Comics To Feast On: March 7th 2012

It’s that time of week again, so get out your bibs and baby chairs and prepare for Comics to Feast On. The amount of killer titles set for release this week is out of control! This is one of the best we’ve seen in a long time, so you may have to spend some extra dough on your trip to the shop. This week, Jeff Lemire starts a new arc on ANIMAL MAN, the 68 trade is finally out, and Willingham launches his new Vertigo book, FAIREST.

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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Gary Gianni’s Monstermen and Other Scary Stories

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WRITTEN BY: Gary Gianni
ART BY: Gary Gianni
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $24.99

The Low Down: “In a world plagued by zombie cowboys, squid pirates, abominable snowmen, mustachioed skulls, movie phantoms, and fat, flying demons, only millionaire film director Lawrence St. George and his associate, Benedict of the venerable guild of Corpus Monstrum, have the capabilities and the wit to bring these horrors down.”

The Feast: Beautiful black and white line drawings, absurd terror, and that old horror feeling, it’s hard to go wrong with this one. Gary Gianni is a true master of terror, and this new collected edition is a perfect addition to any horror fan’s shelf.

Animal Man #7

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WRITTEN BY: Jeff Lemire
ART BY: Travel Foreman and Steve Pugh
PUBLISHER: DC
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “”Animal vs. Man” part 1! As the forces of the Rot continue to pursue The Bakers across the backwoods of America, Cliff and Buddy decide to get in some quality father-and-son time. Plus, Buddy has a terrifying vision of things to come.”

The Feast: After last month’s filler issue (which was still enthralling) Lemire brings A-Man back into action for the second arc of the series. With the rot closing in on Buddy and his family it’s only a matter of time before things go even further south. It’ll be interesting to see how Lemire is able to keep up the pace, especially with the stiff competition of Swamp Thing.

Age of Apocalypse #1

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WRITTEN BY: Dave Lapham
ART BY: Roberto De La Torre
PUBLISHER: Marvel
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “Spinning directly out of UNCANNY X-FORCE! The Amazing X-Men have lost and the evil Weapon X is more powerful than ever! But who are these heroes, these lowly mortal men and women, who step out from the shadows? Who are the X-Terminated?”

The Feast: Growing up, Age of Apocalypse was my childhood, this is how I remember the X-Men. While the 90s was a bit wild for comics, and not always the best, there seems to be a current trend to bring it all back. Here’s to hoping they don’t blow this one.

Swamp Thing #7

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WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ART BY: Yanick Paquette
PUBLISHER: DC
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “Moss fills lungs. Leaves scrape across skin and wood against bone. A Swamp Thing is rising in The Green’s hour of darkest need, but is Alec Holland a part of it? Or is he just bleeding out in a ditch? And as Alec falls, a horrible champion is taking the throne of the Bone Kingdom at Sethe’s right hand!”

The Feast: Snyder’s Swamp Thing is one back that has not let up the first issue, and now that Snyder has built up the anticipation to a point we can hardly bear, it’s time to see Alec return to the swamp. Alec’s taken his sweet ass time accepting his fate and it looks as though he’s got no choice but to give in to the Green. If you’re not reading this and Animal Man yet, you’d best reconsider.

68 Vol. 1: Better Run Through the Jungle

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WRITTEN BY: Mark Kidwell
ART BY: Nat Jones, Jay Fotos
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $19.99

The Low Down: “There are zombies in the razorwire. Welcome to 1968…and the end of the world. From the steaming jungles of Viet Nam to the brightly lit campus of demonstration-torn Berkeley, California, ravenous hordes of unstoppable ghouls are changing the face of the Age of Aquarius. Collected for the first time, this 178-page trade paperback re-presents the first four-issue story arc from the ’68 ongoing series, along with the re-colored and re-lettered original one-shot from 2006! Plus, creators MARK KIDWELL, NAT JONES and JAY FOTOS have included tons of behind-the-scenes extras to make this a must-have for zombie and horror fans everywhere!”

The Feast: 68 was THE zombie comic of the past year. Okay, well maybe second to The Walking Dead, but it still made quite the splash. If The Walking Dead is the fineness diver pulling triple backflips off the diving board, 68 is that fat guy who cannonballs and makes a big splash long enough to detract from the other dude. This is a zombie book everyone should read.

