This Week’s Comics

A week with new issues of Daredevil and Hawkeye MIGHT just be the greatest Festivus miracle of all. Here are this week’s new and noteworthy releases.
  • DAREDEVIL #21I hope Rob Schneider shows up.  Wait, no I don't.
  • HAPPY #3
  • HAWKEYE #6
  • JUDGE DREDD #2 – IDW’s new Dredd series so far seems to be more of the same, in terms of the Judge. That is, short dark 80’s-style takes of law and order designed to unnerve and usually with some sort of twist at the end. So if you’re looking for a Dredd series that’s current and American but keeps the feel of the original strips from 2000 AD, this is a good choice.
  • JUDGE DREDD GARTH ENNIS COLL TP – As I’ve said, I’m no Judge Dredd connoisseur, but I DO love Garth Ennis’s work, so I’m going to snag this.
  • MASKS #2 – As much as I’ve been talking this series up, I somehow missed the first issue! My LCS was completely sold out by the time I got there on Saturday and I haven’t found a print copy yet. That said, ComiXology is releasing a free digital comic every day until Christmas, so I was able to snag one for my iPad.
  • SAGA #8
  • SUPREME #67 – This is the penultimate or last issue of Erik Larsen’s run, and even though it’s been a while I find myself REALLY missing it. That’s pretty surprising given how put off I was by his first solo issue after taking over from Alan Moore. But to his credit he DIDN’T burn the playhouse down, he worked within the established framework and has gone his own way, creating something that relies on what came before but has his unique touch.
  • THUNDERBOLTS #2 – Man, Thunderbolts is a tough one. Much like Rick Remender’s excellent Frankencastle, this story works great on it’s own but not as well if you stop to think about outside continuity at all. Not for a second can I really see these characters working together (ESPECIALLY any of these people and Deadpool) so it really feels like an attempt to build a team of anti-heroes, a far cry from the original mission statement of villains masquerading as heroes or it’s longest raison d’etre of villains seeking redemption. That said, this is a well-written book by Daniel Way, which taken in a vacuum is a a nice “building the team” issue. Will it hold on? I can’t say, but it’s an interesting shift in the T-Bolts concept.

That’s it for this week.  What looks good to you?