Welcome back to another week of Comics To Feast On! We bring you our ten most anticipated horror books set for release this week. Dark Horse continues their horror throwback tale Ragemoor, Legendary writer Garth Ennis brings back The Shadow, Robert Kirkman kicks off the road to the 100th issue of The Walking Dead, and plenty more for you to lay your paws on.
With the ever-increasing number of comics coming out, between the tie-ins, the crossovers, and the new series, we’ve all got to limit our reading lists 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 or if you’ve got any questions, sound off in the comments.
The Low Down: “Broken and beaten, Bruce Wayne has retreated from Gotham City, the city of Owls, to Wayne Manor. But no place is safe, because the Court is about to strike at the heart of city, and nothing will ever be the same. Be there for the start of the battle for Gotham City’s soul and the prelude to “The Night of the Owls.”
And in the first chapter of a new backup story, learn the secret history of The Court of Owls as well as the secrets of Gotham City and the Wayne family!”
The Feast: This is it folks, the first big crossover event from the New 52. If you’re only following this “Batman” title, not to worry, you won’t be lost because DC is doing things differently this time. Normally when crossover events happen, if you miss one of the major titles, you miss everything. With the ‘Night of the Owls’ event however, they are keeping the books seperate enough that you won’t be lost. If you’re not following Synder’s “Batman”, you really ought to consider it. It is by far the best of the superhero books at DC, and Snyder is doing some groundbreaking work with the Bat Universe. If you’re new to comics, take our advice and hop on this bad boy.
The Low Down: “1938: The Shadow returns in a tale of blazing action and deadly intrigue, as a night of carnage on the New York waterfront plunges the mysterious vigilante into a conspiracy involving the fate of the world itself. As storm clouds gather across the globe, American Military Intelligence meets with a certain Lamont Cranston, determined to beat a host of spies and assassins to the greatest prize of all… but what that might be, only the Shadow knows.”
The Feast: The Shadow has been around since the early 1930s as a pulp-style vigilante fighting for justice. He’s popped up every now and again in our time, perhaps most notably was the 1994 film which starred Alec Baldwin as The Shadow…it was a failure. Garth Ennis, the man behind the disgustingly brutal Crossed series, is bringing back “The Shadow”. If you’re only into the big two publishers, this is a perfect opportunity to branch out and see what the indie guys have to offer. This series is going to be a major one for 2012, we promise you that.
The Low Down: “Ragemoor’s mad owner gets caught in a deadly battle between a horrible race of worm men and the vicious apes that guard his castle!”
The Feast: “Ragemoor” is the highest quality of horror comics out there today. You won’t find any vampires or zombies in this one. It looks and feels just like a classic horror story, and you just don’t find those very often from major publishers these days. Somehow, the story is oddly modern at the same time which showcases Jan Strnad’s awesome abilities as a writer. It’s an eerie book, with a chilling atmosphere and fast action that will have you screaming for more. This is only the second issue, so there is still time to catch up on this horror gem.
The Low Down: “THE ROAD TO ISSUE ONE HUNDRED STARTS HERE AS ‘A LARGER WORLD’ CONCLUDES! Will Rick’s community join the network? Will they enter into an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity – or has Rick ruined that for everyone? Has he now made more, deadlier enemies for them to deal with?”
The Feast: Kirkman has done it, survived almost a decade with an indie zombie survival story, making his way to the landmark issue #100. With all the hype surrounding the series, you can bet your behind that the issues leading up to #100 will be filled with all sorts of twists and turns to keep you satisfied while you wait for season 3 of the TV series. If you’re only watching the AMC show, you really need to reconsider your lifestyle, there’s a reason TWD is on amazon’s bestseller list month after month after month.
The Low Down: “’ROCKET MAN’ In this issue, we learn about the secret role that the super-scientists of THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS played in the fall of Germany during WWII. It’s the hidden history of Werner Von Braun, the rocket god of Deutschland and the only guy before 1950 to have a super-cool robot arm. One of the most anticipated new series of the year continues THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #2: ROCKET MAN!”
The Feast: “The Manhattan Projects” is a strange mix of hard scientific ideas, historical fiction, and psychological thrills that is fueled by suspense and experimental storytelling. The simple fact that Hickman is able to revitalize played out WW2 fiction is testament enough to his wild imagination. The book takes place in two distinct timelines that are intricately related through one man. The book is filled with insane ideas that could not come from any other mind. Einstein is locked up in a room for unknown reasons, a psychopathic scientist schemes his way into the military, and most importantly, the atomic bomb is a cover up for an even more menacing operation. There’s no telling where Hickman will take this bizarre story, and that’s precisely why we love it.
