Each and every week “I’m sorry” Henchman21 AND “He’s very sorry” 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 November 14, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Okay, so I’ve missed the last few weeks and for that I am sorry. I promise to you that I am punishing myself by not having any pudding for an entire month. Okay, better make that a week. Don’t you worry, I will be severely reducing the amount of pudding in my body. To make it up to you, my gentle reader, I am presenting an oversized GoD List this week. That’s right, I have tons of stuff for you to check out, and if your store doesn’t have any of these books, just ask your local comic seller and he or she will be more than happy to get it for you. So let’s get this extra size GoD List going!
All-New X-Men #1 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) It is a big week for Marvel releases as Marvel NOW! kicks into full gear. The first one to talk about is All-New X-Men, from writer Brian Bendis and artist Stuart Immonen. The premise for this book is that the five original X-Men are brought into the future and have to live in a world where Prof. Xavier’s dream has been shattered. There’s too many books so I’ll hit this quick, but Brian Bendis remains one of Marvel’s biggest and most popular writers. I haven’t read a lot of his work lately because it hasn’t interested me, but I hope that the move off of the Avengers rejuvenates him, at least for me. The good news for this book is that Bendis is joined by one of his long time collaborators in Stuart Immonen, who is a very gifted artist and will bring plenty of excitement to the series. I am very optimistic about this series, and I hope it lives up to my expectations.
Where is Jake Ellis? #1 (of 5) (Image Comics – $3.50) This is the follow up to 2011’s Who is Jake Ellis?, clearly, and if that doesn’t get you excited, then you should go back and find the trade collecting that series. In a nutshell, the first series followed CIA analyst Jon Moore as he tries to unravel the mystery surrounding a personality that only Jon can see. The follow up miniseries finds Jon still on the run and still trying to figure out his past and also dealing with the fact that he is a wanted man. Writer Nathan Edmonson has crafted a fascinating spy tale that is great for anyone looking for something different his week. This series is pure excitement.
Locke & Key: Omega #1 (of 7) (IDW Publishing – $3.99) 2007. A little series hits the stand known as Locke & Key and readers are treated to one of the finest new series in years. Now, we reach the final seven issues of Locke & Key, and this fills me with sadness and joy. I’m sad to see the series come to an end, but I am excited to see how the story wraps up. Joe Hill has created the one of the best family dramas in any format, and found a way to blend it with a great mystery as well as throwing in a healthy handful of the supernatural. There is a lot going on in the series, and there is plenty left for Hill to wrap up. I can’t wait to see how the Locke family gets out of the current predicament that they were left in at the end of the previous mini-series. Seriously, Locke & Key is a fantastic series, and even though this is the last miniseries, you should buy this issue. And then pick up all the other trades in the series.
Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel Comics – $2.99) And we end up the issues part of our list today with another Marvel NOW! title as Matt Fraction takes over the reins of Marvel’s first family. Fraction has some big shoes to fill, taking over for Jonathan Hickman, who redefined the FF and brought a lot of excitement to the series. Fraction has a different sensibility than Hickman. Fraction has more whimsy and craziness in his writing, while Hickman is all about the big idea. More than anything though, Hickman knew how to make the characters feel like a family and he did it without any irony. Hickman took the relationships between the characters seriously, and Fraction would do well to maintain that part of the series. Beyond that though, Fraction also needs to put his own stamp on the Fantastic Four, which he is more than capable of. The art on the series is also going through a big change, with Mark Bagley taking over. Bagley has been bouncing around lately since he came back to Marvel, and I hope this is a book he can stay on for a while. Bagley is also capable of doing some fantastic work, and he knows how to capture superhero action. We know this is going to be a different book than it used to be, but there is nothing stopping it from being just as good.
Annotated Sandman Vol. 2 Hardcover (DC/Vertigo Comics – $49.99) There’s a better than even chance that most of you have already bought and read Neil Gaiman’s legendary run on The Sandman before. There’s a reason that it lives as one of the greatest achievements in comics history and that is because not only is it really damn good, but it stands up to multiple readings. The Annotated Sandman is designed for those of us who have read the series before, but are looking for more background information into the creation of the series. The notes by Leslie Klinger dive into every aspect of the series and shed a new light over what may seem like a well-worn road. There is a lot to learn here, and the information included will transform the reading experience. My only complaint about it is that this version of the series is in black and white, which does take a bit away from the total package. If you haven’t read The Sandman before this isn’t the best way to get into the series. This is designed for those who have read the series more than once and are looking for another reason to go back and read it one more time.
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Vol. 1 Hardcover (DC/Vertigo – $19.99) A book. A movie. A different movie. Stieg Larsson’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been all of these things and now DC and Vertigo have turned it into a series of graphic novels, with this being the first of several planned volumes that will bring the series into the world of comics (this volume covers the first half of the first book). If you’re not aware, Dragon Tattoo is a murder mystery set in Sweden. Then there’s this girl, and she’s got a tattoo and stuff happens. I enjoyed the English-language film version well enough, and I’m not sure if I really need to read this version, especially when there is a perfectly good novel that I could read as well. So I just wonder what the audience for this version is, or if there even is an audience. However, if you’re a fan of the book, or the movie, or the other movie, and you feel like reading the story again, feel free to pick this up.
Grim Leaper Trade Paperback (Image Comics – $14.99) Here is one of the most surprising miniseries of the year. Lou Collins has a problem, he can’t stop dying gruesome deaths over and over again. Every time he dies, he wakes up in a new body, and as it turns out he’s not the only one with this problem. As he goes through the problem of dying a lot, Lou meets Ella, and the two fall for each other. Grim Leaper is full of charm and romance and a bit of the macabre. I had no idea what to expect from the series when I got the first issue, but I quickly fell in love with the story, and I think you will to. Give this series a chance and you won’t be disappointed.