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It’s Wednesday! (March 13, 2013)

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CHANGE #4 (of 4)
Story by: Ales KotArt By: Morgan Jeske & Sloane LeongCover By: Morgan Jeske & Jordie Bellaire

Everything drowns. Some patients can’t be saved.
What if the hardest thing you ever had to do was to look yourself in the eyes?
This is where it ends.

That’s a pretty heavy promo blurb.

I’ll be honest, it took a few attempts for me to get into this one. It was difficult to understand what was going on at first. It’s kind of like a Ted McKeever book in that way. After reading the first issue, I decided that I would need to read all four issues in one sitting – probably two or three times. So I’m looking forward to the weekend when the kids are asleep and I can crack this open.

GHOST #4 (of 4)
darkhorse_ghost4_coverWriter: Kelly Sue DeConnickArt and cover: Phil Noto

The champagne is poured and the chandeliers are hung for Chicago Mayor Bobby Chamber’s annual Black and White Ball—but Ghost, Vaughn, and Tommy are crashing the party, determined to stop the imposter before he claims another life and tears open a rift between two worlds!

* Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel) brings the climactic in the final chapter of “In the Smoke and Din.”

I was hooked from the first few pages of issue #1, which I only picked up last Wednesday based on a random review I stumbled upon. I then quickly burned through issues 2 and 3 a few days ago. Luckily for me, the last chapter comes out today.

The script is solid and it seems…different. I can’t quite put my finger on what that quality is. Maybe it’s because the story is written by a woman, of which there aren’t that many writing comics. I don’t know. But Kelly Sue DeConnick has a really nice touch. The dialogue is sharp and the three main characters really pop. I also enjoy Phil Noto’s work, as I’ve mentioned previously.

I’m really curious to see how this story wraps.

STAR WARS #3
Writer: Brian WoodArtist: Carlos D’Anda

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Princess Leia formed a secret squadron of stealth X-wings to help expose a spy within the Rebel ranks. But taking command puts her at odds with Luke Skywalker at a time they need solidarity more than ever—especially when the spy has alerted the Empire to Han Solo’s latest venture!

A Han and Chewwie story! Can’t wait. Those were some of my favourites back when Marvel was putting out the books in the 70s and 80s. These stories always seemed well-suited to the comics medium.

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It’s Wednesday! (January 30, 2013)

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Finally a week to catch my breath, and catch up on the read pile. Still, a few books that require immediate attention…

SILVER SURFER: PARABLE
Artist: Moebius

Galactus has converted humanity into his followers, and he’s leading them to their doom! His only challenger is the hero he himself trapped on Earth: the Silver Surfer! It’s a war for Earth’s worship, but how much will be left when it’s over? Collecting SILVER SURFER: PARABLE #1-2.

We’re kicking things off with a reprint. What? That’s right, you heard me. Originally published in 1988 and ’89. This one was done by my man Moebius (rest in peace) so inclusion in this list is a must.

It won an Eisner. Chew on that as you debate whether or not to pick up a copy. I think Marvel is calling this reprint something different to boost sales. I don’t give a crap. I’m calling it the original name – Parable.

GLORY #32
Story by: Joe Keatinge; Art By: Ross Campbell, Owen Genie, Emi Lenox, Greg Winkle, Sloane Leona, Jed Dougherty; Cover By: Ricken

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“WAR TORN,” Part Two
The dawn before war. Glory and her allies face inevitable death. With only hours left to live, everyone’s final moments are revealed in short stories illustrated by some of the greatest new talents in comics, including OWEN GIENI, GREG HINKLE, SLOANE LEONG, JED DOUGHERTY and a very special crossover with EMI LENOX’s EMITOWN!

That’s a whole lotta people on art for this issue. I’m not gonna pretend I understand what’s going on until I’ve taken a look at the issue.

Needless to say, the countdown to the end is on. There are only 3 issues left (including this one) until the grand finale. And I for one cannot wait to see how Keatinge plans to wrap this one up.

MARA #2
Story by: Brian Wood, Art By: Ming Doyle & Jordie Bellaire, Cover By: Ming Doyle

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As superstar athlete Mara Prince’s superpower manifestation is caught on live TV, her life rapidly starts to spiral out of control. The media descends like vultures. Her handlers go into spin mode. The footage is seen around the world, and this young woman, who only hours ago was the darling of pop culture, is now being slammed and ridiculed for being a fraud and a liar. But the more she tries to fight back, the only thing she’s doing is escalating the problem.

