Each and every week, I, “The Xavier to my Magneto!” Henchman 21 and “The Magneto to my Xavier!” 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 May 28, 2014. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Oh boy, it’s another one of those all Image weeks, with the best publisher in comics dropping a bunch of awesome trades, a couple of great-looking new series, and one of the weirdest crossovers ever. And that’s not even counting new issues of The Fuse, Southern Bastards, Deadly Class, Skullkickers, and Sex. Why must they destroy my pocket book so? The better question is why am I complaining about awesome comics? Because I’m not. I love when I can buy awesome comics and I love when I can recommend awesome comics to others. So let’s get into the awesome list of awesomeness that is The GoD List!
Black Science Volume 1: How to Fall Forever (Image Comics – $9.99) If you haven’t picked up Black Science by Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera by now, you need to pick up this collection of the first six issues. Over the course of these issues, Remender sets up the story of a group of science explorers who get lost in the multiverse while testing their dimension crossing “Pillar” and then sends them to a bunch of different worlds. Pretty much every issue has the team on a different reality, and it’s very cool how Remender gets across the feel of each world in a short amount of time. Of course, a lot of the credit for setting up the feel of these worlds has to go to the amazing art of Matteo Scalera and the colors by Dean White. I wasn’t familiar with Scalera before reading his work on this series, but man, what a revelation! His art has a ton of energy and there is a ton of imagination going on in all the worlds he helps creates. And White is simply one of the best colorists in the business, and his work just ties everything together. If you want some exciting sci-fi and great characters you need to be reading Black Science.
Umbral Volume 1: Out of the Shadows (Image Comics – $9.99) Before the first issue of Umbral came out, a lot of the press for the series talked about it being in the vein of movies like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, and they weren’t wrong when comparing Umbral to those films. Unmral is about a young thief named Rascal, who gets tied into a plot involving creatures from a dark dimension coming into her world with plans of taking over. Writer Antony Johnston and artist Christopher Mitten had already proved their ability to create a fascinating world with interesting characters on their earlier collaboration, Wasteland, but they take their skills to another level in this series. They are quickly able to assemble a group of characters that you are instantly invested in, and then they go about exploring the world and the history of these characters. Young readers will enjoy the sense of adventure in the story and older readers may find a healthy bit of nostalgia for those mid-80’s fantasy classics. [Umbral: Book 1: Out of the Shadows TPB]
Chew/Revival #1 (Image Comics – $4.99) When you think about two comics that you’d expect to see crossover, I don’t think anyone would list Chew and Revival as two titles that work together. Chew is a bizarre, very funny but occasionally serious series about FDA crime fighters with food-based super powers. Revival is a pretty serious, rarely funny crime series set in a small town in Wisconsin that is forced to deal with the dead coming back to life. I guess both of them are crime series with fantastical elements, but they couldn’t be more different in terms of tone and art style. However, I love both of these series and I can’t wait to see how the creators blend the two worlds together. If you read one but not the other, or if you’ve never read either series, this is a great chance to get the feel for them. And if you’re already a fan of both series, then this will just be a lot of fun to see how they interact together.
C.O.W.L. #1 (Image Comics – $3.50) Okay, here is a comic with an odd premise. C.O.W.L. stands for the Chicago Organized Workers League, the first super hero union. Right off the bat, you get what should be a very unique take on the traditional super-hero team, and you get to mix in an interesting social angle to the whole thing. I’m just taken with the concept of this series, and I hope that writer Kyle Higgins can bring this concept to life and give us some interesting characters to latch on to.
Trees #1 (Image Comics – $2.99) Here’s another high concept series, but what else do you expect for something written by Warren Ellis (Moon Knight, Transmetropolitan). I’ll let the solicitation speak for itself:
Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive.
So, you’ve got aliens, but not your usual aliens, and you get what is sure to be a thought-provoking look at what the aliens arrival would have in humanity. Ellis has always been great at throwing out these fascinating ideas, and I’m always willing to give anything he writes a chance. The more interesting part of this equation is the art by Jason Howard who I know from very cartoony books such as The Astounding Wolf-Man and Super Dinosaur. I like his art, I’m just curious to see how his style may have adjusted to fit this series. Like I said, Ellis’ name is enough to at least get me to check this out, and it helps that the premise looks like it will grab me. I hope it lives up to my expectations.
Tomb Raider #4 (Dark Horse – $3.50) If there’s a new installment of Tomb Raider, then it’s going on my pull list! Love me some Lara Croft, especially in this retells of her origin story by Gail Simone. In this fourth issue, Lara is chased through the streets of London, but she’s more worried about the safety of her fellow survivors of the Endurance shipwreck.
Star Trek #33 (IDW Publishing – $3.99) I dig the current ongoing series that IDW has been doing for Star Trek and I’m really looking forward to upcoming issues where Q makes his appearance in the rebooted Trek universe for a 6-issue arc beginning with Star Trek #35. Since I’m a completest, I have to be ready for Q’s arrival by reading the issues leading up to the event.
Doctor Spektor #1 (Dynamite Entertainment – $3.99) Dynamite resurrects the Gold Key Comics character Doctor Spektor, the occult investigator from the 1970s. Writer Mark Waid, a name you can trust, brings us Doctor Adam Spektor, a dude who knows his paranormal shit. Though Doctor Spektor has traveled the world battling werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and more, in Doctor Spektor #1, the monster hunter feels like even after all his successes, he’s still missing something. Apparently, he’s about to find it and it likely will be quite interesting.
Brass Sun #1 (of 6) (Magnetic Press Inc. – $3.99) This first issue of a 6-issue miniseries caught my eye thanks to its intriguing cover. Turns out, the artist on this one, I.N.J. Culbard, did the art for the DC/Vertigo minieseries New Deadwardians, which was pretty cool. Brass Sun is a science fiction “clockpunk” tale about a clockwork solar system where the sun is dying, the planets are freezing, and anyone who tries to warn of the impending danger is burned as a heretic. That’s where young Wren comes in – she plans to first escape, then find a way restart the sun and save everyone.