Each and every week, I, “Are we still Groot?” Henchman 21 and “We are Groot!” 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 August 6, 2014. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Well, things have more or less gotten back to normal after SDCC madness, so it’s time to get back into the swing of things. You know what the deal is here. Comics are in stores. We point out some that we think you should buy. That’s how we do things around here. It’s The GoD List!
Flash Gordon #4 (Dynamite Entertainment – $3.99) Oh my glory you guys, have you been reading Flash Gordon? I know there have been a lot of Flash Gordon comics in the past, several of them from Dynamite, and not all of them have been that good, even for fans of Gordon and company. This is not just a great Flash Gordon comic, it is a great adventure story. Writer Jeff Parker has stuck very close to the original characters and setting, but he’s made a subtle shift by making Dale Arden ostensibly the main character and having Flash just kind of hanging around and then messing stuff up but eventually getting everyone out of the problems he causes. This is just an awesomely fun action story, that is taken to the next level by the artwork of Evan Shaner and Jordie Bellaire. It is a fairly simple, cartoony style of art but that’s great because it harkens back to Flash’s comic strip roots. Don’t be dissuaded by any preconceived notions you may have about this series, Flash Gordon is a series you will start looking forward to.
Trillium (DC/Vertigo – $16.99) Trillium by Jeff Lemire is one of the most inventive and imaginative comic books to come out in quite some time. What Lemire uses the comic book medium to tell the story in a way that couldn’t be done in any other medium. If you read this book in public, people may think you’re a little odd as you flip and twist the book in your hands as Lemire tells the story of a man from 1800’s England and a woman from the far future meet and change the future of mankind. This is a totally unique experience, and if you’re a fan of comics, you should buy Trillium and experience it for yourself.
The Sixth Gun: Days of the Dead #1 (Oni Press – $3.99) It’s time for another miniseries set in the world of The Sixth Gun, this time called The Sixth Gun: Days of the Dead. We’ve had a mini-series focusing on the pasts of some of the major villains in The Sixth Gun, and now we get one focusing on another group of minor but still important characters. Days of the Dead fills in more info on The Knights of Solomon and the Sword of Abraham, two groups that have shown up in the main series with goals that are not necessarily the same as the main characters. It will be good to flesh these guys out, but more importantly, it’s another reason to read an issue in The Sixth Gun universe, which always makes me happy. I have loved Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s mix of the Western and Supernatural genre’s since the beginning, and it remains one of the most consistently entertaining series on the stands. Art for this mini-series is provided by Mike Norton, who, between this and his regular series revival, must just sit at an art table for 23 hours a day. I’m not sure if this is going to be the best introduction to the series for new readers, but those of us who have been along for the ride will eat this up. If you still haven’t read the series yet, you can find the first volume cheap all the time, so start there. You’ll catch up to this in no time.
Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale: Yellow, Blue, and Gray Hardcover (Marvel Comics – $75.00) Now, this isn’t something I’m going to pick up myself because I already have nice hardcovers of each of the three series collected here, but if you’ve never read the Marvel stories of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, or if you have read them and want an excuse to buy them again, then Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale: Yellow, Blue, and Gray Hardcover is well worth dropping the cash for. This hardcover collects three series that Loeb and Sale did for Marvel in the 00’s, Daredevil: Yellow, Spider-Man: Blue, and Hulk: Gray. Each series examines the characters early days in very much a nostalgic manner. Loeb gives each series a different feel and captures all the characters, but Sales art elevates Loeb’s writing unlike any of his collaborators. There is something about the synergy between Loeb and Sale that just makes for great comics, be it on the work collected here or in something like Batman: The Long Halloween. I may have to see if the page size is larger than the versions I already own, because that may tempt me to pick this up for myself. Now, where’s Captain America: White!!
Big Trouble In Little China #3 BOOM! Studios – $3.99 Definitely enjoying this new comic book series, which sees the return of Jack Burton from the feature film of the same name from John Carpenter, who overseeing the run for BOOM! Studios. If you’re not already reading this series, jump on to the back issues.
Danger Girl Back In Black IDW Publishing – $17.99 I totally dig Danger Girl and love to check out any of their adventures. Writer Andy Hartnell knows how to handle these storylines, and Back In Black in, Abbey and Sydney go undercover, infiltrating an all-girl biker gang to track down a mysterious stolen Native American artifact. This trade collects the entire Black In Black miniseries.
Rocket Raccoon #2 Marvel Comics – $3.99 Guardians of the Galaxy is killing it at the box office and leading up to its release, Marvel launched a spin-off comic for one of the team members, the quick-talking, gun-toting Rocket Raccoon.