Every week, Comics! The Blog goes through the list of new releases and we tell you which comics to plug into your mind hole. Your mileage may vary.
DANGER CLUB VOL. 1 (Image Comics)
I’ll admit, I wasn’t exactly sure what to think about Danger Club when it was first announced. The solicitations painted it as a heavily violent book from the creators of Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade, and for whatever reason, those two thoughts didn’t match in my head. Having read the first four issues collected in this volume however, I can tell you that there is absolutely a connection there. Not that you would want to give this book to small children. While it still remains appropriate for a wide range of ages, it features quite a lot of blood. Thankfully, all the blood and doom and gloom is not born out of shock value, but out of character and plot development – which makes this quite the harrowing read.
It’s really hard to do something different with a superhero series these days, but honestly I think the guys have stumbled onto something wonderful. Again, while it isn’t a very chipper read, it’s very well crafted, hitting you with surprise moments at least once or twice in every issue, while still focusing tightly on the characters, giving each a moment to shine as needed, even as the book moves at a blistering pace.
Another neat thing this comic does (that many do not), is it fosters a feeling of frenzy as pages will often jump around from place to place with each different panel. While that would be jarring in most books, in Danger Club, it’s handled so well, that you never find yourself getting confused. Colouring cues give you all the bearings that you need and the pace of the changes leaves you breathless. A great book that you should grab this week, if you have the scant $9.99 to spare.
DEADPOOL #1 (Marvel Comics)
If you’re feeling presidentially hung over, you might want to relieve some of the pressure by reading some Deadpool tomorrow. It’s the start of a brand new series, with the brand new creative team of Brian Posehn (yes, the creepy looking giant you see on the television sometimes), Gerry Duggan, and Tony Moore!
This new ongoing begins with Deadpool being tasked by SHIELD to take down reanimated presidents of the USA, who have been brought back by a necromancer. He hopes the expired commander in chiefs will restore the country to its former glory. What we get is a bunch of creepy undead douchebags who are plotting to destroy the entirety of the United States of America, so that it can start from scratch. Also, there’s probably a metric tonne of amazing dead president jokes in here that are guaranteed to make you laugh. Hilarious, smart, and filled with twisted images brought to sickening life by the amazing Tony Moore. You’re going to want this on your pull list.
IRON MAN #1 (Marvel Comics)
Elsewhere in the Marvel universe, Kieron Gillen and Greg Land begin their Iron Man run on the heels of a fantastic run by Fraction. Normally, I would have a bit of apprehension towards a different creative team following such a strong run, but I can’t argue with what Marvel has put together for the next phase in Tony Stark’s life. When we talked with Gillen earlier this year, he spoke about where Tony’s head is at when this series begins. It’s a mix between a reaction to the events in Fraction’s run (in which he decides he needs to do something different for a while and clear his head) and the after effects of Avengers vs. X-Men, where Tony exhausted the bounds of science, and pushed beyond it using (horrors) guesswork and a bit of faith, neither of which can be measured imperially.
Using this as a jumping off point, Gillen is set to deliver an opening arc that features five single issue stories, each touching upon a different aspect of Tony that he’ll be exploring through out his run. I think it’s a great way to start a run (five jumping on points!) and I can’t wait to finally start reading it.
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #24 (Archie Comics)
For the very first time in Life with Archie continuity: it’s Josie and the Pussycats!
For those of you who have not been following the LwA series, the magazine is a showcase for stories about grown ass adult version of Archie and the gang. Staying true to the formula, Archie (and the company) doesn’t really choose between Betty and Veronica, as the series features two sets of stories, one set in a world where he made the wrong choice and married Veronica, and other set in a world where Betty made the wrong choice, and agreed to marry Archie. (I might have some opinions about Archie Comics, you guys.)
Anyway, in this issue, within the Betty reality, Archie and the gang are attempting to launch a hip new club in Riverdale, and their opening guests? Josie and the Pussycats. The issue comes with an amazing variant cover provided by Fiona Staples featuring Josie and the girls rocking out hard. It’s one of the most gorgeous Archie comic covers ever, and one that I would gladly buy as a poster, if given half a chance. Hell, at the last Calgary Expo, I bought a print of a punk rock looking Josie busting the hell out of a guitar, so it’s not like there isn’t a precedent for this kind of thing. Archie Comics? Let me give you my money, please and thank you.
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STORM DOGS #1 (Image Comics)
This one is going to be weird, you guys. Then again, it’s being written by David Hine, so a certain amount of strangeness should be inherent right from the get-go.
If you’re familiar with the name, but can’t quite place it, he’s the man partly responsible for the terrifying look into the dark, sticky soul of comics that was Bulletproof Coffin – and he’s the man behind Strange Embrace, one of the creepiest comics that I’ve ever read. He’s also currently writing The Darkness for Top Cow, and did a run of Spawn that I hear was amazing a while back (I have still yet to read a single full issue of Spawn, and because I’m me, I feel bad about that).
Anyway, this is his new space crime book that he’s doing with Doug Braithwaite, who you’ll know from the opening arc of Journey Into Mystery amoung other things. The man can draw some amazing comics, and he’s absolutely the guy you would want to draw you big space crime book. If you see a copy of this on the shelves, page through it and see if it’s for you. Or hell, ask me personally, and I’ll let you know after a few simple questions. Because that’s just how I do.
These are five of the many great 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.