Most comics come out on Wednesdays, from what we hear, so we figure we can start your new comics lust on Mondays. We’ll point you in the direction of books WE are interested in, and YOU can, in the comments below, let us know what YOU are interested in, k? This week, we’ve got plenty to get excited about.
Kick-Ass Premier Hardcover
Kick-Ass has been so well received that it makes me sad to not have a local comic store to support. Lucky for me issues 1 – 8 are now being published as a hardcover! Spawned from the greatness that is Mark Millar and John Romita Jr, this takes the super hero genre to a whole new level. Look for this sweet sweet book this Wednesday!
Regardless of the controversy stirred up by last issue’s “Tea Bagger” incident, Captain America has been one of Marvel’s most consistently high quality books (Cap Rebirth non-withstanding) since it was relaunched with Ed Brubaker at the helm a few years back. Brubaker has found an extremely smart and entertaining way of bringing decades of Cap continuity and characters and bringing them into a realistic modern setting. This arc is not different with 50′s Cap trying to find a place in the 21st century and picking the wrong crowd. The art has maintained a consistent feel thanks to the round robin of Steve Epting and Luke Ross, who is on this issue with Butch “Remember when they called me Jackson?” Guice.
I jumped on this series later in it’s run, but I have to admit, this is some of Robert Kirkman’s best work, second only to The Walking Dead. Kirkman can be real hit (Invincible, Marvel Zombies) or miss (Wolfman, Ultimate X-Men, Haunt) but when he’s on it’s great fun. This looks to be the “calm before the storm” issue, with the big Viltrumite war coming in issue #71, so not a bad spot to jump on. The art on this book is amazing as Ryan Ottley is one of my favorite artists working today and does a great job on this title.
The second in the amazingly well-received mini-series from Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy. I’m really looking forward to reading through this book, as the first issue had me at “hello.” Says Vertigo: “Formless Deathcoats, Dwarf Pirate Submariners, a Rodent Yojimbo – the wildest imaginings of a young boy become all too real in this breakout epic. Fantasy and reality, death and life, collide in this new must-read series.”
The cover is what got me on this one. I’m a sucker for Frank Miller-esque females with four arms and a bad attitude. What’s even better? This one’s a one-shot, with no need for me to know ANYTHING about the character or series. Way to go, image – that’s how we get new readers! Continuity is awesome, but I usually wait for the TPB if the story is in the middle when I find a particular book. Make sure to check this one out in the stores this week.
It’s time for this gay rainbow flag of cosmic proportions to come to a close and now that the New Guardians (not to be confused with the crummy Marvel title from the 90′s) have gotten their prism of light together and are taking on the Black Lantern behemoth Spectre. Granted, Hal Jordan is being a super space douche again by unleashing Parallax, but its his “Leap before you look” attitude that makes him consistently entertaining- if not groan worthy. I can’t wait to see how the rainbow connection saves the day.