Hi there. So, I’ve decided to do a weekly pull list of comics, or at least try to, which, to be totally honest, will probably only last so long before school and work and being a twenty-something gets in the way, but I think it could be interesting. For one thing, hopefully it’ll be seen by people who don’t normally read comics. Why? Because I love them and wish more people I knew were interested in them, mostly because I feel they are a vastly overlooked medium. Which, to be fair isn’t totally true, I guess the comics industry has made large strides in recent years (look at the success of movies like The Avengers and The Dark Knight, or heck even TV shows like The Walking Dead). And I will admit, the underground comics scene does seem to thriving. But in terms of weekly releases? To that effect, I’d like to highlight some of the comics that come out week to week, as well as trades (collections of issues). So without further ado, my recommendations for the week of April 24th:
Dark Horse Comics
The Creep HC, written by John Arcudi, art by Jonathan Chase
This mini series released over a few months last year absolutely blew me away. The Creep follows a traditional noir set up, with our main character, Oxel Karhnus, a private eye who is also afflicted with acromegaly, investigating the suicide of his highschool sweetheart’s son. It’s a beautifully crafted story, poignant and strange as Oxel is drawn into a normal life that he never got to experience, full of doubt and regret, yet determined to get to the bottom of this mystery. The story, as dark and mysterious as it is, is only enhanced by some wonderful illustrations which compliment the dark tone of the story perfectly.
Overall this is one of the best mini-series in recent memory, and if you’re in the mood for a good mystery, it’s absolutely worth picking up. I also can only hope that the HC includes the just stunning cover art that accompanied each issue.
Batman Incorporated #10, written by Grant Morrison, art by Chris Burnham
Grant Morrison’s legendary run on Batman is coming to a close and you can almost feel it building to what I can only imagine will be a mind blowing conclusion with each issue. Damian Wayne, Robin, is dead. His mother Talia al Ghul and his fully grown clone, The Heretic, are ready to destroy Gotham and everything that Batman has worked so hard to build. If you know Grant Morrison, you know there’s no telling where this story is going to go and with only 3 issues left, I cannot wait to get ahold of this issue.
The Flash #19, written by Brian Buccellato, art by Francis Manapul and Marcio Taka
Brian Buccellato’s current run on The Flash has the distinction of some of the prettiest art over at DC. Each issue has been gorgeous, and while the story hasn’t always managed to meet the standard set by the images they match, here’s hoping bringing the Reverse Flash into it will mix things up. With the last arc just wrapping up, and Central City rebuilding after General Grodd’s attack, this is a great jumping on point for the Flash.
East of West #2, written by Jonathan Hickman, art by Nick Dragotta
The first issue of Jonathan Hickman’s new series was simply fantastic, introducing readers to a Western influenced, post-apocalyptic world. I’m sure that things will only get weirder from here, as Hickman begins to flesh out a universe where three of the four horseman of the apocalypse are still children and their brother Death roams free. It’s all very bizarre and baroque, beautiful and bloody, and Image has delivered an amazing #1, which I have no doubt will simply continue to get better.
Jupiter’s Legacy #1, written by Mark Millar, art by Frank Quitely
Mark Millar, author of Kick-Ass. Frank Quitely, of All-Star Superman fame. Working on a new series for Image. Really, that’s all the selling point one should need to go pick up this first issue. Of course if that’s not enough, there’s the fact that it centers around a group of kids whose parents are superheroes, or as Image’s solicitation puts it– “The world’s greatest heroes have grown old and their legacy is a poisonous one to the children who will never live up to their remarkable parents”. With comics like Saga, Five Weapons, East of West, and Manhattan Projects, Image really has been killing it lately, and I’m sure with this pedigree, Jupiter’s Legacy will be no exception.