It’s a relatively small week for our staff, relatively speaking, but let’s see what strikes their fancy as their most anticipated comics.
ANGEL AND FAITH #11 (DARK HORSE) – While the ongoing Buffy titles gets most of the hype, I find its sister series by Christos Gage to be the more satisfying Buffyverse book. With an amazing hook – Angel attempts to resurrect Giles from a natural death in a world without magic – this title teams the two most volatile heroes in the Buffyverse and has introduced a host of original new demons and monsters for them to fight. It really feels like a return to form for this universe of characters, and all fans should check it out.
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #10 (DC) – Probably the Bat-book that’s gotten most overlooked since the relaunch, this title gets a creative change with the arrival of new writer Gregg Hurwitz, who’s fresh off an excellent Penguin miniseries. Hurwitz specializes in gritty, creepy crime comics, so he seems like a perfect choice to explore the darker corners of Gotham City. First up – the Scarecrow.
BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL (DC) – It’s J. Michael Straczynski’s return to monthly comics, as he teams with Joe and Andy Kubert to take on the most down-to-earth of the Watchmen heroes. A character based on Ted Kord in the original Watchmen, Nite-Owl has always been a popular character and this might be a good book to check out for fans of the original Blue Beetles. Thus far, all three Watchmen specials have been very good to excellent, so I have no intention of missing a single one.
FATALE #6 (IMAGE) – Ed Brubaker’s latest creator-owned opus begins its second arc this week, and if the first is any indication, this should be one hell of a ride. Fusing his trademark hard-boiled crime style with hardcore horror as ordinary detectives and criminals get sucked into a world of Lovecraftian horror and ritual murder, Fatale has been one of the most unpredictable and compelling books on the stands. With writers like Brubaker, Snyder, and soon Morrison making Image their home for creator-owned works, this company is making some big moves.
ATOMIC ROBO FLYING SHE DEVILS OF THE PACIFIC #1 & ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADVENTURES #3 (RED 5) – A double dose of one of the smartest, most entertaining and wildly funny comic series on the market — Scott Wegener and Brian Clevinger’s Atomic Robo. Not only are we getting the first issue of the newest mini-series (Flying She Devils of the Pacific) — one that has been reportedly in the planning stages since the very first mini — but we also get another issue of the Atomic Robo Anthology (Real Science Adventures) featuring other writers’ and artists’ takes on Robo. It’s a double-awesome double-feature and I’m really looking forward to turning my brain ON for a good laugh!
I VAMPIRE #10 (DC) — I’m very impressed with the direction that Joshua Fialkov has taken with this series and the art (by Andrea Sorrentino) continues to be nothing but absolutely gorgeous. I’m really excited to see the reveal of The Order of The Van Helsings as promised and equally interested to see just what Fialkov has in mind for what surely is going to be an epic swerve.
MANHATTAN PROJECTS #4 (IMAGE) - The description of this issue is “The Life And Death of Albert Einstein.” Both Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra (with Cris Peter) have been spectacular so far with this series. I love that I can count on being completely shocked about what I’m reading/seeing with this book. It’s another reason why Hickman is growing on me as one of my favorite writers.
WHISPERS #3 (IMAGE) – Joshua Luna continues to show people he is more than just a half of “The Luna Brothers” with this sad and haunting bi-monthly series. Much like his collaborations with his brother, Joshua is crafting a deliciously layered story and doing so with characters that are easy to relate to in situations that are completely other-worldly. The only bad thing about this series is the wait between issues but I’m loving it so much I’ll allow it.
ANGEL AND FAITH #11 (DARK HORSE)- I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about this series. I am a huge Buff/y Angel fan but found it hard to stick with ‘After The Fall’ and although Buffy season 8 started strong it kind of went out on a low. I hear this series is really where its at and I look forward to catching up. This is a pairing I thought always went well in the show because they each reflect each other in some ways but they didn’t get much time together but now its a different story and it can be read here.
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #10 (DC)- New writer of the much acclaimed Penguin: Pride and Prejudice Greg Hurwtiz comes on board. I’ve heard great things about that mini and now on one of the main Batman books this guy could be coming in to make the line (which is already possibly the strongest its ever been) even better. I’m a big fan of Finch so I’m glad he’s staying put. Let’s have a second amazing Bat book on the stands, I won’t complain!
BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL #1 (DC)- This was a character we got to learn about in the course of Watchmen so I’m curious where one of my favorite writers in JMS takes him. I’m expecting a story of a young rich man meeting his hero and being inspired to follow in his foot steps but perhaps not managing to measure up. This could also be where we find the first meeting of Nite Owl and Rorschach which is a story I am very interested in reading. Art duties here are handled by father and son team Andy and Joe Kubert and given who this character is and who he has allusions to I couldn’t image anyone doing it better.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #10 (DC)- The villain’s journey continues! We’ve learned DC is on the hunt for many artists to do a rather long run from Johns on this book. Get on board now and when Justice League reaches the epic scope he’s achieved after years of building on Green Lantern you can say you were there at the start.
ARCHIE #634 (ARCHIE)- I don’t read Archie. I never have and I likely never will but I would hate not to seem balanced so there you go. Go buy Archie it’ll probably be grand
BEFORE WATCHMEN NITE OWL #1 (DC) –After three incredible first issues to the Before Watchmen mini’s, it’s no surprise that the next one is in my top five yet again. Nite Owl is apparently going to be focusing on the period of time when Hollis Mason retires and Daniel Dreiberg takes up the mantle. So should make for a fairly interesting story seeing how things turn out for Daniel at the start of his career.
FATALE #6 (IMAGE) – As much as I love Ed Brubaker, I will admit I was going to skip this at first. Neither Sleeper nor Incognito really struck a chord with me, and I was told this was in pretty much the same vein. I ended up checking it out though, and I’m glad I did. This has been a strange comic so far, and I get the feeling it’ll only get stranger from here on out.
WHISPERS #3 (IMAGE) – This is another strange comic, about a guy who has a pathological fear of germs who ends up being able to leave his body as he sleeps and influence people he encounters. So far I have to say the main character is a pretty unlikable muppet, but for some reason, I’m still eager to find out what happens next.
HYPERNATURALS #1 (BOOM! Studios) –Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning carved a fairly impressive place for themselves at Marvel the last few years revitalizing the cosmic characters. Under their pen, Nova and the Guardians of the Galaxy were heavy hitters for Marvel. Now they’re bringing their talents to BOOM!, to create an all new cosmic universe. The FCBD issue was one of the best free issues released that day. I seriously can’t wait to dig into this issue on Wednesday.
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #12 (MARVEL) – Jason Aaron continues his so far excellent run, bringing us a tie-in to the Avengers Vs X-Men event. I know most comic fans don’t like the events, or the tie-in’s, but when done right I tend to enjoy them well enough. And despite some hiccups, this event is one I’m enjoying. Couple that with the fact that Jason Aaron hasn’t written a bad Wolverine comic yet, it’s hard for me to not be dancing on the spot till I get to read this.
Looks like BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL leads the way with 3 picks, followed by WHISPERS, FATALE, ANGEL AND FAITH and DARK KNIGHT with 2 a piece. But that’s just our opinion. Tell us what YOU like this week.