Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A bunch of comics I haven't read yet

I've been meaning to review the first issue of I, Zombie (I refuse to spell it "iZombie," 'cause it's a comic book, not a fucking Apple product) but it seems that I have absolutely nothing to say about it, so I'm not going to bother. In short, it's not really my thing, so I won't be picking up #2.

Tomorrow, I am picking up:

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1
Birds of Prey #1
Daytripper #6
The Flash #2
Sweet Tooth vol. 1 (TPB)

Return of Bruce Wayne is going to be epic, of course, but I think I might be even more excited by Gail Simone's Birds of Prey relaunch. There's an interview with Simone about the new book at USA Today. Which, by the way, reminds me that I have no read the Hawk and Dove mini-series I picked up from the dollar bins on Free Comic Book Day.

Something else I'm going to be checking out: Orc Stain, an ongoing series from Image by writer/artist James Stokoe. I read several positive reviews (just google it) of the three issues that are out so far, and it looks like a lot of fun. Some of the art is pretty wild (see to the right).

Finally, since reading We3, I've developed a weird fascination for comic books that feature animals in lead roles, with varying degrees of anthropomorphism. I watched Watership Down a couple of weekends again, which kind of fed into that same interest. I have my eye on a few books I need to check out, including the two Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers mini-series from Marvel (the first, from last year, is now collected in trade paperback, while the second is currently being serialized); a graphic novel called Grandville by Bryan Talbot (available in hardcover from Dark Horse); and Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson's Beasts of Burden (also from Dark Horse, upcoming) and which I first read about on The Groovy Age of Horror (there's also an interview with the creators on Newsarama). I'm sure I will have something more to say about all this once I've explored a bit more, but in the meantime, if you have any suggestions for comics featuring animals, leave me a comment!


Mike Muller May 12, 2010 at 1:02 AM  

Other great comics starring animal protagonists:

Gon - Wordless manga about a tiny dinosaur who defends helpless animals. Even more adorable than it sounds

Mouseguard - High fantasy comic about mouse knights. Never read it but I've heard only good things about it and at the very least the art is gorgeous.

Uncle Scrooge - try to find some stuff by Carl Barks or Don Rosa. It's every bit as good as the cartoons you may or may not have watched in your youth.

Also, somewhat similar, if you're in that kind of mood I recommend tracking down Stuff of Legend. It was just released in trade paperback. It set during WWI and is about a group of toys that must track down their owner who has been kidnapped by the bogey man.

Yan Basque May 12, 2010 at 8:42 AM  

Thanks for the recommendations. Gon and Stuff of Legend both sound interesting.

Mouseguard: I picked up the Free Comic Book Day copy of this and thought the art was absolutely gorgeous, but the story was pretty hard to get into. It did pique my curiosity, though, so I'd like to have a look at more of it.

Uncle Scrooge: I've heard good things about it, and I do remember the cartoons, but it doesn't particularly appeal to me. I'm looking for stuff drawn in a much more photorealistic style. This is too cartoony.

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