Each and every week, I, “Who’s got World Series fever?” Henchman21, and “Not me!” 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 October 23, 2013. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Well, the leaves are changing and the weather’s getting colder and there’s nothing better on a cold night than to curl up with a loved one and a big stack of comics and that’s what we have for you this week. The list is chock full this week with new series, supplements to old series, new issues, final issues, and who knows what else. So, grab some books, get a warm drink, and have a nice relaxing evening with The GoD List!
Pretty Deadly #1 (Image Comics – $3.50) The embarrassment of riches at Image comics is kind of ridiculous at this point, with the company releasing more amazing series than I can count. And what’s more is that every week they seem to have a new amazing series to add to the list. This week sees not one but two new series to their line-up. First up is Pretty Deadly from Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios. The series follows Death’s daughter as she rides the west in search of some kind of revenge. It “marries the magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher” which sounds like a good combination to me. I’m curious to see how this measures up to Jonathan Hickman’s similar “metaphysical beings in the old west” series East of West. I’m sure there’s enough difference between the two, but it’s interesting to see two weird west comics come out at the same time, especially given how few western comics there are coming out. And as much as the setting and premise are a draw for me, the real reason for me to pick it up is the art by Emma Rios. Rios’ art reminds me a lot of Paul Pope or Nathan Fox, and I hope this is the series that introduces her to a wider audience.
Hellboy: The Midnight Circus (Dark Horse Comics – $14.99) With Hellboy creator Mike Mignola busy handling both the writing and the art on the main Hellboy series, longtime Hellboy artist Duncan Fegredo has been has been left without a regular place to show off his work. Fortunately, he has been hard at work on Hellboy: The Midnight Circus, an original graphic novel featuring a tale of young Hellboy running off and encountering the titular circus. From there, it’s sure to be monsters and all form of demons which Hellboy will have to escape or fight or otherwise take care of. Fegredo ably stepped into Mignola’s shoes, and it’s good to see that he’s not done with the character. Stories with young Hellboy are always fun, and since new issues of Hellboy in Hell are taking a while to come out, this is where I’ll be getting my Hellboy fix this week.
Velvet #1 (Image Comics – $3.50) The second new series from Image this week is Velvet, which re-teams Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting and it looks like they’re going to be sticking to what worked for them when they launched Captain America to some of the series greatest creative heights. Velvet Templeton used to be the a great spy, but now she’s working as the personal assistant to the director of whatever secret keeping group she works for. That is, until the world’s greatest secret agent (Sterling Archer?) is killed, and Velvet is forced back into the field. From that description alone, you can tell that Brubaker and Epting are leaning on the espionage and action feel that they brought to Captain American, and I am not complaining about that. Brubaker has always excelled at writing street level action and Epting has become one of the great “realistic” artists in comics, and if I want to see a series from them, this is the kind of thing I want to see them doing. I’m happy to see these two working together again and I can’t wait to see where they take this series.
Samurai Jack #1 (IDW Publishing – $3.99) To be honest, I wouldn’t call myself the biggest Samurai Jack fan from the days when it was running on Cartoon Network. I liked the style a lot, and I liked the episodes I managed to watch, but I was constantly missing episodes and never felt like I could follow the show from week to week. But like I said, I liked it enough to get me interested in the new Samurai jack comic from IDW. What I do like is the writing of Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and his name is enough to make this a must buy for me. He’s already proven that he can handle all manner of sword fighting action and he’s also managed licensed properties before. I think his biggest difficulty will be bringing readers who haven’t seen the show up to speed. And if you were already a fan of the show, then this is a must buy.
Fables Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition (DC/Vertigo Comics – $39.99) There are enough hardcore Fables fans out there to make this a fairly popular item, but I don’t think this will appeal much to the casual or new reader. No, this is a comprehensive look at the hidden histories of the characters that make up Bill Willingham’s Fables. The Fables Encyclopedia is written by noted comic book researcher Jess Nevins (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Companion) and provides tons of background info on the numerous characters that Willingham has brought into his epic fantasy series. Art is provided by the classic fables contributors; James Jean, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha and Joao Ruas. Willingham joins in to provide a host of fun facts about the series. At $40, I wouldn’t recommend this to new readers, but long time fans are sure to enjoy the hell out of this.
Unwritten #54 (DC/Vertigo Comics – $2.99) This is the last issue of volume one for The Unwritten, but fear not, volume two launches in January 2014. I guess there’s some story going on with characters from Fables showing up in Unwritten, I don’t know, I read this in trades so I’m behind and don’t spoil it for me. Anyway, this is a fun series and you should pick up the trades that are out for it and be on the look out for a new #1 issue next year.