This Week’s Comics

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?
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This Week’s Comics

Due to the Labor Day holiday the Diamond new releases was put out a day late, but Wednesday is still New Comic Book Day! Here are this week’s new and noteworthy titles.

  • ATLAS UNIFIED #0 – After spotting a pretty killer description while doing my previews column, I was convinced Atlas United was the best book nobody had ever heard of. Then I snagged issue 1 from my LCS and I was convinced that Tom Peyer was the victim of identity theft. This is not a good book, and I apologize to anyone I may have misled.
  • DARK AVENGERS #180
  • FIRST X-MEN #2 – Neal Adams, who I revere as an artist, is turning his attention to the already-fuzzy early-X-Men continuity.  And if Batman: Odyssey is the level of quality we can expect here, there is no way in Hell I’m spending money on this book.
  • LOVE AND CAPES WHAT TO EXPECT #2
  • MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 01 SCIENCE BAD – If you haven’t been snagging the individual issues, the first collection is only $15! A steal!
  • MUPPETS #3
  • THIEF OF THIEVES #8 and THIEF OF THIEVES TP VOL 01 – I haven’t had much to say about ToT, mainly because it’s a book that lives in the little details, but it’s a good heist book, and the idea of it as an ongoing series intrigues me greatly.
  • TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE #83 – I’ve tried to keep my expectations low for Regen One, but I’ve really, REALLY liked it. It’s well worth buying if you have fond memories of the original Marvel run.

That’s it for this week, what looks good to you?

This Week’s Comics

Oh, hello there.  I didn’t see you come in.  It’s another light week, but here are this week’s new and noteworthy titles.

  • DAREDEVIL #16
  • LOVE AND CAPES WHAT TO EXPECT #1 – For Matt’s creator-owned pull list.
  • MUPPETS #2 – The Last Langridge Muppet Story is a bit of a lost classic, and it’s been nice to revisit old friends, even if they haven’t been gone that long.
  • THIEF OF THIEVES #7
  • TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE #82 – And speaking of revisiting old friends I don’t think Regen One has quite recaptured the vibe of the first run 20 years ago, but I can see the spark.  And it IS a good book, it just doesn’t seem like Furman and Wildman have recaptured their groove yet.  It’s dumb, but I will mention that one of the best things are the word balloons.  Growing up on the old Marvel series, Transformers always spoke with rectangular balloons with those strange flared corners.  No other series since has gone that route, and it’s nice to see them back.

I also picked up the 100-Page Spectacular so I could get caught up on issues 76-80 from the original series before picking up #81.  I have
about half the issues and had never read the rest, so it was a good refresher for me.  I was very pleasantly surprised to see those stories hold up remarkably well, and not “for Transformers comics,” but as stories in their own right.

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

Saturday Morning Comics

Good morning all, once again it’s time to settle in with a bowl of King Vitamin and peruse this week’s comics offerings. It’s a light week for me; there were only two books on my list. One was worth reviewing and one wasn’t, so I’m also looking at a book from last week that came in late for me.

Fantastic Four #608 story by Jonathan Hickman; art by Giuseppe Camuncoli (breakdowns) and Karl Kesel (finishes); published by Marvel Comics. Hickman’s time on the Fantastic Four books is quickly coming to an end. It looks like his final arc will deal with Wakanda. This issue has Reed and T’Challa traveling down into the depths of the Earth to enter the Wakandan/ Egyptian equivalent of Elysian Fields. They confront the Bast the cat faced goddess, and T’Challa is given a hard choice. Simulanteously Sue, T’Challa’s sister Shuri, and Storm go on a drug induced spirit quest to fight Anubis, Death.

On the one hand the Reed/T’Challa bit was strong. As a reader and fan of Reed Richards, it’s nice to be reminded that he has friends outside of his foursome. Mostly Reed is shown to have colleagues (Pym, Stark, McCoy, etc…). Hickman shows the relationship between Reed and T’Challa as friends first and colleagues second. It works.

The b-storyline with the women, while told in parallel to the a-story, feels rushed, hasty, and unnecessary. If the idea is to show that the women are as capable as the men, don’t magically end their arc on its seventh page as a result of something happening in the a-arc. That Hickman is running against a clock felt most obvious with this issue, and his usual careful pacing suffered for it.

Transformers: Regeneration One #81 story by Simon Furman; art by Andrew Wildman (p) and Stephen Baskerville (i); published by IDW. After 21 years, the original Marvel series picks up again. And boy does it pick up. This issue deals with the Wreckers and their difficulty finding a place in the new cybertronian order. If the last two pages don’t make you squeal with glee like a 14 year-old girl at a One Direction concert, you don’t remember the 1980’s.

