Each and every week “Works for Monstroso” MK2Fac3 and “Works for The Monarch” 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 September 12, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
My goodness there are a ton of great issues out this week. On the other hand, the trade lineup is pretty bare, so we will be focusing on the single issues this week. Short and sweet is how I’m rolling this time around. Let’s see what we have in The GoD List.
Stumptown, Volume 2 #1 (Oni Press – $3.99) Starting off, we have the return of Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth’s Stumptown. I need to break out the issues of the first series, because I remember them being some great comics, but there were some delays in the release, and it’s been a while since they came out. I remember the series being a hard boiled mystery story and that looks like what this series will be as well. Here’s the description of the series from Oni: “When Mim Bracca, guitar player for the Portland-based rock group Tailhook, returns home from a long tour, she finds not everything made it back with her. Can P.I. Dex Parios track down her missing baby?” Southworth’s art captures the setting well and he’s well suited for everything Rucka throws at him. If you want a crime book this week, this is the one for you.
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #4 (of 5) (DC/Vertigo – $2.99) Have you been reading this series? You better have or Dracula is going to be coming to get you. With this miniseries, writer Scott Snyder folds the Dracula mythology into his own vampire tale. He’s got a bit of a different take on the character, but keeps the classic elements intact, and it adds up to another highly entertaining entry into an already entertaining series. Snyder has elevated American Vampire over a million other vampire books that have come out in the wake of a certain book series that shall not be named. His story is smart, scary, and exhilarating. It doesn’t hurt that he’s been joined by a host of fantastic artists. He’s got Dustin Nguyen on this series, and we the readers are getting some of Nguyen’s best work. Seriously, do not pass this book up (although you may want to start by picking up the first volume and reading from there). If horror is what you’re looking for, this one’s got you covered.
Captain America & Black Widow #636 (Marvel Comics – $2.99) Cap Team-Up has been going for a little while now, and I thought I’d check back in on it. I picked up the first few issues which had Cap teaming up with Hawkeye against dinosaurs or something. It didn’t leave much of an impression on me but I’m willing to give this issue a shot for one reason; Francesco Francavilla. Francavilla is one of my favorite artists these days. He does some great cartooning, and always does interesting work with the colors (since he colors his own work). If you saw his work on Scott Snyder’s Detective Comics run, you know what I’m talking about. I’m not overly concerned about the story, although I hope I didn’t need to read the last arc to know what’s going on. This is a book for the art lovers out there.
Shade #12 (DC Comics – $2.99) Sniff…I’m sad that this series is coming to an end, not only because it features an interesting character in an awesome, globe-trotting, time-spanning adventure. I’m sad because writer James Robinson is at his best when he’s writing characters in the Starman corner of the DCU (of which The Shade belongs). I’m also sad because DC has assembled a great number of amazing artists to join Robinson on this series. The final issue has art by Gene Ha, so you know this is going to look amazing. The Shade has been one of the best series of the last year, and I hope this isn’t the last we see of the character. With The Shade, Robinson took one of DC’s oldest villains, and reformed him into one of the most intriguing characters. The Shade is not a hero, but he could be, and it has always been interesting to see what this character does, and how he has grown over the year. I beg you, DC: please give us another miniseries with The Shade as soon as possible.