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Copperhead #4 by Jay Faeber and Scott Godlewski takes the lead
this week, amid a fantastic group of offerings from Image Comics. It’s almost
literally a Sci-Fi Western, with Clara Bronson (a most deliberate name choice
I’m guessing) acting as the new Sheriff in town, in a mining colony full of
outlaws, multi-racial issues, and a sense of the wily frontier being alive and well.
It seems like this series hasn’t shown up for a while, so
I’m happy to see East of West: The World, a one-short sourcebook of sorts,
packed full of timelines, encyclopedia entries, and additional character information
and plot elements enhancing the regular series. I’m a sucker for this type of
companion piece that is pure world-building.
Image Comics also has Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood’s
Fuse #8, the police procedural in space that I always sell at the LCS
as “CSI: Galactica,” as well as Supreme: Blue Rose #5, one of Warren
Ellis’ latest takes on psychological sci-fi, teaming with rising star Tula
Lotay (nee: Lisa Wood, Director of Thought Bubble UK). If you’re after yet
another take on sci-fi, this time featuring a women exploitation riff, there’s
the debut of the much-anticipated Bitch Planet #1 from Kelly Sue
DeConnick and Valentine De Landro.
I’m really excited for Punks #3 by Joshua Hale Fialkov and
Kody Chamberlain, a true piece of contemporary art that relies heavily on the
recontextualization of found objects and imagery. There’s also modern favorites
Criminals #9 (Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s irreverent instant
success), as well as “The Jasons,” Aaron and Latour, with Southern Bastards #6, a
series which took a very unexpected turn at the conclusion of the first arc,
and like Scalped before it, carves
out another misunderstood slice of the American Tapestry for deeper examination.
I’ve been underwhelmed by new titles from the Vertigo
imprint lately, so it’s a good thing they have Astro City #18 by Kurt
Busiek and Brent Anderson to anchor any interest at all in their offerings.
Over at IDW, there’s the continuation of Chuck Dixon and Butch Guice’s
post-apocalyptic series with Winterworld #5, and the drop-dead
gorgeous reimaging of a classic by Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez in Little
Nemo: Return To Slumberland #3.