Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 09/24/12

 
Lots and lots of wonderful comics to look at for this week's Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews!  We're got a double dose of Grant Morrison, with both Batman, Incorporated #0 and Image Comics' Happy #1 coming out, the latest issue of Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque's American Vampire, and much more.  So hit that jump and give 'em all a look!

ADVENTURE TIME #8
Written by Ryan North
Art by Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb

HE MOST POPULAR AND TOTALLY RHOMBUS ALL-AGES COMIC ON THE STANDS TODAY! Join Jake the Dog and Finn the Human in another awesome issue of this all-ages classic! With Ooo in the grips of a Jake-caused time paradox, there’s only one team that can set things right. Don’t miss the latest issue of the comic book adaptation of the hit Cartoon Network show! Early issues have gone into multiple printings…don’t let your store be unprepared!

Grant: While Roger Langridge's Snarked! conclusion last week signaled the end of one of the better (if not the best) current children's books, Boom! still has quite a lot of ammunition up its sleeve with Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb's comic book version of the Adventure Time tv show.  I've been trumpeting this book almost as much as Snarked!, and the ongoing time travel storyline is only the latest reason of why you should be buying this book, whether you're young or old.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE #31
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Rafael Albuquerque

The streets of Tinseltown run red with blood as Skinner and Pearl wipe another name off their list, and Pearl gets a terrible shock as she realizes things are not exactly what they appear to be. Paranoia abounds as “The Blacklist” builds to its horrible conclusion!

Grant: "Horrible" is likely going to be an accurate descriptor for how this arc of American Vampire ends.  Of course, I use the term in the sense of it being horrible for the characters and hard to read for fans.  Scott Snyder knows the best trick in the books of mistreating his characters just enough to make them feel even more real and engaging but not so much that the whole story becomes macabre and depressing.  The twist he tossed out last issue is only the latest example of this, but considering how things are going, it might be the most explosive one yet.  Only time will tell.


BATMAN INCORPORATED #0

Written by Grant Morrison & Chris Burnham
Art by Chris Burnham

• Batman, Incorporated wants you!
• Batman has a war to fight, but first he must recruit an army to combat the menace of Leviathan.
• See how The Dark Knight assembled his lieutenants!

Grant: I'll be interested to see how Grant Morrison manages to juggle this book's story with this month's requirement of DC's New 52 that all books have to pump out a zero issue.  I'm kind of hoping that he goes the "mostly ignore what everyone else is doing" route that seems to be the trademark of the latest installment of his longstanding Batman story, because I have absolutely no need for Morrison's Batman epic to tie into wider continuity.  The man has been building this story for far too long for it to get too mucked up with DC's New 52 stunt, and I'm glad that he's been given a relatively long leash thus far.  I'm interested to see how Chris Burnham getting a writing credit impacts the story, if at all.

DEBRIS #3
Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art by Riley Rossmo

Maya and Kessel leave the world of ruin behind to discover a whole landscape of pure nature. The legend of Athabasca is true, but there is formidable opposition blocking their way and it becomes very clear: they are not alone.

Grant: Kurtis J. Wiebe and Riley Rossmo's first project since Green Wake is an entirely different beast, but it's definitely been an enjoyable one.  While Debris isn't quite as cerebral as Green Wake was, Wiebe has been spinning a fun post-apocalyptic / sci fi story that does a good job of mixing the old with the new.  And Rossmo has been top shelf from book one.  Debris lets him tap a completely different spectrum of his art, as he runs wild with imaginative - and enormous - creatures and backdrops to populate Maya's ongoing quest.  It's definitely some of my favourite work by the artist; I'm particularly taken by the scale of things in this book.

FLASH #0
Written by Francis Manapul & Brian Buccuellato
Art by Francis Manapul

• At last, it’s the origin of The Flash!
• The loss of his mother put Barry Allen on the road to becoming a hero, but only when he gains his powers will he understand her most important lesson.

Grant: Thank goodness!  I've been wondering all year how Barry Allen became the Flash!  But in all seriousness, this book has really been dragging for what seems like the past ever.  I know I've been making the same complaint for something like four months at this point, but I just like Francis Manapul's art so much that I keep hoping the writing will turn around.  However, that hasn't really been happening, and I think I'll use this issue zero as a natural jumping off point.  But who knows; I've been wrong before.

