Each and every week “Dancer” Henchman21 AND “Prancer” MK2Fac3 read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. Naturally, they looks 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 they’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of December 5, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Don’t worry, you’ve got plenty of time left, which means you have sooo much time to shop for comics this week. And it is a good week for buying some comics. You’ve got a bunch of new series including a high profile launch from Marvel, you’ve got Rotworld still going on in Swamp Thing and Animal Man, and tons of other stuff. So stock up, find a spot by the fire, and get comfortable with this week’s GoD List!
Hellboy in Hell #1 (Dark Horse Comics – $2.99) When last we left Hellboy he was dead, which sometimes means the story is over, however, the title of this book IS Hellboy. As a wise man once said, “Death is but a door. Time is but a window. I’ll be back” and this all sounds appropriate to our favorite paranormal investigator. After sacrificing himself to save the world, Hellboy finds himself in hell, dealing with the numerous faces he put there himself, and a certain throne he has long been prophesized to sit in. Starting with this issue, we get to see how Hellboy fights his way out of all this, or even if he can escape his destiny. And as good as the story sounds, the big news with this miniseries is the return of Hellboy creator Mike Mignola to art duties for the series. It has been a number of years since Mignola actually drew his most famous creation (for more than covers) and his return is welcome. This is not to say that the man who filled in for Mignola, Duncan Fegredo, did a bad job, far from it in fact, but there is just something about Mignola’s work that can’t be duplicated. I can’t wait to see where the story goes, and even if you’ve never read Hellboy before, this is a great place to start.
Avengers #1 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) Brian Bendis has been in charge of the Avengers for so long, it’s hard to remember what they are like without his influence. However, the Rick Remender era began a few weeks ago with Uncanny Avengers, and now we see what Jonathan Hickman can do with the main title. And it looks like Hickman is kicking things off by bringing back an Avengers tradition: A good old fashioned Avengers Roll Call. If you’ve read Hickman’s Fantastic Four run, you know he is a writer capable of juggling multiple characters and also coming up with threats that are suitable for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. One of my biggest problems with Bendis’ run on The Avengers was that I didn’t think many of the threats they faced were as “big” as I thought they should be. I want to see the Avengers truly facing a threat that is too big for any one hero, and I have a good feeling that that will not be a problem during Hickman’s run. Hickman has the right tools to balance the giant fights and the interpersonal moments that are the trademark of classic Avengers stories. Joining him on art is Jerome Opena, fresh of his intermittent run on Uncanny X-Force. Now, Opena is a great artist, but he can’t handle art for a monthly book, let alone one that will be shipping twice a month. I’m going to try to not let something that will be a problem a couple months from bug me, but it’s definitely in the back of mind that Opena will not be on every issue of the series. I just have to hope that Marvel has a suitable back up artist in mind. Like I said, that’s a problem to tackle in a few months, and I think this is going to be a very special comic.
House of Fun One-Shot (Dark Horse Comics – $3.50) Do you like to laugh? Of course you do. In this holiday season when we all have to deal with traffic, annoying relatives, and the crappier holiday specials (not the good ones) who couldn’t use a good laugh? Well, if you’re looking for a good laugh, pick up Evan Dorkin’s House of Fun one shot. This issue collects all the strips that were originally released in Dark Horse Presents #10-#12 (so, buyer beware if you already have those and don’t want to buy the same material again) and there is tons of great stuff here. There are several new Milk and Cheese, Eltingville Club, and Murder Family strips as well as Dorkin’s random collection of one-off jokes. I hope people buy this if only to convince Dorkin and Dark Horse to release more stuff like this. Look, it’s got Fun right there in the title and this is one comic that lives up to its title.
The Legend of Luther Strode #1 (of 6) (Image Comics – $3.50) The Strange Talent of Luther Strode was one of my favorite miniseries of 2011, and I’m so excited to read the follow up. The first miniseries told the story of Luther Strode, a normal high school student who learns a special strength training method that gives him almost super natural fighting skills. Unfortunately, he’s not the only one with these skills, and Luther runs afoul of an evil man who ruins his life. Legend picks up five years after the end of the first miniseries, and finds Luther trying to track down the mysterious villain who ruined his life while taking out any other criminals he may run into. It’s easy to think of this as a Kick-Ass clone and it certainly borrows elements of Mark Millar’s work (graphic violence, real world-ish setting), but it stands on its own merits as an interesting and unique take on the traditional crimefighter. The highlight of the series is Tradd Moore’s art. Moore brings the right sense of realism to the work while adding in the right amount of exaggeration to the characters. Don’t miss out on this mini, or the first volume.
Butcher Baker, The Righteous Maker Hardcover (Image Comics – $24.99) Let me say this right off the bat: I LOVE this book. Butcher Baker was one of the biggest surprises of the year for me. I didn’t really know what it was about when I picked up the first issue. What I got was a book about truckers and cops and crazy drugs and strippers and super villains. Butcher Baker is another slice of wackiness that writer Joe Casey is so great at. Butcher Baker is about a retired hero called back to take out a prison full of his former villains. Along the way, he pisses off a southern cop and the series becomes “Smokey and the Bandit” for a while. Then the series gets weird. Casey has written another one of patented bizarre but fun comics. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I say it’s too much fun to pass up. The other reason to pick this up, honestly the main reason, is the gorgeous art by Mike Huddleston. Huddleston pours his heart and soul into every page and he translates Casey’s script perfectly. Huddleston mixes different styles of art for certain scenes, but more than anything it’s the unique use of color that sets the art apart from anyone else. If you get a chance to look through this book, I have no doubt you will be convinced to buy this. Prepare to have your mind blown!