The Low Down: “Surviving a crash landing that ruins his spaceship, a stranded alien hopes to quietly live out his life in the sleepy town of Patience, USA, masquerading as a semi-retired doctor. He has some alien powers of empathy and the ability to mask his odd appearance from most people-but how long can he last undercover? After three long years of living below the radar, something in Patience is about to pull him out of hiding and into an uncomfortable spotlight! An alien adventure with humor, heart, and mystery-from acclaimed creators Peter Hogan (2000 AD, Tom Strong) and Steve Parkhouse (Milkman Murders, Doctor Who)!”
The Feast: Are aliens making a comeback? With Prometheus buzzing, the launch of Vertigo’s Saucer Country, and MIB 3 on the way, it seems that our brothers from another planet are making their way back into pop culture. We haven’t seen this many aliens since the early 90s, and perhaps it is a sign that they are the next big trend. Or maybe we’ll just get zombie aliens. “Resident Alien” tells the small town satire story of a hermit alien who has been living on our planet for years. Sadly for him, once the town finds out who he really is, he’s in deep doo doo. We’re hoping “Resident Alien” will take a light hearted approach to alien conspiracy stories and pave the way for a new era of alien fiction.
The Low Down: “H.P. Lovecraft is known as one of the key founders of modern horror, cited as a major influence by many prominent authors, such as Stephen King. In collaboration with renowned Lovecraft historian and literary caretaker Robert Weinberg, presents the definitive Lovecraft comics updated for a 21st century audience. Adapting ‘The Dunwich Horror’ and ‘The Hound’ a new vision of Lovecraft emerges, courtesy of Joe Lansdale and company!”
The Feast: Lovecraft rewrites are a dime a dozen in comics, but rarely are they done well. Joe R. Lansdale successfully adapted the classic tale, “The Diunwich Horror”, for a modern audience last year, and now it’s collected in one volume. If you’re a Lovecraft fan and a comic reader, it doesn’t get much better than this. Plus the awesome artwork and backup story, “The Hound”, from Menton3 is worth the price alone. Lovecraft will always be a staple in horror literature, and it’s nice to see we can still use his ideas without condemning them to clichés.
The Low Down: “’HOME AGAIN,’ Part Three There’s digging up the past and there’s digging up your parent’s bodies and Dee’s just done both. As the killer steps out of the shadows, it’s time for Dee to step into the light.”
The Feast: Angelo Tirotto continues his horrific re-imagining of The Wizard Of Oz, and the flying monkeys are about to settle in. After only two issues it’s tough to get a sense for the world, however, you also get the feeling that the creative team has barely begun to scratch the surface. The book is bursting at the seams, waiting to explode any minute into a wild world of murder, gore, and decay. Like a storm that brews on the coastline waiting to reign down on the small town, “No Place Like Home” is a force that just wants to make you wet. Pick it up before it sells out!
The Low Down: “Don’t miss the continuing exploits of cunning assassin Amala, Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder, Evan Dorkin’s House of Fun, and Steve Niles’s Criminal Macabre. This issue is also packed with the exciting premiere of Francesco Francavilla’s pulp-noir hero the Black Beetle, the return of John Arcudi’s The Creep, and a new story by Andrew Vachss with illustrations by Geof Darrow! And in an exciting feature by Frank Barbiere and Luke Radl, meet the killers known as the White Suits, who have left their bloody fingerprints throughout modern history. When a young girl encounters one of the Suits during a mob deal gone wrong, she is forced to make a decision that will change her life forever-or end it!”
The Feast: Dark Horse continues to pack their anthology series with fantastic short stories for a wide range of creators. If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten track this week, “Dark Horse Presents” is it. The nice thing about anthologies is that you are bound to love at least one story in the bunch. This week, Dark Horse treats you with a story by Steve Niles, as well as the introduction of Black Beetle. Whether you’re looking for horror, sci-fi, comedy, or whatever, you’ll find it amongst the pages of “Dark Horse Presents”.
The Low Down: “In a frozen camp full of slaughtered agents, two monstrous, long-running characters go head to head in a life-and-death battle!”
The Feast: Mike Mignola’s epic ‘Hell on Earth’ storyline continues with the third issue of ‘The Long Death’. Johann is in deep trouble battling for his life, while the rest of the BPRD unit struggles to survive against the beast from hell. Thus far, Mignola monstrous event has been a blast, and we can’t wait to see how things continue to develop for the long awaited return of Hellboy.