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SDCC 2015: Dark Horse Announces a Wave of New Series

At San Diego Comic-Con, Dark Horse Comics announced a bunch of new projects from Brian Wood, Paul Tobin, Matt Kindt, and more! It’s an impressive line-up, and you can find out more details below.

Joss Whedon Announces The Twist!

Finally answering the question “Why isn’t there a Victorian female Batman?” Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity creator Joss Whedon announced his newest upcoming comic book series, The Twist, during his Hall H panel

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Comes to Comics with Hama at the Helm

Comics legend Larry Hama is set to write the official Call of Duty: Black Ops III prequel comic, illustrated by Marcelo Ferreira and coming in November.

Call of Duty Black Ops III

No Unanswerable Questions for Tobin & Alburquerque’s Mystery Girl

Eisner Award winner Paul Tobin brings his new creator-driven original series Mystery Girl to Dark Horse in December! Illustrated by Alberto Alburquerque, Mystery Girl delves into the mystery of Trine—a street detective who can answer any question, except the question of what happened in the last ten years of her life.

Mystery Girl

Enter the World of Thedas with Greg Rucka in Dragon Age: Magekiller

Dragon Age comics return with critically acclaimed writer Greg Rucka at the helm this December! Illustrated by Carmen Carnero, Magekiller, the newest installment in the Dragon Age canon, takes place at the same time as the events of Dragon Age: Inquisition and follows mercenaries Tessa and Marius, whose next job may be their last.

Dragon Age Magekiller

Jones’s Lady Killer Heads to Cocoa Beach for New Series

Joëlle Jones’s Lady Killer will return in March 2016 for a brand-new series, this time set in beautiful Cocoa Beach, as housewife-by-day, assassin-by-night Josie Schuller goes into business for herself.

Lady Killer

Time Is Running Out in Kindt’s Dept. H

It’s 24 meets Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy—underwater! Matt Kindt returns for an all-new series in 2016. In Dept. H, a special operative takes on the secrets of an underwater facility, but she doesn’t have much time to uncover the mystery. The station is flooding, and she’s only got a few days before it becomes a watery grave.

Dept. H

Brian Wood and Garry Brown return to the world of The Massive

In December, Brian Wood and Garry Brown are set for an action-packed return to The Massive with Ninth Wave’s stories set before the Crash, when Callum Israel and his crew of environmental heroes take on protecting the planet.

The Massive

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

EastofWest16_CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

It’s the end of the year, which means there’s not much coming out this week, you can get everything for about $75. So, instead of our usual 10 picks, just get everything…. but if you still need some help…..

Dark Horse

The Massive Vol. 4: Sahara – Brian Wood’s series wrapped up, but you can catch some of the final issues here in this volume where all of the pieces of the puzzle come together.

X Vol. 4 Better Off Dead – X is back, and this violent ant-hero has been a welcome return. If you haven’t checked out what you’re missing, here’s a great way to see.

DC Comics

Batman Eternal #39 – DC’s weekly series will all lead to next year’s even Convergence… so, this’ll be important.

Earth 2: World’s End #13 – See above.

The New 52: Futures End #35 – See above.

IDW Publishing

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #1 – Two classic properties team up! Can’t wait to see how…

Image Comics

East of West #16 – Are you reading this sci-fi western? You’re not? Yeah, you should fix that.

Image Firsts: Wytches #1 – This horror series from Scott Snyder is on a lot of “best of” lists. This reprint costs a dollar. That plus the fact there’s not much out means this is a “buy.”

Marvel

All-New Miracleman Annual #1 – A bunch of creators taken on the classic character in new stories.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 – With the second season of the television series in a fall hiatus, Marvel finally releases a comic that sort of ties into it.

BOOM! Studios

Abigail and the Snowman #1 – Roger Langridge’s cute new series.

Valiant

X-O Manowar #31 – Check out the kick-ass series of the displaced hero.

 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

the massive #30 coverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week: The Massive #30 (Dark Horse) – Brian Wood‘s series wraps up, and the last few issues have been one hell of a twist. Dead calm. Quiet seas. Second chances? The Ninth Wave crew enter a brand-new chapter in Earth’s history.

Avengers and X-Men: AXIS #9 (Marvel) – Wrapping up Marvel’s so-so event. This is here because who knows how it’ll end and where things go from here.

Copra Round One Vol. 1 (Bergen Comics) – Check out the series all the “cool” kids are talking about. Collected here, cause single issues are hard to come by.

