RandoMonday: The Children’s Crusade #1

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

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New Comics Order: November 2013

I discuss some things that I preordered from November’s Previews catalog.

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New Comics Order: October 2013

I discuss the following new titles that I ordered from October’s Previews catalog.

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RandoMonday: New Deadwardians #6

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

New Deadwardians #6 by Dan Abnett (w), I.N.J. Culbard (a & cover), Patricia Mulvihill (c), & Travis Lanham (l)

I love it when a comic surprises me. Such was the case with this 8-issue limited series. When I first read the solicitation, my first thought was Ugh. Another zombie book? Followed very closely by Double ugh! With vampires?! Boy, was I wrong. Misters Abnett and Culbard crafted a unique look at the zompire subgenre. The Edwardian setting is brilliant, and the art is so strikingly different from anything that I had seen at that time (and still see).

As far as the story, Chief Inspector George Suttle, a young vampire out to solve the murder of another young vampire (if memory serves), continues his investigation, and ends up trying to question a suspect when he is outmaneuvered and is about to fall prey to some bigoted humans who don’t care that he’s a copper. There are a couple memorable scenes, one in the beginning of the book (that I refuse to spoil) involving a breakfast conversation and zombies at a fence, and another involving a very perceptive and sassy prostitute (do I have your attention yet?)–do yourself a favor and go buy the trade.

RandoMonday: Books of Magic #52

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Books of Magic #52 by Peter Gross (story & layouts), Temujin (finishes), Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh/Jamison (c), Comicraft (l), and Michael Kaluta (cover)

Sometimes it’s a bit hard to write about a single issue of a series like Books of Magic because it had such a long, overarcing storyline. Regardless, Tim Hunter learns that his father is sending him to a boarding school with his horrible stepbrother, but to soften the blow, daddy tells him to go back to the old neighborhood to talk to his friends. The only problem with that is that none of his old friends care for him anymore, thinking he is the one who hurt their friend Molly (which is true). Meanwhile, Tim is being hunted by a Thomas Currie, who is wanting to find the One True Tim, and he thinks our boy is him. The issue ends with Mr. Currie accepting a position at the same boarding school that Tim will soon attend.

This issue reads as an epilogue to the previous story and as a prelude for what’s to come in the next arc, so it’s probably as close to a done-in-one as this series could get. While I was confused about the events referenced–it having simply been too long since I’ve read this series–I did enjoy the reread, and recall that I enjoyed the search for the One True Tim as the series marched to its inevitable end at issue 75.