HAPPY #1
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Darick Robertson

Meet NICK SAX - a corrupt, intoxicated ex-cop turned hit-man, adrift in a stinking twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex, eczema and betrayal.

With a hit gone wrong, a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail, and a monstrous child killer in a Santa suit on the loose, Nick and his world will be changed forever this Christmas.

By a tiny blue horse called Happy...

Grant: Just in case one Grant Morrison written comic wasn't enough for you, Image has got you covered.  Happy has been getting a lot of positive buzz, but I don't know if the book will be for me.  Sometimes Morrison is just a little too off the wall for my tastes, and I have a feeling that this might be one of those cases.  Your mileage may vary.

NATIONAL COMICS: ROSE AND THORN #1
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Neil Googe

• The classic DC character Rose and Thorn is taken in a compelling new direction!
• Can a teenage girl with a dark secret, readjusting to life after being institutionalized, learn how to live again?

Grant: So it's my understanding that National Comics hasn't been selling super well, which I find to be quite the shame.  A monthly series of one-shots that look at potential reinventions for out of use characters sounds like a fine idea in my books, but I can easily see how it might not resonate with the vast majority of comic book readers who are far more interested in publisher-wide continuity and the next major event.  Okay, that's some cynicism on my part, but sometimes it's hard to stay optimistic when neat projects like this can't find an audience.  Le sigh.

PUNISHER #16
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Marco Checchetto

The Punisher and Cole reach a shared conclusion. Prepare for the War Zone.

Grant: Speaking of the next event, I present to you the final issue of Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto's Punisher run before the War Zone event kicks off in October.  While Greg Rucka has been increasingly vocal about his frustration of working on company-owned characters at the Big 2, any frustration he's feeling has not impacted his time with Frank Castle.  Last issue was absolutely brutal when it came to the body count, and it really sounds like that's only the beginning.  I'm sad to see Rucka's run ending so soon, but I also can't wait to see how it's all going to shake out.


SKULLKICKERS #18
Written by Various
Art by Various

"SON OF TAVERN TALES"

With our third story arc wrapped up, it's time for the next Tavern Tales issue. This time, the tales can't be contained in just 32 pages. This extra large issue is jammed with some of the biggest indie creators in the business alongside our Tavern Tales Contest Winners!

JOHN LAYMAN & ROB GUILLORY (CHEW), JUSTIN JORDAN & TRADD MOORE (LUTHER STRODE), BLAIR BUTLER (G4, HEART), ENRIQUE RIVERA (BANANAS AND BINARY), J. TORRES (BIGFOOT BOY), ALBERTO J. ALBURQUERQUE (ELLE), CHARLES SOULE (27), MICHAEL MAYNE (BONNIE LASS), and welcoming contest winners AUBREY SITTERSON and IVAN ANAYA!

Grant: The Skullkickers Tavern Tales book in between storyarcs has continually been a treasure trove of quality short stories starring everyone's favourite axe-wielding dwarf and gun-totting bald guy, and I'm confident that this issue will be no different.  Just looking at all the talent that they're cramming into this book is getting me excited to read it.  If you've somehow been missing out on this series, consider picking up this issue to get a taste of what Jim Zub, Edwin Huang, and Misty Coats deliver on a monthly basis.

And those are the previews!  As always, a metric ton of quality coming out this week, and I can't wait to blow through these books.  What are you grabbing on Wednesday?  Anything that I've been overlooking?  Let me know!


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7 comments:

Nathan Aaron said...

You know why one-shots never sell well with the Big Two? They never put top name talent on the books. It's always people that no one knows or wants to follow. It's kinda sad, but true. Just because they're B or C list characters doesn't mean they don't need A list talent. My two cents worth, at least.

Grant McLaughlin said...

@Nathan - I didn't want to impugn Tom Taylor and Neil Googe (who did some fine work this week, by the by!), but I'd agree with you. Whenever the Big Two have big names, they often seem to put them on their big characters, yielding double name recognition (from the creators and the characters), instead of using them to pump up smaller properties. This isn't a hard and fast rule (just look at Geoff Johns' renaissance of Green Lantern), but it seems to be a pattern.

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