Host Derek Coward talks about what he is looking forward to as September gets closer and he can start buying comic books again.
Host Derek Coward previews We Kill Monsters from Red5 Comics, gushes over Annihilation: Conquest Vol. 1 and reviews Detective Comics 854.
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.
In addition to Atomic Robo, Red 5 Comics will be featuring Neozoic in their FCBD offering. Unlike Atomic Robo which was originally announced as a miniseries and has been upgraded to ongoing series status, Neozoic has been an ongoing from day one. Neozoic is one of those titles that I actually WANT to see on the big screen one day (or on TV for several seasons).
Here is the Red 5 Comics FCBD cover:
Red 5 Comics has officially announced that Atomic Robo will continue beyond the six issues of his current (soon to end) miniseries. The first new issue will be the FCBD issue that will share space with Neozoic. Here is a copy of the cover:
I have never taken part of the FCBD festivities because I have always thought that it was a device to get new readers into shops and not to give away free shit to freeloading comic book readers, but I kept being told that I am wrong about that. However, this book looks interesting enough to get me to at least consider making a trip to Detroit Comics.
Ultimates 3 #1 (of 6) – I really really liked The Ultimates. I really liked The Ultimates 2. I don’t like The Ultimates 3. I don’t know why, but I just don’t like this issue. Recommendation: Avoid this thing.
The Twelve #0 – This is a reprint of some Golden Age stuff. I found the artist’s notes to be the most interesting part of the whole book, even more than the preview of issue 1. Recommendation: Wait until it is part of a trade to get.
Northlanders #1 – The first issue was pretty good, but the story lost me at the last few pages. Lost me, as in ‘I have no idea what’s going on’. I’ll at least pick up the next issue. Recommendation: Worth getting if only to satisfy your curiosity.
Dynamo 5 #9 – Very good. I like the way they mix an ongoing story with what could easily be a one and done. Recommendation: Pick it up.
Tales of The
Sinestro Green Lantern Corps: Ion #1 – I’m a little confused about the exact name of the book. The cover has the words Green Lantern covering Sinestro, but the indicia on the inside of the book says Tales of The Sinestro Corps: Ion. Weird. Anyway, the writing is typical Ron Marz with a look into the mind of Kyle Rayner. I really liked the artwork and I had never heard of Michel Lacombe before. Recommendation: Pick it up.
Green Lantern Corps #19 – This is the epilogue of the excellent Sinestro Corps War. It was a cool down issue, with the characters and the reader being able to catch their breath before setting up the next big threat. Recommendation: Pick it up
Green Lantern Corps #18 – This is the penultimate chapter to the entire Sinestro Corps War and features a fight to the finish between Ion and Superman-Prime. Recommendation: Get it now.
The Sword #3 – Excellent issue that deepens the mystery. I really dig the story and where it is going. Once again the artwork is perfect. Recommendation: Pick it up.
The Vinyl Underground #3 – I’m not sure why I like this book so much, but I do. I just hope that I still like it after the first storyarc is done. I can see the ‘will they won’t they’ aspect of the Abi-Mozza relationship getting really old really quick. Recommendation: Get it if you come across it.
Atomic Robo #3 (of 6) – I’m not sure if I like the ending to the main story, but I really like this title. I really wish that it wasn’t ending at six issues. Here’s hoping that it is successful enough to warrant an Atomic Robo 2 miniseries or ongoing. Recommendation: Get it now.
Lazarus #2 (of 3) – Odd title. Worth picking up, but very odd. Recommendation: Pick it up.
Suburban Glamour #2 (of 4) – Excellent. I love this book. I love the writing and the artwork and I cannot wait to get the rest of the story. Recommendation: Get it now.