A Note from our Editor-in-Chief Luke Gallagher: Nerdbastards New Comic Column(ist)
Ahoy fans of nerdbastards, have I got a nice little announcement for you. We have a brand spankn’ new comic columnist. If you were unaware, we had been doing a weekly comic column done by nerdbastards contributor Empress Sith (A.K.A Megan Gregory). Megan would give us a run down of what new comics were out for the week and offer some commentary on what some of the best grabs were. Megan, unfortunately had to leave the site, thus leaving us in need of a new columnist.
We are proud to announce that nerdbastards is teaming up with female nerd community site Nerds in Babeland. Stephanie Wooten, NIB comic expert will be coming into the nerdbastards fray. She’ll be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you a float of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.) She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know?
We’re fairly excited about this team-up and know you will too. Everyone loves comics. Stephanie, Nerds in Babeland and Nerbastards is just another reason to love them more.
Enjoy- Luke Gallagher
I’m super excited to be starting this partnership between Nerd Bastards and Nerds in Babeland. I could do a whole specifying thing right now, but I won’t. You are here to hear about this week’s comic releases and I’m here to give them to you, in addition to a new segment AND my little plug (see above mention of Nerds in Babeland). Obviously I am not going to list every single comic that is released this week but I’m going to give you the highlights and this handy link to Comixology that gives you the full list. I do want to briefly mention that this is my first attempt at this. Luke and I are trying to find just the right format. That being the case, today’s column is bit short and missing some insider talk. We should have everything figured out by next week, but there’s enough to get your nerd on.
- Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #6 (of 6) – The final chapter of the limited series from Grant Morrison and Lee Garbett.
- Batgirl #15 – Introduction of Dustin Nguyen (DETECTIVE COMICS) into the creative team
- Birds of Prey #6
- Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #4
- Red Robin #17
- Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Hardcover TPB
- Amazing Spider-Man #648 – Beginning of “Big Time” with guest appearances from The Avengers and The Fantastic Four. This is kind of a big deal for Spider-Man fans but also a possible new place to start if you are interested in picking up a Spider-Man book as it’s “the beginning of a new chapter.”
- Avengers: Prime #4 (of 5)
- Avengers: The Childrens Crusade #3 (of 9) – Return of the Scarlet Witch!
- Iron Man: The Rapture #1 (of 4) – New Marvel Knights cyberpunk thriller limited series.
- New Avengers #6 – The conclusion of the current story arc
- Incredible Hulk #616
- She-Hulks #1 – Spin-off from World War Hulks
- Thor #617
Other note-worthy titles:
- The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec Vol. 1 (Fantagraphics) – Hardcover TPB about a woman, Adele, in pre-World War I Paris who encounters some truly amazing mysteries, including one that involves a pterodactyl and another involving a demon from hell. I mean, it can’t get much better than that, right? Kick ass female heroine, dinosaurs, demons, guillotines…
- Awakening Vol. 2 (Archaia) – hardcover TPB. Zombie. Noir. Really, not much more needed than that.
- Chew #15 (Image) – Final chapter of the “Just Desserts” arc. Tri-fold poster cover.
- Angel: Illyria #1 (of 4) (IDW) – Another Angel limited series spin-off.
- Spike #2 (of 8) (IDW) – If you’re a fan of Buffy and/or the character of Spike FROM Buffy, check this limited series out. Spike in Las Vegas, nuff said.
- Angelus #6 (of 6) (Top Cow) – Conclusion of the ARTIFACTS lead-in series!
- The Unwritten #19 (Vertigo) – This is actually my new favorite book. I’m a huge fan of Mike Carey from Lucifer and this series continues to be awesome. This is the first book of a new storyline and the first two graphic novels are already out so I highly recommend giving this series a chance if you aren’t reading it already.
If you happen to be lucky enough to live in or around the Los Angeles area, they are having a pre-release party for Return of the Dapper Men which has been getting great buzz and is published by Archaia, a truly awesome independent comic book publisher. The party is at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 10, from 7-9pm.
My other addition to this blog column is a section inspired by Geek Girls Network’s Katie Doyle. She’s been writing a series of posts for those who want to get into comic books/graphic novels but are too intimidated/have no idea where to start. Her post this week is all in celebration of Alan Moore and, honestly, I would recommend either V for Vendetta or Watchmen as a great place to start but, that’s kind of old news at this point, no? Instead, my recommendation of a good book to start with for this week is Mike Carey’s Unwritten. It’s a new-ish series so you have time to catch up and still be able to hold conversation with those that have been reading it longer. I wrote a review of the first graphic novel on Geeky Pleasures and fully intend to write a review of the second book for later this week.
That’s it for now! See you next week.