Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Is It Wednesday Yet?

New comics this week!

(NOTE: These are previews, not reviews. I haven't read any of the comics mentioned below. Recommendations are based on preview pages, solicitation text and "hype.")

Pick of the week: Nonplayer #1 (Image)
Nate Simpson has been documenting his progress on this project for what seems like ages on his blog, Project Waldo. He says he's "learning how to draw comics by drawing a comic." And wow. The previews are just breathtakingly beautiful. Early reviews suggest the script does the art justice as well. This looks like a must-read. More here.


(listed in totally subjective decreasing order of interest)

Madman New Giant Size Super Ginchy Special One Shot #0 (Image)
A new comic by Mike Allred. I was going to say that's all you need to know, but then I realized Matt Kindt, Emi Lennox and Tonci Zonjic are also listed as artists. Maybe this should be my pick of the week!

Fear Itself #1 (Marvel)
Fear Itself: The Home Front #1 (Marvel)
Marvel's big summer event kicks off this week, and it's... so... hard... to resist. As I posted this weekend, I decided to skip this one completely, but early reviews of the first issue of Fear Itself are very positive, which fucks everything up for me, because I'm so easily convinced. These are both seven-issue mini-series, by the way. The main one is by Matt Fraction and Stuar Immonen. The Home Front is by a bunch of people and doesn't sound very interesting. I'm probably going to at least flip through the first issue of the main series at the store tomorrow and try not to let it suck me in. Advance spoiler-free review and preview here.

iZombie #12 (Vertigo)
While you get your Mike Allred fix from Madman this week, he takes a break from iZombie and lets guest artist Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets, etc.) take over for an issue. Script is still by Chris Roberson. If I understand correctly, this is going to be a done-in-one story, with a new arc starting next month with regular artist Allred back onboard. Sounds like a good place to jump on.

BPRD: The Dead Remembered #1 (of 3) (Dark Horse)
A new BPRD series by Mike Mignola, co-written with Scott Allie and pencilled by Karl Moline. Story involves a 14-year-old firestarter who accidentally burned her family alive, a small New England town, a witch hunt, a ghost and a priest. Preview.

Herc #1 (Marvel)
Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente continue their epic Hercules story in a new series with an abbreviated title. That seems to be the in thing at Marvel these days. Georges Jeanty is on art duties. The first two issues come out this month. This one is 40 pages and $3.99 and next one drops to 32 pages and $2.99. While this isn't listed as a Fear Itself tie-in, it'll get sucked into that event next month, so beware. For that reason, I'm going to sit this one out.

Skaar: King of Savage Land #1 (of 5) (Marvel)
"It's dinosaurs, giant robots and an ancient evil mastermind in Marvel's finest jungle adventure tradition." Okay. By Rob Williams and Brian Ching. Preview.

JLA 80-Page Giant 2011 (DC)
Oversized and six-dollar collection of short stories from various writers and artists. The best thing it has going for it is that it seems to feature a pretty classic line-up of the JLA, with Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Martian Manhunter and John Stewart Green Lantern featured on the cover. I'll never understand why DC insists on having this team consist of anything other than the so-called Big Seven. It just seems so obvious that the appeal of the JLA is that they're the team of DC's biggest and most popular heroes. If you absolutely want to have a team of B- and C-listers fighting Eclipso, can't they do it in some other book? Anyway.

Superman/Batman Annual #5 (DC)
This is some shitty "Reign of Doomsday" tie-in. The only reason I'm even remotely interested in it is that I'm reading two ongoing books that are getting hijacked by this stupid crossover (Superboy and Action Comics). But I still won't be buying this.

Blue Estate #1 (Image)
Green Wake #1 (of 5) (Image)
Two new series from Image. I can't say I'm particularly interested in either of them, but check out the previews here.

  • Thunderbolts: From the Marvel Vault #1 (Marvel)
  • Solomon Kane: Red Shadows #1 (of 4) (Dark Horse)
  • First Wave Special (DC)
  • Vertigo Resurrected: Hellblazer: Bad Blood #1 (Vertigo)
  • Deadpool Family #1 (Marvel)
  • Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth #2 (of 3) (Dark Horse)
  • Sweet Tooth #20 (Vertigo)
  • Orc Stain #6 (Image)
  • Avengers: Children's Crusade #5 (Marvel)


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