Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 at 5:45 pm
Each and every week, I, “Right Shark!” Henchman 21 and “Left Shark!” 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 February 11, 2015. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Okay, so we’re playing a little catch up this week, so we’ve got two weeks’ worth of books to get to. We’ve got superheroes and criminals and pulp heroes and sci-fi and plenty of horror. So, let’s not waste any more time because it’s time to catch up with The GoD List!
DC: The New Frontier Deluxe Hardcover (DC Comics – $49.99) Do you own a copy of DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke? If No, buy this because it is one of the greatest DC comic stories ever, with gorgeous art by Cooke and a story that is drenched in everything that makes DC comics great. If Yes, buy this because you need another copy either to give as a gift to a non-comic reading pal or because you need a copy to keep in the bathroom library. Anyway, everyone who likes superhero comics and everyone who doesn’t know they like superhero comics yet needs to own a copy of The New Frontier.
Starlight, Vol. 1 (Image Comics – $14.99) When Starlight first started coming out, I automatically wrote it off because I just did not have faith in Mark Millar anymore. I was wrong. 100% wrong. Starlight is possibly the best thing Millar has ever written. This is not just a simple Flash Gordon rip off, although it certainly uses Flash Gordon as a starting point. Starlight is filled with plenty of Millar’s trademark action, but it also has a lot of heart to it, which is what made me enjoy it so much. Goran Parlov excels on the art on this series, capturing not only the look of a classic sci-fi story, but also just the character expressions and acting that make the story so effective. Starlight was quietly one of the best comics of 2014, so don’t pass it up.
Rachel Rising #31 (Abstract Studios – $3.99)Rachel Rising remains one of the best horror comics out there and continues to feature the fantastic black and white art of creator Terry Moore. I will continue to beat the drum for this series until everyone is buying it. Trust me; it’s a great series that not enough people are reading.
Nameless #1 (Image Comics – $2.99)Grant Morrison, writing a sci-fi/horror story with Chris Burnham, his partner from Batman Inc., on art. If you need more reason to pick up Nameless #1, then you should go back and read Batman Inc. and find out why you should be excited. From its description Nameless is the kind of book that could only come from the mind of Grant Morrison: “An astronomer kills his family, then himself, leaving a cryptic warning. A Veiled Lady hunts her victims through human nightmares. An occult hustler known only as ‘Nameless’ is recruited by a consortium of billionaire futurists for a desperate mission. And the malevolent asteroid Xibalba spins closer on a collision course with Earth. But nothing is what it seems””a terrifying inhuman experiment is about to begin.” It sounds like a very Morrison book, but also something different from his superhero work. Add in artwork from Chris Burnham, an artist very much on the rise who hasn’t even done his best work yet, and you have a book that can’t be missed.
Spawn #250 (Image Comics – $5.99) Now, I’m not going to lie and say I’ve ever been the most loyal reader of Spawn, but I’ll tip my cap to any series that reaches 250 issues (especially in these days where everything gets renumbered after 20 issues). I am a child of the 90’s and even knowing Spawn wasn’t great in the beginning, it still holds a warm little spot in my heart. Spawn #250 is big for several reasons, not just with it being a big anniversary. One, Spawn will now be coming out digitally, which it had not been, and all previous issues will also become available digitally in the near future, which is good for me. Two, the issue marks the return of Al Simmons, the original Spawn, who apparently has not been Spawn for a while (Who knew? People who read the book knew, I suppose). This issue leads into Spawn Resurrection next month which will then lead into a new story going forward in #251 so it’s a good time to jump back into Spawn if you find yourself overcome with feelings of nostalgia.
Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #1 (Image Comics – $3.50) I know that not many people are reading Stray Bullets, and that makes me sad because I love this series so much. There aren’t nearly enough black and white crime comics out there, or just black and white comics in general. Writer/Artist David Lapham knows how to make one fine crime story, and this is the start of a new storyline, so it’s a great place for new readers. Just try this and see if you like it. I think there are a lot of you out there who will.
Harley Quinn Valentines Day Special #1 (DC Comics – $4.99, Kindle Edition) Valentine’s Day is this weekend and since I’m the girl, I guess it’s up to me to alert you to the Harley Quinn Valentines Day Special #1, just in time for the holiday from Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. In this romantic tale, Bruce Wayne comes to town for a charity auction where a date with him is the prize – a prize that Harley Quinn wants. Problem is, how will Bruce hide the fact that he’s Batman from her? Yeah, I’m a sucker for holiday issues, especially ones for Valentine’s Day, so I knew this was going on the list, especially since it’s Batman and Harley – too cute! Aside from the standard cover and a Kindle ebook version, there’s also a Conner Variant Cover Edition.
Love is in the air in New York City! The planet’s richest bachelor, Bruce Wayne, is in town for a charity auction – and the highest bidder gets a date with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Brooding! Good thing Harley Quinn just came into some money (please, whatever you do, don’t ask how). But can Bruce really spend a night with Harley without her learning how he spends his nights?
Darth Vader #1 (Marvel Comics – $4.99) Today marks the launch of a new Star Wars comic, with Darth Vader as the star (as he should be!). This series is part of Marvel’s relaunch of the Star Wars universe, so it’s considered canon, and it takes place right after the ending of the first movie (A New Hope), giving the perspective of the Empire in their war with the Rebel Alliance. Basically, we’re going to get some information we’ve always wanted to know, like how did Vader regroup with the Empire after the Battle of Yavin.