10 Comics To Feast On: March 21 2012

It’s another hot week at Comics To Feast On. Spring is in the air, and that means you’re going to have to drop some extra cash if you want to keep up with all these new series. It’s a wonderful time to be a comic reader, so tell all your friends and lovers what they’re missing. This week, Riley Rossmo’s highly anticipated REBEL BLOOD begins, Menton3 and Kasra Gahnbari finally drop the third issue of MONOCYTE, and another of the new Vertigo titles, DOMINIQUE LAVEAU: VOODOO CHILD is flying your way.

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 lists for the week somehow. We present you with our ten most anticipated books of the week. So feast your eyes on these! Whether you’ve been into comics since you were a young’un, or you’re new to the game, we’re here to help you decide which books to pick up. If I’ve missed something you’re stoked about, list it in the comments. Read on for the skinny…

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Rebel Blood #1

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WRITTEN BY: Alex Link, Riley Rossmo
ART BY: Riley Rossmo
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $3.50

The Low Down: “ The world went to hell in a hand basket. A highly infectious disease has turned every living thing into zombies. Your neighbors will rend your flesh with their bare teeth. So will the rats. And if the rats don’t, the squirrels will. Save yourself. Stay in the woods. Pray it hasn’t reached the wolves…and keep your gun loaded.”

The Feast: Rossmo’s Rebel Blood has been on our radar since it was announced early this year. Sure, zombie’s are the latest craze and there are way too many undead books around right now, but none of them come from the mind of Riley Rossmo. If you’re looking for a break from AMC’s The Walking Dead and you want to read a really gruesome, high octane zombie story, pick up Rebel Blood.

Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child #1

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WRITTEN BY: Selwyn Sefu Hinds
ART BY: Denys Cowan
PUBLISHER: Vertigo
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “DOMINIQUE LAVEAU: VOODOO CHILD is the story of a half-breed, outcast and heir to the Voodoo Queenship of New Orleans, if she can live long enough to claim her birthright. New Orleans is the most haunted city in America: a town of centuries-old ghosts and newly drowned spirits; where vampires, voodoo spirits and loups-garous make their home. Ruling over this all are the powerful Voodoo Queens, whose influence stretches into politics, business and crime as they maintain a delicate balance between the mortal and supernatural worlds.

But in the aftermath of Katrina, all that has changed, for someone or something has murdered the Voodoo Queen and most of her court. The number one suspect is Dominique Laveau, a grad student at Tulane who is about to discover that her entire life has been a lie. Now Dominique must forge alliances with those out to kill her while seeking to uncover the truth behind the royal murders, as she is ultimately forced to deal with a destiny she could never have imagined. Voodoo Child is a new monthly series written by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, former editor-in-chief of The Source magazine, award-winning author, journalist and TV producer, with art by Milestone Media co-founder Denys Cowan (THE QUESTION) and covers by Rafael Grampá.”

The Feast: Another week, another new Vertigo title. Voodoo Child is the darkest of Vertigo’s new titles, diving head first into the world of voodoo, monsters and all kinds of spooky stuff. So far Vertigo is two for two with their new releases, and I have little doubt that they will got three for three this week.

No Place Like Home #2

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WRITTEN BY: Angelo Tirotto
ART BY: Richard Jordan
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “Dee’s world gets even more complicated when dead bodies, family secrets and a threat from the past set her down a road that will change her life forever! Who said coming home was easy.”

The Feast: The first issue sold out, and that tells you something. While re-imaginings of the world of Oz are a dime a dozen, Tirotto brings a new spin on the classic tale. Dee and company are discovering that their hometown isn’t quite so homely as they once thought, and with the storm approaching, shit’s about to hit the fan. Expect this issue to really pick up the pace and offer a glimpse into what the rest of the series holds in store.

Ragemoor #1

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WRITTEN BY: Jan Strnad
ART BY: Richard Corben
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $3.50

The Low Down: “Ragemoor! A living castle, nurtured on pagan blood, harborer to deadly monsters! A fortress possessed of its own will and ability to change itself, with the power to add and destroy rooms and to grow without the help of any human hand. Its owner is mad with jealously, its servants aren’t human, and its secret’s horrific.”

The Feast: This book has already received a few rave reviews, and since it’s only a 4-part mini-series, it’s sure to have fan begging for more. Dark Horse has recently been released a bunch of great horror stories that combine modern storytelling with the edginess of classic horror tales. So if you’re looking to feed that nostalgia demon inside of you, pick up Ragemoor.

Batman #7

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WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ART BY: Greg Capullo
PUBLISHER: DC
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “Batman may have survived the Court of Owls’ first strike (barely), but even as he recuperates, the Court is preparing to launch its most deadly and sweeping attack yet. Plus: The secrets revealed in this issue will change Batman’s world forever! You won’t want to miss the issue everyone will be talking about!”

