Welcome back for yet another week of tasty comics! DC is taking a little bit of a breather this week, which offers the chance for other publishers to nab some attention. Image Comics has a very, very big week, and you won’t want to miss their landmark issues. GREEN WAKE sees it’s final issue…EVER, Clive Barker is back the semi-dead with his next ish of HELLRAISER, and the epic 100th issue of THE DARKNESS lands in shops.
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…
WRITTEN BY: Clive Barker and Anthony Diblasi
ILLUSTRATED BY: Stephen Thompson
The Low Down: “Witness Clive Barker’s long-awaited return to tell new chapters in the series’ official continuity, a trajectory that will forever change the Cenobites and Pinhead! In this issue, the sense-shattering new reality of Hellraiser is here! It’s a fresh start for Kirsty Cotton and Pinhead. There are no rules! No one is safe! Clive Barker’s changing the way you look at Hellraiser so don’t miss this new chapter in horror history!”
The Feast: Clive Barker’s recent brush with death proves just how much we need this man in horror, and it makes us appreciate his work all the more. There are only so many times we can suggest this book, it consistently blows us away. We’re glad Clive is still with us to continue his hellacious tale.
WRITTEN BY: Ian Edginton
ILLUSTRATED BY: Vicenc Villagrasa and J. L. Rio
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
The Low Down: “Years have passed since Enma Houshou received the tattoo that put the demon of immortality inside him. Though he has not aged or changed, the world around him has, becoming a Westernized wonderland of steam-powered marvels. But with the advances come new terrors-such as the murderous ‘Yokohama Ripper.’ Could it be that after so much time Enma has located his sister’s killer? Has he found another man with a demon tattoo?”
The Feast: The Immortal took everyone by surprise when it made the jump across eras. The creative team’s take on immortality so far has been an absolute pleasure, and it allows them to bring something completely new in every issue. This month it continues the steampunk/samurai mash up, and we can’t wait to see where Edginton takes us next on this genre mixing ride.
WRITTEN BY: Kurtis J. Wiebe
ILLUSTRATED BY: Riley Rossmo
The Low Down: “The tragic finale of Lost Children culminates with final retribution against one of Green Wake’s occupants. Morley unlocks an integral clue to his first steps in uncovering Green Wake’s earliest secrets.”
The Feast: Well, the good news is you no longer have to hear me rant about how much I love this book. The bad news is that the series is over. Green Wake has been a perfect mix of murder-mystery, suspense, and horror, and we have no doubt that Rossmo and Wiebe will be going out with the biggest bang of all to close out the series.
WRITTEN BY: Phil Hester
ILLUSTRATED BY: Romano Molenaar
The Low Down: “Just in time for the release of THE DARKNESS II video game from 2K Games and Digital Extremes, Top Cow proudly releases the over-sized 100th issue of one of their flagship characters. Long time writer PHIL HESTER (Wonder Woman, Green Hornet) concludes his epic run on the series with artist ROMANO MOLENAAR (THE DARKNESS II : CONFESSION) as Darkness bearer, Jackie Estacado comes face-to-face with the source of his power and misery – the Darkness itself! And only one of them will walk away…
Featuring covers by such lumineries as TODD McFARLANE (SPAWN) and MICHAEL GOLDEN (The Nam, Micronauts, SPAWN) alongside THE DARKNESS artists JEREMY HAUN and MICHAEL BROUSSARD!”
The Feast: For those keen gamers who have already finished of the second video game, not to worry because you can jump on board the epic comic series with the landmark issue #100. For new readers, you’ll want to hop on board, as this issue is setting the bar for what to expect in the months to come.
WRITTEN BY: Robert Kirkman
ILLUSTRATED BY: Charlie Adlars
The Low Down: “They are unprepared for this.”
The Feast: Whether or not you’re down with the AMC show, one thing we can all agree on is the greatness of the comic.
WRITTEN BY: Tim Seeley
ILLUSTRATED BY: Daniel Leister
The Low Down: “Witness the terror that is half snake, half giant ape: GORILLACONDA! Also, Cat Curio thinks there’s something rotten in South America, there’s slashers galore, and Cassie totally has sex.”
