COMICS TO FEAST ON: January 11th 2011

Welcome back for yet another week of Comics To Feast On. This week kicks off with Joshua Luna’s first issue of WHISPERS, plus the newest installments of BATWOMAN, SEVERED, and more. Read on for the skinny…

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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. Rather than cramming so many previews down your throat that you barely breathe, 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.

Severed #6

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WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft
ILLUSTRATED BY: Attila Futaki
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “”PERMANENT TEETH” In 1916, a boy runs away from home in search of his father. But along the way he meets a salesman with sharp teeth and a hunger for flesh. SCOTT SNYDER (AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN, SWAMP THING), SCOTT TUFT and ATTILA FUTAKI (NYT Best-Selling-Artist: PERCY JACKSON) comes the most terrifying horror series of the last year.”

The Feast: You may just think we’re getting lazy by writing the same thing about Severed every week, but not much else needs to be said: It’s Scott Snyder writing horror.

Whispers #1

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WRITTEN BY: Joshua Luna
ILLUSTRATED BY: Joshua Luna
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “A mentally troubled man is suddenly empowered with the ability to leave his physical body in “ghost” form and manipulate people in strange and disturbing ways. With this incredible power, will he control his demons…or discover even more? JOSHUA LUNA of the Luna Brothers (ULTRA, GIRLS, THE SWORD) makes a solo debut with a dark, supernatural thriller that questions free will and explores the obsessions, addictions and urges we all have and may not have control of at all.”

The Feast: The Luna Brothers have made quite the name for themselves, and everyone know that when they pick up a Luna title, it’s going to be spooky, supernatural, and relentlessly engaging. Joshua Luna looks to stretch his wings by making his solo debut with Whispers, and although it will likely be in typical Luna fashion, expect it to take off in places you’d never expect. This is going to be a red-hot series, trust us.

Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1

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WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
ILLUSTRATED BY: Tonci Zonjic
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $3.50

The Low Down: “When a tribe of phantom Indians start scalping policemen, Hellboy’s crime-fighting hero Lobster Johnson and his allies arrive to take on these foes and their gangster cronies!”

The Feast: Of all the heroes in the BPRD universe, Lobster Johnson is one of the strangest. The public originally believed that he was merely a hard boiled character from crime novels fighting off gangsters and criminals; little did they know that he’s the real deal. For fans of Mignola and crime fiction, this is a must.

The Strain #2

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WRITTEN BY: David Lapham
ILLUSTRATED BY: Mike Huddleston
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $3.50

The Low Down: “As an eclipse covers New York City in midday darkness, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Centers for Disease Control struggle to find an explanation for what happened to Flight 753. But when the symptoms don’t add up to chemical warfare, and bizarre circumstances unexplained by modern medicine arise, Ephraim begins to entertain the ramblings of a Holocaust survivor who knows too much about this unknown threat.”

The Feast: The more I think about it, the more I enjoyed the first issue of The Strain. For some reason I just couldn’t get the story out of my head, it’s one that’s stuck with me for the past couple weeks, and that’s rare considering the amount of comics I read. This is shaping up to be a fantastic adaptation and spooky vamp story.

Batwoman #5

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WRITTEN BY: J. H. Williams III and Haden Blackman
ILLUSTRATED BY: J. H. Williams III
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “’Hydrology,’ the first arc of the critically acclaimed new BATWOMAN series, reaches its powerful conclusion! After the horrors Batwoman has faced, she has a final showdown with The Weeping Woman – a specter with the power to dredge up Kate’s deepest pain. Can she finally forgive herself so she can dispel this evil? And how will she respond when Chase and the DEO tighten their grip, forcing Kate to make an impossible decision?”

The Feast: It’s getting harder and harder to talk about this book because it’s just so unbelievably consistent. The visuals will blow you away with every turn of the page, and the story is engrossing. If you’re into Bat-heroes and horror plotlines, you should see it as your duty to check out Batwoman.

Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE #5

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WRITTEN BY: Jeff Lemire
ILLUSTRATED BY: Alberto Ponticelli
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “When Checkmate fails to bring the rogue metahuman O.M.A.C. under control, they call in S.H.A.D.E.’s best agent, Frankenstein! It’s all-out monster mayhem as O.M.A.C. and Frank battle in the streets of Metropolis. But what is Brother Eye’s real goal? It’s up to Father Time and Ray Palmer to find out! Continued from this month’s O.M.A.C. #5!”

The Feast: Comparison’s to Grant Morrison works are inevitable, but Lemire adds a little spice of his own to Frankenstein. Unlike his grievous and heavy work on Animal Man, this title is extraordinarily entertaining and charming, full of laughs, blood, and monster melo-drama. This week commences the crossover with fellow creature O.M.A.C., the first crossover of the New 52!

Scarlet Spider #1

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WRITTEN BY: Chris Yost
ILLUSTRATED BY: Ryan Stegman
PUBLISHER: Marvel
PRICE: $3.99

The Low Down: “Who is the new webbed wonder — and why has he come to clean up the corruption in Houston, Texas?”

The Feast: You know it’s the 90s when… Yost’s incredible run on X-Men this past year has made him a big name to watch at Marvel, and now he returns to deliver a “classic” Spidey hero, Scarlet Spider. If you don’t feel a certain affinity for Scarlet Spider, you probably didn’t grow up in the 90s.

Resurrection Man #5

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WRITTEN BY: Dan Abnett
ILLUSTRATED BY: Andy Lanning
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “Mitch Shelley is dead. Again. But this time, things are different. He’s no longer in the realm of the living. While the Body Doubles try to find out what happened to him, the Resurrection Man must find a way to escape the realm he’s trapped in before a host of celestial beings finds him…”

The Feast: Last month, Abnett and Lanning really stepped up their game, delivering the best Resurrection Man ish to date. While the series was slightly directionless at first, it’s developing into a unique book that screams fun.

HP Lovecraft: The Dunwich Horror #4

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WRITTEN BY: Joe Lansdale
ILLUSTRATED BY: Peter Bergting
PUBLISHER: IDW
PRICE: $3.99

The Low Down: “A new vision of the most famous H.P. Lovecraft story concludes, courtesy of Joe R. Lansdale and company! After gaining access to the fabled Necronomicon, four young friends attempt to harness its power to stop the cosmic horror they have unleashed upon an unsuspecting world.”

The Feast: This marks the final chapter of the mini-series, and I really have no idea how the plot could possible by resolved in one issue. Nonetheless, Lansdale has done a fantastic job of putting a modern spin on a fan-favorite Lovecraft tale. Not to mention the backup story, The Hound by menton3, which makes this book worth the cover price alone.

Carnage USA #2

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WRITTEN BY: Zeb Wells
ILLUSTRATED BY: Clayton Crain
PUBLISHER: Marvel
PRICE: $3.99

The Low Down: ”Only Spider-Man remains, but can he stop Carnage before the United States Government make a devil’s pact…with symbiotes?!”

The Feast: Carnage is just one of those villains that everyone loves, well almost everyone, but when it comes down to it, there are only so many plots you can muster up with a psychotic serial-killer villain. To be honest the first issue of Carnage USA was less that great, and the Might Avengers got ransacked a little too easily. Nonetheless, it was nice to see Crazy Cassaday back in action.