A sci-fi take on real world superheroes by the powerhouse team of BRIAN WOOD, MING DOYLE and JORDIE BELLAIRE!

It’s so difficult to have a proper opinion of a comic that’s only had two issues. But, you know, it’s Brian Wood so here I am. Issue #1 was alright – an interesting setup. Ming Doyle’s art has a cool look. I’ll stick through this one to the end given it’s a mini.

ADVENTURE TIME #12
Writer: Nat Jones, Art: Nat Jones

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THE HOTTEST ALL-AGES COMIC CELEBRATES ITS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! BMO’s sick, but it’s not just any virus…it’s a magical virus! And now, Finn and Jake have to seek out a sorta-no-good-very-bad wizard to set things right! Don’t miss the latest issue of what critics called “the best series of 2012!”

Because I don’t want it to be all doom and gloom, I’m including one of the books I turn to each month for a laugh.

Something you need to know: Everything I know about this franchise is rooted in the comic.

I haven’t ever seen an episode of Adventure Time – not before picking up issue #1 or even now. Sounds crazy, right? The TV series is a bit too mature for my young kids and when I have time to turn on the TV, I prefer to watch something my wife will also enjoy so I’ve never bothered to seek this out.

But something about the concept and characters and tone in the book appealed to me, so I picked it up on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. The stories are solid and funny. I like the art. The backup tales are gold.

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It’s Wednesday! (January 16, 2013)

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Quite a few good books this week I’m itching to read. (Man, don’t I sound like a broken record?…)

Okay, let’s just get on with it.

TODD THE UGLIEST KID #1 (of 4)

Story by: Ken Kristensen, Art By: M.K. Perker

This series, a collision of comedy, sex, and violence, follows the misadventures of America’s most dysfunctional family as they go head-to-severed head with an Oprah-loving ax murderer, a cult-crazy soap opera star, and a neo-Nazi prison gang. 

First issue: Todd wants desperately to make friends, but every kid he approaches winds up decapitated. Or worse. Meanwhile, Todd’s mother is on a mission to get even with her husband who she believes is having an affair.

Sounds delightfully diabolical. I’m hoping for zany ultra-violence and such.

saga#9-imageSAGA #9
Story by: Brian K. Vaughan, Art By: Fiona Staples

The Will finally has a good day.

If you read this blog, you know I love this book.

Today a fellow customer at my local comic store saw this one in my stack of books as I was cashing out and asked me what it was about. That’s a difficult one to describe in one sentence. The best approximation I could come up with on the spot: a bit like Romeo and Juliet as a space opera.

conan12-darkhorseCONAN THE BARBARIAN #12
Writer: Brian Wood, Artist: Declan Shalvey, Colorist: Dave Stewart, Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale

Unable to obtain a cure for the deadly illness afflicting Bêlit and the crew of the Tigress, Conan feels the fear of loss for the first time. With no hope and a broken heart, the Cimmerian is horrified at how appealing he finds Bêlit’s order to abandon the ship and his queen! The haunting conclusion of “The Death”!

This series is smokin’ and I’m not even a Conan fan. I like to read the story in its entirety, so I bank all the issues until I have the last chapter before I start. And I’ve been chomping at the bit to read this for 3 months now. In fact, I think I’m going to start reading this one tonight.

lildepressedboy15-imageTHE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY #15
Story by: S Steven Struble, Art By: Sina Grace, Cover By: Anis Mojgani

“IT’S NOT A LIE, IT’S A SECRET”
Things are moving fast with the Li’l Depressed Boy and his new girl, but can they survive keeping their relationship hidden? Featuring a cover by amazing poet and The Feather Room author, ANIS MOJGANI.

Okay, confession time: this title doesn’t thrill me like the others on this list. So a few issues tend to pile up before I get around to reading them, and just as I’m thinking “Should I keep buying this?” I’ll read through my run and come away refreshed like a tall cold, glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. It’s so different from everything else I’m reading that I can’t part with it.

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It’s Wednesday! (January 9, 2013)

star-wars-1Happy New Year everyone!

I realize that was last week, but I’ve been sick and unable to formulate sentences.

One beginning and two endings join the top of my read pile this week.

sw1-insideSTAR WARS #1

Writer: Brian Wood, Artists: Carlos D’Anda, Cover: Alex Ross

This is Star Wars as you remember it . . . and as you have never seen it before! We’re taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star—when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!

