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. There are SO MANY recommendations this week. “Hold onto your butts.”
This week’s offerings:
TMNT (Ongoing) #50
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is credited as being a pioneer series in the field of comics and the current ongoing series is hitting issue 50. The issue promises a wrap-up and conclusions for storylines four years in the making.
Contest Of Champions #1
Maestro Hulk fighting things is all that needs to be said about this. An evil, composed Hulk from the future holds a Captain America shield on the cover while it appears heroes will be pitted against each other for the gambling pleasure of cosmic beings. That is a wacky premise, but again…”Maestro Hulk.”
Chip Zdarsky is a beloved figure around the Comical Musings offices. He is a creator of popular comics Howard The Duck, Sex Criminals, and previously Rumble Royale, but we love him for doing things like holding his own, competing comics convention across the street from a large, mainstream one or declining prestigious awards. Of course he’s gonna’ write Jughead and have it illustrated by Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), it just makes sense.
Dead Vengeance #1
Noir-style mystery takes center stage in this new series from Dark Horse Comics. Written and drawn by Bill Morrison, co-founder of Bongo Comics and the editor of all Simpsons and Futurama comics, this promises to be an interesting project to behold.
It’s 1940, and a phony body on exhibit in a carnival sideshow suddenly springs to life and shambles away. Not so phony after all, he is John Doe, radio commentator and archenemy of Detroit’s notorious Purple Gang! But why did he disappear in 1930, and why did the mayor, the mob, and the cops all want him dead?
Paper Girls #1
Image Comics puts artist tour de force, Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman) with Brian K. Vaughan (Saga), the most successful writer of our times to launch a story with female lead characters about newspaper delivery girls. Should be great.
Rowans Ruin #1
Mike Carey (whom I love from The Unwritten!) writing comics in the genre of Poltergeist and Insidious. That sounds just weird enough to be interesting…
Amazing Spider-Man #1
If you were excited about this, then HOORAY! It’s finally here. Spider-Man supposedly becomes Batman Inc-esque and puts together a group of spider-people to cover all of his bases. If anything it’s a step that other characters have taken before (Iron Man, the aforementioned Batman, and others), but this is the first time that I can remember Spider-Man organizing a global initiative. Come for Dan Slott writing and stay for Giuseppe Camuncoli art…
Train Called Love #1
Garth Ennis writes a romance story and it sounds like ‘dis:
Valerie’s getting dirty phone calls, but when she goes to take revenge she meets Myles, the man of her dreams. But Myles is up against Emil and Gustav, mentally unstable guns for hire. And Valerie’s sister Penny’s friend Marcy just wants to play her own songs, but no one in the bar tonight cares- least of all Penny’s loser boyfriend Marv and his buddies Chip and Jev, who want their homeboy Mike to play the race card in a dubious scheme to get rich. But Mike has just fallen foul of a certain organisation with a lot of Ks in its name. And then there’s Mister Fluffy.
‘A Train Called Love is a story I’ve been wanting to tell for some time, largely because people keep asking me about doing a romance comic and the idea just wouldn’t go away. This is what I came up with: guns, gangsters, mayhem, big white hoods, dubious films with horses, mad Germans, obscene phone calls, crazy ladies, total losers, hot chicks, dishy guys, movie stars, lots of narcotics, terrible bands from Williamsburg, taxidermy, incontinence, unrequited crushes, a big fluffy white rabbit and a rather unpleasant scene involving an escalator. Thus shall I explore the highs and lows of love.’ – Garth Ennis
That sounds BONKERS. Sign me up.
Batman And Robin Eternal #1
The sequel to Batman Eternal drops this week. It promises a lot of Batman action.
It’s here at last-the sequel to the blockbuster weekly series BATMAN ETERNAL! Five years ago, Batman and Robin worked the most disturbing case of their crimefighting careers-bringing down the organization of the ultimate human trafficker, the mysterious woman known only as Mother. At the time, Dick Grayson never quite understood the scope of that case, but now its darkest secrets are coming back to haunt him and everyone else who ever worked with Batman! With Bruce Wayne now lost to them, Dick and all his allies are out in the cold! Who can they trust? Is someone among them not who they say they are? And who is the deadly, silent young woman in black who’s come to Gotham City looking for Batman? Prepare yourself for six months of international intrigue, twists and turns, and new additions to the world of Batman and Robin, from showrunners James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder, and writers Tim Seeley, Steve Orlando, Genevieve Valentine, Ed Brisson, and Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelley!
Survivors Club #1
Tell me that this doesn’t spark your interest from the jump:
One was possessed by a poltergeist. Another was trapped in a haunted house. A third had a killer doll. Ever wonder what happened to these children of the 1980s? Find out in SURVIVORS CLUB, a new series cowritten by renowned horror novelist Lauren Beukes and videogame journalist Dave Halverson, with art by Ryan Kelly (NORTHLANDERS). Having found each other over the internet, six grown-up survivors are drawn together by the horrors they experienced in 1987 when a rash of occult events occurred around the world-with fatal results. Now, there are indications that it may be happening all over again. Is it possible that these six aren’t just survivors-but were chosen for their fates?
I’m not even a big horror movie guy, but the simple idea of “wonder what happens to the survivors of evil stuff from eighties horror flicks?” and the suggestion that they find each other and unite has me interested.
Doctor Strange #1
My pick for best of this list is Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo‘s Doctor Strange #1. Jason Aaron did wonders for a character, that was far from a fan favorite, when he revitalized Thor in Thor: God Of Thunder. He brings a respectful and straightforward take to characters that truly highlight them in the carefully-crafted stories that he tells. Chris Bachalo is the frosting on this cake, as I have loved his work since Generation X in 1994.
~ Scott Deaux ~
Let me know what comics you are picking up or what you thought of these titles in the comments