Avatar, Brian K. Vaughan, Bryan J. L. Glass, Clone, Dark Horse, David Schulner, DC Comics, Dead Boy Detectives, East of West, Fiona Staples, Furious, Gary Erskine, IDW, Image, Inhumanity, J. Bone, James Robinson, Jonathan Hickman, Juan Jose Ryp, Kevin Eastman, Kieron Gillen, Mark Buckingham, Marvel, Matt Fraction, Nick Bradshaw, Nick Dragotta, Saga, Savior, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Toby Litt, Uber, Vertigo, Victor Santos
A light week to round out the month.
- Furious #1 (Dark Horse): The preview was interesting enough.
- Dead Boy Detectives #2 (DC/Vertigo): #1 was a revelation. The narrative–comprised of three distinct voices–was constructed with a breezy brilliance that amplified the complexity of the characters and their conflict yet remained eminently readable. Equal parts engaging and enraging, this book looks like a real winner in the venerable Vertigo style.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #30 (IDW): Yup, it’s true: I’m still on board. Seems I’ve been taken by the Turtles! As it turns, while Mateus Sanotolouco gave me every reason to jump on board and, with the end of his run, an easy out, Ross Campbell is insisting that I stick around. Perhaps the real credit should be given to Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz for their consistency, for their ability to elevate expertly an eternal novelty.
- Clone #14 (Image): #13 was a bit of a backslide, a trip onto the ol’ backside. Yeah, it didn’t kick my ass; but it all-sorts-of-other-thingsed Luke’s ass. Yowza. Too much? Well, in terms of expectations, David Schulner and the gang sure as hell wrecked ’em. Let’s hope they’re back on track this month: phallic stage, here we come!
- East of West #9 (Image): Each issue is delivered in a decidedly deliberate manner, which is an unmistakable hallmark of Jonathan Hickman’s storytelling. In that, the series has been solid–every issue’s been good; but it still plays like a side project compared to the atomic wedgie Hickman’s been giving to the atomic age in the expertly crafted and explosively funny The Manhattan Projects.
- Saga #18 (Image): God, I hate Saga! Lying.
- Saviors #2 (Image): Not sure how “new” the story felt, but I’m going to give it another shot anyway. What’s the draw: J. Bone, of course.
- Inhumanity #2 (Marvel): I’ll flip through it. The first one–eh, it was a bit of a slog. The end, however, while predictable in one respect, hinting at cracks in Fraction’s foundation, did have a killer twist, which restored my faith in the writer, who clearly has a Karnak for keeping us on on our toes.
- Miracleman #2 (Marvel): #1 was my first exposure to the character. Loved hearing Alan Moore’s voice, that’s for sure. Didn’t care so much for bonus material, though. Despite the threat of even more bonus material, I’m up for #2.
- Uber #9 (Avatar): Of late, has been overshadowed by Gillen’s Spartan effort on the thrilling Three. Still, Uber‘s been mostly fascinating even with the frequent flow pas.
What are you looking forward to this week?