s secret identity…
- WONDER WOMAN #750 1980S VAR ED – Pick of the week! – I love landmark issues, and Wonder Woman deserves some spotlight. Of course I picked up the George Perez variant edition — why do you ask?
- AGENTS OF ATLAS COMPLETE COLLECTION TP VOL 02 – The first collection was one of my favorite things I read in 2018, so I hope this is just as good.
- INVISIBLE WOMAN TP – I love Sue Storm/Richards, and she’s being written by Mark Waid, so getting this was an easy choice.
Not much in my pull this week (which is probably a good thing).
- HUNTRESS ORIGINS TP – If you’re a fan of Helena Wayne as Huntress, here’s your chance to read her solo stories.
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 – I have to admit, I was curious what Donny Cates was going to do with these characters.
- VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER TP VOL 01 – Do yourself a favor and get this trade, especially if you were a fan of the Jason Aaron written Thor/Lady Thor books.
- A LETTER TO JO TP – I definitely will read this epistolary war comic one day.
- CATHERINE’S WAR GN – I almost pulled the trigger on this, it looks like something I would enjoy very much.
Best comic I read recently
GRAVEYARD SHIFT TP by Jay Faerber and Fran Bueno
I usually steer clear of comic books featuring vampires — they’ve been done to death (like zombies)! But I love Jay Faerber’s comic book stories. Comixology had this on sale, so I snatched it up (along with some other of his books). There are many familiar tropes in this, but the charm of the characters keep it interesting. Bueno’s visuals aren’t consistently the best, but there are times when the characters (especially the female lead) shine of the page.
What are you getting this week?
Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.
Lucifer #41 by Mike Carey (writer), David Hahn (guest artist), Daniel Vozzo (color and separations), Comicraft (letters), Mariah Huehner (asst. editor), Shelly Bond (editor), and Christopher Moeller (cover painter)
This is an end to a story, and a beginning for two characters. Lucifer arrives in the world that he made, and releases Elaine Belloc and her friend, Mona. They are spirits, but because Lucifer doesn’t like to be in anyone’s debt, he grants a boon to Elaine: he will restore them to their human bodies or they can start over as new people. The girls decide that they’d like a trial period in their old duds before deciding, so Lucifer, begrudgingly, grants them this desire. The rest of the issue shows Elaine interacting with one of her school chums and the creature that tried to kill her. Mona, however, is caught trying to steal music CDs but escapes custody by leaping out of a window, killing herself. In the end, both decide to become watchful spirits over Lucifer’s world (in Mona’s case, hedgehogs only), earning them the name Sisters of Mercy by that world’s centaurs.
I honestly don’t recall the story that preceded this tale (it was over ten years ago), but this was a cute little story drawn simply but nicely by Mr. Hahn. I always really liked Elaine Belloc as I recall, so any focus on her was welcome. This is not the end of Elaine’s story in this series, but it sure seemed like it at the time. Do yourself a favor and pick up this series in trade–Vertigo have been releasing new trade editions, and solicited Book 4, collecting the final issues, for release in August.
Here’s a cover image chosen at random from my collection.
Lucifer #72 by Mike Carey (w), Peter Gross & Aaron Alexovich (a), Daniel Vozzo (c), and Jared K. Fletcher (l), with Michael Wm. Kaluta (cover)
This is near the end of this wonderful and underappreciated (dare I say it’s the ugly stepchild of The Sandman?) series, and a second part of a two-part story. In this issue, our hero, Lucifer, is moving on from his role as the Lightbringer, the Adversary, and passing on his mantle to others. In fact, this story takes place after Lucifer has apparently supplanted Yahweh as the Creator of the Universe. Much of the story is about Lucifer’s relationships with three specific women, and Lucifer manages to upset or downright piss off all of them, just before he leaves this reality to forge a new path.
And look at that Michael Kaluta cover. I love his work.