There are a few things to be said about comics that are relentlessly dark. On one hand, the soul-crushing bleakness of these comics makes them almost completely inaccessible to new readers. On the other hand, however, these are the types of comics that push the boundaries of what we have come to expect as comic book readers. The creators who pen these miserable tales seem to understand that moving readers is a matter of throwing them in the deepest darkest pit they can conjure. The Creep #1 has the makings of a deep and very dark pit — one full of crime, suicides, and slugs of whiskey taken in smoke-filled rooms.
Like any great pulp detective story, The Creep #1 starts in a cheap hotel room with an even cheaper woman. To say that this comic is brutally dark is in many ways a contradiction. When we think of modern gritty comics, books like The Walking Dead spring to mind. However, The Creep #1 in no way achieves grittiness through violence or shocking viciousness. Make no mistake this book is dark and gritty, but only by virtue of its uncompromising sadness.
Each and every week “JUDO CHOPPIN” MK2Fac3 and “KUNG FU KICKIN” Henchman21 read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. They look forward to some more than others, I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of their pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of August 8, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
You guys, I’m so sleepy. I can’t begin to explain how tired and exhausted I am. I haven’t been able to read but a handful of comics over the past month, and honestly, it’s a little difficult to keep up with all the comics that come out each week. And you know, I’m sure some of you might be having similar problems as well. If that’s the case, then have I got good news for you! We here at Geeks of Doom provide a weekly service in which we tell you all the comics we’re looking forward to! And we’ve got some absolutely fantastic comics coming out this week. If you’re having comics problems, I feel bad for you, son. I got 99 problems, but The GoD List ain’t one.
Geeks of Doom is proud to exclusively announce Conan The Barbarian #9 and The Creep #2 from Dark Horse Comics, as well as their fantastic covers by Massimo Carnevale and Ryan Sook, respectively, which you can view here below.
Conan The Barbarian, one of my favorite current ongoing series features an excellent story from Brian Wood and outstanding art from new series artist Vasilis Lolos. Check out the official solicit from Dark Horse…
The latest issue of Dark Horse Presents #12 brings you 80 pages of ad-free, full-color illustrated stories, featuring a brand-new Aliens adventure by John Layman and legendary artist Sam Kieth.
Inhuman Condition: Chapter 1 tells the story of Miss Jean DuPaul and Bear, an unlikely duo in that Bear is an inanimate object – a fluffy pink teddy bear to be exact. While we’re only given an 8-page introduction into Layman and Kieth’s new story, it’s clear the series will be filled with plenty of acid-spewing Xenomorphs and synthetic “artificial persons.” It’s hard not to compare Inhuman Condition to those early Dark Horse Aliens mini-series like Aliens: Book One (1988), Aliens: Book Two (1989) and Aliens: Earth War (1990), which Kieth drew for Mark Verheiden.
Miss DuPaul is a woman who has lost her husband and daughter, and all she has left of her family is Bear, the stuffed play-thing that was to be her daughter’s. She’s evacuated from a colony by a task force of androids during a Xenomorph attack.
I’m constantly amazed when comics publishers re-release material originally published by a different company. Such is the case with The Complete Major Bummer Super Slacktacular from Dark Horse Comics. Major Bummer was originally published by DC Comics from 1997 to 1998, lasting just 15 issues. The series was written by John Arcudi (BPRD, The Mask), with art by Doug Mahnke (Green Lantern, also The Mask). Major Bummer was released at a time when DC was experimenting with different kinds of books (see also: Young Heroes in Love) and is a title that you would never see from them today. It’s very cool to look back and see books created when DC and Marvel were more willing to take a chance on books that take the superhero genre in new directions, which is what we get from Major Bummer.