It’s Wednesday! (January 23, 2013)

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Interesting trend: today’s list of books is dominated by artist/writer types. (Even our leading image – see below to find out who it’s by….if you haven’t already figured it out).

BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #6
minutemen6-dccomicsWritten by: Darwyn Cooke,  Art by: Darwyn Cooke, Cover by: Darwyn Cooke

“You’ll do what I say or I’ll burn this place to the ground and kill every person you know.”

Wrapping up one of the better titles in the Before Watchmen series of books, most of which are pretty strong.

MIND MGMT #7
Writer, art and cover by Matt Kindt

mindmgmt7-darkhorseWe’ve learned some of the secrets of Henry Lyme; now get ready to meet the rest of MIND MGMT, beginning with the Ad Man! With the remains of MIND MGMT on Lyme’s tail, the former spy is forced to seek help from other defectors.

Back following a short hiatus. If you’re not reading this series, you are definitely missing out. It’s difficult to describe this book – a clandestine agency that’s been controlling world events for decades, possibly longer, staffed with operatives who have certain brain-based abilities.  It will mess with your head (no pun intended). If you liked the flavour of Lost or X-Files, you will not be disappointed here.

Dark Horse is calling this a great jumping on point for new readers. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes enjoy falling into a story partway through and trying to figure out what’s going on.

The first collected edition is due in April.

PROPHET #33
prophet33coverStory by: Brandon Graham & Simon Roy, Art By: Simon Roy, Cover By: Fil Barlow

The Prophet clone with the Dolemantle from issues 21-23, New Father Prophet returns to Earth. As Prophet brothers from all over the universe assemble he must prove his worth among their ranks.

Read a preview here.

HARBINGER #8
Writer:
Joshua Dysart, Penciler: Phil Briones, Colorist: Ian Hannin

harbinger8-valiantThe Renegades recruit their newest member – Torque! In a shed in the backwoods of Northern Georgia lives a meek, sequestered teen named John Torkelson. Raised just this side of feral, and on a steady diet of MMA and reality TV, fried catfish and Cheeto pie, he’s a firm believer that women should be seen and not heard (though he really hasn’t met many). But when four strange, super-powered outlaw teenagers suddenly appear in the woods outside his shed, Torkelson’s life takes a turn he could’ve never imagined. Now the boy his poppa called “Stump” is about to become more man than he could’ve ever imagined. But then…what exactly is a “real man”? For that matter, what’s a real hero? Only one thing’s certain, the Renegades are about to get a hell of a lot stronger.

I wasn’t a reader of Valiant when the publisher launched in the 90s, so I’m not terribly familiar with the source material. But I’m completely digging Harbinger and X-O Manowar. Solid writing on both of those. I enjoyed the first arc of Archer and Armstrong. Less excited about the second arc so far, but I’m a few issues behind.

Also worth noting, the amazing image at the top of this post is a variant covers for this issue of Harbinger drawn by one of my favourite comic creators (who also happens to be Canadian and from Toronto).

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