By Hunter Camp
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Each and every week “Mr. I Look Good In A Suit” MK2Fac3 and “Mr. I Look Good In A Plastic Incredible Hulk Mask” Henchman21 read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible…theoretically. They look forward to some more than others, I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of their pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of February 8, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
I’ve really got nothing fun or interesting to tell you this week. I mean, I had a job interview, but who cares about that? You’re here for comics! And boy let me tell you, there are a whole lot of comics to talk about this week. So, let’s skip this intro and get to the meat of the week. Ladies and gentlemen, I present…The GoD List!
Adventure Time #1 (BOOM! Studios – $3.99):Adventure Time is one of the craziest television shows on the air right now, well, let’s face it, it’s probably the craziest show on television right now. It’s a show about Finn, an adventurer, and his dog, Jake, as the get into all kinds of wacky situations. The dog can change forms to fit whatever Finn needs at the moment, which usually comes off as completely bizarre. It’s a hit amongst Internet nerds, as well it should be, so it was only a matter of time until this show got a comic book adaptation. So, it’s with great pleasure that I suggest that you pick up this entirely insane comic book, as I will be too. It’s bound to be a comic that primarily fits its younger target audience, but I doubt the writers will not take its massive Internet following for granted. I can only hope that we’ll see Fiona and Cake in this series. Also, where’s my My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic written by Chris Sims with art from Rusty Shackles? Because I absolutely need that in my life. Make it happen, Boom!
Northlanders #48 (Vertigo/DC Comics – $2.99): This series is coming to its conclusion soon, which is a horrible travesty that will be cast upon the comics reading public, but the fact is, for some reason, people weren’t really reading it which is a terrible shame because it was (and still is) one of the most consistently breath-taking comics in recent memory. Brian Wood’s tales of the Viking realm of Europe was incredibly in depth, and in the words of black metal enthusiasts, “GRYM.” Northlanders captures the despair of the time and never fails to tell an incredible story. So, even if you weren’t reading this comic, make sure to pick up the trades. You owe it to yourself.
The All New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #16 (DC Comics – $2.99): I’m not going to focus too much attention on this, but with Batman: The Brave and The Bold being canceled from Cartoon Network, but never our hearts, this comic has to fill the void that exists in my soul. Specifically, this comic shows a Valentine’s Day special with Bat-Mite falling in love with Batgirl. Last year’s Valentine’s issue was amazing as it showed the marriage of Batman and Wonder Woman, which also showed the hilarious future of the two as a married couple, so if this comic can be half as entertaining as that issue was, it’ll be worth reading.
Blue Estate #9 (Image Comics – $2.99):Blue Estate is one of my most favorite comics of the past year, and after a decent hiatus, the always eye-popping tale of a bunch of really bad people in the L.A. area is finally back. So, if you’ve missed out on this series, pick this issue up… and then pick up the trades.
Thief of Thieves (Image Comics – $2.99): I honestly know nothing about this title, but based on the creative team, it seems like something that I have to read. Robert Kirkman and Nick Spencer working together on what seems like a crime/spy-thriller comic? Count me in!
Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes #23 ($2.99):Marvel Adventures is not something that has every been on my radar, but as I was searching through pulllist.comixology.com, I noticed this wonder featuring The Thing on the cover. It’s an all ages book, and it looks like a lot of fun, so if you’re in the move for a light read this week where you can laugh at some certainly cheesy moments while also seeing The Thing shout, “IT’S CLOBBERIN’ TIME!” then this comic is absolutely for you. And me, in fact. My soul could use a book like this every week.
There are, once again, a bazillion incredible comic book collections this week that absolutely tickle my fancy, and should tickle yours, as well. Some collect some of my favorite comics of the past year, while some collect comics from days gone by. But that’s not it, there’s an incredible looking original graphic novel coming from Dark Horse that looks like it could be one of the best, most interesting and literary comics of the year. So, of course I’m going past the standard “one choice” format.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 1 TPB (IDW Publishing – $17.99): The recent run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has done nothing but please me as a childhood fanatic of the franchise. Volume one collects the first storyline of the series that re-introduced the idea of the Turtle to life-long fans and new readers, as well, by telling a fun, interesting and clever story that gives a strong nod to what came before it while also providing a comic that doesn’t just feel like a nostalgia piece. The comic continues to be one of my favorite comics each month, so if you missed out on the first run, make sure to pick up this collection.
Young Romance: Simon & Kirby 1940-1950 HC (Fantagraphics – $29.99): Joe Simon and Jack Kirby doing romance comics. That’s all you need to know. Or if you’re so inclined to read a flowery version of that, read on: In just one week, Valentine’s Day will fall upon both geeks and non-geeks, alike. Love is in the air, and your significant other wants nothing but romance. But how, oh how should a comic book geek like myself to celebrate the young love that we have all come to adore? Well good friends, there’s one thing to solve all your problems: tales of romance from two of the greatest creators in comic book history. Who better to tackle the nuance of young romantic comics than the creators of Captain America? Well dear lovers, there is no one that should. – Seriously though, Simon and Kirby redefined comics with their tales of romance which opened up the audience far beyond young boys who wanted to wear towels and punch each other. With talents like these on any comics, you are guaranteed that they are going to be well written and beautifully drawn. There are several Simon/Kirby collections, and every single one of them are worth picking up.
