COMICS ON THE RACK
Quick Picks for Comics Due Thursday (NOT Wednesday) 06-03-10
By John Judy
ADVENTURE COMICS #12 by Paul Levitz and Kevin Sharpe. The legendary LEGION scribe takes Superboy back to the future for an untold tale of the LSH. And check out the classic costumes on the cover!
AVENGERS PRIME #1 of 5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alan Davis. Let's hope Bendis trims the dialogue enough to leave room for all the great art! Recommended!
BLACKSAD, VOL. 1 HC by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido. Collecting the first three stories of John Blacksad, cat detective! These stories took top critical honors in Europe and are so good they almost won awards over here in 'Murika! Highly recommended.
BRIGHTEST DAY #3 by Geoff Johns and His Band of Renown. So for some folks coming back from the dead ain't all peaches and cream…
CAPTAIN AMERICA/BLACK PANTHER: FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS #3 by Reginald Hudlin and Denys Cowan. Cap and the Panther start smacking down Nazis side-by-side!
ELECTRIC ANT #3 of 5 by David Mack and Pascal Alixe. The twists keep coming in this awesome adaptation of Philip K. Dick's sci-fi/noir brain-bender! Recommended.
FREAKANGELS, VOL. 4 SC by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield. Collecting the latest adventures of twelve strange children in a form you can hold in your hands and kill bugs with. Recommended.
A GOD SOMEWHERE GN by John Arcudi, Peter Snejbjerg and Bjarne Hansen. Veteran super-scribe Arcudi gives his take on "What if someone really got super-powers?" Gotta look.
HAWKEYE AND MOCKINGBIRD #1 by Jim McCann and David Lopez. For the serious fan of the avenging archer and his not really dead wife. In this one they're taking on the Phantom Rider and Crossfire because… ya gotta start slow?
HERCULES: TWILIGHT OF A GOD #1 of 4 written and drawn by Bob Layton. A Layton HERCULES is always worth a read. Fun stuff.
IRREDEEMABLE #14 by Mark Waid and Diego Barreto. Modeus has the Plutonian dancing on a string, doing stuff that's even more twisted and evil than he'd normally be doing anyway. Recommended but not for kids.
IZOMBIE #2 by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. If Nancy Drew ate brains to stay alive she'd be iZombie! More female empowering than "Sex and the City 2" and only half as revolting! Recommended for older teens and up!
JONAH HEX: NO WAY BACK HC by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Tony DeZuniga. An in-depth adventure with the legendary bounty hunter just in time for him to get Brolin-ized for the big screen! Exciting!
JSA ALL-STARS #7 by Matthew Sturges and Freddie Williams II. A farewell to Damage, the Black Lantern who didn't return to life. There is also a back-up story of which we shall no longer speak…
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #39 by Bill Willingham and Jesus Merino.
It's hard to go wrong with the JSA fighting Nazis. Sure, Roy Thomas managed it a few times but it wasn't easy… Glorious traditional stuff.
MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD #1 of 4 by Various Creators. A series of tales told competitively among mice. Gaiman-esque!
MOVING PICTURES GN by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen. A struggle between a museum curator and an SS officer over art treasures and other stuff. No capes.
RED HOOD: LOST DAYS #1 of 6 by Judd Winick and Pablo Raimondi. Filling in some background on Jason Todd, the second Robin, mostly hipping us to how he became such a murderous rat.
SERENITY: FLOAT OUT ONE-SHOT by Patton Oswalt and Patric Reynolds. Three tales of the late, lamented Hoban "Wash" Washburne from the Joss Whedon series "Firefly." Written by the brilliant actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, so yeah, you need this.
THE STAND: HARDCASES #1 of 5 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Mike Perkins. The heroes were getting tiresome. How about we focus on the bad guys and crazies left behind after the most entertaining apocalypse Stephen King ever wrote? Recommended.
STEPHEN KING'S N #4 of 4 by Marc Guggenheim and Alex Maleev. The final issue as the madness contagion threatens to spread through "a journalist with millions of readers!" I always knew Perez Hilton would be the death of us all….
SUPERMAN/BATMAN ANNUAL #4 by Paul Levitz and Renato Guedes. A trippy jaunt into the future world of "Batman Beyond" where the new Batman gets called to duty in Metropolis. What could go wrong?
TORCH #8 of 8 by Mike Carey, Alex Ross and Patrick Berkenkotter. Yet another final issue in which we learn whether the original Human Torch lives or dies. Again.
X-MEN FOREVER GIANT-SIZE #1 by Chris Claremont and Mike Grell. This one's of interest to Fans of a Certain Age because it's a big fight between the Xs and the Shi'ar Imperial Guard. The IG were a blatant rip-off, I mean "homage", to the Legion of Super-Heroes over at DC and one of the major artists on LEGION was Mike Grell. Finally, just to be thorough, the late Dave Cockrum, co-creator of the ALL-NEW X-MEN, was also a major part of the LEGION redesign in the seventies. It's a huge Nerd Milestone is what I'm saying. Gotta look.