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It seems like it’s either boom or bust for my weekly pull. I
think I only ended up buying two books last week, so naturally there’s about a
dozen this week that I’m interested in. Drones #1 (IDW) by Chris Lewis and
Bruno Oliveira looks interesting, pitting the notion of post-9/11 covert drone
warfare up against a terrorism themed hotel on the Las Vegas strip. Whaaa? It’s
just crazy enough that it’ll probably be totally great or totally crash and
burn. We’ll see!
Image Comics is bringing two of their absolute best this
week, with Lazarus #16 (Image) by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, and Manifest
Destiny #14 (Image) by Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts. If you follow
my best of the year lists, both of these were selections last year, so you
should definitely check them out. Lazarus
brings a dystopian future based on a) organized crime corporations ruling
the world, b) severe income inequality fast-forwarded to apocalyptic
proportions, and c) rapidly advancing biotechnology creating hardened
super-soldier enforcers. Manifest Destiny
tickles my fascination with historical speculative fiction in a time period
that’s super cool, tracking Lewis & Clark’s fabled expedition into the
monster-filled territory of the Louisiana Purchase.
Image Comics also has the non-nuclear family dynamics of
assassin kids within an 80’s cultural context in Deadly Class #12 (Image)
out from Rick Remender and Wes Craig, the follow up issue to Gabriel Hardman
and Corinna Bechko’s very strong politically-charged sci-fi debut with Invisible
Republic #2 (Image), and the oh-god-what-will-he-pull-next? fascination
of Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod’s Kaptara #1 (Image).
I’m also very excited to check out Mono Vol. 2 #1 (Titan Comics)
by Brian Wood and Sergio Sandoval. I believe this is the first of a two-part
story about an alt-history WWII mission in the Pacific Theatre, and one of the
rare (only?) Brian Wood projects that I didn’t read in its first incarnation
since I’m not a huge fan of the existing digital comics experience (seems like
there’s still room for some innovation here by newcomers), so I’m glad to see a
print version following with Titan’s lush production values. Also? Gorillas!
I’ll probably take a half-hearted flip through Star
Wars #4 (Marvel), a book that has become totally yawn-inducing with the
out-of-character fan-fic plots and off-model inconsistencies in the art (a host
of criticisms I could probably level at all the current Marvel SW books, and I
desperately hope the recently announced Lando
series by Charles Soule and Alex Maleev will break the trend), as well as The
Life After #9 (Oni Press), a book that made a strong start for me, but
one that I’ve sort of lost interest in during the last couple of issues. With
so many strong books out there, it just happens sometimes.
As for trades, the only thing that jumped out at me to
recommend is Winterworld Volume 2: Stranded (IDW) by Chuck Dixon, Tomas
Giorello, and Tommy Lee Edwards. Chuck Dixon has taken a pretty bad rap lately
for some of his conservative world views, but hey, if you only followed the
work of people whose political or religious beliefs you agreed with 100%, you
probably wouldn’t be reading very many comics. Dixon is responsible for one of
my favorite extended runs on Nightwing years
ago, and this series about survival after cataclysmic climate change is an
interesting and grounded take on a popular setting.