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 overflows with #1’s.
This week’s offerings:
Wonder Woman Rebirth #1
When Wonder Woman has a good writer on it, it usually “works.” The last time that it “worked” was when Azzarello was writing it (Sorry, David Finch). Greg Rucka is a good writer. I even liked his novel, Alpha. Let’s see if Wonder Woman Rebirth “works.”
This has been described as “Vision in a cardigan” or an “incredibly f%$#ed up comic,” but it is ultimately a story about the Vision living at home. This series looks like it is becoming something special. It is super Eisner-baity and I am gonna grab it in trades. If you are reading it, no doubt you would pick up #8. If not, this is the week that you give it a try.
Midnight Of The Soul #1
Howard Chaykin is a seriously gifted artist. There is a tenseness to his work that makes it feel live and suspenseful. Listen to the solicitation:
It’s 1950, and Joel Breakstone, former GI and liberator of Auschwitz, is seriously damaged goods. He hasn’t exhaled a sober breath in five years-until the sheltered life he’s created for himself unravels and he begins the long night that will change his life forever.
We have a really good guy who is set up for a fall. That’s literature 101. Howard Chaykin is a one-man wrecking machine and this is his baby.
Timely Comics: Daredevil #1, Drax #1, and Doctor Strange #1
THIS. This is a GREAT idea. They say that it takes 21 days to make a habit and I say that it takes three good issues of a comic book to get you into it. This is the “All-D, All The Time Edition…apparently.” Now, I know that Daredevil is written by superstar writers Mark Waid or Charles Soule and Doctor Strange is being lovingly highlighted with the brilliant writing of Jason Aaron and art by blog favorite, Chris Bachalo. Drax is probably ok….at least it’s only $3… Timely comics is STILL a GREAT idea!
Wacky Raceland #1
“What is DC doing?!” you might say. “They are raping my childhood!” you might answer yourself. Then, you might get counseling for talking to yourself….
Also, they are doing a silly re-imagining of the classic Hanna Barbera cartoon, “Wacky Races.” It looks to be more Mad Max than Dick Dastardly and I don’t know what kind of sexual need DC Comics has that they are fulfilling by ruining beloved dog characters (Scooby, Muttley, etc…) with robot/cyborg/iron maiden type apparatuses, but they should stop it.
Big Trouble In Little China #25
This has been my guilty pleasure series since it came out. I own a great deal of it in issues and the first two trades. I love John Carpenter’s universe that he initially created in 1986, populated with tongue in cheek humor, inadequate heroes, and ALWAYS cheesy one-liners. BOOM! Studios has done a valiant job creating more Jack Burton adventures and I will be sad to see it go.
Lumberjanes Gotham Academy #1
Female character empowerment squared! Gotham Academy has been a youth book with strong female protagonists in the DC Universe, where editors had a famous track record of placing young women in fridges, for 18 issues and is finding success in an area that DC has typically failed. Lumberjanes, is quite the opposite and has redefined female leads in a funny and engrossing way. This teamup book may single-handedly destroy sexism as we know it.
~ Scott Deaux ~
Let me know what comics you are picking up or what you thought of these titles in the comments