Each and every week, I, â€œBob McKenzie!â€ Henchman 21 and â€œDoug McKenzie!â€ Empress Eve read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possibleâ€¦ theoretically. Naturally, we look forward to some more than others. I mean, who doesnâ€™t? So, letâ€™s take a look into the depths of our pull lists, grab some comics, and weâ€™ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of April 23, 2014. Single issues and trades, theyâ€™re all here.
Itâ€™s time to put the spotlight on Dark Horse Comics this week thanks to a new series, an excellent one-shot, and a new issue for one of their best series. Thereâ€™s not a ton of books this week, but itâ€™s a good time to check out some other stuff. Oh, and Marvel is starting another event this week, if youâ€™re into that kind of thing, which I sometimes am. But letâ€™s just focus on Dark Horse this week, and maybe throw in a little DC for good measure. Now if youâ€™ll excuse me, Iâ€™ve got hockey to watch, so why donâ€™t you just keep yourself occupied with The GoD List!
Conan the Avenger #1 (Dark Horse Comics – $3.50) Conan The Avenger #1 marks the start of Fred Van Lenteâ€™s run on everyoneâ€™s favorite Cimmerian. This new series picks up from the end of Brian Woodâ€™s run, with Conan mourning the loss of his lover Belit. Fortunately for Conan, thereâ€™s always some kind of monster to kill or some treasure to plunder, so he can always find something to break him out of his reverie. I like a lot of Van Lenteâ€™s books, and Iâ€™m curious to see what he does with Conan. A lot of Van Lenteâ€™s books tend to have at least somewhat of a humorous angle, so Iâ€™m curious to see what tone he will take with this book. I think heâ€™ll get it right, but weâ€™ll have to see what he does with it. [Read our full review.]
The Eltingville Club #1 (Dark Horse Comics – $3.99) Now, maybe youâ€™re not looking for something as brutal Conan this week. Maybe you want a good laugh at the expense of all those fanboys out there and all the goofy crap they do. If youâ€™re looking for a lark, then youâ€™ll want to pick up The Eltingville Club #1 from writer/artist Evan Dorkin. Dorkin turns his no prisoners sense of humor on the world of comics, sci-fi, and role-playing games, and if youâ€™re ever spent any time in a comic store, youâ€™ll probably know some of the characters in this story, but donâ€™t get bent out of shape if youâ€™re the one getting made fun of. The Eltingville Club is not here to make you feel better about yourself, itâ€™s just here to make you laugh.
Mind MGMT #21 (Dark Horse Comics – $3.99) Itâ€™s been a while since I reminded you that Matt Kindtâ€™s Mind MGMT is freaking awesome, and that you should be reading it. This should be a good issue for new readers to see why I think Mind MGMT is such a good series, as Kindt uses this issue to tell a silent story. Kindt does a lot of unique things with the comics form in this series about a bunch of former government operatives with psychic powers. Kindt has a very unique art style that may not be for everyone, but if you get past it, youâ€™ll find one of the most interesting books on the stands.
Justice League United #0 (DC Comics – $4.99) I did not realize that Adam Strange was going to be a part of Justice League United #0, and now that I know he is, I may have to pick this up. Sure, this book may be called Justice League United, but it should be called Justice League Canada, because that is the team name. In this issue, Supergirl, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Martian Manhunter, and Animal Man team up with Adam Strange team up to travel the cosmos and fight stuff, and apparently they stop off in Canada at some point. It sounds just crazy enough to work, and writer Jeff Lemire seems like the best person to work on this book. Eat it with a plate of poutine while watching hockey.
Danger Girl: May Day #1 (of 4) (IDW Publishing – $3.99) Danger Girl!!! Oh, how I love me some Danger Girl. Danger Girl always promises plenty of action and adventure and every time a new series is launched, I wish more and more for a big-screen version. This issue starts a new 4-issue miniseries from writer Andy Hartnell and sees the return of a deadly villain from the Danger Girls’ past, so I’m very excited for this.
Books Of Magic TPB New Ed (DC Comics/Vertigo – $16.99 | paperback) This is a reprint of the first 4-issue Books Of Magic by Neil Gaiman, so if you never got the original, definitely check out this new edition.
Fun With Kirk & Spock HC ($14.95) You know Fun with Dick and Jane? Well, this is Fun With Kirk & Spock, a parody book complete with illustrations and plenty of Star Trek fun.
Thaniel #2 (OSSM Comics – $3.99) Thaniel grew up on the streets facing harsh realities, but he was also born with a mysterious power that he struggles to control. In this second issue, Thaniel is forced to use his power on someone he cares about. (Check out our preview of Thaniel #2.)