It’s weeks like these that remind me why I love comics. The superheroes may dominate the market (and quite honestly are keeping it alive), but new ideas pop up that make me happy to know how much more this industry has to offer.
Look no further than Brian K. Vaughan’s return to comics with Saga #1. If you know his knack for characterization in previous works like Y: The Last Man or Ex Machina, you’ll be no stranger to this premiere. Mixing it with a Star Wars and Romeo & Juliet premise makes for intriguing drama. Even better, Fiona Staples brings a grounded approach to the art that makes you feel so much for the characters that you forget that it’s a sci-fi book. Please get this book – if not for you, then for your father’s brother’s former college roommate. He’ll appreciate $2.99 for 44 pages of content and no ads.
Not to be pushed to the side, Vertigo unleashed Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly’s political sci-fi drama in Saucer Country #1. I’m always a fan of genres meshed together and Cornell’s a good writer to do it. This could have easily went the X-Files route and it still could. But the focus on the New Mexico governor and her history keeps it grounded and focused – even if she’s not all there.
While it’s not creator-owned, it’s still a book you’re overlooking. Suicide Squad #7 is icky, creepy, and messed up. But it has Harley Quinn. And it has Joker’s face. And it has Joker’s face on Deadshot’s face. I’m going to stop typing now…
Creator-owned comics at its finest is displayed this week, as Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft, and Attila Futaki wrap up their Image horror masterpiece with Severed #7. The build-up and pay-off were all wonderfully done. And if the rumors are true about a planned sequel down the road, I feel that poor Jack won’t be wanting any more salesmen any time soon.
Adam Glass is making Suicide Squad his won with issue #6. This starts off the Hunt for Harley Quinn storyline that tells Harley’s origin in the new DCU. Not much seems to be changing with her story, but doesn’t make it less entertaining to read.
And how could we say no to more Jason Aaron wackiness with Wolverine and the X-Men #5? This book has become the one to read to stay on top on all things X-Men relevant. And I’ve grown to appreciate Nick Bradshaw’s art more this time around. Read it just to find out what comes of Kitty’s “babies”…
Music provided by Ben Base – War of the Robots
Of all the characters you would expect to receive great character studies, Penguin would probably be one you wouldn’t think of. Yet here we are and Pain & Prejudice #2 is one of those standouts. Great insight into the mind and inner workings of one of Batman’s more underrated villains. How they’ll have more material for the remaining three parts of the mini-series remains to be seen, but I’m intrigued.
Right behind it was the fantastic Uncanny X-Force #17. Best X-book and Marvel book overall hands down – Rick Remender is truly writing one for the ages. The pacing is exquisite and how Archangel’s plot to speed up mutant evolution is the hook to keep on reading.
The guilty pleasure nobody wants to admit to is Suicide Squad #3. It’s not filling the hole that Secret Six left once everything re-launched, but it’s a fun romp with dysfunctional characters stuck in very dysfunctional situations. And I never thought I’d be becoming more a King Shark fan with each issue…
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Wrapping up week 2 of the new DCU, we take a look at three that flew under the radar and piqued my interests:
- Where the heck did Superboy #1 come from? Scott Lobdell sets the world on fire with a much different take on Connor Kent than we expected.
- Frankenstein : Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1 scores another one for Jeff Lemire. Say what you want about the Hellboy or B.P.R.D. comparisons – imitation is sometimes the best form of flattery.
- Suicide Squad #1 = MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!
Week 3 is coming soon!
Well, I guess DC wasn’t done with their edgier books today. Newsarama got word of the new Suicide Squad book coming out as well written by Adam Glass and art by Marco Rudy:
Here’s the scoop from DC on the premise:
“Harley Quinn! Deadshot! King Shark! They’re a team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous – they’re sheer suicide! Who will be the first to crack under the pressure? Find out in SUICIDE SQUAD #1, written by Adam Glass (FLASHPOINT: LEGION OF DOOM) with art by Marco Rudy (THE SHIELD).”
Sadly, with only a couple of books left to mention of the 52 DC has been announcing, it looks like fan favorite Secret Six may be getting the chopping block. Makes you wonder where Catman, Bane, and the rest are heading come September – they already went to hell and decided it wasn’t their cup of tea…
UPDATE: 4:55 PM ET
Guess we’re not done yet, are we, DC? CBR reported this not too long ago:
Tony Bedard is writing and Ig Guara is drawing. Good to see DC is staying committed to this character. He got a good boost being in Justice League Generation Lost the last year or so.