It’s time for your weekly dose of Comics To Feast On here at Bloody-disgusting. There are tons of new titles heading to local comic shops around the globe including: Grant Morrison’s Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens, BOOM’s all new futuristic hero book, Hypernaturals, Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009, and many more.
With the ever-increasing number of books coming out between the tie-ins, the crossovers, and the new series, we’ve all got to limit our reading list 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, list it in the comments.
The Low Down: “The narrative reaches its cataclysmic conclusion in London 2009. The magical child whose ominous coming has been foretold for the past century has now been born and has grown up to claim his dreadful heritage. His promised age of unending terror can commence, the world can now be ended, and there is no League, extraordinary or otherwise, to stand in his way. The bitter, intractable war in Q’umar crawls bloodily to its fifth year, away in Kashmir a Sikh terrorist wages a holy war against Islam that must push the world into a nuclear holocaust, and in a London asylum there’s a patient who insists she has all the answers.”
The Feast: We are being treated to a wave of all new Alan Moore books in the comics months, and this week kicks it off with the final installment of “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century” series. You probably read about it in the headlines, but in case you have been hiding under a rock, Harry Potter kills someone by shooting lighting out of his penis. Sounds like Alan Moore at his finest.
The Low Down: “As the vampires continue their journey across the country to their homeland they encounter an ancient enemy! ntroducing THE ORDER OF THE VAN HELSINGS!”
The Feast: “I,Vampire” is one of the most underrated books of the New 52. What began as a vampire story of forbidden love has morphed into a deep character driven title. What is most impressive about the series is how quickly Fialkov is able to change directions, forcing us to always be on our feet. We cannot recommend this one enough. The last issue was a big game changer, and we can’t wait to see where the team takes us next.
The Low Down: “This July…A UNIVERSE TREMBLES. It is the far future; the human race has finally colonized the galaxy, preserving an era of prosperity that’s only possible because of The Hypernaturals. They’re a celebrated, galaxy-wide superhero task force that keeps the peace. That is, until they all mysteriously vanish. Now, as the galaxy teeters on the brink of chaos, it’s up to a group of retired and long forgotten Hypernaturals — and their novice recruits — to save the galaxy from complete destruction. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the superstar writing duo behind ANNIHILATION and THE LEGION, launch an all-new original series that takes cosmic super-heroes to a new frontier. Experience the special preview issue of THE HYPERNATURALS this May and pick up the #1 issue this July!”
The Feast: When it comes to creator owned comics, even big name writers stray from the Big Two publishers in order to have more creative control over their work. That’s exactly the case with “The Hypernaturals” as Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning explore a team of galaxy superheroes. BOOM! Studios has been publishing some great off-the-beaten-path hero books this year, and we’re hoping this fits in with the rest of the flock.
The Low Down: “Field agent Ashley Strode, last seen in B.P.R.D.: War on Frogs, is deployed to a Mexican village after a demon commands her to release one of its brethren, or lose the soul of a small child.”
The Feast: We are a ways into the “Hell on Earth” event, and things are starting to fall into place at B.P.R.D. Expect some more hellraising from “Exorcism”, and some more insight into Hell on Earth. Another reason we love this event is because it’s so accessible for readers who were never in to Mignola before (just ask our very own GreenBasterd).
The Low Down: “Comics luminary Gilbert Hernandez envisions his strangest, most thrilling future yet! A drug called ‘spin’ offers the wildest trip imaginable, followed by its users’ inevitable, rapid deterioration into undead flesh eaters. Despite the side effect, the drug is so popular that the human population is dying out! With no cure to be found, the beautiful, lovesick Fatima may be the only thing standing between the survivors and the apocalypse. Get ready for four issues of zombies, drug lords, and gorgeous women!”
The Feast: Forget bath salts, dive into a futuristic drug with a trip so crazy it turns the user into a flesh eating monster. While I doubt Hernandez planned this in conjunction with recent real-life flesh eating events, it fits all too perfectly. Plus, the artwork is anything but mainstream and it looks to be a refreshing break from those colorful horror books. It’s Philip K. Dick meets Resident Evil.
The Low Down: “This is the story of a man and a woman fighting over the heart and soul of their child. Unfortunately for the world, the man is BATMAN, the woman is TALIA AL GHUL, and the child is DAMIAN. This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.”
The Feast: Grant Morrison’s run on “Batman” cannot be defined as anything but epic (I don’t care how played out the word is). He’s taken a hero we all know and love and changed how we see him. “Batman Incorporated” is the culmination his brilliant work, and is required reading for any Batman lover.
The Low Down: “Featuring John Constantine , Zatanna , Deadman, Andrew Benet, Madame Xanadu, Black Orchid and Dr. Mist! In part two of JEFF LEMIRE’S first story the team sets up shop in their new HQ, the HOUSE OF MYSTERY – but first, they’ll have to survive an attack by THE DEMONS THREE!”
The Feast: Now that Lemire has taken over “JLD”, it’s clear that he has a different sort of vision in mind for the team of misfits. Lemire has been going strong since the launch of the New 52, and he shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. If you missed the first nine issues, you can still jump into this arc without missing a beat.
The Low Down: “From the minds of acclaimed filmmaker, Barry Sonnenfeld (Director of the, ‘Men In Black’ Films) and superstar graphic novel creator, Grant Morrison (Batman, The Invisibles, Action Comics, 18 Days), comes ‘Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens,’ by Liquid Comics. The story focuses on a secret world war battle that was never recorded in our history books. When an alien invasion attacks Earth in the age of the dinosaurs, our planet’s only saviors are the savage prehistoric beasts which are much more intelligent than humanity has ever imagined.”
The Feast: Grant Morrsion, alongside Men In Black director, Barry Sonnerfeld, writing a series about badass dinosaurs fighting off evil aliens. This is why comics are awesome, so enjoy it.
The Low Down: “From Marvel Comics. Hit-Girl spins off into her own blood-soaked series by the sales-busting creative team of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. This story takes place between Kick-Ass Volumes 1 and 2 as Mindy McCready tries to settle into life as a regular school-girl, but wants nothing more than to be dispensing hot justice to the scum of New York City. Her mother and step-father think she’s doing her homework, but in reality she’s taken Kick-Ass on as her sidekick and is training him up to punch, shoot and stab … just like Daddy would have wanted. A limited edition variant by Leandro Fernandez will be released for this issue, as will a Variant (artist TBD) & John Romita Jr. Sketch Variant, and a Blank Cover Variant. NOTE: Variant supplies limited.”
The Feast: “Kick-Ass” is one of the most violent, relentless, brutal comics going, and it stars a very, very young girl who has an unquenchable thirst for ultra violence. Some of you may know her better from the film adaptation, played by Chloe Mortez. Now she’s getting her own spinoff series.
The Low Down: “Until recently, Zoey Redbird was an average high-school student worrying about grades, boys, and breakouts. But priorities have a way of changing when you’re Marked as a vampyre, enroll in the vampyre academy House of Night, and have to figure out a whole new social hierarchy, affinities for elemental magic, and physiological changes that make you crave blood! Collects issues #1-#5 of the series. Follow Zoey, and her group of devoted friends, as they turn to The Fledgling Handbook, a historical vampyre tome, in hopes of better understanding this big, new world of vampyrism.”
The Feast: If you’re a fan of the “House of Night” novel series, you shouldn’t need any coaxing to buy the comic book tie in, which further explores the vampire teen drama of P.C. Cast. If you’re not into the novels, this is a great pick up for any teens in your household, or if you enjoy “Harry Potter” and True Blood.
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