A Voice in the Dark, Adam Metcalfe, Alan Davis, Ales Kot, American Vampire: The Second Cycle, Batman and Frankenstein, BOOM!, Brian Azzarello, Brian K. Vaughan, Brian Michael Bendis, CAFU, Chondra Echert, Chris Bachalo, Chris Samnee, Claudio Sanchez, Cullen Bunn, Damien Worm, Daniel Bayless, Daredevil, DC Comics, Diego Bernard, Dynamite, East of West, Ed Brubaker, Elektra, Fiona Staples, Frank Barbiere, Fred Van Lente, IDW, Image, Jason Aaron, Jeff Stokely, Jim McCann, Joe Infunari, Jonathan Hickman, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Larime Taylor, Magneto, Magnus: Robot Fighter, Mark Millar, Mark Waid, Marvel, Matt Kindt, Mike Deodato, Mind the Gap, Miracleman, Monster & Madman, MPH, Nick Dragotta, Numbercruncher, Oni Press, Ordinary, Original Sin, Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi, Rob Williams, Robert Venditti, Rodin Esquejo, Saga, Scott Snyder, Si Spurrier, Six-Gun Gorilla, Solar: Man of the Atom, Steve Epting, Steve Niles, The Bunker, Titan, Translucid, Uncanny X-Men, Unity, Valiant, Velvet, Vertigo, W. Haden Blackman, Wonder Woman, X-O Manowar, zero
Yup: I’ll be walking out of Android’s Amazing Comics with two full bags of books. This is the longest list yet and is a testament to my insatiable appetite, my unchecked addiction for comics.
- American Vampire: The Second Cycle #3 (DC/Vertigo): The standout Snyder moment of #2: the creature with an imploring Peter inside of it. Creepy as hell. Speaking of: I wasn’t so tempted by the devil of an ending. But even after two issues, it’s clear that this is where Snyder does his best work.
- Batman and Frankenstein #31 (DC): My interest is on life support. It’s the promise of Frankenstein that’s keeping it alive. For now. See: Tomasi’s not as sharp as he’s been; and Gleason, in the last issue, disappointed with his wonky Wonder Woman. I know they’re building toward the return of Robin and that that’s going to be epic, blah, blah, blah. But shouldn’t each issue leading up to it be just as epic–and if not, at least be as tight as an Amazon? I’m talking temper. What’d you think I was talking about?
- Wonder Woman #31 (DC): Speaking of tight Amazons: #30 was excellent. Nearly made our Top 5 Books of April. I mean, come on: how about that last page. Make a wish, indeed! That’s high praise for a book that’s been solid, sure, but that has rarely hit a homerun. And even when it has, they’ve been softball homeruns. This last issue, however, would’ve been out of any Big League park–well, except for maybe Citi Field.
- Monster and Madman #3 (IDW): Has been a fun ride thus far. Niles doesn’t just hit the right notes–he slays them; and Worm’s art provides a perfectly horrific backdrop for this grotesque get-together.
- A Voice in the Dark #7 (Image): I’m hoping that this arc ender screams bloody murder! Just sayin’.
- East of West #12 (Image): Hickman’s a world builder who works at his own pace: he takes his time laying a foundation and has certainly taken his time here, that’s for sure. Of late, however, stories are thrusting skyward with such force so as to pierce our patient expectations. Protect your eyes, friends, because East of West is finally fulfilling promises.
- Mind the Gap #17 (Image): Jim McCann’s masterful mystery tour returns with Act II! Finally. Was one of my top 20 books of 2013. It’s one Elle of a story–and it’s definitely worth jumping on.
- MPH #1 (Image): Another Mark Millar product arrives fast on the heels of his terrific Starlight. Of course I’m going to buy it. And if subsequent issues come out on time, all the better!
- Saga #19 (Image): “A very new direction”? Hmm. Normally, I’d be nervous; but not here: Vaughan and Staples are the best writer/artist pair in the business. We celebrated Saga as our #4 book of 2013, and Vaughan and Staples have been nominated for the 2014 Innies for Best Writer and Best Artist, respectively.
- Velvet #5 (Image): Brubaker and Epting are doin’ their thing, and it’s rubbing me the right way. Reads a lot like–but isn’t quite as good as–Rucka and Lark’s Lazarus. The first arc ends here. Expecting a bang or two.
- Zero #8 (Image): #7 was a well-crafted return to form after a very disappointing, near-nonsensical #6.
- Daredevil #3 (Marvel): #2 was Daredevil in every sense–including sight: it’s dark, it’s funny–it’s fearless. New York, San Fran: doesn’t matter; this hero’s the heart of any city he’s in.
- Elektra #2 (Marvel): I may have to pass. Sai. W. Haden Blackman’s writing was enigmatic at times (as it could be in Batwoman)–and, I mean, come on: Bloody Lips?! A villainous vagina dentata! Ouch! Doesn’t help that we’re headed to Monster Island. Because when I think of Elektra, I think of Monster Island.
- Magneto #4 (Marvel): Fatal attraction, indeed: Cullen Bunn’s Magneto’s proving to be a real bad ass. On a less serious note, I’ve switched to binder clips.
- Miracleman #6 (Marvel): Haven’t gotten around to #5 yet. Doesn’t matter: I’d pile these up to heaven.
- Original Sin #2 (Marvel): Jason Aaron’s earned my attention with a killer kickoff to Southern Bastards, which means I’m going to give in to Sin even though I wasn’t exactly thrilled by it.
- Uncanny X-Men #21 (Marvel): This is weird for me; yeah, I’m not used to saying this: #20 was pretty good. I dig me some Chris Bachalo, and Bendis kept him mighty busy.
- The Bunker #4 (Oni Press): Continues to be a revelation: Fialkov’s showing complete mastery over time with his simultaneous storylines, and Infurnari’s sketchy style complements the shifts so very well. There’s danger lurking around the corner, however: I can see a heavy hand hovering over future pages–one ready to abuse the abuse angle. Oh, if that happens, I’m going to say, “No!”; then I’m going to go and tell someone I trust.
- Magnus : Robot Fighter #3 (Dynamite): Van Lente’s made Magnus work for me.
- Ordinary #1 (Titan): Sounds fun enough. I’ve liked Royals: Masters of War enough to give Rob Williams another shot. Plus, Titan’s offered up some pretty solid books–including Death Sentence and Numbercruncher, which has been nominated for the 2014 Innie for Best Limited Series and has, in part, earned Si Spurrier (also considered for his work on BOOM!’s Six-Gun Gorilla) a nomination for Best Writer.
- Solar: Man of the Atom #2 (Dynamite): Still haven’t read #1. Not sure if I care enough, if I’m being fair.
- Translucid #2 (BOOM!): Lots of good things going on in #1. Lovely, lovely layers delivered by Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert (writers/creators), Daniel Bayliss (artist, who reminds of Jeff Stokely, who just so happens to be the cover artist!), and Adam Metcalfe (colorist). Has got me thinking Six-Gun Gorilla, which is a good thing.
- Unity #7 (Valiant): I was going to pull the plug after #5, but #6 ended up in my bag because I had forgotten to purge it from my pull list. And then Kindt had to go all Mind MGMT with Dr. Silk’s virus. So, yeah, seven.
- X-O Manowar #25 (Valiant): It’s no secret: big events usually turn me off. Preludes to big events usually piss me off. In the case of #24, however, I was actually pleasantly surprised. Who knew I’d be looking forward to Armor Hunters?
What are you looking forward to this week?