COMICS ON THE RACK
(Quick Picks for Comics Due 01-13-10)
by John Judy
ADVENTURE COMICS #6 by Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul. Superboy is determined to do something nice for Lex Luthor. Y'know, to bring out the good in him. This should be awesome! Recommended.
ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON HORNBOOK by Moore and Jacen Burrows. Prepping you for the sequel to Moore's THE COURTYARD, a modern take on the H.P. Lovecraft mythos. Sure to be demented in all the right ways. Crazy or not, Alan Moore is always a "gotta look!"
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #617 by Joe Kelly and Max Fiumara. The Rhino is back and he really wants to kill… the Rhino?! But what will the Rhino have to say about this?
BATMAN: WIDENING GYRE #4 of 6 by Kevin Smith and Walter Flanagan. After a month off (which is really not bad for a Kevin Smith book) BWG is back as Batman tries to turn a bit more of the crime-fighting workload over to his new admirer. Silly Batman! Don't you know what happens when you trust someone in Gotham City?
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #31 by Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty. Buffy flies. Willow glows. Oz says just the right thing. Of course he does! Whedon's writing! Recommended.
CREEPY ARCHIVES, VOL. 5 HC by Various Creators including Steve Ditko, Reed Crandell, Angelo Torres and Alex Toth. Yeah, you know you want it! Classic horror for the post-holidays! Recommended!
DAYTRIPPER #2 of 10 by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon. OK, after last issue I'm not sure how this is possible, but this issue Bras and his best friend go on a nature hike and find more than they bargained for. Recommended.
GHOUL #2 by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson. An old-school LA detective noir starring an unkillable giant drawn by Wrightson. Who could ask for more?
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #22 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca. Can Tony Stark's pals re-boot his brains before the Ghost blows them out? Guest-starring Doctor Strange!
MARVELS PROJECT #5 of 8 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. Steve Rogers puts on the red, white and blue and the Sub-Mariner comes up for a look. Recommended!
NO HERO SC by Warren Ellis and Juan Jose Ryp. Collecting the full run of the adventures of one of Ellis's less fortunate super-wannabes. And that's saying something.
POWER OF SHAZAM #48 by Eric Wallace and Don Kramer. Osiris is back from the dead as a Black Lantern. And weren't we all secretly longing for that to happen? And what does a zombie who's half-alligator poop look like? Gotta look!
PUNISHERMAX #3 by Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon. One of the best Punisher stories in quite a while has Wilson Fisk clawing his way to Kingpin-dom and trying not to get killed doing it. Oh, and the Punisher's in it, too! Highly recommended. Not for kids.
SECRET SIX #17 by John Ostrander, Gail Simone and J. Calafiore. Part two of the Secret Six/Suicide Squad team-up finds the Six needing to rescue Deadshot from the Squad. Maybe certain parties need this "team-up" concept explained a little more carefully…
STRANGE #3 of 4 by Mark Waid and Emma Rios. The ex-Sorcerer Supreme and his newest apprentice go road-tripping in the American South. And you thought you'd seen Mindless Ones before! Recommended.
STUFFED GN by Glen Eichler and Nick Bertozzi. From a writer of "The Colbert Report" and the creator of "Daria" comes this multiple-categoried concoction about a couple who inherit a Museum of Curiosities and discover that sometimes names don't quite cover it. Recommended.
TROUBLEMAKERS HC written and drawn by Gilbert Hernandez. Drugs, greedy-low-lifes, fires, beheadings and gunplay! It don't get pulpier than this! Not for kids!
UNWRITTEN #9 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. This issue: "Tommy Taylor and the Prison Riot!" Recommended.