Afterlife with Archie #1, Eternal Warrior #2, Multiple Warheads Down Fall, Nightwing #24
Afterlife with Archie #1 looks like one of the coolest comic books ever. If you follow IMJ, then you know I’m the resident Archie Comics buff. I buy (and actually read) most everything they print (although even I have my limits in the Hardcover & Trade area– since the publisher seems to think every artist who ever drew more than 10 issues of any Archie comic is worth a pricey retrospective.) I’m an unapologetic official Archie Zombie… And now I have the perfect comic to celebrate my status! The variant cover with the Young Lady opening the door to Riverdale’s Zombie Elite (while only clad in a flimsy cover-up and her undies– see Jose’s latest Rate The Covers!™ post for a view), has to be one of the most unanticipated Archie comic book covers in history. IMJ Favorite™ Francesco Francavilla is on art… And his gorgeous work is more than enough to make this comic a best buy too!
Eternal Warrior #2 also looks like an interesting adventure. The “new” Valiant seems dedicated to maintaining a high standard of graphic fiction for their entire line… And they also tend to bring out the best in many of the “name” creators they hire as well. Wow… A comic book publisher paying attention to quality? Besides Image, that’s a rare bird these days. For the record, I am completely ignoring the bold praise coming from Newsarama and Comic Vine splashed across the lower left hand corner of the comic’s cover. With homogenous commentary like that– I’ll make up my own mind, thanks.
What can I say about Brandon Graham that I (or Locusmortis) haven’t already said? The answer is pretty much summed up in one word: “Nothing”. Graham is one of the most creative talents in comics today. But please note: Multiple Warheads – Down Fall is a reprint. If you’re already a fan (and if you aren’t, you should be), be sure to check this link to make certain you don’t already own the stories in this collection. (I love the guy, but I don’t need to buy anything twice– especially with The Complete Multiple Warheads trade scheduled to be released in December.)
Finally… Nightwing #24. I know this choice looks very strange– especially when you consider I haven’t hidden the fact that I think most of DC’s New 52 comics are worthy of the shit pile. Against my better judgment, I am still fascinated by DC’s insistence to be just like Marvel Comics… Which includes (unfortunately) their seeming intent to copy all of the stupid stuff Marvel has published in the last 10 years (or so) too. Call this comic my Train Wreck Pick of the Week™. I’m morbidly curious to see just how the recent revelation in DC’s beyond mediocre Forever Evil crossover affects Dick Grayson… Since we all know how the same “superhero outing” (in the equally worthless Marvel Civil War crossover) poorly impacted Peter Parker– and adversely affected almost every Spider-Man comic book that’s seen print since.
Afterlife with Archie #1, Rocket Girl #1, Shaolin Cowboy #1, Superman/Wonder Woman #1
Is it possible to be a fan of comic books and NOT want to read Afterlife with Archie #1? Not only is it an Archie ZOMBIE Comic with a TEEN rating, but it is also drawn by Francesco Francavilla– whose often dark and moody artwork seems to be a perfect fit. I can’t remember the last time a comic came out whose premise and existence completely blew my mind in the best way possible. I find it fairly humorous that Archie Comics has created a comic I want to read the hell out of– when Marvel and DC can’t even get me to look in their general direction with their mostly shit offerings.
I’ll be picking up Rocket Girl #1 for 2 reasons: I’m a fan of Amy Reeder’s art and I want to support her work after DC unceremoniously booted her off Batwoman. (You know, kind of how they recently did to J.H. Williams too.) I have also decided to drop Batwoman from my pull list and replace it with Rocket Girl. I wonder if this will raise any eyebrows over at DC Comics? Spoiler: It won’t. DC doesn’t seem to give two shits what any fan wants.
This week also sees the return of Geoff Darrow and his (hopefully monthly) Shaolin Cowboy. It always pleases me when a veteran of the comic industry comes back and shows all of the “Young Guns”, “Architects” and “The Grim n’ Gritty New 52ers” just how fun and amazing the world of sequential art can be. I know… Comics being fun? What a novel idea.
So if quality comics are my raison d’être, what’s Superman/Wonder Woman #1 doing on my list this week? It’s quite simple. I want to read it firsthand– to see just how terribly awful it will be. I understand this comic has a chance to be completely average (instead of sucking hard) and I’m willing to take that chance because I love and support Wonder Woman as a character and an idea. If anything, I know the art won’t let me down in the sucking/awful department.