With the final run for DC #0 month comes two of their most popular Dark titles, I, Vampire and Justice League Dark. The end of September also ushers in the first issue of Grant Morrison’s Happy and the second to last issue of The New Deadwardians. Get ready, next week starts the Halloween countdown!
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: “This new hardcover collects two epic tales: ‘The Beast in the Cave,’ about Skinner Sweet’s involvement in the brutal Indian Wars, and ‘Death Race,’ about 1950s vampire hunter Travis Kidd! Collects issues #19-27 of the smash-hit series!”
The Feast: I’m not sure if fans like Snyder’s work on “American Vampire” or “Batman” more, but it doesn’t really matter. He’s solidified himself as one of the top writers in the field in only a few short years. “American Vampire” comes straight from Snyder’s heart, and every single issue bleeds with passion.
The Low Down: “The Zombie Priest, now going by the name Mr. Corpus, has reemerged and given the Goon a dire warning. But will the Goon listen or will he just go for the punching? My votes on the punching.”
The Feast: Eric Powell’s “The Goon” is back in full force as a monthly title. “The Goon” is constantly blending aspects of horror and comedy to deliver one of the most original titles from Dark Horse. Even if you’re not versed in Goon culture, now’s the time to dive in.
The Low Down: “Meet NICK SAX – a corrupt, intoxicated ex-cop turned hit-man, adrift in a stinking twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex, eczema and betrayal. With a hit gone wrong, a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail, and a monstrous child killer in a Santa suit on the loose, Nick and his world will be changed forever this Christmas. By a tiny blue horse called Happy…”
The Feast: You all know Grant Morrison. You all know he’s good.
The Low Down: “The infamous 2005 mini-series returns in an all-new deluxe hardcover edition! The horror of suburban life explodes in an orgy of mythic violence — and mild-mannered housewife, Barbara Vale, finds herself at its dark epicenter! And when you meet her family, you’ll understand why. This slice of Americana is brought to you by the twisted minds of JOE CASEY and the legendary STEVE PARKHOUSE. If you missed it the first time around, this is your chance to finally join the Tupperware party! “
The Feast: While we all like our horror stories, once in a while there’s one that hits a little too close to home, and disturbs us a little more than we anticipated. Such is the case with Joe Casey’s “Milkman Murders”. It’s a deeply tragic story of a suburban family who hits rock bottom. An absolute must read if you want a glimpse into the real atrocities in our world.
The Low Down: “- Witness how Andrew Bennett became a vampire!
- Who was the monster that attacked him? How did his powers develop? And why is he the only vampire able to control his terrible hunger for blood?”
The Feast: Fialkov completely turned the tables with issue #12, and this #0 issue provides a nice break between protagonist changes. This is likely the last story that will be told from Andrew’s perspective, offering a nice close to the year on “I, Vampire”.
The Low Down: “- Find out what young John Constantine was like in the early days of The New 52, and meet the villain who plans to kill him and the entire team!”
The Feast: Lemire may have switched from “Frankenstein” to “Justice League Dark”, but he brings the same elements of dark fun for another team horror book. Lemire puts Constantine in the spotlight with issue #0.
The Low Down: “Memorial is the story of Em, a young woman who arrives at a hospital in Portland, Oregon, with no memory of her past. A year later, she has rebuilt her life, only to find her existence thrown into turmoil after she inherits a magical shop. Em is drawn into a supernatural conflict between beings that not only represent, but are fundamental elements of the universe itself.”
The Feast: Chris Roberson’s “Memorial” began only a few months prior to his departure from DC Comics. It’s really a testament of his ability to imagine huge worlds and puts him up there with writers like Joe Hill and Brian K. Vaughan. “Memorial” has the potential to be the next “Locke & Key” and I hope it finds the readership to allow Roberson to expand on Em and her adventures.
The Low Down: “Inspector Suttle prepares to close the Hinchcliffe Case, but the case seems to be closing in on him. Dark secrets that Suttle is in no way prepared for loom from the silence of the past, and he finds he can no longer trust anyone. Not even himself.”
The Feast: If you follow my 10 Comics to Feast On, you know how much I love this book. Abnett’s “The New Deadwardians” is the most original take on vampires and zombies I’ve read in the past ten years, and I read a lot of zombie stories. The book is almost at its end and Abnett has built up an intense mystery with no obvious resolution. I.N.J. Culbard’s art is refreshing and captures the feel of gothic England perfectly.
The Low Down: “The secret origin of MIND MGMT’s greatest agent concludes, with the revelation of his final days at the agency. A gifted psychic able to control the emotions of others, Henry Lyme fell apart when he began to fear that the love of his wife and the admiration of his peers were lies created by his abilities. And when so powerful a mind becomes unhinged, it wreaks terrible destruction on all around it!”
The Feast: Matt Kindt creates stories that dive so deep into the minds’ of the characters that it can be tough to keep up. But, if you can, it’s an unbelievably fulfilling experience. “Mind MGMT” has been rock solid since issue #1, and if you’re looking for a high-concept crime story, this is it.
The Low Down: “- A new series featuring the Court of Owls’ unstoppable killing machine!
- Meet Calvin Rose, the only Talon ever to escape the grasp of the Court of Owls. This former assassin just wants to live a normal life…but that’s impossible, since he’s being hunted by his former masters!”
The Feast: Following the success of Snyder’s “Court of Owls” event, DC would have to be crazy not to capitalize on the hot new villains. While it may be a bit early to say The Owls will remain ingrained in the DCU for years, readers are loving them now, so let the good times roll. We’re hoping Snyder can turn this into another splendid series.