Happy New Year folks! As we here at the L.E.M.U.R. Comics Blog orbiting space station settle in for a night of sorting comics, we’d like to wish you and yours the happiest of 2013’s. New Comics Wednesday is still Wednesday this week, so let’s take a look at this week’s new and noteworthy titles.
There are six characters on this cover. Care to count how many feet are drawn?
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER WILLOW WONDERLAND #3- I really took a gamble here, betting that Jeff Parker would be able to tell a good story to someone who knows less than nothing about Buffy or their cast of characters. He’s really done a great job getting to the core of the character (Willow is a witch looking to bring Magic back to Earth, nuff said) without burdening the book with needless continuity. MAYBE there’s shoutouts to the diehards in here, but it’s nothing that prevents me from enjoying a really solid fantasy title.
- GLORY #31
- MANHATTAN PROJECTS #8
- PUNK ROCK JESUS #6 – PRJ has been the one of the biggest surprises of 2012 for me. Sean Murphy has just knocked this book out of the park and even as I’m looking forward to the end of the extraordinary comic I know we’re going to continue to see great work from him.
- YOUNGBLOOD #75 – Perhaps the “Extremest” of the Extreme relaunch titles, as it was The Rob’s initial book when he started at Image, and it’s the one that holds closest to its original vision as Glory becomes a fantasy title and Prophet is now lo-fi sci-fi (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). Youngblood sticks to the core idea of government-sanctioned heroes, does it well, and even has some solid Liefeldian art thanks to Jon Malin. And despite all MY predictions, at least, several issues have some out on schedule. They’re doing things right over in the Extreme offices, folks.
That’s it for this week, and see you in 2013.
Man, the Christmas holiday must have destroyed my brain’s ability to determine what day of the week it is, because we’re at New Comic Day and I think it’s Monday. So with a week so light I thought Diamond’s web site loaded incorrectly, here’s a look at this week’s new and noteworthy titles.
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 – I have OCD price points, it’s one of my least endearing qualities, and yet $8 for over 100 pages of material is an terrific deal. Factor in that this is a huge anniversary issue and the “last” issue of Amazing, I’m definitely on-board here.
- AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #15.1 – The “missing link” between Amazing and Superior, for three bucks on a light week I’ll definitely pick this up.
And aside from some Justice League, that’s just about all that’s even coming out this week, so I’ll just take the opportunity to wish everyone happy holidays and good reading.
Not just a BUNCH of fun releases this week, but spanning the widest range of styles and genres I can recall recently. Here are this week’s new and noteworthy titles.
- ARCHER & ARMSTRONG (NEW) #5
- ATOMIC ROBO FLYING SHE DEVILS O/T PACIFIC #5 – This is somewhat new to me: an Atomic Robo series I’ve had a hard time getting in to. But it’s still better than a majority of comics on the market, even if you’re trade-waiting for this one.
- BLOODSHOT (ONGOING) #6
- BRAVEST WARRIORS #1 3RD PTG – It’s science-hero Adventure Time! And if that appeals to you, hit up Bravest Warriors before it’s too late.
- CROW SKINNING THE WOLVES #1 – James O’Barr, creator of the Crow, returns to his creation here. And though new takes on the concept have all dropped like soggy noodles, I’ve got to give him the benefit of the doubt.
- IMAGE FIRSTS – Image success stories Chew, Fatale, Manhattan Projects, Revival, Saga, Thief of Thieves, Walking Dead all get ONE DOLLAR reprints of their first issues this week. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is well worth a buck and represents something NEW in the comic market — or the storytelling market in general. Look at your New 52 or Marvel NOW budget, then see if you have seven measly dollars to support creator-owned comics.
- IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #5
- LOVE AND CAPES WHAT TO EXPECT #5 – A Matt favorite, out this week. Maybe we can get him to talk up this series soon.
That’s it for this week. Expect reviews later in the week for Avengers #1, Thunderbolts #1, and Adventure Time #10, a comic SO FREAKING good I can’t decide if it’s better than #5, which I absolutely fell in love with. What looks good to you?
There’s a lot of good stuff out this week, and some of it costs ZERO DOLLARS! So let’s dive in.
- CYBER FORCE #2 – First off, this book is FREE as long as your retailer participates, so if you don’t have a good LCS find one that will hook you up. The first issue was a little strange for me, feeling like a long-gone, half-remembered dream. Then I realized it was a retelling — a cover, if you will — of the original CyberForce. And that’s a pretty good idea. The idea and characters had legs, they could just stand to benefit from an experienced writer who can bring a more modern technique and art that’s more than just exciting splash pages. So yeah, this is a book with stellar art by Khoi Pham and Sunny Gho and it’s free.
