Welcome to the first edition of COMICS TO FEAST ON, which is a slightly altered version of the usual Pull and Hold. Rather than cramming so many previews down your throat that you barely breathe, I’m going to give you my ten most anticipated books the week. So feast your eyes on these!
With the ever-increasing number of books coming out between the tie-ins, the crossovers, and the new series, we’ve got to limit our list of comics for the week somehow. Rather than focus on every major comic hitting the shelves I’ll narrow it down to ten books that stand out from the rest. Whether you’ve been into comics since you were a young’un, or you’re new to the game, I’m here to help you decide which books to read. If we’ve left out anything important, let us know what you’re stoked for in the comments. Read on for the skinny… American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #3 (of 5)
WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ILLUSTRATED BY: Sean Murphy
The Low Down: “The search for the vampire cure takes Cash and Felicia to the catacombs beneath an ancient castle where they find a shocking secret!”
The Feast: Ultimately what it comes down to is that American Vampire is the most popular horror comic on the stands, and Snyder is the most popular new writer. This spin off from the original series has been exceptional, and only works to broaden the American Vampire world. Thankfully this was not passed of to another writer. Any self-respecting fan of horror comics should be reading this series.
Hellboy: The Fury #3 (of 3)
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola
ILLUSTRATED BY: Duncan Fegredo
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
The Low Down: “With her tower in ruin, and her body a vessel for the Ogdru Jahad, the Queen of Blood shows no mercy to Hellboy as their final battle meets a stunning conclusion! The conclusion of the epic story that began in 2007′s Darkness Calls.”
The Feast: Mignola has been teasing at the idea of Hellboy’s demise for quite some time now, and the final issue of “The Fury”, may just be his time (if demons can die). Mignola is a master of the paranormal, and without him, who knows where Dark Horse would be. Hellboy is one of the most consistent titles out there, and this issue is the culmination of everything from the last several years for our big red friend, for better or for worse.
Graveyard of Empires #2
WRITTEN BY: Mark Sable
ILLUSTRATED BY: Paul Azaceta
The Low Down: “The new C.O. of a remote outpost in Afghanistan has his hands full. If the terror of the Taliban and the mutiny of a Marine sniper weren’t bad enough, his squad is now under attack by the undead! GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES doesn’t just show you the face of modern warfare – it rips it right off.”
The Feast: Everyone has been raging about the latest zombie war story 68 and unfortunately Graveyard of Empires has been cast in it’s shadow. This is a real shame considering Graveyard of Empires is a much deeper and more culturally relevant book that offers more than just zombies and war (plus an infinitely better title). Thankfully it’s only issue #2 and new readers still have a chance to jump on board. If you’re a zombie fan check it out.
Fear Itself #5 (of 7)
WRITTEN BY: Matt Fraction
ILLUSTRATED BY: Stuart Immonen
The Low Down: “The blockbuster Marvel event of the year continues! Thor. Hulk. Thing. The fight to end all fights. And while it rages, the Serpent’s forces deal Captain America a blow not even he can withstand.”
The Feast: By now everyone and their mother knows about Fear Itself and the far too many tie-ins that come with it. Nonetheless this is an event for the ages and Fraction’s work is always a pleasure to read. This is likely to be the biggest, most action heavy issue yet, and you can expect some leads as to how they will solve the problem of “The Worthy”.
WRITTEN BY: Tim Seeley
ILLUSTRATED BY: Daniel Leister
The Low Down: “’FAME MONSTER,’ Part Two It’s not easy being a pampered, useless celebrity. Cassie and Vlad must protect an American idol from his insane fans, a bloodthirsty killer, and horrific entities intent on enslaving humanity. Blood, skin and paparazzi rule in ‘FAME MONSTER’”
The Feast: It’s no secret that here at Graphic Content we have a love for Tim Seeley’s Hack/Slash series. This has been one of the best in the horror genre, never failing to bring loads of fun to the table. Each arc, Seeley finds a new way to wrangle up some pop culture icon and shred them to pieces in his psychotic world where horror movie monsters roam free. On top of all this, Hack/Slash is currently being made into an animated film, which we couldn’t be more excited for.
Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of The Unknown #3 (of 3)
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Lemire
ILLUSTRATED BY: Ibraim Roberson
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
The Low Down: “FLASH FACT: The great monster hunter Miranda Shrieve will see our heroes dead before the night is done; unless they can defeat her and her army of robots.”
