Al Ewing, Archer & Armstrong, Avatar, Batman, BOOM!, Brian Buccellato, Caliban, Charles Soule, Cullen Bunn, Damien Worm, Dark Horse, DC Comics, Dead Letters, Declan Shalvey, Detective Comics, Ed Brisson, Francis Manapul, Fred Van Lente, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Garth Ennis, Goran Parlov, Greg Rucka, IDW, Image, Inhuman, J. Michael Straczynski, James Asmus, Jeff Lemire, Jordie Bellaire, Loki: Agent of Asgard, Magneto, Mark Millar, Marvel, Monster & Madman, Moon Knight, Oni Press, Quantum and Woody, Sidekick, Simon Roy, Starlight, Steve Niles, The Field, Tom Mandrake, Trillium, Valiant, Veil, Vertigo, Warren Ellis
I’ve been dropping books and passing on new books and have been buying more books than ever. Sure ain’t adding up, but it sure as hell is piling up.
- Veil #2 (Dark Horse): #1 was a bit underwhelming, somewhat annoying at times, especially as the mysterious young lady got all Seuss-ian while trying on language–like a veil between who she was and who she has become. But it’s Rucka, sucka, mother——, so I’m trying on another.
- Detective Comics #30 (DC): Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul take up the cowl after having pushed the pace on The Flash. I’m interested.
- Trillium #8 (DC/Vertigo): Lemire’s time-twisting, sci-fi, doppelganger-driven epic comes to a close. Has flown by, really–so much so that I don’t feel that I’ve developed any sort of connection to the characters. But has this series really been about the characters? No: it’s been about the far-out layouts, which have been pretty outstanding.
- Monster & Madman #2 (IDW): A very Steve Niles initial offering–with art from a fella with an appropriately creepy name: Damien Worm–made this one a must buy. So did the clever strategy of making us wait for the madman.
- The Field #1 (Image): Ed Brisson’s a must try thanks to his solid showing on Sheltered. I haven’t read Prophet, so I don’t know much about Simon Roy. Guess I will after this one.
- Sidekick #6 (Image): J. Michael Straczynski has certainly been prolific of late. How does he manage it all? Well, for one, he’s using the same storyline for two of his current books: this one and The Twilight Zone. Not kidding: while reading Sidekick #5, I felt like I had entered the Twilight Zone.
- Starlight #2 (Image): #1 was really, really good. Out of this bunch of books, I’m looking forward to this one the most. Art-wise, it’s no surprise: Goran Parlov’s art brings me back to one of our favorites of 2012 and 2013: Fury: My War Gone By. And it’s no secret: Mark Millar generates great ideas. Those great ideas usually translate into great first issues–and, just as usually, not-so-great series. Here’s hoping that this one goes all the way.
- Inhuman #1 (Marvel): Will give it a flip through. It’s got Soule, but I’m not a Souledier.
- Loki: Agent of Asgard #3 (Marvel): Not sure how I feel about this book. I like the voice Al Ewing is affecting; in that, it’s a fun read. I’ve never been a fan of the Thor side of the Marvel Universe, but I could see myself sticking around because it seems Ewing smartly isn’t taking the Asgardian aspect too seriously. But what is this, really? Considering the page-bound Lorelei lob just prior to her appearance on Agents of Shield, it’s nothing more than a companion pamphlet–right?
- Magneto #2 (Marvel): Credit to Bunn and Walta: in #1, they delivered three terrific page turns and developed some serious tension–between Magneto and the motel maid! A few questionable choices plot-wise leave me wondering if mine is a fleeting attraction.
- Moon Knight #2 (Marvel): The first phase of the new Moon Knight didn’t have me waxing nostalgic. But it’s Warren Ellis. No, yeah, that’s all I’ve got.
- Archer & Armstrong #19 (Valiant): Best moment of #18: Armstrong doin’ a beer bong–all while Archer’s in the middle of a shoot-out with Bloodshot. Other than that, a notch below what we’ve come to expect from one of our top books of 2013. Some people say that there’s a crossover to blame…
- Caliban #1 (Avatar): Garth Ennis goes sci-fi horror. Well, OK, then. Gonna be on the lookout for that patented Avatar–the publisher, not the movie–moment. Come on: you know what I’m talking about: you have been reading Rover Red Charlie, right?
- Dead Letters #1 (BOOM!): Some more noir from BOOM! It’d be a crime not to try it! The second #1 this week that promises a premise predicated upon some dude waking up somewhere without any clue as to who he is, where he is, etc. Yup: that’s what The Field is offering, as well. Every new series should start that way!
- Quantum and Woody #9 (Valiant): Last issue got my goat.
What are you looking forward to this week?