For me, and many others, Wildman is THE transformers artist, and that hasn’t changed. Like Kevin Maguire, his strength comes from the emotions conveyed on his faces. Amazingly, he does this to equal effect with characters like Optimus Prime where 3/4 of the facial cues are covered by a faceplate.

The one thing that I’d like to see change on this title is the coloring. The computer coloring is too busy for me. There are too many different shades of color happening and not as much shading with inking. If you look at cover B, you’re reminded of how it used to be. For me, on Transformers, that’s how it should be.

 

THIS WEEK’S COVERS

Today’s Comics

Oh, Diamond…The reason I write this on Monday is because that’s when I have time to write!  When you post the new releases on Tuesday, that just messes everything up!  The good news, though?  Holy cats, there’s a ton of good comics coming out this week!  Here are this week’s new and noteworthy title.

  • ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE SCREAM QUEENS #1 – I don’t know about this one. I lovelovelove the main Adventure Time title, but I’m not a huge Marcelline fan so I’m not as interested in her spin-off.  If it’s as good as the main book, though, it’ll be a winner.
  • ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADV #4 – <grumble> My LCS still hasn’t gotten issue #3 yet <grumble>
  • CHEW SECRET AGENT POYO #1 – So this is a Chew spin-off about a rooster, right?  Because that sounds AMAZING!
  • CROW #1 – Another book about a bird!  I’ve got to give ’em a chance, The Crow is a pretty solid character that has been let down by some bad writing.
  • DARK AVENGERS #177 – Issue 176 was back to the Jeff Parker Thunderbolts I’ve come to know and love, as Man-Thing returns and we get back to business as expected.
  • FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #33 – I don’t know what’s more impressive, that Marvel’s putting out an annual or they’re continuing with the original numbering.  Well played, Marvel!
  • HOAX HUNTERS #1 – I liked the Zero issue except for the art, so with a new artist I have high hopes.
  • PUNK ROCK JESUS #1 – Sean Murphy’s preview art looks great and he’s earned the chance to show what he’s got writing.
  • SAUCER COUNTRY #5
  • TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE #81
  • TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE 100 PG SPECTACULAR – Not sure what issues will be in here, but 100 pages for $8 works for me. 
  • YOUNGBLOOD #72 – Who’da thunk that Youngblood would have been such a highlight of The Rob’s Extreme relaunch?  It makes sense, since that’s the book that launched Image, but we’ve been let down before.  Worth a look, if you’re interested in the concept and want to give it a shot.

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

Random Links For Your Weekend

Wow, it has been a LONG time since I put one of these together!  But, with the need to close some browser tabs and the extremely dickish way DC has been sticking it to Alan Moore this week, well…we were overdue.

  • This is the check DC used to buy Superman in 1938.  And it just sold for $160,000.  Dollars.  American.
  • Tformers.com reviews the new (well, at the time!) Transformers Japanese Collection.  If I ever manage to make it through the American episodes I can’t wait to check these out.  Friend of the Blog David says they’re great!
  • With Paul Levitz no longer keeping DC from capitalizing on Watchmen, they’re just going WAY out of their way to make up for lost dollars time.  First, on Tuesday this is revealed:

Yes, that’s a Watchmen toaster.  A Watchmen.  Fucking.  Toaster.  Which nobody, EVER, has found themselves wishing for IF ONLY Alan Moore would stop being a fussy little baby.  Then DC opens up their own online storefront selling exclusive toys and the like.  Sure, it’s probably long overdue, but by selling Graphic Novels (and almost inevitably comics) and two styles of Comedian iPhone cases* (sorry AGAIN, Alan), they’re cutting out the retailers who have propped them up for decades. But at least they’re putting out an adorable V vinyl doll.  Because that’s what Alan Moore really meant for that work.** If it weren’t May I’d assume this was an April Fools gag.  (Thanks to Team Hellions, on whose site I saw this reported first.)

With that bit of bile out of the way, that’s it for this installment.  Have a good weekend, folks.  So I don’t end on a completely down note I’ll leave you with this bit of awesomeness.

*Seriously, if you’re most impressed by THE COMEDIAN, we cannot have anything in common.  That dude just straight up raped people and an iPhone may not be quite the right place to honor that guy.

**The conspiracy theorist in me wants to say that by making the Guy Fawkes mask cute and cuddly it will take away some of the power of the Occupy movement and Anonymous.  But the realist in me says that’s crazy, right?  Right?