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’s offerings:
Warren Ellis writing for Marvel Comics about everybody’s favorite Inhuman. Karnak can find and pinpoint the flaw in all things. That works well with Ellis, who has been able to pinpoint my wallet and take advantage of my weakness for comics that he writes (Moon Knight, Planetary).
Astro City #28
Wolfspider origin story as we spend a little time Down Under!
A look into the life of Wolfspider, the Australian Honor Guard member. When Queenslaw, a cartoon super hero team from Wolfspider’s youth, suddenly turns up as real heroes, he has to deal with his origin, his childhood dreams, and deadly danger. Guest art by Australian comics star Gary Chaloner (Jackaroo, Red Kelso, John Law). Plus: a fistful of Australian super-villains, too! It’s a whole theme thing!
Steam Man #1
The Old West, but not as we know it. Giant steam-powered robots are created to take down invading Martians and armies of killer albino apes in an all-out brawl. The Steam Man, a giant metal man operated by a team of monster hunters, seems to have the town protected and the West under control, until a crazed and powerful vampire comes to town to bring forth the apocalypse!
YES! DEMAND THIS!
Clean Room #1
Gail Simone writes her first Vertigo series! The solicitation sounds like it may have a very creepy plot to it.
Astrid Mueller is the enigmatic and compelling guru of a giant self-help organization-a devastatingly powerful figure in the industry between psychology and religion. Journalist Chloe Pierce’s fiance decided to pick up Astrid’s book, and within three months he was dead. Something in Astrid Mueller’s book made Philip blow his brains out all over Chloe’s new kitchen. Now Chloe is on a mission to find out who Astrid Mueller really is. What is this Clean Room she’s been hearing about where your deepest fear and worst moments are revealed? Chloe intends to immerse herself in the Clean Room and wreak havoc on Astrid’s empire.
Secret Wars Agents Of Atlas #1
A One-shot issue with a lot of intrigue.
SON OF ANARCHY! An oppressive domain run by BARON ZEMO! The peoples’ only hope? An underground group of rebels? GORILLA-MAN! M-11! NAMORA! VENUS! MARVEL BOY! But their leader JIMMY WOO?captured! Can AGENT COULSON help save the resistance or will he lead them to their doom?
We loved Memetic. Back for more!
What’s to Love: The creative team behind the award-nominated Memetic are back with another apocalyptic tale! We obviously love working with James Tynion IV (see The Woods, UFOlogy, and the aforementioned Memetic), and we know partnering him once again with artist Eryk Donovan will lead to another great-looking story. In Cognetic, Tynion and Donovan offer a look at the fundamentally human desire for control-that deep-seated belief we all feel in our darkest moments that if we had total, absolute power, we would be able to create a perfect world. What It Is: Every human believes that they are self-reliant, self-determined individuals, each set on their own course. They’ve built civilizations, they’ve built culture, they’ve built lives… But what if that isn’t the right track? What if there is a singular mind ready to take back control and finally right the destiny of mankind and build a better tomorrow? Cognetic is the story of a powerful psychic being that once controlled one-third of the world’s population as a part of its hivemind, and his return to humanity in modern-day New York City. It’s a psychic action thriller, precariously positioned on the edge of outright apocalypse. It’s also the story of a young woman, the assistant to the director of the FBI, who might be the only one who can save humanity, but at a terrible, terrible cost. Each issue in this miniseries is oversized with 48 pages!
Big Trouble In Little China #17
This series is still fun! Eric Powell kills it, bringing back the nostalgia of the movie that is it’s father. This is the beginning of a new story arc and they are kicking it off with a bang! Sorcerers’ Convention!!!
Uncanny Inhumans #1
Black Bolt is a favorite character of mine. Love him. This new series promises to blur the line between Inhumans and X-Men. Put aside the frustration about Secret Wars not ending yet and jump on board with what seems to be a hot new book.
Strong female character watch. Also, Dark Circle has been doing some interesting things.
New ongoing series from Dark Circle! ‘Daughter of the Revolution,’ Part 1. Since the dawn of the republic, whenever her country faces its blackest days, she returns: a spirit of the revolution sent to fight for what is right. But when she reappears for the first time in a generation with no memories – not even of her own identity – and encounters an evil force expecting her arrival, all the Shield can do is run!
~ Scott Deaux ~
Let me know what comics you are picking up or what you thought of these titles in the comments