- HAUNTED HORROR #2 – I really loved this first issue, a collection of old (probably public domain) pre-Code horror books collected by Craig Yoe under his own imprint for IDW. They’re weird, eerie, creepy, and many other adjectives used for old magazines, but they also include work by Jack Cole and Jack Kirby and more that most of us have never heard of, much less seen. A great choice for the classic
horror comic connosieur.
- HAWKEYE #5 – The second part of Hawkeye’s first two-parter, “the tape” could just be a MacGuffin, but since we know what’s on it, regardless of what ramifications it holds for Clint Barton, the significance of our UNDERSTANDING of Clint is already deeply affected. If this is Marvel NOW!, bring me MORE.
- HOUSE OF FUN ONE SHOT – I love Evan Dorkin in a way that may not be entirely healthy. His 90’s work in Dork is one of the pure highlights of that decade for me. He returned to those characters for the relaunched Dark Horse Presents, and those stories (too rich for my blood in that book) are reprinted here.
- JACK KIRBYS FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS TP VOL 04
- TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE #86
That’s it for this week. What looks good to you?
Despite a long weekend I’m still plowing through last week’s releases, so karma has decided to take it light on me this week.
- ADVENTURE TIME #10
- FF #1 – So Reed Richards selfishly moves the Future Foundation to a mobile headquarters and the tale of their replacements begins here. Even the Fraction/Allred team here doesn’t really interest me, but depending on how desperate I am at my LCS, that might change. It’s how I picked up Fantastic Four #.
- MASKS #1 – Chris Roberson, Alex Ross, and the great pulp heroes. Hell yeah.
Sadly that’s it for this week. What looks good to you?
Two surprisingly full weeks of releases after a long dry spell is a welcome change, even if I know it’s not sustainable for long. Here are this week’s new and noteworthy titles.
- BRAVEST WARRIORS #2 – I didn’t know what to expect from the first issue of Bravest Warriors, but it was a fun book. The team spends the issue trying to creep each other out by relating scary story trailers. It’s funny and weird in the same sense as Adventure Time, but it felt a little on the light side. A kid would like it more than an adult, I think (as opposed to AT, which can satisfy both audiences equally), but it’s still a good read.
- DAREDEVIL #20
- GLORY #30
- GOON #43 – Man, The Goon. Eric Powell has been on such a great roll of insanely good stories lately, but they haven’t had the same level of comedy that I’ve come to expect from The Goon. I’m not complaining in the least (and the hilarious and pointed superhero issue is probably more recent than I remember) but I feel like the world could be opened up (a la Hellboy and BRPD) to incorporate all types of stories each month.
- HAWKEYE #4 – It is absolutely RIDICULOUS how good Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye title is. I love the character, and really enjoyed the last Fabian Nicieza title, but even I didn’t expect how good it would be. From the dry wit and action of Fraction’s story to the sparse but moody art by Aja, this book is just a knockout. It’s not quite broken in enough to challenge Waid’s Daredevil, but with Paolo Rivera no longer handling the artwork it’s poised to bump that title.
- IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #4
- JUDGE DREDD #1 – I’m curious if the U.S. can replicate the dark cyncism of Dredd, but I’ll give it a quick check to see how it looks.
- ROCKETEER CARGO OF DOOM #4
- THE SPIDER #6
- X-O MANOWAR (ONGOING) #7 – I’m picking up all of the other Valiant titles, and each and every one of them is a great example of fun comics where things actually happen in every issue. But for some reason I’m not getting X-O. So tell me, how is it? Am I missing anything?
I’ve been pretty ambivalent on the whole concept of Marvel NOW!, to the point where I’m been thinking about using it as a jumping OFF point. But Fantastic Four #1 hit the stands last week and I couldn’t resist it. Now, even though I’m a year or so behind on Hickman’s run I was able to follow where all of the characters were at that moment, so it is a decent place to pick it up. That said, it didn’t do a lot for me. There was still a family feel, but it left me cold. Technically, Matt Fraction hits the same notes as Hickman but it just doesn’t come across as warmly for some reason. Maybe it’s the notes like Reed’s selfish decision to move the school, but I think I’m going to be happy to leave this one behind.
That’s it for this week, what looks good to you?
After a few weeks of desperation, truly starting to consider whether my pull list was dwindling away to nothing, I get a nice full week of releases. Here’s this week’s new and noteworthy titles.
- ARCHER & ARMSTRONG (NEW) #4 – Out of an admittedly strong line across the board, Fred Van Lente’s lively scripts and Clayton Henry’s detailed linework on Archer and Armstrong is by far my favorite. So far we’ve had a fun globe-trotting adventure with a healthy dose of comedy and grindhouse-style action.
