Detective Comics #25, Drumhellar #1, Painkiller Jane – Price of Freedom #1 + Suicide Risk #7
Yes, I know Detective Comics #25 is a dreaded Batman – Zero Year tie-in, but I really like John Layman and Jason Fabok’s work on this comic… So much so, I think it’s the BEST Batman comic currently published. I can’t tell for sure, but I think the entire issue is devoted to this story– and that would be a great thing. I’m getting this info directly from DC’s website, so my excitement could easily be misplaced… As their Issue Info is not always accurate.
When you look at the cover of Drumhellar #1, you might get excited too… As the credit placement makes it seem like IMJ Favorite™ artist Riley Rossmo wrote this comic. But he didn’t– Alex Link did. I like Rossmo’s art almost as much as I like his comic book instincts. He rarely attaches himself to crappy comics– so yeah, I’m very much looking forward to this new book.
It’s no secret I am a huge fan of Jimmy Palmiotti’s talent… And the man (along with usual writing partner Justin Gray) is on a huge winning streak right now. Painkiller Jane’s been around for a while… So why I am I excited today? At some point, all creators reach the pinnacle of their powers… And like I said– Palmiotti is currently in the zone. I can’t wait to see what a more mature, more experienced writer accomplishes while driving solo on one of his most famous creations.
I just finished reading the first Suicide Risk trade paperback (a bargain at $9.99)… So I can recommend Mike Carey and Elena Casagrande’s new-ish Boom! comic without hesitation. Even though it all comes from a fairly worn concept, Carey (as usual) has figured out a way to make a series feel fresh and distinct. Casagrande’s art is original too– as she fleshes out Carey’s emotion-filled scripts with flair.
Alex + Ada #1, Bakuman Complete Box Set, Hinterkind #2 + Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Vol 4 Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together HC
Joshua Luna’s mini-series Whispers ended last month– and this month brings us a comic from the other Luna Brother, Jonathan. I really don’t know what to expect from Alex + Ada #1 (anymore than I did Whispers) but that’s one of the great things about a Luna Brothers comic. Though I will buy and most likely enjoy Joshua’s solo books– I eagerly await their next work together. Their last series, The Sword, was one of my favorite recent comics.
Though I already own all 20 volumes of Bakuman (and I will not be buying this set as a result of that), I need to recommend the Bakuman Box Set to all of you. If you love comics, there is a very good chance you will enjoy this series about two teenage friends breaking into the Manga industry. The set’s retail price is $159.99, but you can pick it up at Amazon for just a little over $101 USD. Throw in the exclusive double-sided poster and Otter’s 11 mini-manga (which I really want now)– and the price is excellent. If I didn’t own them all already, I wouldn’t think twice about picking this set up.
I did enjoy the first issue of Hinterkind but I also had a few problems with it. Since it’s a new Vertigo series, I’m willing to give it a few issues to see if the story can right itself. I have a hell of a lot more faith in DC’s Vertigo line than I do in their New 52 comics, that’s for sure.
Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Vol 4 Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together HC is an easy pick up for me this week. The previous 3 volumes have all been top-notch. The bigger size and added color is well worth the cover price. If you already own the originals and have held out on buying these new hardcovers, you should think about finally trading up to these new versions.