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This series was on my Best
of 2014 list, so I’m excited to see where Brian Wood, Greg Smallwood, and
Jordie Bellaire take Moon Knight #10. There’s also Multiversity:
Thunderworld #1 spinning out of the latest DC event debacle. As great
as Pax Americana was, this is the one
I’m really looking forward to, because it’s a property I enjoyed as a kid, here
under the wild-eyed direction of The Drunk Scotsman and frequent collaborator
Cameron Stewart. The only other Marvel
or DC book I’m interested in is Vertigo’s The Kitchen #2, Ollie Masters’ and
Ming Doyle’s new series featuring mob wives in 1970’s Hell’s Kitchen, with
covers by the inimitable Becky Cloonan.
Image Comics has a powerful trio of books for me this week,
including the speculative historical fiction of Manifest Destiny #12,
another of my Best of 2014 selections. They’re also providing us with Ivan
Brandon and Nic Klein’s new mysterious sci-fi book Drifter #2, and the
instantly hot The Wicked + The Divine #6 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie,
a post-pop, quasi-religious treatment of the fickle nature of fame, also a book
which was on many (not mine) Best of 2014 lists.
I haven’t been very impressed with the various new
iterations of this anthology series since The
Massive shorts first appeared in it, but I will be checking out Dark
Horse Presents 2014 #5. This installment features a new story from Ed
Brisson’s (originally self-published) great crime series Murder Book, this time with art by Declan Shalvey. It also contains
an interesting take on the Norse Mythology pantheon at the hands of Joe Casey
and Jim Rugg, which is certainty an atypical creative team worthy of attention.
Oni Press has The Bunker #8 by Joshua Hale Fialkov
and Joe Infurnari, a series which is really starting to heat up, with elements
of an impending alt future apocalypse, time travel, and sci-fi mystery. It’s
very much a genre blender, unlike anything else on the market, yet it does
share some tantalizing notes with Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys. Oni is also offering Stumptown Volume 3 #4 from
Greg Rucka and Justin Greenwood, which has been a very satisfying slow burn
this time around.
In terms of collected editions, I’ll recommend Winterworld
Volume 1: La Nina, collecting the first arc of Chuck Dixon and Butch
Guice’s continuation of the 80’s property initially helmed by Dixon and the
late Jorge Zaffino. Some people hate the superficial elevator pitch soundbytes
of “it’s x meets y!” but I find them to be useful review shorthand (and an even better sales tool down at the LCS), so consider
this Mad Max meets Whiteout.
I also have to mention DMZ Book Three (Deluxe Edition Hardcover),
the latest oversized installment of the DC/Vertigo series by Brian Wood and
Riccardo Burchielli. In development at SyFy
for a TV adaptation, DMZ chronicles would-be journalist Matthew Roth stuck in
war torn New York City during the Second American Civil War. Full Disclosure: I
edited and hand-curated about 40 pages of bonus content, including never before
seen concept art and my interviews with Brian Wood, Riccardo Burchielli, and
Kristian Donaldson, so you should pick it up! It’s the third of five total
volumes, and it contains 392 pages (issues 29-44), an introduction by Morgan
Spurlock, and introduces Parco Delgado, a key figure which alters the course of
the entire series.