Hack/Slash, Vol. 10: Dead Celebrities TPB (Image Comics – $16.99): I am not anywhere near caught up on Hack/Slash, so I haven’t read this part of the series’ multi-year run, but it does seem like a lot of fun. This volume collects comics that follow Cassie Hack and Vlad, her monstrous sidekick, as they track down the killer of celebrities. In classic Hack/Slash fashion, it also features Victor Crowley of the horror throwback film Hatchet. Any volume of Hack/Slash is pretty much a safe place to come in, so if you’ve been wanting to see what’s happening within the pages of Hack/Slash, make sure to pick up this collection that features a beautiful Morning Glories-themed cover by Rodin Esquejo.
Dotter of her Father’s Eyes HC (Dark Horse Comics – $14.99): This book will win its share of awards. I haven’t read it yet, but just based on the concept of the book, it screams “ADAPT ME!” or “GIVE ME ALL YOUR EISNERS!” The book follows two different characters, Lucia – the daughter of James Joyce, and Mary Talbot (the author) – the daughter of a James Joyce scholar. The book is part historical account and part personal biography and shows the parallels and differences between the two lives as it takes the approach of telling a coming of age story. I’m certain that this book is going to be fantastic, and I can’t wait to sink my eyes into this sure-to-be amazing comic.
I know you probably don’t want to, but make sure to read Henchy McHench’s portion this week, he’s got a lot of good choices. Especially that Conan comic.
Â Conan the Barbarian #1 (Dark Horse Comics – $3.50): So excited to read this. This is the first issue of Conan featuring the new creative team of Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan, who have worked together many times on books like Demo and Northlanders. Now they are back again to take over the reins for everyone’s favorite Cimmerian, and as I said, so excited for it. Having read Wood’s run on Northlanders, I have no doubt that he will be able to capture the feel of Robert E. Howard’s classic character and world and give us the brutal action/adventure book we are looking for. He may not be the first name when you think about a Conan book, but looking at it, he makes perfect sense to be the one taking over this book. Cloonan also is not the first name that comes up when you think about Conan, but she also makes sense. Cloonan cut her teeth on more indie style books, but I’ve seen her draw action before, and she is more than capable. She’ll also be able to handle the more personal moments and will be great when we need to get into Conan’s head space. Dark Horse has hit us with a very exciting creative team for this book, and it is one that I hope will be around for a long time.
Â Scarlet Spider #2 (Marvel Comics – $2.99): I overlooked the first issue of this series when it came out and I am rectifying the situation now. Don’t be scared by the title or its connection to the Spider-Man Close Saga of the 90’s. Trust me; I hated it just as much as you. I cut all ties with Spider-Man for a solid decade after the Clone Saga, so I know what you’re thinking. However, don’t be scared off by the title. Writer Chris Yost has taken the seed of the Clone Saga and turned it into a glorious redwood of an idea. The tagline for the book is “All of the power. None of the responsibility” and that is exactly what he is presenting. The Scarlet Spider is Kaine, one of many clones of Peter Parker. He has moved to Planet Houston, although he plans to cross the border into Mexico as soon as he has enough money, and he is dealing with being compelled to be more of a hero, because that’s what comic book characters do. However, he doesn’t have the values that Peter Parker was raised with, so he can do things that Spider-Man never would. The first issue did a good job of setting up the series and explaining the character to new readers, and got the plot in motion. The real standout though was the art of Ryan Stegman. He does a great job with the action and has a very traditional super-hero art style that is perfectly suited to the story. His art is big and bright and is reason enough to check this book out. Don’t be afraid, just enjoy.
And now, some quick recommendations for series (or miniseries) that are ending or near the end:
Â Atomic Robo and the Ghosts of Station X #5 (of 6) (Red 5 Comics – $3.50): It’s good. Find the trades. Get caught up. Do it now! This is the best series you’re not reading. Unless you are reading it. In which case you’re cool.
Â PunisherMax #22 (Marvel Comics – $3.99): When issue 21 came out, I think I said that was the last issue of this series. It wasn’t. Issue 22 is the last issue. For real. My bad. Pick up the trades.
Â Black Panther The Most Dangerous Man Alive #529 (Marvel Comics – $2.99): I’m really going to miss this series. It was never the best thing I read on the given week it came out, but it was consistently entertaining and featured great art on its run from Francesco Francavilla, Michael Oeming, and Jefte Palo, among others. This series marked the only time I have picked up a Black Panther series and I’m sad to see it end.
Â Severed #7 (of 7) (Image Comics – $2.99): I haven’t read any of this series yet but I keep hearing good things about it, and I’m looking forward to picking it up when it is collected. Scott Snyder (Batman, American Vampire) is on fire these days and this seems to be keeping his streak of great books going.
Â Superman: The Black Ring, Vol.1Â TPB (DC Comics – $14.99): It’s a little weird to call this book Superman: The Black Ring, since the big blue boy scout doesn’t even show up in this collection of Action Comics #890-895. No, what we get is a big honkin’ Lex Luthor story, complete with robots, gorillas, space ships and Death. This came out while Superman was walking the Earth over in the pages of “Superman” and the two stories could not have been more different. Writer Paul Cornell’s script was full of crazy adventure as Lex traveled the world searching for the secrets of the Orange Lantern ring. The story never took itself too seriously, but still delved into Lex’s character as a megalomaniacal genius who would stop at nothing to reach his goals. Every issue found a new way to impress me with its sense of wonder and excitement, and this run ended way too soon. I could have read the adventures of Lex Luthor for years and never gotten bored, as long as it was written by Cornell. The art by Pete Woods was none too shabby either, with its classic and clean style that is great on any kind of superhero story, even if the main character isn’t exactly a hero. I highly recommend this if you didn’t pick this story up in issues or when the hardcovers came out. It is just too much fun to pass over.