Each and every week, I, “Call Me Snow Job” Henchman21, read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. Naturally, I look forward to some more than others. I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of my pull list, grab some comics, and I’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of March 27, 2013. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
I know, I know, it’s been a few weeks and once again I must apologize. Your humble list maker has been derelict in his duties (heh, duties), but we’re going to push through and bring you a solid line up of books for this week. We’ve got a new series by one of comics’ best writers, an issue from last week that I hope you didn’t miss out on, and some of my personal favorites. So let’s get down to brass ticky tacks and dive head first into The GoD List!
East of West #1 (Image Comics – $3.50) Jonathan Hickman, king of the high concept comic, is back again with a new series from Image. This time, he’s writing a Sci-fi western set in a nightmare vision of America where the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are trying to kill the President. Interested yet? This all comes to us courtesy of the man who brought you the monthly insanity that is The Manhattan Projects, and if you’ve been reading that, you know what Hickman is capable of. Hickman may be the best writer working in comics these days, bringing a unique voice to the industry. Nobody writes the way he does, from concept to execution, his comics are his own. That alone would make him at least worth reading, but he also executes his ideas with such force and personality, that you can’t ignore his work. Make sure you don’t miss this.
Batman Incorporated #9 (DC Comics – $2.99) In this issue, Batman cries. A lot. Or maybe he goes out and beats some ass. We’ll see.
B.P.R.D.: Vampire #1 (of 5) (Dark Horse Comics – $3.50) There are two reasons to pick this series up: Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. Okay, there may be a few more reasons. This is the follow up to B.P.R.D.: 1948, and is another tale of the Bureau’s past. The 194- series follows the early Bureau as they fight against, as the title of this series suggests, vampires. And as much as I’m a fan of all the B.P.R.D. series, the main draw for me on this particular series is the art. Moon and Ba are totally unique and they wear their Brazilian influences on their sleeves. I’ve loved every series Moon and Ba have worked on, from Casanova to Daytripper, and it’s been too long since we’ve had a new story from them. This could end up being the best looking book of the week.
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) New series from Marvel by Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven to get you ready for the Guardians of the Galaxy feature film. (Be on the lookout at Geeks of Doom for a separate post with preview on this one.)
Daredevil #24 (Marvel Comics – $2.99) This came out last week, but I’ll highlight it because it was such a good issue and if you missed it you should go back and pick it up. When I read issue 23 of Mark Waid’s Daredevil, I said on Twitter that this story arc will all hinge on whether they can stick the landing on it. Because here’s the deal (spoiler warning!): They gave Foggy Nelson, longtime friend and confidante of Daredevil, cancer. Which makes it a serious story. Which also puts the writer in a tough spot, because cancer is serious. Now, I’m not overly concerned about Mark Waid not being able to handle the meat of the story, and I’m going in with confidence that Waid will in fact deliver a satisfying ending. Will the storyline end with Foggy dying? Will it end with him becoming a survivor through traditional means? These are pretty much the two options, because if the story ends with Foggy surviving because of some mystical/fantasy what-have-you, that will definitely not be sticking the landing, and I think it will cheapen the whole storyline. I’m along for the ride though, because Waid’s run has been fantastic so far, and because I feel the storyline will have a great number of satisfying moments. I’m not ashamed to say I choked up at the end of the last issue. I’m sure I’ll revisit the storyline once it’s over and give it a final grade. In the meantime, keep picking up Daredevil because it’s Marvel’s best book.
Gambit #10 (Marvel Comics – $2.99) Seriously, read this already. It’s the only place to find a good patois these days. Nobody does a good patois anymore. It’s a shame really.
Morning Glories #25 (Image Comics – $3.99) They’re calling this issue the end of “season one” of Morning Glories, which hopefully means some questions will be answered and some new questions will be asked. Which is pretty much par for the course on this series. Morning Glories remains deliriously confusing, in a good way. Writer Nick Spencer has created a story with more twists and turns than Lombard Street and just when you think you’ve got a handle on the series, Spencer is more than willing to pull the rug out from under you. With this issue, I’m looking forward to seeing some things come together and I’m sure there’s going to be some kind of crazy twist at the end. And I’m not even mentioning the fine art by Joe Eisma, who keeps getting better and better. This issue will be right at the top of my stack this week.
Doom 2099 Complete Collection by Warren Ellis (Marvel Comics – $39.99) There are a lot of good trades out this week, with a new volume of American Vampire – Vol. 5, the first volume of It Girl & the Atomics, and a new volume of The Unwritten, The Unwritten, Vol. 7: The Wound. However, if you know me, you know I started reading comics in the 90s and some of my favorite books were in Marvel’s 2099 line. When the Doom series started, it was a fairly standard early 90’s series, with a time lost Doctor Doom trapped in a future he doesn’t understand. The series went along for a while, and then a largely unknown British writer named Warren Ellis took over the series and made some changes. He wasn’t able to make the book any more successful than it had been, but he was able to make his mark and move on to bigger and better series. I know that Doom 2099 Complete Collection by Warren Ellis going to have limited appeal, but if you’re a fan of Ellis’ work and haven’t read these issues before, you may want to check them out. They certainly are a product of their time, but I hope they hold up as some interesting comics.