Host Derek Coward talks about a variety of subjects, including the Bruce Jones run on Checkmate.
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
If I had money to buy comic books on August 13, 2008, this is what I would buy:
Helen Killer 4 (of 4): I have really enjoyed the first three issues of this miniseries and I think the last one will be just as special.
Checkmate 29: This title is being canceled, which should have happened once Greg Rucka left the book. I decided to give Bruce Jones a chance because I liked his run on Hulk. His Hulk was a superhero spy story in what was a superhero monster book. His Checkmate is a superhero monster story in what should be a superhero spy book. One day I hope he gets the formula right. I’m getting this because I want to see how this storyarc ends.
Necessary Evil 7: I like this book. I think the premise is pretty good, but I am starting to get sick of the whole ‘good guy superheroes are really dickheads in costume’ vibe coming from a lot of books/movies/tv shows/extremely popular web events from big name creators. It gets tiresome after a while, no matter how good the project is. Pretty soon, a bad or even extremely mediocre project going to come out and make this entire subgenre look shabby. Note to creators: It is possible to make a sympathetic villain without resorting to making a douchebag hero.
Golly 1: On Indie Comic Book Noise, I couldn’t remember what Golly is. It turns out that it is the new project from Phil Hester and Ande Parks. I would pick it up because those two usually do pretty good work, but I am little concerned about the lack of buzz behind the book.
Transhuman 3 (of 4): On Awesomed by Comics, Evie mentioned the sameness in all of Jonathan Hickman’s projects. I agree that there are definite similarities from one project to the next in terms of presentation and theme, but so far it works. Check out the ABC podcast, good stuff.
Secret Invasion: Inhumans 1 (of 4): I have already read the preview of this book and yet I would still buy it. Does this mean that it is a great start to a potentially great miniseries, a sign of me being an Inhumans mark or evidence that despite the quality of digital comics there is still something a lot more satisfying with owning the hardware of a comic book? The answer I was looking for was a little of all three. Thanks for playing.
Secret Invasion: X-Men 1 (of 4): See the comments for Secret Invasion Inhumans, but replace “an Inhumans mark” with “interested in what the mutants are doing during this time”.
Red 5 Comics:
Atomic Robo Dogs of War 1 (of 5): OK, I am going to cheat again and say see the comments for Secret Invasion Inhumans, but replace “Inhumans mark” with “Atomic Robo mark”. Seriously, Heath Holland from the Geek Brunch podcast does a review of this issue for Indie Comic Book Noise 210 that got me excited to read the issue, even though I had already read it.
Thanks to Charles LePage’s ComicList for the list of the week’s new releases.
Talk about the weather
bag things about Bruce Jones
Days Like This
Dioramas: A Love Story
Lost At Sea
New X-Men Vol 5
Contrary Coward talks about Books of the Month
What I got last week
What Angie got last week
Starbucks vs Dunkin Donuts
Going to Canada
Social Network overload
No Dunkin Donuts in California until 2010
Countdown/Final Crisis rant
Lateness vs consistent art
My hope for Final Crisis
What Angie’s getting
Conan had a comic book?
Regarding Henry: The Further Adventures
Well I thought it was funny
Free Pints for Alan Moore
Love for Andy Diggle
David not Dave or Davey and Calling it a show.