Evil Empire #9 (BOOM! Studios) – Every issue is beyond fantastic and usually there’s something we didn’t see coming.

The Graveyard Shift #1 (Image) – It’s Fright Night-style thrills and Castle-style crime-solving as a homicide detective and his girlfriend find their love put to the ultimate test when they run afoul of a gang of vampires!

Letter 44 #13 (Oni Press) – Mixing politics and science fiction, this series is awesome.

McBain #1 (Bongo Comics) -Do you watch The Simpsons? That alone should be reason enough to check out this series.

New Avengers #28 (Marvel) -If you want to figure out what’s up with Secret Wars, you better be reading this series. It’s really good too!

Rasputin #3 (Image) – The first two issues of this series has been fascinating, and the art is fantastic.

They’re Not Like Us #1 (Image) – We all have advantages over one another, but what if you were capable of things most of us can only imagine? What would you do – and who would you be? A doctor? An athlete? A soldier? A hero? Everyone has to make a choice about how to use the abilities they’re born with… but they’re not like us.

Brian Wood Discusses The Massive

The Massive #21This week sees the release of The Massive #21, the epic story written by Brian Wood follows the crew of the Kapital and it’s Captain Callum Israel, in a post-environmental disaster world. Their mission isn’t just to survive, but look for their sister ship as they reassess, and attempt to stick to, their mission of protecting the environment through action.

We got a chance to talk to Brian about the series, and what we can expect as it hurtles to it’s finale.

Graphic Policy: To you, what is the series The Massive about?

Brian Wood: The Massive has been one of those series that evolves as it goes. Whenever a project runs for multiple years, its bound to take on a life of its own in certain ways. When I started the series, I was focused on big, environmentally-aware world-building… not exclusively, but it was a big focus. But as I wrote, the characters themselves, and their histories, really came alive. I’ve come to realize that the series is probably mostly about the central idea of the sins of the past, how you can never escape your own histories, that the past never really goes away. This applies to the individuals in the stories, and also to the world, to the planet. The ending of The Massive has yet to be revealed, so that’s about as big a hint as I think I can make right now.

GP: I have to ask, because I’ve wondered this since the first issue. How much research goes into The Massive?

BW: In this case I made a real conscious effort to limit the research, as I can really overdo it. I get obsessive, I buy too many books, and lock myself into this thing where I make all these claims about accuracy and then find myself having to spend as much time living up to that claim via research as actually writing the stories.

So when I started The Massive, I gave myself a break. I allowed myself to fudge some of the science, to be a little more fantastical than realistic. I gotta say, it’s been nice.

GP: Have you had feedback from environmentalists or those that research climate change?

BW: A little bit. Both Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd have reached out to me, with positivity, which is really cool and very flattering.

GP: We’re coming up on close to the two-year mark, and you’re diving into the mystery of Mary and the cause of the Crash. Was that always the plan, and were there ever thoughts about leaving the cause of the Crash a mystery?

BW: The Massive ends, as planned, at the 30-issue mark, so we’re really into the third act now. I’m writing #26 now and am very much deep into that end of the story. I have to say, the end really is the book, really is the story. The end is the concept, and it involves Mary and the Crash and all that. All open mysteries are revealed, and I’m pleased and a little bit surprised we’ve managed to hide the big ending as well as we have, considering how many eyes – both in the comics industry, in Hollywood, and at multiple publishers – have read the ending. I hope I didn’t just jinx it.

I think the ending will be polarizing… some will love it, some will hate it. But it’s always been our intent, from day one, to end it this way.

GP: You’ve written a lot of dystopian tales. What is it about those types of stories that draws you to them?

BW: I like them as a reader, that’s probably the biggest reason. I find them cool, I find them interesting, they have a sort of dark appeal, they allow a certain type of fantasy or escapism you don’t really get any other way. As a writer, I always like seeing my characters pushed to the limit, to be put in really horrible situations, and dystopia works perfectly for that.

GP: You’ve just wrapped up your run on Conan for Dark Horse. How was writing for a character with so much history and source material different and similar to creating your own world with The Massive?

BW: Its different in so many ways. One big one is, on a book of my own creation and one I own, I am essentially god. Or the boss. Meaning that I always get the final say in what happens on its pages. On a company book or a licensed book, there are rules that govern what I can and can’t write, which is all to be expected and respected and all that. It just means different creative muscles get used and different problem-solving skills come into play. I actually really enjoy the adaptation process. It’s fun! Coming from someone who spent the first decade of his professional career doing creator-owned, its been a blast to take on other challenges.