Hell Yeah #1

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WRITTEN BY: Joe Keatinge
ART BY: Andre Szymanowicz
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “THE LAST GENERATION OF HEROES IS HERE! Twenty years ago, the first-ever superheroes debuted without warning and forever altered our global culture! Now, the generation born in their wake fight to claim their place in a world evolved beyond them! Written by Eisner & Harvey award-winner JOE KEATINGE and illustrated by ELEPHANTMEN and POPGUN’s ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ, HELL YEAH combines the over-the-top excitement of the original Image Comics launch with modern, innovative storytelling. It all begins with a giant-sized first issue containing a full thirty-two pages of story with no ads for the regular price of just $2.99!”

The Feast: In a world where the Ubermensch has been realized, it’s hard to imagine how this would play out for generations that follow. This is exactly what Hell Yeah plans to explore. Anytime a creative team takes an introspective look at superheroes and their impact on culture, it’s on our radar.

Manhattan Projects #1

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WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Hickman
ART BY: Nick Pitarra, Cris Peter
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $3.50

The Low Down: “What if the research and development department created to produce the first atomic bomb was a front for a series of other, more unusual, programs? What if the union of a generation’s brightest minds was not a signal for optimism, but foreboding? What if everything… went wrong? Welcome to THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, a brand new, ongoing, monthly comic from the creators of THE RED WING. Brought to you by award-winning writer JONATHAN HICKMAN and possibly the best new talent of the year, NICK PITARRA, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS is a look at history through a darker, much stranger, lens.”

The Feast: If nothing else, Hickman’s Manhattan Projects has had the best marketing campaign in years and as readers, we’re pretty much in the dark on this book. I don’t remember the last time I picked up a series without knowing exactly what it would look like, and I’d like to thank Hickman for brining this back. Hickman’s got a knack for unnatural storytelling formats in comics and we can’t wait to see what he kicks our asses with this time.

Fairest #1

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WRITTEN BY: Bill Willingham
ART BY: Phil Jiminez and Andy Lanning
PUBLISHER: Marvel
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “New York Times best-selling, award-winning creator Bill Willingham presents a new series starring the female FABLES. Balancing horror, humor and adventure, FAIREST explores the secret histories of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, Snow White, Rose Red and others.

The first 6 issue arc follows the misadventures of Briar Rose after she is stolen away by the goblin army in FABLES #107. Fan-favorite artist Phil Jimenez (WONDER WOMAN, THE INVISIBLES) returns to Vertigo to pencil the opening storyline. Award-winning cover artist Adam Hughes (WONDER WOMAN, BATGIRL) provides covers, starting with a wraparound cover on issue #1.
Future arcs will be written by 2011 Arthur C. Clarke winner Lauren Beukes with art by Inaki Miranda, and iZOMBIE scribe Chris Roberson with art by Shawn McManus! And remember: They may be beautiful, but there will be blood.”

The Feast: Make way for the first of Vertigo’s new titles! In the coming weeks you can expect Vertigo to be getting a lot of attention with their new series, and what better way to kick it off than a Fables spinoff. Hopefully, Fairest is to Fables what Daria was to Beavis and Butthead, and not what Joey was to Friends.

Night Force #1

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WRITTEN BY: Marv Wolfman
ART BY: Tom Mandrake
PUBLISHER: DC
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “”Marv Wolfman reimagines his classic adventure series for the new millennium! There’s a conspiracy under way that’s been going on for hundreds of years. One determined cop has unknowingly scratched the surface and suddenly finds himself summoned to Wintersgate Manor. But this chilling menace may prove to be too big even for Baron Winters.”

The Feast: The Wolfman himself returns to his beloved Night Force with a brand new series. You can bet your behind that this book will be filled with the occult and sorcery as Baron Winters and company take on evil. We’re excited to see how this title will fit in with other “Dark” books like JLD and Frankenstein.

Ferals #3

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WRITTEN BY: David Lapham
ART BY: Gabriel Andrade
PUBLISHER: Avatar
PRICE: $3.99

The Low Down: “David Lapham continues his vicious re-defining of the werewolf genre with luscious art by Gabriel Andrade! As the existence of the Ferals is slowly uncovered, Officer Dale Chesnutt is discovering that people being eviscerated and disemboweled around him is the new status quo in Cypress. And finding a way to keep his internal organs inside his chest is turning out to be a lot harder than he thought it would. Lapham and Andrade have developed an incredible survival horror series that brings the reader to a new place full of blood and gore. Available with a Regular, Wraparound, Gore, and special Slashed Incentive cover by series artist Gabriel Andrade.”

The Feast: Alright, Lapham may not be “re-defining” the werewolf genre, but this is a book that gets right in your face and isn’t afraid to let the blood flow. As far as supernatural horror comics go these days, Ferals stands up to the rest, but don’t expect anything too groundbreaking (as was promised). On the other hand, if you’re just looking for some good old fashion blood and guts, dive right in.

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