San Diego Comic Con is this freakin’ week, and there’s bound to be a boatload of comic book news heading your way. It’s an exciting time for comic fans around the globe. Share the love, share your books. This week ushers in the final chapter of “The Court Of Owls” epic in Batman, the launching of Dark Horses’ Eerie Comics, and, of course, The Walking Dead #100.
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: “In the midst of a planetary battle for food and fuel, a vast ecological cataclysm spawns THE ENORMOUS, massive beasts unlike anything ever witnessed. Humankind struggles to stave off extinction and the only law is to hunt or be hunted. It’s an epic action adventure featuring the survival of the biggest!”
The Feast: Tim Daniel is well known for his helping hand behind the scenes on works such as “The Walking Dead Survivor’s Guide”, and now he spins his own tale of gigantic monster destruction. Humans accidentally create massive beasts who are set on destroying everything in their path, including humanity. If you dig movies like Cloverfield, or Godzilla, don’t skip this one.
The Low Down: “Uncle Creepy’s been having all the fun in Dark Horse’s revival of classic Warren magazines, so now it’s Cousin Eerie’s turn! The terrifying treasury of sinister sci-fi and fearsome fantasy returns with two all-new stories to thrill and chill, plus a classic reprint! First up is a dose of robotic paranoia from red-hot writer/artist David Lapham, followed by way-too-close encounters from Creepy veteran Christopher Taylor! Your trip to the comics store is about to get a lot more horrifying!”
The Feast: Due to the success of “Creepy Comics”, Dark Horse decided to revive another anthology series, “Eerie Comics”. Unlike it’s “Creepy” cousin, this is a monthly title, and the stories focus on horror-influenced genre fiction, rather than straight up horror. This issue delivers a brand new story from David Lapham, and a classic from Christopher Taylor. Anyone who loves a good sci-fi horror story would do well to pick this up.
The Low Down: “For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it’s up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect. A beautiful “farm noir” that puts a new twist on the zombie genre, created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY and acclaimed artist MIKE NORTON.”
The Feast: Tim Seeley is at it again, spinning another horror story with Image comics. This time around he puts his twist on undead walkers. However, Seeley’s zombies try to return to their former lives, as if they were never gone at all. If you can stomach any more zombies, Revival might do you in.
The Low Down: “This extra-sized chapter contains one of the darkest moments in Rick Grimes’ life, and one of the most violent and brutal things to happen within the pages of this series. 100 issues later, this series remains just as relentless as the debut issue. Do not miss the monumental 100th issue of THE WALKING DEAD!”
The Feast: Image has been hyping this book for a long, long time, and the day of reckoning is finally upon us. I don’t care if you read the comics in trade form, or if you don’t read the comics at all, you need to pick this book up. This is a milestone issue, and it will likely be a valuable little collectors item somewhere down the line, especially if you can score one of the rare variant covers.
The Low Down: “Felicia Book reluctantly rejoins the vampire hunting agency known as the Vassals of the Morning Star. They have to track down the deadliest vampire of all time – but it’s not an easy task, because Felicia is plagued by her own past, Agent Hobbes is haunted by an old enemy, and young Gus is beginning to have horrible nightmares!”
The Feast: Fans have been wondering when Scott Snyder would bring Dracula into the “American Vampire” series, and now they finally have their answer. Dracula has made his way into the universe and he’s as deadly as ever. Snyder is always able to put a fresh spin on older characters, and the “Lord Of Nightmares” miniseries is shaping up to be just that.
The Low Down: “The stunning conclusion to “THE COURT OF OWLS” epic! The final chapter of “THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WAYNE.””
The Feast: Scott Snyder’s take on “Batman” is nothing but visionary. The insanity and pain that he paints into Bruce’s character is refreshing. This issue concludes the highly acclaimed “Court Of The Owls” storyline (for now), and will pave the way for what’s to come in the future.
The Low Down: “In the DARK AGES of the DC Universe, THE DEMON and MADAME XANADU are all that stands against the HORDE of VANDAL SAVAGE! Written by Paul Cornell (ACTION COMICS, Doctor Who). Collects DEMON KNIGHTS #1-7!”
The Feast: I think many would agree that “Demon Knights” is one of the most underrated titles of the New 52. Cornell’s scriptwork is mesmerizing, keeping you glued to the page, and it melds perfectly with Neves artwork. This is utterly different from anything else DC is offering, and you’d do well to pick up the trade if you are even mildly interested.
The Low Down: ““Death and Rebirth,” Part 1. THE CROW is reborn—in Tokyo. Can a dark spirit fight for the light? THE CROW has always done just that—striking from the shadows, a kind of shadow himself. The spirit of the Crow is back, transfiguring Jamie Osterberg, an American studying in Tokyo and deeply in love with his Japanese girlfriend, Yumi… until the love of his life is stolen. The Crow must once more make the wrong thing right—but this time he might have to do it by killing his own true love…”
The Low Down: There’s been quite a lot of hype surrounding the rebirth of “The Crow”. This week we find out if the wait was worth it, or if it falls flat. It’s a new Crow, a new city, and a new creative team daring to revisit a cult classic character, which leads me to believe it will be interesting, to say the least.
The Low Down: “It’s the start of a new mission for one of comics’ all-time best-selling superheroes in Bloodshot #1 — the first issue of new ongoing series from acclaimed novelist Duane Swierczynski (Immortal Iron Fist, Birds of Prey) and the lethal artistic tag team of Manuel Garcia (Checkmate) and Arturo Lozzi (Immortal Weapons)!
Your name is Angelo Mortalli. Your brother is trapped behind enemy lines and on the verge of — no. That’s not right. Your name is Raymond Garrison. You’ve retired from the dangers of the field, but a desperate plea from your oldest friend plunges you into a vicious firefight that — no. That’s not right, either. You are Bloodshot. You are the shade of gray that freedom requires. The perfect confluence of military necessity and cutting-edge technology. A walking WikiLeaks that is a reservoir of dirty secrets that could set the world on fire. And you’ve just been captured.”
The Feast: New (or old, depending on how you look at it) publisher, Valiant Comics, has proven they’ve got the goods to keep up with the big boys, and with “Bloodshot” they launch their flagship title.. With Duane Swierczynski behind the wheel, the combination of military action and sci-fi may be the one that sets the publisher off the ground.
The Low Down: “A haunting new original story from writer Tom Waltz (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and artist Guiu Vilanova (Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now) at a special bargain price! Detective Shane Collins is a good cop who has been brutally murdered. Given a second chance to seek vengeance against his killers, Shane’s spirit walks the dark line between life and death, honor and betrayal, where nothing is as it seems, and the truth can hurt far worse than lies.”
The Feast: IDW is putting out a few 100 Page Spectaculars this week, the comic book version of a novella. “After the Fire” is a horror/crime story that deals with a dead detective, who comes back with a taste for vengeance. We’re hoping this one brings something new to the crime/horror mash up.