GP: You’re also writing Star Wars for Dark Horse. That’s a property that has a massive following and lots of history, though your take is a bit looser with canon. How’d you prepare to take the reins of that series?

BW: I didn’t try to be loose with it! At least not in the sense of “ignoring canon”. We just had less canon to worry about, since the subsequent films past A New Hope and all of the EU [editor’s note: Extended Universe] wasn’t known to the characters at the time my series was set. So it allowed us to tell a purer story in that sense, but we still weren’t allowed to “break” anything in terms of continuity. The fine people at LucasFilm read everything and checked everything as far as that goes.

So that left me with not much research to do. At least not much more than I’ve sort of done my entire life as a Star Wars fan. I watched that first movie again a few times, bought some books (the Star Wars Atlas was pretty useful), and put a lot of trust in the editors.

GP: Whether it’s Conan, Star Wars, The Massive, or much of your other work, relationships between characters seem to be at the center of each series. Have you made that a focus of your writing on purpose? Is it just your style?

BW: Doesn’t everyone do that? I don’t say that in a flip way, I just think the bones of any story is how the characters relate to each other. And I think the examples of books that don’t spend time on that, who deal more with surface details or ‘cool moments’… you can really spot them a mile off. I should know, I wrote a few like that early on in my career! I think, when it comes down to it, readers want to read about people they can understand, or relate to, or identify with, from heroes to bad guys.

GP: What else can we expect from you this year?

BW: A lot of creator-owned work, and a few re-issues of old stuff. I’ve always been a creator-owned guy, way back when it wasn’t cool to be one (its not lost on me that the time when I decided to do a bunch of company-owned work and climb the ladder at Marvel is when all the creators who had been doing that decide to go do creator-owned). Anyway, its time to reconnect with all that again. I have a lot of stuff that’s ready to go.

 

 

Around the Tubes

The weekend is here. The Olympics are underway. What’s everyone doing to enjoy the weekend?

Around the Tubes

Bleeding Cool – Snow Piercer No Longer Getting A Wide Release In The US, But At Least They Won’t Cut It‏ – I really want to see this film.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Forever Evil #5

CBR – Loki: Agent of Asgard #1

Talking Comics – Loki: Agent of Asgard #1

Fandom Post – The Massive Vol. 1 – Black Pacific

Graphic Policy Radio Returns Tonight, Live at 10pm!

GP Radio pic MondayWe’ve taken a few weeks off, but Graphic Policy Radio is back for a brand new episode tonight crammed with news, reviews and more. You can listen to the show live, starting at 10pm ET.

In this episode:

  • We’ll discuss DC Comics’ war on marriage as they have denied the marriage of Batwoman and her love Maggie leading to two creators resigning.
  • DC Comics also released a tone deaf open call having budding artists submit a comic stip featuring Harley Quinn attempting suicide.
  • We’ll discuss new releases such as Marvel’s Battle of the Atom, DC’s Forever Evil and Villain’s Month, The Massive, Red Sonja, Lazarus and more!

So join us this Monday night as we talk about that and more and we want to hear from you! So call in at (619) 768-2952 with your thoughts or chat with us on Twitter, @graphicpolicy.

Pick(s) of the Week: American Vampire Anthology #1 and a Bunch More!

AV_ANTHOLOGY_CVRfinal_stwjb2o9tn_There’s a hell of a lot of solid comics out this week, but none fill a fix like American Vampire Anthology #1. American Vampire has been on hiatus for a bit while writer Scott Snyder releases some awesome other comics (*cough* The Wake *cough*). So, to get a chance to get a bit of the mythos, even as an anthology, is quite ok with us.

This special features eight amazing stories set in the world of American Vampire, with “lost tales,” new characters and old favorites. So, don’t miss these stories brought to you by series creators Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, as well as other awesome comics talent like Becky Cloonan, Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, Jeff Lemire, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone and many more!

You are cordially invited to a party—to die for!

Catch our full list of picks below!

Andrew:

Top Pick: King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon #4 (Dark Horse) – Conan claws his way from the depths to regain his throne. The inside is as good as the outside’s award-worthy cover art, trust me.