The Feast: This may be one Flashpoint book that has almost no relevance to the rest of the event, but personally I see that as a good thing. I take it that DC knew that this mini-series was not going to be a major attraction in theFlashpoint lineup. Instead, what we get is a very clever book by Lemire, a god in my mind, leading into the Frankenstein ongoing that is part of the new 52. Frankenstein is one of the only books being written by the same person that will carry it over to the new line in the fall, and I’m sure Lemire knows where he wants to take it.
Baltimore: The Curse Bells #1
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
ILLUSTRATED BY: Ben Stenbeck
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
The Low Down: “Monsters are overrunning Europe, and Baltimore, the only one who can put an end to these horrors, must find and kill Haigus, the vampire responsible for this chaos. Following reports that Haigus is holed up in a cloister, Baltimore finds a haven full of death and black magic, and the creature at the heart of his obsession!”
The Feast: The second Mignola book this week features co-writer Christopher Golden, the same team that brought us the first Baltimore book. For those of you who don’t know, Baltimore is a war vet of sorts who battles vampires and other dark creatures (surprise, surprise). Baltimore brings forth a whole slew of dark imagery and references to gothic literature to the table. While this is common to many horror books out there today, nobody captures it in quite the same way as these two. Plus, it’s a great introduction to what Dark Horse is all about.
Amazing Spider-Man #667
WRITTEN BY: Dan Slott
ILLUSTRATED BY: Humberto Ramos
The Low Down: “THE SPIDER-MAN EVENT OF THE DECADE BEGINS! Start Webbing The News! New York City’s Infestation is complete and eight million people are plagued! As someone near to Peter Parker’s life reveals their spider-abilities, the brilliantly fearsome Jackal rises from the past and begins organizing an army of Spider-powered soldiers. Spider-Man isn’t the only hero affected as the threat goon grows bigger than any one Fantastically Friendly Neighborhood Avenger can handle. Best-selling Spidey creators Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos spin a Spider-epic that turns Peter Parker’s BIG TIME into a BIG MESS. Bad romance, death-defying violence and one man facing his FINAL fearsome destiny… this one’s got it all! Simply put, pal….YOU NEED THIS!”
The Feast: Although last issue was only a prelude, it was the first time in a while reading a Spidey book that felt right. Finally, fans are getting a Spider-Man they deserve. While it may be too early to say this is going to be a great series, I have high hopes that Slott will continue to deliver a Peter Parker that is as sassy as he is relatable. As more and more people are “infected” with the “spider plague”, Parker’s already demanding life (to put it lightly) is going to get a lot busier. How could you not be excited to watch a whole bunch of classic villains to creep their way back into Spidey’s life?
Batman and Robin #26
WRITTEN BY: David Hine
ILLUSTRATED BY: Greg Tocchini
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
The Low Down: “Le Jardin Noir – France’s very own Arkham Asylum – falls under siege! Someone has freed the lunatics, and unless they can be stopped, they’ll turn Paris into a surreal Hell on Earth! Batman and Robin join Nightrunner in a mind-bending battle with the strangest lineup of villains this side of Bizarro World.”
The Feast: This is it ladies and gents, the end of one of the best new Bat-books of the past few years. The series did a wonderful job of building the relationship between the new Batman and the new Robin before Bruce’s return, and it would only be right to see it out to the final issue. Based on the cover, this issue is going to be extremely experimental with all sorts of modern art thrown into the mix. Batman has always been a good character to try new things on, right? So with the last issue, why not go out with a bang?
Detective Comics #881
WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ILLUSTRATED BY: Jock
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
The Low Down: “This is it – the finale so twisted, so shocking we can’t even begin to give away details here! Be there for the extra-sized conclusion of the acclaimed run by Scott Snyder, Jock and Francesco Francavilla. DETECTIVE COMICS #881 is the issue everyone will be talking about. Believe it.”
The Feast: I really shouldn’t need to explain why this books is part of this list. It’s the LAST issue of the original Detective Comics series, and the conclusion to Scott Snyder’s wonderful run on the series. There is no doubt that there will be all sorts of twists and turns this issue, and hopefully it will bring closure to Dick’s run as Batman.