COMICS ON THE RACK
Quick Picks for Comics Due 02-10-10
By John Judy
ADVENTURE COMICS #7 by Tony Bedard and Travis Moore. Black Lantern Superboy! No, the other one! Fight!
ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, VOL. 2 SC by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. Collecting issues #7-12 of the best Superman comics in quite a while. Recommended.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #620 by Dan Slott and Marcos Martin. Mysterio made his big move last ish, but I'm really coming back to read more "Adventures of Dark Aunt May!" Recommended.
BATMAN AND ROBIN #8 by Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart. So who or what exactly is coming out of that Lazarus pit? There's gonna be a scrap! I can tell!
BPRD: KING OF FEAR #2 of 5 by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Guy Davis. A journey to the Hollow Earth and an attempt to lay Lobster Johnson's ghost to rest. Also, Liz cremates some dead dudes.
CHOKER #1 by Ben McCool and Ben Templesmith. There are so many reasons this comic is a must-have, but among the most compelling is this: The female lead is a cop nicknamed "Dick-Puncher." Described by co-creator Templesmith as "A little bit like FELL with a bad case of Gonorrhea." Highly recommended. Not for kids.
DAYTRIPPER #3 of 10 by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. Okay, I think I'm getting this one now. Every issue is a new "Death of Kenny." It's cool though because each issue thus far has been extremely well-crafted on both the art and scripting. Recommended for grown-ups.
HELLBLAZER: PANDEMONIUM HC by Jamie Delano and Jock. John Constantine goes to Iraq. What could possibly go wrong? This marks the return of the original HELLBLAZER scribe to the character. Combined with Jock doing the art makes this one Highly Recommended.
HIT-MONKEY #1 by Daniel Way and Dalibor Talijic. This is written by Daniel Way, the guy who writes WOLVERINE:ORIGINS. And that's all I have to say about that…
HUMAN TARGET #1 of 6 by Len Wein and Various Creators. DC's newest TV star, Christopher Chance, takes on every low-life and ne'er-do-well on the European continent! Action, intrigue and glamour galore from co-creator Len Wein! Recommended.
JSA ALL-STARS #3 by Matthew Sturges and Freddie Williams II. After last week's godawful JSA ANNUAL #2 Mr. Sturges has some serious ground to make up. Geoff Johns has never been more missed. And why there needs to be a Liberty Belle/Hourman co-feature written by Jen Van Meter continues to elude me.
PUNISHERMAX #4 by Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon. Words that will make me buy a comic, sight unseen: "Sledgehammer-swinging hitman!" Must-have! Not for kids.
SECRET SIX #18 by John Ostrander, Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore. Black Lanterns vs. the Six vs. the Suicide Squad! Boy, who most deserves to eat that one? Recommended.
SMILE SC written and drawn by Raina Telgemeier. The autobiographical account of a girl who gets her two front teeth knocked out just in time to start middle school. In real-world pubescent terms this is Galactus coming to Earth. Recommended.
SOLOMON KANE: DEATH'S BLACK RIDERS #2 of 4 by Scott Allie and Mario Guevara. Okay, so if you're hiding from demons in the Black Forest is it really a step up to barricade yourself in a tavern called The Cleft Skull? This is a cool adventure series and you should read it.
STRANGE #4 of 4 by Mark Waid and Emma Rios. The big finish that leaves readers asking, "Hey, could we maybe get an on-going Doctor Strange series written by Waid, like, starting next month?" Great series. Recommended.
TAILS OF THE PET AVENGERS #1 by Various Pickers of the Short Straw. Kids, when you start shooting heroin you think it will be cool, like in those reality fashion shows. Then you wake up one morning , naked and alone, with your name attached to something like PET AVENGERS. Stay in school!
UNWRITTEN #10 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Tommy Taylor meets the spiritual father of Fox News: Josef Goebbels! Gotta look!
X-MEN: PIXIE STRIKES BACK #1 of 4 by Kathryn Immonen and Sara Pichelli. No Pet Avengers appear in this comic.