Each and every week, I, “Donnie!,” Henchman 21 and “Marky Mark” 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 March 5, 2014. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Is it just me, or have there been a lot of new series starting up lately? I know that Marvel is in the middle of the next wave of Marvel Now! books, which explains why they have so many new series starting up, but they hardly seem to be alone. However, don’t take all this new series pondering to be a complaint. I love when new titles are launched because they give me something to talk about on this here list. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do now as The Empress and I take a look at four new series starting up this week. So without further ado, let’s get to the new hotness of The GoD List!
Moon Knight #1 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) Warren Ellis knows his way around a comic book, which makes it kind of a shame that he has pulled back a bit from writing comics to focus on other pursuits, but it looks like he is going to be making a big charge back this year, and the first salvo is his new take on Marvel’s Moon Knight. Now, Moon Knight is a tricky character. He’s always had a small but very loyal following, but he is one of the more interesting characters in the Marvel U. Take your standard Batman-type hero, add in a healthy dose of Egyptian mysticism, and then throw someone with multiple personalities into the mix and you start to see why Moon Knight keeps getting new series. The character’s last series by Brian Michael Bendis didn’t last very long, took the character out of New York, and may have gone too far in playing up the crazy aspect of the character. Ellis looks to be off to a good start by returning the character to New York, although looking at the description of this first issue, it seems like he still plans on playing up that crazy angle. And that could be okay this time, as Ellis is a talented writer and has written some odd characters in the past. This seems to be the kind of thing that is in his wheelhouse, which could make this a fun series. I’d be more than a little concerned about how long Ellis plans to be around for on the series, but what I’m not worried about is the art of Declan Shalvey who has the perfect kind of gritty, realistic style that sounds like it should be a good fit for what Ellis is going for with the story. I’m hopeful for this series. It’s got a solid creative team and one of Marvel’s most interesting characters, and I hope this lasts for a while.
Starlight #1 (Image Comics – $2.99) Do I dare give a Mark Millar comic a shot? I’ve never been the biggest Millar fan, but that hasn’t stopped me in the past from giving his stuff a chance, and the premise of Starlight at least has me intrigued. In this series, Duke McQueen is your standard Flash Gordon/Adam Strange pulp space adventurer. He went out into space, saved the universe, came back to Earth, got married, had kids, and got old. Now McQueen is an old, lonely man until he gets the call to return to action in space. There’s enough there to get me interested, what with the aging-Flash Gordon type and also what is sure to be great art from Goran Parlov (FuryMax, The Punisher). But there’s still a bit that leaves me worried if this will be the Millar I can sort of enjoy, or the Millar that I really don’t like at all. I’m going to give this a look, and hope that it ends up being as interesting as I think it could be.
Auteur #1 (Oni Press – $3.99) Have you been looking for a new comic book that is completely bat-crap crazy? Well, I have got a comic for you. The Auteur by Rick Spears is about a film producer who has just made the biggest box office bomb of all time, and is now trying to get his career back on track with a horror film. Now, that may not sound like the most “comic booky” of all premises, but trust me when I say that the way this story is told, you could only do it as a comic. The art by James Callahan is a trippy ride, and Spears’ story give the artist plenty of chances to go nuts. I will say that this is an odd book, but it is funny, and unique, and something that we don’t get enough of so I heartily recommend this. I’m already curious to see where the rest of the next issue goes.
Veil #1 (Dark Horse – $3.50) Veil #1 is the start of an original 5-issue comic book miniseries by writer Greg Rucka and artist Toni Fejzula. The series introduces us to Veil, a new heroine, which if you’re familiar with Rucka’s work like Queen & Country White Out, then you know he does those characters well. Veil awakens in a subway station, naked, confused, and not knowing who she is, but soon we’ll learn about some of her special abilities. Check out the preview of this first issue.