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 is a really interesting week with a lot of boom or bust picks. So, come with us as we sort through what is amazing and what is mundane.
This week’s offerings:
Doom Patrol #1
Doom Patrol has always been a wacky series with talented writers such as Arnold Drake and Bob Haney (The Creator), Paul Kupperberg, John Arcudi, John Byrne, and a little known writer named Grant Morrison. This is a series/property that has a history of being “cool,” so it is no surprise that established COOL-GUY writer Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy) is putting pen to paper. Check out how odd this solicitation is:
The atoms are buzzing. The daydreams crowd sentient streets, and the creative team has been warned, ‘Turn back now or suffer the mighty consequence of sheer, psycho-maniacal mayhem.’ Generation-arsonists unite-this is DOOM PATROL, and the God of the Super Heroes is bleeding on the floor. A blenderized reimagining of the ultimate series of the strange, DOOM PATROL combines elements from classic runs, new directions, and things that could not be. Our entry point is Casey Brinke, a young EMT on the graveyard shift to abstract enlightenment, with a past so odd that she’s not entirely sure what is real and what is not. Along with her partner, Sam Reynolds, the pair blaze a path through the city and its denizens, finding the only quiet that exists at 3am is the chaos of the brain. When the pair answer a hit-and-run call, they find themselves face to face with a familiar figure: Cliff Steele, AKA Robotman. ‘It gets weirder from here,’ writer Gerard Way had to say about the book, with artist Nick Derington gripping tightly on the wheel of the ambulance. The pair’s only communication? Shouting out of the open windows while at high velocity. Who needs a new roommate? Who names a cat ‘Lotion’? And when do we get to see all those muscles? Find your answers inside the pages of this comic book, as we set the stage for new beginnings, as well as the re-introduction of some classic DOOM PATROL characters, including Niles Caulder, Negative Man, Flex Mentallo, and Crazy Jane. The debut title of DC’s Young Animal line kicks off with a removable sticker on its cover: Pull back the gyro to reveal its secrets, but be warned-there is no turning back.
Art Of Lola XOXO (One-Shot)
“Comprehensive Art Books” usually cost more than $5.99…especially when they are drawn by a talented artist like Siya Oum. Aspen Comics continues to be mostly about pretty ladies doin’ thangs, but if you want to see an art book by a legit artist who can draw the hell out of a horse (traditionally difficult to do), then this art book is for you.
Rocket Raccoon and Groot #9
Rocket and Groot vs. Gwenpool over a bounty in Georgia. Sounds like fun to me. Also, they make so many Civil War jokes, it is painful.
CIVIL WAR II TIE-INS! We don’t mean to be carpet-braggers, but you’ll have to (Ulysses S.) grant that these are the best issues of the entire event! When Rocket, Groot, and Gwenpool all go after the same bounty in Georgia, the results are antebellum-believable! Get-tysburg as many copies as you can!
Astro City #38
Astro City is the most “lived-in” universe in all of comics. There is lineage and history to the city itself and Astro City #38 tells us about the heroes of yesteryear. Characters like Jazzbaby (nominated for the best name Eisner of 2016 by no one) and the Blasphemy Boys are running around fighting jazz related, speak easy crime in the 1930s. Also, this features the David Bowie-esque character “The Broken Man” from issue #1 and promises to shed some more light on this series. Fans of Astro City were going to buy this anyway, but you should too.
Black Science #24
Black Science is about inter-dimensional travelers going to different worlds and having adventures, but in #24 we are teased that the Dimensionauts come home to find things in an unpleasant state.
The Forevers #1
So, I have always been intrigued by this idea.
Live fast. Live forever. Five friends struggling on the brink of stardom sacrifice everything in a black magic pact that brings them all the wealth and glamour they ever wanted. Years later though, the ‘glow’ is fading. But when one of them dies, and they feel a surge of magic rise amongst them, they soon realize that they all share in the power of the glow. And when a member of the group decides to kill the rest and claim the glow for their own, they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives. As they search for the killer’s identity, each of The Forevers must face the macabre reality of the lengths to which some people will go to be adored, and to make certain that the spotlight never fades…
Every time one of them bites the dust the magic increases. That would make it hard to not be paranoid and remain friends with someone. People on the brink of stardom are typically self-obsessed and that would lend itself to a lot of emotional tension and fear. This book could be cool and I will be watching to see if it sticks the landing.
~ Scott Deaux ~
Let me know what comics you are picking up or what you thought of these titles in the comments