It’s that day again, the day where comic nerds all over the world avoid their real lives and dive into a whole new weeks worth of comic books.
Welcome to Attack of the New Comics Wednesday! I venture into a local comic store, randomly grab a handful of books off the shelf and give them a once over. I think it is every comic nerds duty to keep grabbing up new titles and seeing how they fit, and I am more than happy to do it for you.
This week, we venture into the wild cosmic with Kirby: Genesis, go two the depths of the oceans with two 2nd string characters that rise to the occasion (and no, Sebastian the Crab isn’t one of them) and we attend the first day of classes as Wolverine starts his career as the mutant Mr. Belding.
It all happens after the jump.
|KIRBY: GENESIS #4||Dynamite: Story by Kurt Busiek & Alex Ross,
Art by Jack Herbert & Alex Ross,
Cover by Alex Ross & Ryan Sook
|I will do my best to not turn this into one long, rambling love letter to Jack Kirby, however that is exactly what this book is. In a good way, btw. It goes without saying that the cover and interior art is amazing, it is Alex Ross. I’m pretty certain the dude has ‘breath taking art’ written on his business card. Ross does a great job of maintaining his own style yet invoking the work of King Kirby. As for the story, Kurt Busiek and Ross continue the theme of paying homage to one of the most (if not most) beloved writer/artists the industry has ever seen.
I will admit, I was a little lost at the start. I had read the issue 0 for this but it dropped off my radar until issue 4. In classic Kirby style, it’s big time cosmic. The good guys (Silver Star, Captain Victory, the Glory Knights and Galaxy Green) are teaming up, as are the baddies (Roag, the Lightning Lady, Sundance and Darius Drumm). I realize I just rattled off some names that might be completely unfamiliar, don’t worry the writing and art let you know exactly who and how powerful these beings are. On a more human scope, the classic Kirby character for you do identify with (here named lovingly Kirby) is trapped on the Phantom Continent with Reptar and Thunderfoot, between a ‘mountain, a tunnel, an underground river. Next to dinosaurs, sasquatches and, primitive cults.’ Tell me that does not already sound like an awesome comic book.
I’ve already gone to comixology and the previous issues are downloading as we speak. If you are a Kirby fan, a Ross or Busiek fan or just a fan of great fun comics in general, you should do the same (and no, I don’t make any money off that plug, consider it a freebie digital comics.)
|AQUAMAN #2||DC Comics: Written by GEOFF JOHNS,Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO|
|Back when we were running thought the madcap world of DC’s New 52, Aquaman was one of my bigger surprises. Issue #2 continues that nicely. You know those really ugly angler fish that live in the deepest depths of the ocean? Well, Aquamans new bad guys “The Trench” have them for faces and are also apparently rather hungry. The sleepy little fishing town that is near Aquamans lighthouse cries out for help. To Aquaman. For real. See, in the new 52, Aquaman isn’t such a joke, well he is ’cause Geoff Johnskeeps writing them into the dialogue but there is an earnest effort here to redeem the sea king. Johns is actually writing a very relatable character here and not in the usual stock Geoff-Johnsy way.While I find the story of ugly monsters from the deep rather basic and recycled, I’m a sucker for good character interaction and building and we get that here in spades. Once you get over the initial shock that you are reading and enjoying Aquaman without irony, it’s good.
The art is at the same high level of the first issue, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado render a very powerful image for Aquaman and the action is detailed, dynamic and precise.
This book has the makings of being one of the best in this new DC universe and if you are on board, you are probably already reading it it. If not, you should start.
|ABE SAPIEN: THE DEVIL DOES NOT JEST #2||Dark Horse Comics: Writer: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi,
Artist: James Harren,
Colorist: Dave Stewart,
Cover Artist: Dave Johnson
In what is apparently “Under the sea week” with my random shelf pulls this week, we join Hellboys buddy Abe Sapien for his final issue of his two parter.
I haven’t read a Hellboy comic in a long time, not since before the second movie at least. I picked this one off the shelf today mainly because I liked Abe, thought it would be neat to see him holding his own, away from that giant red sounds-like-Ron-Perlman-when-I-read-his-bubbles shadow.
Damn it, looks like I am back to comixology to download the first issue. Mike Mignola and John Arcudi write a tight nice little story that is weird enough to keep you going. It’s unnerving and feels like a dusty old fantastic EC Comic book.
Abe Sapien’s investigation of a demonologist gets gory when when he stumbles upon the secret of a rotten family tree that bares the fruit of a malformed beast. James Harren‘s art fits this perfectly. It’s creepy and gooey in just the right paces.
Nowadays comics are all about writing 6 to 8 issue arcs that fit nicely into trades, massive cross-overs that tie you into buying extra books, short changed page counts, it’s nice to see the art of the short finite story shine through here. If you get a chance, pick this and the first issue up.
AND THE X-MEN #1
|Marvel Comics: Story by Jason Aaron,
Art by Chris Bachalo,
Cover by Chris Bachalo
|In the post Schism world, the X-Men have been split in two and everybody’s favorite Canadian (sorry, it is my duty to remind people of that) Mutant is back in Westchester and has opened up The Jean Grey School For Higher Learning, and Logan is not teaching air conditioning repair.Yes, this is a clear jumping on point into the X-Men universe, a fresh start to a very long series of books and, damn its a good one. At first I balked at the idea of Wolverine as a mutant school dean, a) he is over exposed enough as it is, and b) isn’t he suppose to be a lone wolf? Why does he keep getting add to teams let alone starting his own. The fact that he is smiling for the first few pages alone started to wear on me. It’s a building book and clearly meant for the new reader in mind. Inspectors from The New York State Department Of Education arrive to tour Wolvies new school, if they don’t like what they see the first day of classes will be the last.
Wolverine and Schism Writer Jason Aaron jumps in with both feet and arms swinging to make you enjoy this book. Successfully I might add. The humour is there but not overbearing, we get a nice introduction to the principal players, and a general feel that it’s going to be a fun book. Chris Bachalo’s work is great. I know he is a love him or hate him as an artist but I found his work some of the best I’ve seen this week.
I just flipped through it again, to see if there was anything else I wanted to bring up and found myself enjoying the book even more. I have no idea how Scott “Cyclops” Summers is doing on the other coast with his team, but it can’t be as good as this.
I’m going to pick up issue two for sure.
That’s a wrap for this week, as usual I spent way to much money at the comic store and still haven’t even touched my regular pulls. Join me again next week, I’ll grab a few more randoms off the shelf and we’ll rip into them (figuratively, don’t get your Mylar baggie in a knot.)
As always, if you have a book you think I should check out, let me know it the comment section below!