Each and every week, I, “Goddamned!” Henchman 21 and “Sandman!” 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 November 11, 2015. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Kind of a small list this week, but what we do have is pure gold. Yes, we only have a few books this time around, but they are both well worth your money, and sometimes it’s nice to have a smaller list. Maybe it’s a good week to go back and find something you may have missed. There is one thing you shouldn’t miss though, and that’s The GoD List!
The Goddamned #1 (Image Comics – $3.99) This week, Jason Aaron basically owns our collective asses. Aaron has several titles out this week all pretty much assured to be fantastic, including Thors #4, Southern Bastards #12, the trade paperback for Original Sin: Thor And Loki Tenth Realm, and his new series from Image Comics, The Goddamned. The Goddamned reunites Aaron with RM Guera, the artist of his breakout series, Scalped. Let’s go to the official solicitation to describe the series, because there’s kind of a lot going on in the premise:
’And the earth was filled with violence.’ Genesis 6:11 It’s 1,655 years after Eden, and life on Earth has already gone to hell. The world of man is a place of wanton cruelty and wickedness. Prehistoric monsters and stone-age marauders roam the land. Murder and destruction are the rule of the day. Humankind is a failed experiment. This is life before the Flood. The story of man on the verge of his first apocalypse. Welcome to the world of the Goddamned.
So, we’ve got a biblical setting, but I’m guessing this isn’t going to be like what you remember from Sunday School. No, I’m imagining this is just going to be mostly a solid barbarian story, but with a setting that not many creators would be brave enough to use. Aaron, however, has the track record to pull off something like this. It’s exciting to see Guera and Aaron back together after a few years, and Guera has always been great at character work, but I’m curious to see what he will do with what sounds like a very different setting than Scalped. The Goddamned is described as a “biblical noir” and I’m pretty sure I’ve never read that before, and I will always be interested in a new idea, so I’m not going to miss this. Oh, and pick up the aforementioned Southern Bastards #12, by Aaron and Jason Latour, as well as Thors #4 by Aaron and Chris Sprouse. Like I said, it’s Jason Aaron’s world, we’re just living in it.
Superman: American Alien #1 (of 7) (DC Comics – $3.99) He’s the most popular superhero of all time, and it might seem like we already know everything we could possibly know about Superman — he’s got superhuman strength and speed; x-ray and heat vision; invulnerability, and he can fly, amongst other things. But the Kryptonian who fell to Earth was once just a boy named Clark Kent being raised on a Kansas farm by his adoptive parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent. That’s where Superman: American Alien #1, a new miniseries from DC Comics, begins, as the Kents realize their 12-year-old son can float in the air. Written by Max Landis — the screenwriting son of the great filmmaker John Landis (he wrote Chronicle and American Ultra, as well as the upcoming Victor Frankenstein) — with art by Nick Dragotta, the 7-issue miniseries offer up tales of Clark’s adolescence, promising to be “unlike anything you’ve seen before.” I love a good Superman comic, and stories about Clark Kent at any age can make for good reading, so this is definitely a miniseries to check out.
The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition (Vertigo Comics – $24.99) Neil Gaiman returned to his Sandman universe back in 2013 with The Sandman: Overture, and now, the 6-issue prequel miniseries from Vertigo Comics has been collected into a Deluxe Edition Hardcover. Along with the six issues, written by Gaiman with art by J.H. Williams, this edition contains bonus content, including interviews with the creative team. While the original Sandman series, which launched in 1989, introduced us to Morpheus, aka Dream of The Endless, and saw him initially in captivity, Overture gives us his origin story up until the moment he’s captured. This collection was actually released in comic shops last week, but now it’s available at Amazon and for the discounted price of $16.55. You can also now get the Kindle Edition for $12.99.
Back To The Future #2 (of 4) (IDW Publishing – $3.99) Back To The Future fans definitely need to be reading this miniseries that contains “untold tales” of Marty McFly and Doc Brown from original screenwriter Bob Gale. These are considered canon, so whatever happens here is the real deal. Also, I’m really loving the covers for this series. Issue #2 is out this week, and promises to reveal secrets of both the McFly and Brown families.