Each and every week “JUDO CHOPPIN” MK2Fac3 and “KUNG FU KICKIN” Henchman21 read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. They look forward to some more than others, I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of their pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of August 8, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
You guys, I’m so sleepy. I can’t begin to explain how tired and exhausted I am. I haven’t been able to read but a handful of comics over the past month, and honestly, it’s a little difficult to keep up with all the comics that come out each week. And you know, I’m sure some of you might be having similar problems as well. If that’s the case, then have I got good news for you! We here at Geeks of Doom provide a weekly service in which we tell you all the comics we’re looking forward to! And we’ve got some absolutely fantastic comics coming out this week. If you’re having comics problems, I feel bad for you, son. I got 99 problems, but The GoD List ain’t one.
ISSUES:Blue Estate #12 (Image Comics – $2.99): How long has it been? It feels like forever since we last saw Blue Estate on this here GoD List, but that’s only been forever since an issue came out. Anyway, I know it’s going to be a hard sell on this one because it has been so long, and if you are reading, you’ve probably forgotten what happened, and if you haven’t been reading, this isn’t the best starting point, since it’s the end of what they’re calling season one, but trust me on this. Blue Estate is one of the best comics coming out. It has a weird cocktail of Pulp Fiction mixed with a little Criminal and a dash of Warhol. I’m really excited to see how they’re going to wrap this storyline up, but I hope we don’t have to wait too long to get another issue.
The Creep #0 (Dark Horse Comics – $2.99): If I remember correctly, and I’m pretty sure I do, this was introduced within the pages of Dark Horse Presents, and if I remember correctly (I do), this story BLEW ME AWAY (no pun). It’s demented and twisted and dark, but my oh my, am I in the mood for that. I’ve been on a horror comic kick lately, and just about no other publisher does horror like Dark Horse. While this comic may not be horror in the tradition EC way, it definitely fills some of that void, and I’m really looking forward to the continuing series.
Punk Rock Jesus #2 (Vertigo Comics – $2.99): Now, I know last month I said you should read this on the title alone, and to be fair, it is one of the most awesomely titled comics in comics history, BUT Punk Rock Jesus #1 made me feel a way that no comic has done since probably the first time I read Watchmen. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that this comic is anything close to Watchmen in content or quality, but it’s really freaking amazing and completely shocked me. I’m a guy that feels like I’ve seen and heard everything there is to see and hear, and Punk Rock Jesus completely shocked me. It shocked me with the twists in the book, it shocked me with the quality of writing from someone who I respect greatly as an artist, and it shocked me at how much I enjoyed a comic book again after a very long time. Well, that’s not fair, but I hadn’t fallen this hard in love with a comic in what feels like forever. I want this comic to stay as amazing as the first, but I’m cautiously proceeding because I don’t know if I can love anything as much as the first issue.
Eh? Just go look for some old EC collections like Two-Fisted Tales, Vault of Horror, Tales from the Crypt and Crime Does Not Pay. You’ll be doing yourself a favor. In fact, I picked up vol. 1 of Vault of Horror in paperback form for like $4, so check out some stuff like that. You’re welcome.
ISSUES:Gambit #1 (Marvel Comics – $2.99): I talked about Hawkeye #1 last week and brought up how Marvel was trying to give a popular character another chance at a solo series. Well, they’re trying it again this week with Gambit #1. This will be Gambit’s third solo series, and this time they’re going back to Gambit’s thieving roots. From what I have heard, Marvel is playing up the character’s more cheesecake aspects, which should at least make it stand out and which should appeal to a certain audience. As a child who had his X-Men start in the 90’s I have a soft spot in my heart for Gambit, and I sure would enjoy a fun series featuring him. Gambit hasn’t been getting a lot of page time in the X-Men books I’m currently reading, and it’ll be nice to see him front and center again. I do wonder if Marvel is spreading the X-Men a little thin these days, but if the books remain high quality, who am I to complain?
Atomic Robo and the Flying She Devils of the Pacific #2 (of 5) (Red 5 Comics – $2.99) and Atomic Robo Real Science Adventures #5 (Red 5 Comics – #3.50): What’s that? We get two issues of Atomic Robo awesomeness? Suh-weet! She Devils of the Pacific is the big star here, since it’s the main series. In the first issue, Robo was introduced to a group of women fighting in post-World War II Pacific. There’s dirigibles, jetpacks, and plenty of the action we’ve come to expect from this series, along with the usually great art from Scott Wegener. Real Science Adventures is the spin-off book, and is an anthology series. The four-five series in each issue follow either Robo, or characters connected to Robo and is just as much fun as the regular series. It has really expanded the whole world and has introduced me to some new talent that I want to see more of. In my opinion, both of these series are pretty much required reading for any comic book fan these days.
It Girl and the Atomics #1 (Image Comics – $2.99): In the near future, Mike Norton will draw all the books, and I will be okay with that. Between this book, Revival (also from Image, written by Tim Seeley, and well worth checking out), and his webcomic, Battlepug, Norton is a very busy guy. I’ve never been disappointed by anything Norton has done, and I fully expect to be satisfied by this one. It Girl is a spinoff of Mike Allred’s Madmen series, which I’ve never actually read, but that’s not going to stop me now. The description of the series looks suitably madcap, and I’ve always been a fan of Allred’s style of comics. I’ll copy a bit of the series description: “Snap City’s favorite heroine is ready for her own crimefighting adventures! With the Atomics boys in outer space, it’s up to It Girl to keep the streets safe. Easier said than done: The Skunk, the man who murdered her sister, is out of jail and back to old tricks. Meanwhile, Dr. Flem has a brand new space-time experiment and wants It Girl to be his guinea pig!” See, that sounds like the kind of series I want to check out.
Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1 Color Edition (Oni Press – $24.99): By now, you’ve at least heard of Scott Pilgrim, even if you’ve never read it, and if the reason you’ve never read it before is because the series was in black and white, well you no longer have that excuse. This is just a reprint of the same great story, but this time the whole thing is in bright vibrant color. That’s basically the only difference between this and the previous edition, so if you’re hoping for something more, you may be disappointed. However, if you’re just looking to recapture the magic of that first volume, you’ll still find that same magic. The story is the same; Scott Pilgrim is still a young loser who finds true love in the person of Ramona Flowers, and he has to fight her seven evil exes in order to date her. Writer/Artist Bryan Lee O’Malley’s art is still a little rough in this first volume when compared to later volumes, and it’s not like the art has been touched up. The color is done very well, but the series was never about color vs. black and white, it was always about the story and the characters, and those remain the true strength of the series. If you’ve never read Scott Pilgrim before, you owe it to yourself to check this out. And if you have read it before, you’ll still want to buy this, if only to give yourself an excuse to re-read the story.