The Feast: The concept of Gorillconda is absolutely absurd, but it represents why horror fans love Hack/Slash. Seeley can pretty much do whatever he wants and it will be a surefire winner.
WRITTEN BY: Brian Michael Bendis
ILLUSTRATED BY: Alex Maleev
The Low Down: “Moon Knight succumbs to one of his new personalities to fight for the survival of Los Angeles! Once the Kingpin of LA pushes him over the edge, can Moon Knight ever come back?!
The Feast: Moon Knight is an absolute nut job, but that’s why we love him. This is without a doubt the most original story Bendis has done in years, and we’re sad that it has to come to an end so soon. The entire series has been culminating to this battle between Moon Knight and the Kingpin of LA, and there’s no telling what Moon Knight will do when he’s pushed over the edge.
WRITTEN BY: Zeb Wells
ILLUSTRATED BY: Clayton Crain
The Low Down: “First there was Spider-Man. Then, Venom. But they broke the mold when they created Carnage. Marvel’s fan-favorite villain is back from the dead, as industrialist Michael Hall attempts to exploit the symbiote – engineering the next generation of prosthetic limbs and outfitting his own paramilitary security force, the Iron Rangers, in suits of hybrid battle armor. But when the alien intelligence asserts control of Hall’s derivative tech, only Spider-Man and Iron Man stand in the way of an unprecedented wave of rioting and mass murder. And Carnage has brought some friends!”
The Feast: If you’re digging Zeb Wells’ current run on Carnage USA, you’ll definitely want to pick up this trade. Carnage was thought to be dead after Sentry tossed him into space, that is, until Wells brought him back with a vengeance in Carnage Family Feud. This volume collects issues #1 through 5.
WRITTEN BY: Greg Rucka
ILLUSTRATED BY: Marco Checchetto, and Max Fiumara
The Low Down: “For Frank Castle, death comes easy. Life is where things gets complicated. Fully loaded with Eisner Award-winning writer Greg Rucka (Batwoman, Queen and Country, WOLVERINE) and neo-superstar artist Marco Checchetto (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, DAREDEVIL), the biggest gun of all is back with blood on his hands and vengeance in his eyes to serve his own brand of justice with everything’s he’s got – but can he survive the darkness stored in his own arsenal? Plus: a violent look at how the Punisher deals with a world where every criminal is now a super hero. (Here’s a hint: He doesn’t deal with it pleasantly.)”
The Feast: The Punisher hasn’t been this good for a while. Rucka and Checchetto are doing a stand up job of bringing the character back to his roots as a hard-ass with no plan but to seek out justice. As one of the Marvel heroes without powers (and without millions of bucks), it’s not easy for him to put down these super-powered baddies, which makes this book all the more thrilling. You can catch up on Rucka’s brilliant run for only 20 bucks.
WRITTEN BY: Adam Beechen, Derek Fridolfs, and Dustin Nguyen
ILLUSTRATED BY: Norm Breyfogle, Dustin Nguyen, and Derek Fridolfs
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
The Low Down: “A new era begins with the debut of the oversized, monthly BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED, featuring the print debut of the new Justice League Beyond!
In the Batman Beyond chapter, legendary Batman artist Norm Breyfogle returns to draw the Dark Knight of the future with best-selling writer Adam Beechen. In “10,000 Clowns,” an onslaught of new Jokerz is plaguing Gotham City and the implications of this chaotic clown menace could have disastrous consequences for Terry McGinnis and Bruce Wayne!
And the debut of the Justice League Beyond is here, courtesy of the BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM art team of Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs, as the first two digital-first chapters are available in print for the first time! Batman Beyond is a new recruit in the mighty Justice League, but the team will be immediately tested by a very Neo Gotham-related enemy! How will the team work together to combat this threat?”
The Feast: As if there weren’t enough Bat-books already! But, if you can stomach one more, Batman Beyond Unlimited looks to be a great choice. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Justice League Beyond and here’s to hoping DC has another homerun Bat-title.
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