Miss Fury #5 (Dynamite) – There’s something about a seductive billionaire heiress with super powers who battles time traveling nazis that keeps me coming back for more. Can’t quite put my finger on it…

Overtaken #1 (Aspen) – Most Aspen series, much to my dismay, have the same look and feel to me, but this newest one appears different from the rest. While the abducted loved one is a familiar story, I’m anxious to see their take on it.

Uncanny #3 (Dynamite) – The god-awful cover aside, Andy Diggle’s thief-with-powers crime story is a great read, and it’s not too late to start from the beginning.

Brett:

Top Pick: American Vampire Anthology (Vertigo) – See above as to why I think this’ll be awesome and well worth the price tag.

The Massive #15 (Dark Horse) – Brian Wood continues to knock it out of the park with each issue and somehow the series is only getting better.

Occupy Comics #3 (Black Mask Studios) – Politics = comics = awesome. So much talent packed into one issue.

Overtaken #1 (Aspen) – The $1 price tag should be enough of a reason to pick it up, but Aspen is giving us what seems to be an interesting story about possible abduction by aliens.

Uncanny #3 (Dynamite) – Super powers + crime = this. The first two issues were intriguing and the third really starts to ramp up the storyline and give us an idea as to where it’s going next.

Scott:

Top Pick: American Vampire Anthology #1 (Vertigo) – I love this series and it’s been torture waiting for it to come back, but this anthology written and illustrated by an amazing list of creators should be a phenomenal way to ease back into the AV world.

Lazarus #3 (Image) – After last month’s excellent world building issue, I can’t wait for this arc to pick up some steam. Plus, we get to meet another Lazarus, and the dynamic between he and Faith should be fascinating.

Sean:

Top Pick: Batman/Superman #3 (DC Comics) – This has been an incredible, confusing book so far. And, hot damn, what’s Wonder Woman doing?!

Batman, Inc. Special #1 (DC Comics) – With the end of Grant Morrison’s famed and infamous run on Batman, it’s time to see where other writers will take these characters…including Bat-Cow!

Larfleeze #3 (DC Comics) – Keith Giffen is one of my favorite writers, and Larfleeze is funny as hell. If you like Douglas Adams or funny sci-fi, you’ll want to check this out!

Review: The Massive #14, Mind MGMT #13 and Blood Brothers #1

The Massive #14

22506Closed off by rising seas and permanent power loss, New York City has been reduced to a graveyard of empty buildings. The devastation hits Ryan—the only American member of the crew—hard, and the homecoming she dreamed of for the last year is fraught with terror and betrayal. Will Ninth Wave’s mission finally meet its end?

Through the first dozen issues, we were only teased as to what was happening in the United States. Writer Brian Wood has given us our first real taste as to what has happened in this part of the world post global collapse. But, even when we think we know what’s going on, it’s clear there’s more to it.

Surrounded by what we think is the US Navy, Ninth Wave has two goals in this issue, not be taken in and also continue to hunt for a rogue nuclear submarine. This issue can be summed up as a game of chicken and we see the tension ramp up with each passing page.

Throughout all of this going on, we also get more of various characters’ pasts. This provides more of the connections between them and gives insight as to what motivates and leads to their decisions today.

What’s amazing is Wood’s ability to keep us guessing, and to go into more detail would give away some key moments of this issue, lets just say our perception as to what’s going on changes as the issue progresses. And that goes not just for this tense stand-off, but also the world as a whole. What we think is the United States Navy, might just not be. What we think are betrayals, might not be, or are they?

We also get to see more of Callum Israel’s leadership and thought process. To him, this is almost a game of chess, he’s thinking moves ahead. Moves that only become apparent to the reader as the game plays out. The man shows off why he’s in charge and we wonder what might be when he’s not.

Wood continues to put together one of the best monthly series on the market. One that entertains and makes you think at the same time.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Garry Brown
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Mind MGMT #13

23541Prepare for Mind MGMT‘s most surreal arc yet, in this first in a series of one-shot stories! This month, how will sleeper agent The Home Maker maintain her cover when Mind Management invades suburbia?

For a series that traffics in weird and surreal, this is one of the weirdest stories yet. But, writer and artist Matt Kindt continues to deliver a series the oozes cool. From the cover to the last page, every tiny detail of each issue is meticulously thought out and delivers. You’ll not just read each issue’s story and drool over the art, but also spend more time reading all of the small details that pepper the outer edges of the page.

I’ll admit, the story if this issue caught me off guard as it’s a departure from the ongoing saga. But, remembering it’s a one-shot drew me back in. Kindt here digs into the idea of a sleeper agent in suburbia, with a tone that’s serious but also played for laughs.

