COMICS ON THE RACK
(Quick Picks for Comics Due 01-06-10)
by John Judy
BLACKEST NIGHT: WONDER WOMAN #2 of 3 by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott. Diana must battle the Black Lanterns, a hot-tempered fish-woman and Death itself! Did I mention the hot-tempered fish-woman?
BPRD: KING OF FEAR #1 of 5 by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Guy Davis. The BPRD is gonna put the frog menace to rest once and for all! And that's just for starters! How can any red-blooded American resist?
THE BOYS #38 by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The secret origin of The Female, in the inimitable BOYS fashion. Recommended. Not for kids.
DOOM PATROL#6 by Keith Giffen and Matthew Clark. This month features everyone who's ever been wrapped completely in radiation-proof bandages to keep from killing their team-mates. Plus, the Metal Men.
JSA ALL-STARS #2 by Matthew Sturges and Freddie Williams II. Big fights and loud arguments! And that's before the bad guys show up!
LIFE & TIMES OF SCROOGE McDUCK , VOL. 1 HC written and drawn by Don Rosa. What it sounds like, kids: The biography of the fowl plutocrat who makes Monty Burns look like a dude wearing a paper hat at the deep fryer. Great for all ages. Recommended.
MARVEL BOY: THE URANIAN #1 of 3 by Jeff Parker, Marko Djurdjevic and Felix Ruiz. A little background on your favorite Agent of Atlas: bubble-helmeted saucer jockey, Bob Grayson, the boy who fell to Earth.
NATION X: X-FACTOR #1 by Peter David and Valentine DeLandro. Yeah, so like Cyclops is asking X-Factor to move into Utopia with him? And it's like, y'know, maybe it's too soon? Cuz, there are still, like, issues? And Cyke's a bit of a control freak and X-Factor likes their space. On the other hand, he would totally pay for utilities!
ORC STAIN #1 written and drawn by James Stokoe. I really just wanted to type the title. From Image Comics.
PREVIEWS by Marvel and Diamond Comics. "It's 2010. Do you know what your comics are?"
SIEGE #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel. This is the big one: Norman Osborn versus the World. Or is it the other way around?
STUMPTOWN #2 by Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth. Chronic gambler and private investigator Dex must be getting closer to her target because the bullets keep getting closer to her. Good stuff, set in Portland, Oregon, one of America's great cities. Recommended.
SUICIDE SQUAD: BLACKEST NIGHT #67 by John Ostrander, Gail Simone and J. Calafiore. A one issue revival of a classic DC title as the Squad goes after the Secret Six, the Black Lanterns and anyone else that happens along. It's a ruckus!
SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #11 by Greg Rucka, James Robinson and Pete Woods. Supes and Adam Strange uncover some shenanigans in their murder investigation on New Krypton. Super-shenanigans!
UNCLOTHED MAN IN THE 35TH CENTURY AD HC written and drawn by Dash Shaw. A series of short stories from the creator of the acclaimed BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON, plus some production material from his series airing on IFC.com. Gotta look.
UNWRITTEN, VOL. 1: TOMMY TAYLOR AND THE BOGUS IDENTITY SC by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Collecting the first five issues of the breakout hit series that blurs the line where fictional characters end and real people begin. Clever, scary stuff for mature readers. Recommended.
WALKING DEAD, VOL. 11: FEAR THE HUNTERS SC by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard. Collecting one of the creepiest story arcs yet, in which the flesh-eating threat is no longer coming from the zombies. Rough stuff, even for this bunch. Recommended. Not for kids.
WEIRD WESTERN TALES #71 by Dan DiDio and Renato Arlem. Come on, admit it, you've always wanted to see DC's old Western heroes rise from the dead as evil Black Lanterns! Y'see where the "Weird" part comes in here? Eh? Eh? Yippee-ki-yay, Black Lanterns!