- ATOMIC ROBO FLYING SHE DEVILS O/T PACIFIC #4
- BILLY KIDS ODDITIES & ORM LOCH NESS #2 – A bit more horror than I tend to go in for, this isn’t as much in the same vein as Eric Powell’s work on the Goon, and Kyle Hotz’s work here, already a little hit or miss with me, reminds me a bit too much of Kelley Jones. I gave it an honest try, but just didn’t enjoy it.
- BLOODSHOT (ONGOING) #5 – And speaking of Valiant, Bloodshot is a real surprise. A fun read that actually make some sense and utilizes the character and his abilities in interesting ways, rather than just a bunch of buzzwords slapped together. This book is a real tribute to the talents of Dwayne Swierczynski and Manuel Garcia.
- OPUS COMPLETE SUNDAY STRIPS FROM 2003-2008 HC – God bless IDW, that’s all I can say.
- PUNK ROCK JESUS #5
- SAGA #7 – Hey, Saga’s back, and just in time for my sanity!
That’s it for this week. What looks good to you?
Despite all my kvetching about slow weeks, this one really is scraping the bottom, with a grand total of ONE book that I’ll be picking up. Marvel’s launching a couple NOW titles this week, but they’re Deadpool and Iron Man, so not much is on the line there. Here are this week’s new and noteworthy titles.
- SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 02 – Matt and I are both big Pilgrimheads (or whatever we’re called), but I’m ashamed to admit that one of my problems with the book that it’s sometimes hard to tell characters apart due to them all having similar builds. Even Bryan Lee O’Malley has admitted Young Neil looks quite a bit like Scott. With that in mind, I’m psyched that all the SP books are getting color versions, though I think I’m saving my bones for the inevitable (and hopefully larger-sized) one-volume collection.
- TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE #85 – The “final” battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron is here! And while I don’t believe that in the slightest — battles between those two are Transformer bread and butter — without continuity to adhere to or a juvenile audience to appeal to Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman have taken a decidedly darker turn and it truly does feel like a world where anything can happen.
In non-blog related news, I have a bit of an announcement to make. I’m kicking off a side-project I’ve had on my mind for quite some time: a new publishing venture called 8th Wonder Press. It’s time to try to give something back to the medium I love so much and I’m going to start here. Our first project is a comic anthology to launch next summer, and we are currently accepting submissions to be a part. Please check us out, and if you — or someone you know that totally isn’t you! — are interested in getting published, we’d love to hear from you.
That’s it for this week. What looks good to you?
Another week, another dwindling list of releases! Here are this week’s new and noteworthy titles.
- HAPPY #2 – It took me about half the issue to figure out what was going on in Grant Morrison and Darrick Robertson’s new series, but a man and his blue cartoon dragon hallucination should be interesting reading.
- JOE KUBERT PRESENTS #1 – DC’s been on my hit list for a while now, and Joe Kubert made it for participating in Before Watchmen, but there’s absolutely no denying that the man is a legend, and for good reason. So as much as I hate to give DC credit, I really respect that they’re putting out 4 issues devoted to a man most comic readers have never heard of before, even if he’s influenced just about everything they read.
- ROCKETEER CARGO OF DOOM #3
- TICK #101 TICK MEETS MADMAN – I really enjoyed Tick #100 with Invincible and I’m probably more excited to see the big blue bug meet Madman, but I’m going to make sure there’s some actual content in this book before I pick it up, as #100 was too much money for too little story.
That’s it for this week! What looks good to you?
It’s a pretty light week this time around, which is probably okay because, in my absence, a huge box of comics arrived that I picked up for Top Shelf’s huge annual sale. I now have copies of Lost Dogs, Underwater Welder, Wizzywig, and more waiting for me. And it’ll be a nice change of pace from my usual diet of superheroes and capes.
- A-BABIES VS X-BABIES #1 – A pox on Marvel Comics. I mean, why in the WORLD does this exist? Is it cute? Is there a point?
- DAREDEVIL #19
- HAWKEYE #3 – I missed out on the first issue of Clint Barton’s new series but Andrew put this in my hands and mocked me mercilessly until I bought it. Matt (Defenders, Casanova) Fraction and David (I don’t think I’ve read his other work) Aja are putting out a seriously cool comic here. It serves the character very well, as Fraction writes the kind of levity and street-level heroes he’s so good at, and Aja provides a style that’s sparse but has a wonderful sense of graphic design, which leads to pages with tons of beautiful panels that make it incredibly easy to read. Marvel NOW! or no, I see myself as being onboard for a while.
- IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #3
Alright, an enormous stack of Jeff Lemire books are calling me to pick them up. What looks good to you?