Hi, welcome to our weekly post where we tell you “What Comics to Watch For On Wednesday.” We are doing our best to recommend a few titles worth your time this week. It is good to note that we rarely suggest mid-run titles, because we try to provide good jumping on points or oddities that must be seen to believe. This week, everybody is dumping out their Santa sacks and we are overloaded with comics to suggest. Get some!
This week’s offerings:
The Valiant #1
“What is going on with Valiant Comics?” you might ask. Their answer: EVERYTHING. The Valiant is a giant crossover that sounds like this:
A battle ten millennia in the making is about to begin? The Eternal Warrior has protected the Earth for more than 10,000 years. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers – those who speak for the Earth. During his long watch, the Eternal Warrior has failed three times. Each time, the Geomancer was killed and a new dark age for humanity began. Each time, he was unable to stop The Immortal Enemy – a monstrous force of nature. A civilization killer. A horror that appears differently each time it arrives and whose seemingly only purpose is to bring disorder and darkness to the world. Now, the time has come for The Immortal Enemy to return once more. But, this time, the Eternal Warrior will be ready. This time, he has a force greater than any single warrior. This time, he has THE VALIANT. An entirely self-contained, new reader friendly comics event spotlighting Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and a cast of heroes and villains from across the Valiant Universe, THE VALIANT is a visionary new adventure from three of the greatest creative talents in comics today.
Interesting, right? Having the creative team of Jeff Lemire and Paolo Rivera doesn’t hurt either.
The Walking Dead #135
The “zombies talk” and have become a new threat. Here, we get some answers, even if we have to interrogate them out of somebody!
Thor has been so hot lately that you can barely find issues at the comic book store. Thor (woman version) has been whooping people and staying anonymous until possibly issue #3, because Thor is going to be separated from her hammer and may change back to her normal form. Thor fans everywhere would love to unravel the mystery and see who she is…
Also, Frost Giants in comics is always great.
Astro City #18
I’m often reminded of Alex Ross’ picture of Batman with the scourged back and here, Kurt expounds upon it with his own beat down superhero. Crackerjack is getting a case of Danny Glover disease and Kurt Busiek is sure to make this an issue to remember with one of Astro City’s most beloved heroes.
Wild’s End #4
Wild’s End is racing to the finish line in a posh, British kind of way. Like Usain Bolt sprinting and having tea at the same time while wearing a Yeomen Warder hat. Loving it. Hope the cat is drunk the whole time.
Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1
Amanda Conner’s little Harley Quinn book that can is famous for pushing buttons and attacking comic book conventions (one time, a literal convention). Here we see what she can do with a “Holiday Special.” The time-honored tradition that is, typically, a perennial cash grab is sure to either be honored or dismantled. Is Darwyn Cooke really doing art for this?!
Savage Dragon #200
Why it is cool: Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon has been in print FOREVER. It literally is the longest running American full-color comic book to feature a single artist/writer. Very cool.
Death Of Wolverine: Deadpool And Captain America #1 (2nd printing)
Second Printing of an amusing series following Old Cap and Deadpool as they hunt down Wolverine’s DNA. If you missed it the first time, here it is again!
Bitch Planet #1
Kelly Sue DeConnick, the re-inventor of Ms. Marvel and overall widely respected female voice in comics is dropping her highly-anticipated women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation comic at Christmastime…for the family. Buy Bitch Planet…for your family…kids…grandma…Bitch Planet.
Spider-Man and The X-Men #1
Now featuring creators that I have never heard of! Spider-Man is teaching at the Jean Grey Academy and things are gonna get wacky. Like Sauron and Stegron, The Dinosaur Man wacky!
BOOM! Studios is removing death from the table as humans can continually make clones of themselves. This has created a whole new societal definition for life itself. See a fresh take on an old sci-fi concept come to fruition in Eternal.
I also heard that Gail Simone’s Secret Six is making a New 52 comeback this week, but I will believe it when I see it! Until next time,
~ Scott Deaux ~