Host Derek Coward almost stops the episode a couple of times but eventually talks about Madame Xanadu 25, CBGB 1, 28 Days Later 13 and Incorruptible 8.
Spell Checkers GN (Oni Press) – I ordered this after seeing Joelle Jones’ artwork on Madame Xanadu. Or to be more precise, I ordered this after seeing the second issue of Joelle Jones’ artwork on Madame Xanadu. I was a bit ticked off because it wasn’t Amy Reeder Hadley doing the artwork on that first issue and my view of the artwork was admittedly biased against her. When the second issue came around I was able to appreciate it for what it was, pretty damn good. Add on top of that, I have never heard anything but good things about the writing of Jamie S Rich, so this was pretty much a no brainer for me. I am looking forward to reading it and I will definitely be talking about it on a future episode of Indie Comic Book Noise.
Codebreakers #1 (BOOM! Studios) – I was leaning towards picking this up based on the preview pages in the back of Irredeemable and Incorruptable, but the recent review done by JM Campbell cinched the deal for me.
Fantastic Four 578 (Marvel) – Last week I dropped Daredevil to go to trades. That leaves Fantastic Four as the only Marvel title I currently have on my pull list.
Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I am getting all of the Green Hornet books and so far they have all delivered.
Madame Xanadu #22 (Vertigo) – Amy Reeder Hadley is back for a few issues, so I am going to savor it while I can. I think I heard she may be leaving the title altogether. That sucks but I am ready to follow her to her next assignment.
Stumptown #3 (Oni Press) – I don’t know if this is a mini or an ongoing and I really don’t care, it is Greg Rucka writing a kick ass female detective.
Philip K Dick’s Electric Ant #1 (Marvel) – I am enjoying what BOOM! is doing with Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep (a story I am nominally familiar with) so I am curious to see what Marvel can do with a PKD story I have never heard of.
Fall of the Hulks: Red Hulk 4 of 4 (Marvel) – I picked this off the rack like I have done with every other Hulk related book I have gotten since World War Hulk. I am enjoying this miniseries so far and I doubt if Jeff Parker will let me down now.
When I first picked up this issue and saw that Amy Reeder Hadley wasn’t doing the artwork, I was a little ticked because her pencils are what attracted me to the book in the first place. However, Joelle Jones has won me over with this issue. She didn’t do anything different from the last issue but for some reason I liked this one better. So much so that I am actually interested in checking out Troublemaker, the book she will be doing with Janet and Alex Evanovich.
However, I think DC should grab her for one of their superhero books, I think she would do well on Birds of Prey or a Justice League title.
I will probably be going back to Detroit Comics to pick up some comic books today, but I went yesterday because I had a little bit of time and got:
Wednesday Comics #4 (DC)
Wednesday Comics #5 (DC)
Proof #22 (Image)
Dynamo5 #23 (Image)
Mysterius The Unfathomable #3 (Wildstorm)*
Groom Lake #4 (IDW)**
Atomic Robo: Shadow From Beyond Time #3 of 5 (Red 5 Comics)
Madame Xanadu #13 (Vertigo)***
Once again, nothing from Marvel or Dark Horse, but a bit more surprising to me, nothing from Dynamite Entertainment. This is the first time in a long time that I don’t remember getting anything from Dynamite.
* – I read the first issue, but can’t find the second one. I’m not sure if it is necessary in order to understand the rest of the series, but I guess I’ll find out soon.
** – I still can’t find the first two issues. I might switch this to trades.
*** – The Michael Wm. Kaluta art is starting to grow on me, but I want Amy Reeder Hadley back. I wonder if it is possible to have them alternate storylines or one do covers while the other one does interiors. Yeah, I know I’m being greedy.
Host Derek Coward goes over a brief history of the Miracleman mess, discusses what he thinks Marvel should do with the character and tells Marvel in no uncertain terms what they can do to get his money.
Note: Despite what I said in the episode, it was Marv Wolfman who wrote Total Eclipse, not Chuck Dixon. And a bunch of people wrote Miracleman:Apocrypha including Kurt Busiek, Sarah E. Byam, Dick Foreman, Neil Gaiman, Steven Grant, Steve Moore, Stefan Petrucha, James Dale Robinson, Fred Schiller and the great Matt Wagner. Also the series went 24 issues, not 22, and the last issue came out in 1993.
Host Derek Coward finishes his look at the best of 2008 by talking about the titles that he has heard good things about but has never checked out yet, best miniseries that didn’t finish in 2008, best #1 comics of 2008 and the best graphic novels.
Related links (*-Amazon link, so help a brother out):
* Rasl Volume 1: The Drift
The Boy Who Made Silence
* House of Mystery
* Young Liars
* Captain Britain and MI:13
* Tangent: Superman’s Reign
The Infinite Horizon
Stephen King’s The Stand: Captain Trips
* The Twelve
* Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
* Madame Xanadu #1
Comic Book Comics
* Locke & Key
* Man With No Name
* Queen and Country Definitive Edition
* Noble Causes Archives
* The Walking Dead, Vol. 8: Made to Suffer
* Hellblazer: The Laughing Magician