That duality is a trademark of the tone of the series. While it has this great vibe of an action/spy story, there’s also numerous moments of levity. With abilities to control others through various means or kill with but a touch, the back story often presented or just outright presented here, is serious but fun.

Kindt’s art is amazing with his beautiful water color like style. It evokes something I’d expect out of the 60s or 70s, and is unique and a signature of his.

Overall Mind MGMT is one of the crown jewels in Dark Horse’s cap and a maxi-series unlike any other. This should be on everyone’s list to read and I fully expect it to top numerous best of lists when the year ends.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Matt Kindt
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Blood Brothers #1

22884Nick and Tree have smoked opium with Genghis Khan, had orgies in Michelangelo’s studio, and even fronted a death metal band. But after a century of friendship, these inseparable vampire buddies are on the verge of splitting up. Terrible timing, as an apocalypse-obsessed villain is plotting an end to humanity.

When I first heard about this series, I rolled my eyes thinking it’s yet another comic having to deal with vampires (not sure if that’s better or worse than zombies right now). But I decided to dive into it and give it a shot and beyond glad I did. The comic is hilarious with fantastic banter between it’s characters and some nice twists to the usual vampire mythos.

First there’s the history between the two, shown in numerous flashbacks each funnier than the last. Next there’s their relationship which is having some issues having been together for so long. They have rules set out when it comes to their lives, including on dating women, and one of them is getting a bit antsy. The dialogue also stands out with a great back and forth that’s not super witty banter, but really entertaining. And finally there’s the action. There’s some fun stuff there that just brings it all together.

While on the surface this might seem like jut another vampire comic, writer Mike Gagerman brings just enough new to make it stand out. That’s helped by artist Evan Shaner whose style fits the characters and the tone of the writing perfectly. It’s a solid pairing between the two.

Blood Brothers has a lot of potential to be a fun summer read.

Story: Mike Gagerman, Andrew Waller Art: Evan Shaner
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Pick(s) of the Week: Batman/Superman #2 and Many More!

BatSupeComboCover095956--525x800Welcome to the new pick of the week, where we survey the Graphic Policy team to see what they’re looking forward to this week or what they know will be a solid read. This week, the team has one book among them that they agreed upon, Batman/Superman #2 by DC Comics.

Consistently mentioned by each contributor is Greg Pak’s writing combined with Jae Lee‘s art. The combination is clearly a draw for each of us. Plus, we’re all intrigued to find out what happens next!

Check out below for each team member’s picks and find out what you should be on the lookout for this Wednesday.

Andrew:

Batman/Superman #2 (DC) – Although I wasn’t thrilled with the first book, after hearing the announcement of a Batman/Superman movie at SDCC, I think it’d be smart to give this series a chance.

Lobster Johnson: A Scent of Lotus #1 (Dark Horse) – Seriously looking forward to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy spinoff and cult favorite, Lobster Johnson, in this two part mini series. I give this first book a stellar review in a forthcoming post.

Mass Effect Foundation #1 (Dark Horse) – Most video game to comic book series fail to impress, but they’ve secured Mac Walters, the writer of the second and third Mass Effect games, and I don’t want to pass this up.

Batman The Dark Knight #22 (DC) – I’ve been on a pulp kick lately that’s made me neglect the Caped Crusader. Once I catch up on the Mad Hatter’s finale, I’ll jump into Hurwitz’s latest story arc.

Ghostbusters #6 (IDW Publishing) – Just because I didn’t give I glowing review to the previous issue, doesn’t mean I don’t want to know what happens. I’m willing to stick with it and see what happens as the paranormal investigators reintegrate back into society.

Brett:

Top Pick: The Massive #14 (Dark Horse) – Brian Wood’s amazing series following the crew of the Kapital and their search for their sister ship in a world devastated by environmental disaster. The current story arc is tense with the threat of further destruction in the shape of nuclear war.

Mind MGMT #13 (Dark Horse) – Matt Kindt’s crazy tale of special agents with amazing powers. The small details in every comic makes the series stand out, not to mention the amazing story telling and Kindt’s art.

Red Team #4 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Garth Ennis’ tale of a team of rogue cops is as gritty and heartbreaking as they come.

Thumbprint #2 (IDW Publishing) – Joe Hill’s horror story (I think) involves a female Iraq War vet. It’s a bit, I Know What You Did Last Summer, but I’m hooked.

