Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 02/22/12

So apparently after the flood of titles I've had coming my way these past few weeks, we've hit a real dry patch.  As much as I'd like to tell you otherwise, I'm only looking at three comics for this week's Post-Crisis Previews.  Is it due to titles getting juggling around for the five week month?  Is it from my repeated (and failed) attempts at showing some fiscal restraint on my comic book purchasing?  There's only one way to tell, and that's by hitting the jump!

Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Raphael Albuquerque

A drag race to the death comes to a fiery end, a sworn enemy’s identity is finally revealed, and lots of blood is spilled. It’s 1955 in America and teenagers have gone wild and bloodthirsty in “Death Race” part 3! 

Grant: I'm happy to report that American Vampire is back to being the no-brainer pick up that it should be.  After the rather shaky and underwhelming "The Cave" arc, where the story suddenly jumped back in time for no discernible reason, I was getting a little worried about where this book was going, but Raphael Albuquerque's return has signaled a return to form for the title as a whole.  "Death Race" has been aces through and through, and Trevor Kidd, the newly introduced teenaged Greaser protagonist, is a ton of fun.  I can't wait to see where things go from the reveal last issue, which is always a good feeling to have going into a comic.

CHEW #24
Written by John Layman
Art by Rob Guillory

This issue we give new meaning to the phrase “death by chocolate.”

Grant: I'm really glad that Chew is back on track.  This book is really unlike anything else on comic book shelves right now, and I'd like to think the industry is a better place for its existence.  John Layman's writing is laugh out loud (man, when was the last time you saw someone actually write out "laugh out loud"?) funny, and Rob Guillory's artwork is the perfect combination.  The two go together like peanut butter and jam or chocolate and more chocolate (as the cover and solicitation would seem to indicate).  Bring it on.

Written by Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Art by Francis Manapul

Struggling with the climactic aftermath of his battle with Mob Rule last issue, The Flash must solve a murder mystery that dates back 150 years! Is this case too cold even for Barry Allen? Also: Learn the origins of Central and Keystone City!

Grant: Last issue was pretty darned solid.  The reveal that the Flash is causing rips in the space-time continuum every time he uses his powers was a nice addition to the ongoing story, and the after-the-fact realization of how that impacted the entire arc beforehand was pretty cool.  I'm particularly excited to see that aftermath that they're talking about up in the solicitation.  To top it all off, it's hard to say no to Francis Manapul's art (especially with all the amazing stuff he's been doing on this title since the line-wide reboot), so I'll definitely be there.

Welp, judging from these books and from everything else that's hitting stands this week, I guess this lack of comicery is mostly due to the way the schedule has fallen this time around.  What about you?  Is the week treating you a little better?  Are there gems out there that I'm just not seeing?  Let me know your thoughts down below!

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CombatSpoon86 said...

Good wk this wk. American Vampire, F4, Secret Avengers, Uncanny X-Force and Venom.

Kevin Tam said...

Hey, I'm getting exactly the same books you are! Yay, we're comic book reader-twins.

The solicits for Flash you have up are the ones DC had for a while, but they've since switched it with a Capt. Cold-centric issue. Killer cover in the solicits though.

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