Another year gone by, another mound of comic book goodness to sift through. I did a quick count of a random month (June 2013) of the five major comic book publishers (Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics and Marvel) and they combined to put out a whopping 306 books! That’s a lot of story out there.
There were tons of great series that debuted, died, re-numbered, and some superb miniseries that hopefully come back for more. I felt there were strong attempts to move focus onto more female characters this year from various publishers. It was great and refreshing to see but the resulting short-lived (and loved) series flared and sadly faded.
Here’s what I thought was a fantastic read worth looking up in case you missed it the first time broken down into mini-series and on-going ones. I also focus on mostly non-horror books because they deserve some attention too. Thanks, 2013. I can’t wait to see what crazy goodness comes out in 2014. READ MORE
Francesco Francavilla’s pulp hero returns with an all new miniseries just in time for Halloween. The Black Beetle takes it upon himself to stop a serial killer who is shredding victims at will in Colt City. Based on the preview art, it looks like this killer is a bit more deranged that your average mass murderer. Check it out below. READ MORE
The mysteries grow and grow in the town of Colt City. Shadowy heroes and garishly colored villains begin to surface. Murders need to be solved. Only our pulp hero, The Black Beetle, can figure out the enigmatic Labyrinto’s schemes before time runs out. The Black Beetle: No Way Out #2 keeps the ball rolling and I can’t wait to see what happens next. READ MORE
Best known for his art on Scott Snyder’s “Detective Comics” last year, Francisco Francavilla latest work comes on the newly released Black Beetle #0. Francavilla also takes up writing duties on this issue, and although he handles the story admirably, it still pales in comparison to his art. This is an atmospheric, well-drawn book with an interesting premise, but so far there’s does not offer much in the way of story or characters. READ MORE