Wild Blue Yonder #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue caught me off guard and blew me away. An amazing fun story of a world dominated by those who live in the sky. Fun characters and exciting sequences with fantastic art makes this one stand out for me.

Scott:

Top Pick: Lazarus #2 (Image) – The first issue of Lazarus set up such an engaging world and interesting characters, and I’m interested to find out when the first arc will really begin to pick up steam. Plus, it’s Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, so there’s really no reason you shouldn’t be reading this book.

Batman/Superman #2 (DC) – Come on. Jae Lee drawing Batman. That’s all.

Lobster Johnson: A Scent of Lotus #1 (Dark Horse) – I’ve never read a Lobster Johnson book before, but I’m a sucker for pulp adventure heroes, and Sebastián Fiumara’s art looks absolutely exquisite: grim and detailed when necessary, bold and cartoony a page later. And Dave Stewart is a master colorist.

Mark Waid’s The Green Hornet #4 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I’m so excited for this issue because Mark Waid, in only three issues, has crafted an emotionally complex story, and I just can’t wait to see what happens next.

Rocketeer/Spirit: Pulp Friction #1 (IDW Publishing) – I love the Rocketeer, and I loved Waid’s last Rocketeer mini (Cargo of Doom); it was perfectly ridiculous. I’m really curious to see how this pulp inspired team up works out.

Sean:

Top Pick: Batman/Superman #2 (DC)—because we need to figure out what the heck that first issue was about! Plus, Greg Pak and Jae Lee make a great team on this strange, singular book with wonderful art and somewhat ominous plotting. The first issue blew me away, and left me wanting exactly this next issue. $3.99.

Gamma One-Shot (Dark Horse)—Ulises Farinas debuts what looks like a sci-fi, Adventure-Timey weird-fest; check this out if you’ve got the extra $2.99.

Larfleeze #2 (DC)—Giffen’s and Kolins’ Douglas-Adams-esque breakout book about the funny-as-Hell Orange Lantern continues with a battle against Laord of the Hunt. $2.99.

Lobster Johnson: A Scent of Lotus #1 (Dark Horse)—Mignola brings back Lobster Johnson to track down the Crimson Lotus, starting off a new mini-series. $3.50.

Superior Spider-Man Team Up #1 (Marvel)—and while Superior Spider-Man #14 (also out this week) is a must have in my opinion, if you’re on a budget you’ll want to check out the beginning of this new team up book which starts with Spidey and the Avengers figuring things out. $3.99.

TPB of the Week: Camelot 3000 (DC)—collecting the 1982-1985 maxi-series of the same name, this TPB presents not only a major piece of DC Comics history, since Camelot 3000 was one of the first direct market series and DC’s first maxi-series (think Brightest Day), but it is also a crazy-cool reimagining of the King Arthur stories, in typical 1980s fashion, mixing the tale with nuclear issues, challenging gender roles, and…aliens! $19.99 (but I ordered it from Amazon for $16.51).

Picks of the Week: Lazarus #1 and 9 other Choices

lazarus01_coverIn a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family’s holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus. Shot dead defending the family home, Forever’s day goes downhill from there.

That description alone would get me interested in Lazarus, the series that debuts this week from Image Comics. The fact that Greg Rucka writing it cements it as my most anticipated comic for the week. Rucka continuously shows off his skills and mastery of storytelling. The man is easily one of the best writers in the comic industry.

Expect this first issue to sell out.

Here’s the other picks in alphabetical order.

  • Atomic Robo: Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur #1 – Atomic Robo is one of the most entertaining all-ages comics out there. It’s Indiana Jones with a robot!
  • Batman/Superman #1 – Um, how can this not be on the list. Jae Lee’s art alone makes it a pick.
  • Hoax Hunters: Case Files #1 – More fun solving mysteries in this entertaining series that mixes Ghost Hunters and Mythbusters.
  • Larfleeze #1 – I’m crossing my fingers this isn’t a one note series like Red Lanterns and wonder how many times “mine” will be said.
  • The Massive #13 – One of the best comics on the market!
  • Mind MGMT #12 – One of the other best comics on the market!
  • Mouse Guard: Legend of the Guard Vol. 2 #1 – The Archaia anthology returns with more awesome tales also great for all-ages.
  • The Wake #2 – Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy = hells yes!
  • Wolverine and the X-Men #32 – The series found its groove again with the last issue. The Hellfire Saga continues!
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