Each and every week, I, “I Love Rock N’ Roll” Henchman21, and “So Put Another Dime in the Jukebox, Baby” Empress Eve read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. Naturally, we look forward to some more than others. I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of our pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of April 10, 2013. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
As you can see, I have a new partner here at The GoD List which means we’ve got even more comics to get you to check out. We’ve got aliens, zombies, more aliens, zombie vikings. We’ve got pint-size crime fighters, spies, and still more aliens. And then there’s Star Trek, which means, yeah, even more aliens. So, I guess you’d better enjoy aliens because we are a little heavy on them this week. So, try not to get abducted us as we take a five-year voyage into The GoD List!
Batman Lil’ Gotham (DC Comics – $2.99) I can be as cynical about comics as the next guy. Hell, I can probably be more cynical about comics than the next guy. I get burned out by comics that take themselves too seriously. Fortunately, from time to time a comic will come along to slap me out of my funk. Atomic Robo is good for this, as is Skullkickers. Lil’ Gotham is also good for this. There is something undeniably charming about Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs take on the bite-sized citizens of Gotham. Lil’ Gotham #1 collects two shorts that were published digitally, the first has Robin learning the true meaning of Halloween, and the next has Batman facing off with the Penguin during a Thanksgiving Day parade. These stories are full of charm and humor, and of course you get some of Nguyen’s fantastic art. Also, if you’re missing Damian Wayne already, this is one place to get new(ish) stories featuring him. Sure, the holiday theme of these two stories may be a little out of season, but it’s never too late or too early to celebrate.
Fearless Defenders #3 (Marvel Comics – $2.99) Misty Knight. Dani Moonstar. Valkyrie. These are not what you would call A-List comic book characters. They aren’t even characters that fit well together, at least at first thought. Fearless Defenders features a former New Mutant, a Hero for Hire, and an Asgardian thrown together. So you’ve got characters from all the different corners of the Marvel Universe teaming up to fight an ancient threat, and somehow it all works. Writer Cullen Bunn has taken these disparate elements and found a way to not only make them work, but make the whole thing damn entertaining. Issue 3 brings in Warrior Woman, an older character that I’ve never even heard of. I was confusing her with Power Princess from the Squadron Supreme, but it turns out she’s an old Invaders enemy, or at least the name was used for an old Invaders enemy. I guess we’ll find out more about her this issue. This series is quite different from other Defenders series, but it maintains the “non-team” aspect that has always been a Defenders trademark. This is one of those series that I didn’t expect to be enjoying as much as I am.
G.I. Joe: Cobra Files #1 (IDW Publishing – $3.99) Mike Costa’s G.I. Joe: Cobra has consistently been the best thing that IDW has done with the property since they took over, and if you were worried about the series going away because of the newest relaunch, fear not. Costa is back to tell the continuing story of the Joe teams covert squad. Front and center in the series is Chameleon, a former Cobra agent now playing on the side of the angels. When last seen, the covert team was working out of a Las Vegas casino thanks to another former Cobra agent, Tomax. Now we get to see what new shenanigans the team can get up to. Joining Costa is his longtime collaborator on the different Cobra series; Antonio Fuso. So, you’ve got another chance to jump on a great series, so don’t pass this up.
The Colonized #1 (IDW Publishing – $3.99) The Colonized is a new four-issue miniseries from IDW, written by Chris Ryall. Dig this premise: It’s aliens vs. zombies! A spaceship filled with friendly aliens arrives on Earth and inadvertently wakes the dead in the heart of a militiamen-run town in Montana. Hilarity ensues! (I assume.) When it comes to aliens and zombies, Ryall knows his shit, as evidenced by his runs on Zombies vs. Robots and forays into world of Mars Attacks, so right off the bat, you’re in good hands. You’ve got aliens, zombies, and militiamen, so right there is enough to spark your interest; now add in that the aliens look like your classic scifi green men and that they’ve actually come in peace, and you got yourself a winner. (You can read my full review here.)
Saucer Country #14 (DC Comics/Vertigo – $2.99) Saucer Country #14 marks the final issue of the DC/Vertigo series from writer Paul Cornell and artist Ryan Kelly. The series revolves around Arcadia Alvarado, the Governor of New Mexico who wants to run for President of the United States when she’s abducted by aliens! A lot has happened since issue #1, and this conclusion promises to reveal the truth about the alien invasion. You can start at the beginning of the series with issues 1-6 collected in Saucer Country Vol. 1: Run in trade paperback or for Kindle; single issues are still available for Issues 10-14, but if you want to wait for the second trade, Saucer Country Vol. 2: The Reticulan Candidate, it comes out this August.
Saga #12 (Image Comics – $2.99) Let me get this out of the way: This series from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples is awesome and I highly recommended. I’ve said it numerous times and it bares repeating. With that said, it seems I must put Saga #12 on the must-read list this week for more than the usual “it’s great” reason: Apple has banned the issue from its apps store. Yes, that’s right, in 2013, a harmless comic book has been BANNED by a major corporation that controls a stronghold on the digital comics world. This means Saga #12 available right now on any of their apps for the ipad or ipod and it’s not for sale through ComiXology or even the Image Comics app. The reason for the ban? There’s explicit male-on-male oral sex scenes about the size of a postage stamp that are so subtle that I didn’t notice it when I read my advanced review copy and then even after I heard about the ban, I still couldn’t find the images in question! If you’re reading Saga, then you already know there’s plenty of sex and nudity, but it’s all part of the overall, very smart, storytelling. Yet, this particular issue is being banned while previously installments that contained doggy-style sex and orgies weren’t. Hmmm… I think we’re all coming to the same conclusion, aren’t we? Anyhow, order a print copy online, or pick it up at your local comics shop, but definitely purchase a copy. For more details on how to get this issue and what this ban’s all about, see our previous coverage: Apple Bans ‘Saga #12′ From Apps Store Over Graphic Gay Sex Scenes [Update: Check That: Apple Didn’t Ban ‘Saga #12′; ComiXology Takes The Rap]
Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness (IDW Publishing – $17.99) Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness is a four-issue miniseries that is meant to bring the gap between the events of J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film Star Trek and its direct sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, coming to theaters this May. I’ve already read and reviewed all four issues, so I can say with great confidence that this collection is a must-have/must-read. Kirk and Spock deal their their respective emotional fall-outs while dealing with a civil war on a far-off planet. While on the planet, they discover a long presumed-dead character from the Star Trek universe. There’s a lot more I can say, and I know it’s all over the internet who this character is, but for those of you still in the dark, I want to help keep you there until you’ve had a chance to read this yourself. If you plan on seeing the new movie, definitely grab this trade – the story was constructed by Roberto Orci, who co-wrote both of Abrams’ Trek films. Issue #4, was released today, so if you’ve been reading all along, you can pick up the single issue. Otherwise, the trade paperback edition, which collects all four issues, is available at online comics print and digital retailers, as well as in stores; it comes to Amazon on April 23, 2013.
– Star Wars #4
– Dungeons & Dragons: Cutter #1 (read a 10-page preview here)
– Recollection #1
– X #0
– KISS Solo #1: The Demon