Each and every week, I, “Home Sweet Home!” Henchman 21 and “Dr. Feelgood!” 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 September 3, 2014. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
I’m not going to lie to you, it’s not the greatest week for comics. Sure, there’s good stuff, as there always is, but this week’s releases are dominated by a couple of events that I’m not really interested in. When all of DC gets tied up in a big event (ohhhh, flashy covers), it’s hard for me to get excited. But we’re going to soldier on and find some gems out there in comics land this week, because that’s what we do on The God List!
Grendel vs. The Shadow #1 (of 3) (Dark Horse Comics – $5.99) It’s always a time to rejoice when there is new work from Matt Wagner, especially when it involves one of his greatest creations, Grendel. In Grendel vs The Shadow, the original Grendel (Hunter Rose) gets sent back in time and is forced to deal with that pulp hero that knows what lurks in the hearts of men, The Shadow. Wagner is one of the best in the business when it comes to page design. He’s one of those artists that makes you just sit back and admire the skill with which he tells the story through the comic book medium. If you just want to read a well drawn story this week, this is the one to pick up.
Southern Bastards #4 (Image Comics – $3.50) It’s about damn time the fourth issue of Southern Bastards came out, even though I don’t think it was actually delayed. It’s mostly just that Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’s series about one man trying to bring law and order to a small southern town has quickly shot to the top of my list of favorite books to read. I just want to be reading this book every week. Southern Bastards has the gritty realism that Aaron demonstrated on Scalped, and then it also has talk about football and bbq which just make me love the book more. I knew I was going to enjoy this book when it was announced, I just didn’t think I would like it this much. This is a top 5 book.
God Hates Astronauts #1 (Image Comics – $3.50) If there is a book that is most diametrically opposed to Southern Bastards, it would probably have to be Ryan Browne’s God Hates Astronauts. Southern Bastards is about real people in a real situation. God Hates Astronauts has a guy whose head was replaced with a horse head and another character named Gnarled Winslow (that would be the Family Matters character Carl Winslow except with gorilla arms). GHA is silly and ridiculous and a great send up on superhero tropes. If you’re into surreal comedy, you’ll enjoy this one.
Death of Wolverine #1 (Marvel Comics – $4.99) Uh huh. Suuuuuure. I mean, I’m sure he’s going to “die”, but I also know he’s going to be back. $5 says he brings Xavier back to life with him. Anyway, this is a thing that is happening, and it’s got Charles Soule writing it and Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, and Justin Ponsor on art, so it should at least be a decent book. I don’t think I’m alone in having to struggle to find any excitement about this event.
Alice Cooper #1 (Dynamite Entertainment – $3.99) Here it is, the #1 title on my pull list this week — Alice Cooper #1! I just got to see the master performer open for Motley Crue last week, so I’m still on an Alice Cooper high right now. In this new comic book series from Dynamite Entertainment, writer Joe Harris takes the Alice Cooper “Lord Of Nightmares” persona and takes him the Sandman route. Here, the shock rock star, who had watched over people delivering to them nightmares, is trying to break free from the contract that binds him and regain control over his “kingdom.” This first issue has a gorgeous cover by David Mack.