Best Things in December
Mike Mignola's most excellent Hellboy in Hell returns with issue #5! Mignola has repeatedly talked about how he could tell these types of stories forever, as he feels there's an infinite number of adventures that he imagines Hellboy could get up to while down in Satan's backyard. This issue looks to be kicking that off, with Hellboy helping out a fellow confused soul in what looks to be a nice, little done-in-one inspired by one of the Grimm's fairy tales. Sounds good to me.
Roger Langridge did some absolutely brilliant work with The Muppets for Boom! and Marvel (once they got the license, of course), and it looks like Marvel recognizes the value of those comics, as they're releasing an omnibus collecting a good number of them in one handy dandy book. They're all written by Langridge, and even the ones that weren't drawn were still done by the talented Shelli Paroline and Amy Mebberson. All told, you'll be getting over 1000 pages of comics for $49.99, which I think we can all agree is some pretty ridiculous value.
I mentioned earlier this week that J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman leaving Batwoman - while only the latest in a long list of creators leaving titles over editorial interference - is the instance that hits closest to home. Batwoman has been my absolute favourite DC comic since the New 52 relaunch, as it has managed to carve out its own space in the DCnU to tell a beautiful comic book story. It is unfortunate that their story will be cut short, so while I wish Marc Andreyko and Jeremy Haun well during their run on the character, I'll pass on this chapter of Kate Kane's life.
Marvel continues to vex me with their increasingly ridiculous comic book numbering system. First they threw out the .1 issues, which I could at least understand the logic behind (even if I vehemently disagreed with it). Then they started doing multi-part stories with .1s, .2s, .3s, and so on, which is even more foolish. Now they've decided to forgo numbers entirely and denote tie-in comics simply through the INH acronym, which while kind of an interesting idea from an ordering perspective, looks completely ludicrous. Count me out.
Guys, my favourite creative team of Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb are stretching their wings and dropping a brand new comic book series this December! Based on this Dinosaur Comic from 2009, the Midas Flesh is about a version of the Midas Touch story where everything he touches turns to gold, including the ground he stands on, the air he breathes, and so forth. Fast-forward to a science-fictiony future where Earth has been cordoned off from the rest of the universe due to the ongoing danger posed by this power, except now, people are returning to the long-dead world in an attempt to weaponize the effect. Even without considering the creative team, how does that not sound like something worth reading? Now add in the presence of North, Paroline, and Lamb, and December literally cannot come soon enough for my tastes.
In other great creator news, Darwyn Cooke is dropping his latest adaptation of Richard Stark's Parker books. Every single story has been amazing, and this one, which features Parker trying to evade the authorities in an abandoned amusement park, sounds like it's going to be a doozy. You do not want to miss this comic.
Agreeing with Grant here, what the heck is this? I can understand the point one effect, and that's all you need for this, or just keep it the normal numbering. It's still the same creators, and in a few cases it will be the only book for that series in the month, so for all intents and purposes it is the next number in the series, so just use it.
Origin had a purpose a decade ago, as Marvel had to establish Wolverine's origin before the movie franchise would create it (or so the story goes). And it was fine for what it had to do.