Every week, Comics! The Blog goes through the list of new releases and tell you which comics to plug into your mind hole. Your mileage may vary.
CRIMINAL: LAST OF THE INNOCENTS #1 (Marvel Comics/Icon)
The long awaited return of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Criminal is here! Look, I like Incognito as much as the next guy, buy there’s something special about Criminal. I’m not entirely sure I can put a finger on it – though I suspect it has something to do with the fact that it’s a style of comic that’s more rare in the business, the straight up, down and dirty crime noir, rather than pulp noir. But I digress.
Like every arc of Criminal, you can come at this baby fresh. The book is not so much the continual tales of the same criminals, more like the continual tales of people in the worldof Criminal. In fact, this story is a bit of a departure from previous ones, in that Brubaker has said it was inspired by Archie, of all things. Basically, this is one of those “what would happen if some all-American archetypes grew up” deals, meshing this underbelly world with comics history. It should be a fantastic read.
REED GUNTHER #1 (Image Comics)
You don’t see very many western books anymore – let alone westerns that are appropriate for all ages – but low and behold, there’s this! Reed Gunther is a new ongoing from Image that features the titular cowboy who rides a bear and goes on old west adventures. And that’s something you can’t miss out on. SO DON’T.
THE TOOTH HC (Oni Press)
This is going to be an interesting. From the minds of Cullen Bunn (Fear Itself: The Deep, The Sixth Gun, The Damned, etc.) and Matt Kindt (Superspy, Revolver, 3 Story, etc.) comes this horror-pulp fisticuff spectacular, featuring the adventures of… well, Cullen really explains it best in his elevator pitch, which is this:
“A guy finds a magic tooth… which nests in his mouth like an inverted sabertooth tiger fang… and occasionally leaps out, grows to the size of a gorilla, and fights demons.”
Which sounds just crazy enough to work, amirite? Be on the look out for it.
OSBORN: EVIL INCARCERATED TP (Marvel Comics)
This series was one of the best things we’ve read this year to date, and stands a good chance of making it onto our Inarguable Best list for 2011. Working together to produce pure goddamn magic, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios (with a touch of help from Becky Cloonan) put together a tense prison drama with just a touch of that fantastical Marvel flavouring. Each issue ratcheted up the stakes and the tension, and when things came unwound, we at C!TB were left reeling, simultaneously exhausted and wishing for more, more, more as though it was the midnight hour, or something. Anyway, this book launched alongside the soon-to-be-departed Spider-Girl ongoing, as part of the Big Time launch and both books were criminally overlooked. Don’t miss your second chance to experience it here.
THE FEAR ITSELF/FLASHPOINT GANGBAG SEX-STRAVIGANZA! (Amalgam)
What, a guy can wish, can’t he?
Look, we’d me remiss if we didn’t mention the fact that both Marvel and DC are giving a big push for both of their big events this week – and we’re both fans of what Matt Fraction and Geoff Johns have been doing on their respective books, so we’re pretty excited. If you’re into this kind of thing, both of these guys (alongside Stuart Immonen and Andy Kubert) are killing it on these books, and you really should pop in and see what they’re saying. Big company crossover madness has never been this good.
These are just five books being released this week! You can find the full list of comics being released here. If you have any other recommendations, let us know in the comments below.