Each and every week, I, “Where’s my ‘Atlantis Attacks’ movie?!?!” Henchman 21 and “Coming 2023!” 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 15, 2014. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
After a couple of insanely busy weeks, we’ve got a chance to take a bit of a breather this week and take a look at some smaller books out this week that you may be passing up, but that you shouldn’t. I use “smaller” figuratively, as some of the books on the list this week are quite thick, and I don’t know what to tell you, but I like big books and I cannot lie. You other brothers can’t deny. And even though some knuckleheads are trying to diss, these are the books on my GoD List!
Flash Gordon #6 (Dynamite Entertainment – $3.99) Seriously, Jeff Parker, Doc Shaner, and Jordie Bellaire’s Flash Gordon is easily one of the best books on the stands right now. Parker’s approach to the characters is true to the Flash mythos, while still finding a way to make them feel fresh and modern, and most importantly, FUN! Shaner and Bellaire combine to create art that harkens back to the original strip. It is bright and energetic and is a style that I can’t get enough of these days. Much like the writing, Shaner’s art is equal parts modern and throwback. I don’t want this to be a book that people pass up because they haven’t liked other Flash Gordon books or just think it’s cheesy. This is a book for anyone that likes adventure stories, which should be anyone reading comics.
Sleepy Hollow #1 (of 4) (Boom Studios – $3.99) Based on the hit Fox TV show, if that’s your thing. It’s got a guy with no heads running around and another guy with a funny accent. If you can’t get enough of that sweet, sweet Sleepy Hollow action, here’s some more for you.
Action Philosophers Hardcover (Dark Horse Comics – $29.99) It’s edu-tainment! This is a nice new hardcover edition of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunleavey’s Action Philosophers. Action Philosophers goes through the lives of numerous philosophers throughout the ages and examines their lives and major thoughts. You can get an idea of what the series is like at actionphilosophers.com. It’s a goofy story that is as funny as it is interesting. This new collection features many bits and baubles that weren’t in the previous edition, including a new eight-page story, so it may be time for fans to get this new edition and pass off their old copy to some poor college student that’s just trying to figure out what major to follow.
Usagi Yojimbo Saga, Volume 1 (Dark Horse Comics – $24.99) A quick warning, this may or may not be out this week. Some release lists say this is out today; Dark Horse’s webpage says next week though, so I’m not 100% positive. What I am positive of is that you should buy the Usagi Yojimbo Saga Volume 1 whenever it comes out because these are great comics. It’s the 30th anniversary for Stan Sakai’s rabbit samurai, and this is a great entry for new readers, as this collects over 600 pages of Usagi’s adventures. Usagi Yojimbo is a comics masterpiece and one of the most enjoyable comics you can buy. Sakai’s art is simple yet expressive and unlike anyones art. Usagi Yojimbo is not a flashy comic, it is just a well told story that is an entertaining read. It’s just as simple as that. New readers will love this, and if you’re a long term fan, you’ll want to get your hands on one of the limited edition $80 hardcover version of this book.
I’m on overload this week after four days at New York Comic-Con!!!!! After all that, I’m actually thankful that there’s not a ton of items on my pull-list this week. There’s the two below, as well as Henchie’s pick, Sleepy Hollow #1, for me!
— Alice Cooper #2
— Black Dragon HC