Don’t worry folks, Comics To Feast On won’t be switching over to video-article mode anytime soon! We still prefer our articles typed, plus I don’t think anyone wants to look at my face for more than two minutes at a time. BPRD: Hell On Earth: The Long Death kicks off Mignola’s epic Hell On Earth event this week along with Snyder’s killer Batman series, the all freakin’ new Army Of Darkness ongoing, and plenty more. Read on for the skinny…
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.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
ILLUSTRATED BY: James Harren
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
The Low Down: “A B.P.R.D. task force is assembled to solve a new series of disappearances in the deadly woods from New World. As the team works together to find the monster responsible, tensions arise over one another’s loyalties!”
The Feast: Longest title ever! The storyline that began back in 2010 is heading into its final phase and The Long Death ushers in the beginning of the end…at least for some at B.P.R.D. This one picks up where the last Abe Sapien adventure left off, and if you plan on reading anything from Mignola this year, this is the best place to start.
WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ILLUSTRATED BY: Greg Capullo
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
The Low Down: “Trapped far beneath Gotham City and hunted by the Talon – the Court of Owls’ unstoppable killer – Batman lies bleeding and broken. With no way out and no one to help, is this the end for The Dark Knight?”
The Feast: Snyder’s Court of Owls’ storyline is hands down the darkest Batman adventure in years. Snyder is really putting old Batsy-poo to the test against the infamous Talon. Bruce has his back against the wall, he’s bleeding to death and he’s tripping balls. Obviously, Bruce won’t be dying…again…at least anytime soon, but Snyder has done an incredible job at keeping the reader on edge throughout the arc and we can’t wait to see how Bruce gets out of this pickle.
WRITTEN BY: Elliot Serrano
ILLUSTRATED BY: Marat Mychaels
The Low Down: “Listen up screwheads! A new chapter in the Army of Darkness saga begins here! As the evil of the Necronomicon spreads across the cosmos, a new ally in the war against the Deadites emerges. Who is the woman named ‘Ash’ and what relation does she have to ‘The Chosen One’ Ashley J. Williams? And who is the alien Deadite creature who follows her across time and space? The answers lie deep within the pyramids of ancient Egypt…in a parallel universe! The adventures of everyone’s favorite chainsaw swinging, boom-stick wielding hero continue here!”
The Feast: That’s right folks, Army Of Darkness is now an all new ongoing monthly series. Better pull out your boom sticks, chainsaws, and Necronomicons, this one’s gonna be groovy!
WRITTEN BY: Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Chris Ryall
ILLUSTRATED BY: Nelson Daniel
The Low Down: “Acclaimed novelist/Eisner-winning graphic novelist Joe Hill collaborated with his father, Stephen King, for the first time on a tale that paid tribute to Richard Matheson’s classic tale, Duel. Now, IDW is proud to present comic-book tellings of both stories in Road Rage. First up, is the Hill/King adventure tale, Throttle! Adapted by Chris Ryall alongside Hill & King and featuring art by Nelson Daniel (Joe Hill’s The Cape), Throttle tells the tale of a motorcycle gang pursued by an unseen assailant in a big rig!”
The Feast: For fans of horror comics like us, I don’t know what could possibly be better than the father-son duo of Stephen King and Joe Hill. Yeah, that’s right, King and Hill team up, ‘nuff said.
WRITTEN BY: Kurtis Wiebe
ILLUSTRATED BY: Tyler Jenkins
The Low Down: “The city of Calais is the first city in France to fall to the Germans in the spring of 1940. A mysterious American boy named Peter rallies a handful of plucky French orphans and they must work together to survive Europe’s darkest hour. From the writer of the critically acclaimed GREEN WAKE and THE INTREPIDS comes a new ongoing series: PETER PANZERFAUST, a high energy action story that blends Red Dawn with Peter Pan.”
The Feast: Green Wake may be coming to an unfortunate end in late February, but Wiebe is moving on to bigger, and hopefully, better things. Peter Panzerfaust is a retelling of the classic fairytale, Peter Pan, but this time, he’s fighting Nazis. The mixture of children’s fairytales with one of the grimmest moments of human history is a juxtaposition that nobody should pass up, especially when it’s coming from Wiebe.
WRITTEN BY: Rob Williams
ILLUSTRATED BY: Sana Takeda
The Low Down: “Who is Ichor and why has he targeted Venom for Death?!”
The Feast: With Venom scribe Remender out of the picture for these decimal issues, Williams had some big shoes to fill, and boy is he off to a good start. The action infused Venom crossover with Red Hulk, X-23 and Ghost Rider is shaping up to be better than anyone could have imagined. There’s real potential here for this team continue in the future as Marvel’s very own Justice League Dark.
WRITTEN BY: Dan Didio
ILLUSTRATED BY: Jerry Ordway
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
The Low Down: “ The Challengers. Out of time and on the run. Eight survivors of a fiery plane crash, bound by fate and death, are on a desperate mission to uncover the mysteries of the Unknown before the powers that saved their lives, claim them for eternity.”
The Feast: Welcome DiDio’s first issue of The Challengers Of The Unknown feature in DC Presents. For those who may be newer to comics, The Challengers are the creation of the legend himself, Jack Kirby. The Challengers examine paranormal events, hidden cities, conspiracy theories, and giant monsters. With DiDio penning this series, it’s going to be full of dark sci-fi goodness.
WRITTEN BY: Ted McKeever
ILLUSTRATED BY: Ted McKeever
The Low Down: “Catfish’s daily grind of “enhancing” poultry comes to a halt when he is accidentally tripped up by a loose chicken, causing him to fall victim to his own process. What proportions of his that were once human are now beyond anything normal. Add villainous corporate and military big wigs, a roller-skating weapon-toting chick named Kitten Kaboodle, a gang of tattooed babies, and there’s still that enormous beach monster…And what you have is MONDO, in all its raging glory!”
The Feast: Mondo is a weird, weird book, there’s no way around that, but who doesn’t love a break from the normal every once in a while? Mondo is a surrealist adventure verging on insanity, it’s one hell of an original idea and it’s nice to see some publishers are still willing to take big risks. If you’re looking to stray from the New 52 and those heroes in tights, Mondo is your boy.
WRITTEN BY: Various
ILLUSTRATED BY: Neal Adams and George Tuska
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
The Low Down: “Neal Adams’s groundbreaking tales of Deadman are collected in this new trade paperback featuring BRAVE AND THE BOLD #79, 86, STRANGE ADVENTURES #214-216, backup stories from AQUAMAN #50-52 and CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #74.”
The Feast: If you follow my columns here at BD, chances are you know my love for Deadman (and how pissed I am that the doesn’t currently have his own series). If you want to know why I love this tortured ghost soul so much, this trade is a great intro to both Deadman and nice-guy Neal Adams.
WRITTEN BY: Peter Milligan
ILLUSTRATED BY: Giuseppe Camuncoli
The Low Down: “Constantine’s new wife is less than happy that he’s missing a thumb, leading him on a quest to find a suitable replacement for his missing digit. While he tries to literally sew himself back together, his niece, Gemma, plots dark revenge against her uncle. Will Constantine be able to fend off his own kin’s demonic fury? Collecting issues #276-282.”
The Feast: Another trade you’ll want to check out this week is Hellblazer: Phantom Pains. Milligan has been killing his work on the chain-smoking, people-hating, demon-hunting John Constantine.
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