Welcome, readers! Here you’ll find this week’s releases from Titan Comics! I’m still a huge fan of Heroes, so this week makes me extremely happy. Add in some Doctor Who and it’s a done deal! Check all the new titles out here below!
David Liss does an amazing job of channeling the voice of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Dynamite’s new Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives #1.
The reader is thrust into Switzerland’s Reichenbach Falls just beyond the last pages of the legendary tale of the showdown between Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis, Professor James Moriarty. As the title of this release alludes, Moriarty survives the fall that was presumed to have killed him and decides to hide out in a nearby village until he can rebuild his criminal enterprise.
The Green Hornet #2 easily holds up the standard set by Mark Waid and company in the first issue, and in some respects, surpasses it. This book is the perfect gateway to get people introduced into Dynamite’s excellent Pulp Heroes world that they’ve spend so much time setting up.
Is there any comic that Mark Waid can’t write? I mean, seriously. After spending years reading his work on super hero books, and loving them, I expected something TOTALLY different from what’s he’s given us with this book. The result? I couldn’t be happier. And neither will you, when you start reading this. What surprises me most about this comic is that Waid makes the the Green Hornet an ACTUAL villain. Not a “let me confuse the police and then do the right thing,” no. He’s an actual, honest to God villain. Villains are normally not very pleasant people, but most gangsters had a certain gentleman’s code that they lived up to. Not so for the Green Hornet. He’s the baddest of the bad. And he spends the majority of this issue proving it.
Green Hornet #1 Written by Mark Waid
Art by Daniel Indro
Colors by Marcio Menyz
Lettering by Troy Peteri
Covers by Alex Ross & Paolo Rivera Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: March 27, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
After reading Green Hornet #1 I have a bunch of words that I can use to describe it. Unfortunately, all of them are four letters long and come before the words “cool” & “awesome.”
Just when this property needed a breath of fresh air, Dynamite goes and gets the man who can breathe the freshest air there is, Mark Waid. Being a big Green Hornet fan, I was excited when Mark Waid was announced on this title, and, for once, he not only lives up to his hype, but he surpasses it! This is the book to read if you love the Green Hornet. This is ALSO the book to read if you couldn’t give a crap about the Green Hornet, or just have a casual interest in him.
Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #8 Plot and Script by Eric Trautmann
Plot and Art Direction by Alex Ross
Art by Daniel Indro
Colors by Slamet Mujiono
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by Alex Ross and Francesco Francavilla Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: January 2, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #8 focuses almost exclusively on one of the most underrated characters in the Flash Gordon mythos – Dr Hans Zarkov. Now, we could argue that Zarkov is the one who’s responsible for the whole situation that Flash and company are in, but that’s besides the point.
Writers Eric Trautmann and Alex Ross take a time out from the nonstop action to give us a pretty cool character study in this issue. Turns out, Hans Zarkov is a pretty interesting guy. Honestly, you only get a couple panels of the other characters, but this issue is about Zarkov trying to outwit Ming’s control that he has over the device that can get them all home. I LOVE the back story that the writers gave the character. It really lets you know how and why he came to be in the circumstances that he’s in in the beginning of the series. Not only that, but it’s really interesting. And a good, solid story. They also manage to sneak in a good amount of action.