Aaron Ginsburg, Abstract Studio, Al Ewing, Alan Moore, Alex + Ada, Avatar, Ben Templesmith, Brian Hurtt, Brian Wood, Clone, Cullen Bunn, Daniel Gete, Declan Shalvey, Dry Spell, God Is Dead: The Book of Acts, Greg Rucka, Greg Smallwood, Harbinger: Omegas, IDW, Image, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon, Joe Infunari, Jonathan Luna, Joshua Dysart, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Juan Jose Ryp, Kaare Andrews, Ken Krekeler, Kieron Gillen, Lazarus, Loki, Marvel, Max Brooks, Michael Avon Oeming, Mike Costa, Mike Norton, Miracleman, Moon Knight, Oni Press, Original Sin, Peter Milligan, Piotr Kowalski, Raulo Caceres, Rocket Raccoon, Sarah Vaughn, Si Spurrier, SIP Kids, Skottie Young, Stangers in Paradise, Terminal Hero, Terry Moore, The Bunker, The Extinction Parade, The Sixth Gun, The Sixth Gun: Days of the Dead, The Squidder, Uber, Valiant, Warren Ellis
Lots to look forward to this week.
- The Squidder #2 (IDW): Squids are in the air, and I’d definitely like to draw another breath of ’em as drawn by Ben Templesmith. The story is familiar, sure, but it’s delivered well enough.
- Alex + Ada #8 (Image): The series has been a solid read with clean images and fluid artistic transitions that speak as loudly as the words. It’s an against the odds love story with a dark cloud hanging over it. Waiting on the storm and worrying about Alex and Ada all along.
- Clone #19 (Image): Continues to be one of the most kinetic comics on the shelf. Yeah, this book cooks! #18 offered a couple of Chubby twists that promise a checkered future for all involved. (Sorry about that.)
- Lazarus #10 (Image): Re: #15: Circumstances conspire and both Michael and Casey end up in the employ of the Carlyles. Was there ever any other end? Nah. But Innie Award nominee (Best Writer) Greg Rucka and Michael Lark get there so well. Yet another exercise in excellent storytelling. Our #7 book of 2013 is well on its way to claiming a spot in the Top Ten of 2014.
- Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #5 (Marvel): Re: #5: Some of the best bedroom action I’ve seen in some time. Talk about getting laid…out. Yeah, Kaare Andrews pricks up the pace with some passionate paneling–and one of my favorite splash pages, like, ever! Never has a bottom lip been bitten so beautifully–in a comic book, anyway. Go Brenda! Love her line, “Show me some Kung-Fu.” Throw in an iron fist-full of father-son issues and you’ve got yourself one hell of a book. If you’re not reading this yet, you should punch yourself in the face.
- Miracleman #9 (Marvel): Been stockpiling my Miracleman. Gonna hafta get on that soon–or it might take a miracle to catch up.
- Moon Knight #6 (Marvel): Warren Ellis may have earned our Biggest Dis(appointment) of June, but it certainly wasn’t for Moon Knight. He and Declan Shalvey have been producing some excellent vignettes with the multifaceted Marc Spector. This, sadly, is their last go ’round before giving up creative control to the talented team of Brian Wood (The Massive) and Greg Smallwood (Dream Thief).
- Original Sin #5.3 (Marvel): Ack! I missed #5.2. Forgot I was buying an Original Sin book, you know, because of Loki. I mean, why else would I be buying an Original Sin book?
- Rocket Raccoon #2 (Marvel): Ain’t gonna lie: #1 was fun. Will probably pass, though, despite what Skottie Young is bringing to the prickly procyonid–unless, of course, I don’t pass, which is far more likely. Ugh! I have no self control!
- The Bunker #5 (Oni Press): I liked #4 a lot. Thought the dialogue and the emotions were very real. Overall, Fialkov and Infurnari are telling a terrific story with perfect timing.
- Dry Spell #2 (Action Labs): It’s been a Dry Spell dry spell since #1 came out in May. Oh, and, by the way, we loved, loved, loved #1–enough to make it our top book of May.
- The Extinction Parade: War #2 (Avatar): I’ve enjoyed The Extinction Parade saga a lot more than I thought I would. (It’s true: I originally started picking it up for my wife–who hasn’t touched it.) Yes, it’s been “bottomless slaughter,” but it hasn’t been mindless slaughter. Max Brooks is offering an elevated apocalyptic experience, amplified by undeadly detailed artwork from Raulo Caceres.
- God Is Dead: The Book of Acts Alpha (Avatar): Si Spurrier–the 2014 Innie Award Winner for Best Writer (Six-Gun Gorilla, Numbercruncher)–brings a little life to God Is Dead with the immortal Alan Moore. You read that right: Spurrier and Moore. Safe to say it’s a must buy.
- Harbinger: Omegas #1 (Valiant): Not too sure why this couldn’t have just been Harbinger #26. Is it rebootalism? Guess it really doesn’t matter. Dysart’s been telling a good story with these characters. They certainly deserve to live on–whatever the title.
- SIP (Strangers in Paradise) Kids #1 (Abstract Studio): Oh, why not? Yeah, Rachel Rising has lost a lot of its shine. But here’s Terry Moore having fun with the characters for whom he’s best known–by turning them into six-year-olds.
- The Sixth Gun: Days of the Dead #1 (Oni Press): Anything The Sixth Gun is going to find its way into my bag.
- Terminal Hero #1 (Dynamite): Peter Milligan had a nice run on Valiant’s Shadowman. I’ll try him out here, where he’s teamed up with Sex‘s Piotr Kowalski.
- Über #16 (Avatar): Über‘s riding quite a high. Heck, I was close to dropping it around the time the Special came out. Since then, however, it’s been terrific. I’d go as far to say it’s Gillen’s best current work–including the wildly hyped The Wicked & The Divine.
What are you looking forward to this week?