I don’t follow Star Wars comics, but I’ve always had a soft spot for series that the Marvel Comics put out between ’77 and ’86. Those were my formative comic reading years. So I’m curious to see how stories from that Star Wars era might be treated in the hands of a writer like Brian Wood. It’s a bit of a bummer that Dark Horse will be losing the license to Marvel after this year, which gives us probably 12 to 15 issues. That is unless Marvel continues the series with the same creators (Wood is currently writing for Marvel after all) when they take over.

sweet-tooth-40SWEET TOOTH #40
Written, illustrated and Cover by Jeff Lemire

Gus’s journey comes to an end and the fate of the hybrids is revealed in the final issue of the acclaimed Vertigo series!

One of my favourite books of all time. But I am glad it’s coming to an end. As much as I like the idea of an ongoing series that runs endlessly (although I find myself buying fewer of those every month) increasingly I prefer comics with a story that has a natural conclusion. That is part of what I enjoyed about Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four run – he had plotted out a beginning, middle and end.

infinite vacation 5INFINITE VACATION #5
Written by: Nick SpencerArt By: Christian Ward

This is it: the mind-blowing conclusion to the biggest sci-fi epic of 2011! As Mark comes face to face with the makers of The Infinite Vacation and discovers the startling truth behind the multiverse, he’ll be forced to make a decision that will change the very nature of life itself forever!

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It’s Wednesday! (December 12, 2012)

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It’s Wednesday again! Here are five books on shelves this week I’m adding to the top my read stack.

CHANGE #1
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by: Ales Kot, Art by: Morgan Jeske

A foul-mouthed struggling screenwriter who moonlights as a car thief. An obscenely wealthy rapper completely disconnected from the real world. A dying cosmonaut on his way back to Earth.

Los Angeles is being toyed with by destructive forces that repeatedly find the city through time and swallow it whole, and those three are the only people able to save it – if they survive the fanatics who live in the hills, National Security Agency agents, and the horrors that lurk in the Pacific Ocean.

I mentioned this title in my earlier post about the wave of Image #1s. The premise is strange. The preview art is cool. I’m interested to see if it delivers.

image-clone#2-coverCLONE #2
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by: David Schulner, Art by: Juan Jose Ryp & Felix Serrano

Dr. Luke Taylor’s world continues to unravel and open up as the hunt for his missing, and very much pregnant, wife continues. His clone counterparts show him just how many clones are out there – and how much the government had a role to play!

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #11
Writer:
 Brian Wood, Artist: Declan Shalvey, Colorist: Dave Stewart

Brian Wood introduces Conan to a kind of fear he’s never experienced, in part two of “The Death”!

After the salvage of a derelict ship, a terrifying illness spreads swiftly throughout the Tigress, felling Bêlit and her entire crew. Healthy but fearful of losing Bêlit, Conan seeks help in a nearby town, where the welcome he recieves is just as deadly!

I’m not a Conan fan. I took a flyer on this series when it launched because Brian Wood was writing. – and I have yet to be disappointed. It consistently impresses me with its all-around quality.

IDW-HOLLOWS01_CVRAHOLLOWS #1

THE HOLLOWS is a new, creator-owned miniseries from Chris Ryall (Zombies vs. Robots, KISS) and Sam Kieth (The MAXX, Arkham Asylum: Madness).

To combat the catastrophic death of a decaying Japan, survivors create genetically engineered supertrees-wooden leviathans capable of supporting entire cities suspended above the radioactive wastes below. Traveling via jetpacks to stay above the toxic air below, the survivors must also band together against the Hollows, irradiated husks whose humanity has been supplanted by an unquenchable desire to consume human energy!

I know very little more about this title other than what is included in the Diamond Previews solicitations. It’s written by IDW’s Editor-in-Chief/Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall but it’s the art duties by the one-and-only Sam Keith that has me giving this one a chance.

MASSIVE #7
Writer
: Brian Wood, Artist: Garry Brown, Colorist: Dave Stewart

New arc! The Kapital stumbles upon a newly declared sovereign nation—a community of hundreds living on oil platforms with dreams of forming a new utopia. With the world’s governments and economies in shambles in the post-Crash world, is this new “country” the hope for the future that Callum Israel and Ninth Wave are looking for? Or is it the divisive issue that’ll bring his crew to their breaking point?

What is this Brian Wood week? Yes it is, in fact. I count three books that he writes this week:  Conan, Massive, and also Ultimate Comics X-Men.

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