The Feast: Batman was narrowly escaped his last encounter with the Court of Owls, and there’s no telling what madness Snyder has in store for the Caped Crusader this time around. Snyder is planning something big, and it all starts here. As we’ve told you time in and time out, you need to be reading his stuff.

Memorial #4

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WRITTEN BY: Chris Roberson
ART BY: Rich Ellis
PUBLISHER: IDW
PRICE: $3.99

The Low Down: “Em finds herself stranded in the Everlands with no way home, with no one but a lost little girl to guide her. Together, the two make their way across the ‘Stolen Moments,’ encountering people and places that have been forgotten by history, or remembered only as stories. But with the Shadows and an army of living statues dogging her heels, and even greater dangers ahead, can Em survive long enough to find a way back to the only life she knows?”

The Feast: Roberson’s Memorial is a combination of every story that you have ever loved. It brings together themes of science fiction, horror, mystery, adventure, and even children’s literature, to deliver one hell of a book. The vast landscape that Roberson has in his mind is only just beginning to come to the forefront. If you dig other IDW books like Locke & Key, Memorial might float your boat.

Monocyte #3

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WRITTEN BY: Kasra Ghanbari, Menton3
ART BY: Menton3
PUBLISHER: IDW
PRICE: $3.99

The Low Down: “The penultimate issue of the series Ain’t It Cool News calls ‘one of those books you experience and return to again and again finding new things every time.’ The Olignostics are dying, and their fate now rests with the excommunicated Grod. Monocyte turns his attention to the Antedeluvian metropolis and their leader, the Green Man, but is confronted by the Antedeluvian elite guard, who test Monocyte against his greatest foes, light and life. Meanwhile, the liberated Olignostic slaves strike back at their former masters. Also features a cover by Ben Templesmith, an incentive cover by Eisner Award-winner George Pratt, and side stories by the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz and Pratt.”

The Feast: Menton3 and Kasra Ghanbari’s Monocyte is one of the darkest, deepest, and most cerebral horror stories in years. The book offers a twisted look into humanity’s grim future that is not only intelligent and philosophical, but breathtakingly beautiful. Menton3’s artwork is something to behold, and combined with the dense language it’s a story that you’ll want to read over and over again. If you skipped the first two issues, get your hands on them because you are missing out.

Road Rage #2

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WRITTEN BY: Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Chris Ryall
ART BY: Nelson Daniel
PUBLISHER: IDW
PRICE: $3.99

The Low Down: “The Tribe have done some baaaad things in their time as a motorcyle club, but surely nothing deserving the full-on assault by an insane trucker in an oil rig! Throttle, the story by acclaimed novelist/Eisner-winning graphic novelist Joe Hill and his father, Stephen King, ensure that the road will run red before it’s all over!”

The Feast: What more could you ask for than the teaming up of Stephen King and son Joe Hill? Ryall’s adaptation of their short story has been stellar thus far, creating a mysterious atmosphere that mirrors the effects of the original story. This is one of the better story to comic adaptations this year, and any fan of the King family should definitely check it out.

Hoax Hunters #0

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WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley
ART BY: JM Ringuet
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “’GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER’ Cryptids. Aliens. Monsters. All the world’s bizarre secrets–what if they were real? Their existence would be debunked by a reality TV show! HOAX HUNTERS is that show, publicly disproving all variety of lore. But their real goal is the opposite: as the world’s dark corners surface, the HOAX HUNTERS cover them up. When a mysterious astronaut made of crows appears in Russia, the HOAX HUNTERS are on the case.”

The Feast: This 0 issue collects the backup stories that appeared in Hack/Slash last year, setting the tone for the upcoming ongoing Hoax Hunter series. Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley deliver a tongue in cheek story about a crew of reality show paranormal researches. There is a lot of potential in this story and after reading this 0 issue, you’ll be begging for more.

The Darkness #101

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WRITTEN BY: David Hine
ART BY: Jeremy Haun
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “Hot on the heels of THE DARKNESS II video game release, Top Cow proudly welcomes the new creative team of DAVID HINE (THE DARKNESS: FOUR HORSEMEN, THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN) and JEREMY HAUN (ARTIFACTS, BATTLE HYMN, Detective Comics)! On the surface, Jackie Estacado has everything he ever wanted – control of the Darkness, a successful career, and happy family life. Only his desire to make his life truly perfect will be his undoing.”

The Feast: Top Cow is in the midst of their lineup rebirth project and The Darkness #101 sees the beginning of the new creative team, David Gine and Jeremy Haun. If you haven’t been following the series, or if you don’t play the video games, not to worry, this is an entirely new era for the book.