COMICS ON THE RACK
Quick Picks for Comics Due 04-07-10
By John Judy
AREA 10 HC by Christos N. Gage and Chris Samnee. A brain-damaged cop has to catch a serial killer! You had me at "brain-damaged." Highly recommended.
AVENGERS: THE ORIGIN #1 of 5 by Joe Casey and Phil Noto. Tales told out of school from the earliest days of Earth's Mightiest Heroes!
BATMAN AND ROBIN #11 by Grant Morrison and Andy Clarke. Dick and Damian, still fighting… Plus bad guys.
THE BOYS #41 by Garh Ennis and Darick Robertson. Comedies of Error generally don't get too ugly unless everyone involved has incredibly dangerous super-powers and is written by Garth Ennis. Recommended. Not for kids.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #34 by Brad Meltzer and Georges Jeanty. Buffy and Angel are at it again. Doin' stuff. Maybe not for the youngsters. Good fun though.
CAPTAIN AMERICA/BLACK PANTHER: FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS #1 by Chris Ungar and Chris Kipiniak. It's a WWII adventure featuring Cap, Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos and the modern-day Black Panther's dad all gathered together to beat-up Nazis bad! And that's good.
DOOM PATROL #9 by Keith Giffen and Matthew Clark. Horrors! The Gentrifiers have invaded! Could be worse. At least it's not The Developers or The House Flippers with their McMansions of Doom!
ELECTRIC ANT #1 of 5 by David Mack and Pascal Alixe. An adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story about a normal happy guy who wakes up in a hospital with the doctors telling him he's really a robot. Must. Have….
FLASH SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS 2010 #1 by Geoff Johns and Friends. Flash facts! Rogues! Speed-forcings galore! Recommended for those wishing to be in the know, Flash-wise!
HATE ANNUAL #8 written and drawn by Peter Bagge with extra material by James Whorton Jr. It's another installment of Buddy Bradley's domestic adventures wrapped up with other miscellaneous Bagge materials and a guest piece by Whorton titled "Confessions of a Hardened Book Festival Attendee." Highly recommended.
INVINCIBLE RETURNS #1 by Robert Kirkman and Various Artists. Billed as a great jumping on point for first-time readers this one puts the I-Man back in his original threads and sets up "The Viltrumite War." Call this one self-contained with room to grow.
JSA ALL-STARS #5 by Matthew Sturges and Freddie Williams II. Stargirl gets lucky! Sort of! Big fights too!
MARKET DAY HC written and drawn by James Sturm. The story of an Eastern European Jewish businessman in the early 1900s coming to grips with the new realities of the 20th century. From the creator of GOLEM'S MIGHTY SWING. Highly recommended.
MARVEL ZOMBIES 5 #1 of 5 by Fred Van Lente and Kano. You know that guy who's always the last one to leave the party? The one who just doesn't get that it's four in the friggin' morning and everyone else has gone home, like, a long time ago and no, the couch is not open for business? He would love this book. In fact, he probably wrote it. (Kidding. It's Fred Van Lente, who's awesome but jeez, come on already…)
NEW AVENGERS: LUKE CAGE #1 of 3 by John Arcudi and Eric Canete. The Hero for Hire ditches his high-flying Avengers scene for South Philly and some vendetta-type head-busting. Forecast cloudy with a strong chance of Awesome!
SHIELD #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver. In a gutsy bit of Marvel Yoo retconning SHIELD has been around a long, long time and boasted agents like Galileo, Isaac Newton and Imhotep. This kind of requires a look.
SPARTA USA #2 of 6 by David Lapham and Johnny Timmons. Godfrey McClaine has returned to Sparta with tales of yetis and an urge to run the joint. But there's a new football hero who's not running that play. Hijinks ensue.
SPIDER-MAN: FEVER #1 of 3 written and drawn by Brendan McCarthy. An epic team-up with Doctor Strange featuring the psychedelic insanity that is McCarthy riffing on early Ditko! Gotta look!
STEPHEN KING'S N #2 of 4 by Marc Guggenheim and Alex Maleev. Based on a Stephen King story about a mental patient whose insanity is contagious. (Insert teabagger joke here.) Recommended.
SUPERMAN: LAST STAND ON NEW KRYPTON #2 of 3 by James Robinson, Sterling Gates and Pete Woods. Playing Devil's Advocate for a moment, if it's just you versus thousands of people with the power of Superman and you aren't defeated right away? You deserve to win. Go, Brainiac, go!
SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN #5 of 6 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. Parasite, Metallo and Luthor! Oh my! Highly recommended.
TURF #1 of 4 by Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards. A wild adventure set in prohibition-era New York involving rum-running gangsters, blood-sucking vamps and a man who fell to Earth. So who wins in a dust-up between ETs, bootleggers and the un-dead? You do!
ULTMATE COMICS X #2 by Jeph Loeb and Arthur Adams. This comic was drawn by the great Art Adams.
UNCANNY X-MEN #523 by Matt Fraction and Mike Perkins. Good mutants and bad ones are looking for Hope. Aren't we all?
WOLVERINE WEAPON X #12 by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney. Wolvie and Captain America mix it up with a whole bunch of Terminatored-out Deathlok cyborgs. Plus time-travel. Don't try this at home, kids. Recommended.
WORLD WAR HULKS #1 by Many People. Tied in with FALL OF THE HULKS which has evidently concluded on "Earth-WTF."