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Leading the charge this week is The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw
#6 (Image) by Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey. It’s the conclusion of
the first arc, promising the showdown with the Bison Tribes, and another
reminder of what an effortless world-builder Busiek is, always creating
something truly fresh and original, probably the most consistent writer working
today in terms of sheer crafting of the script and engaging dialogue that’s
always at a certain predictable level of (high) quality.
There’s also the debut
#1 (Image) by James Robinson and Greg Hinkle, which fans of Starman know, could turn into something
really special, as well as Gillen and McKelvie’s The Wicked + The Divine #11
(Image). We’ve also got The Humans #5 (Image) by Keenan
Marshall Keller and Tom Neely, Jupiter’s Circle #3 (Image), and No
Mercy #3 (Image) by Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil. The Humans is always fun, but of this
trio I’m most excited for No Mercy.
Alex de Campi is a solid writer who is increasingly on my radar, and for me,
CSM is one of those buy-on-sight artists, a person who doesn’t work a lot, but
when she does it feels like an event. I’ve still got some of her original art
framed up from her Queen & Country
arc with Greg Rucka, and that’s after I sold off most of my original art
collection, a testament to how special I consider her naturalistic figures and
panel to panel storytelling.
Boom! Studios has Arcadia #2, as well as the debut of Broken
World #1 by Frank J. Barbiere and Christopher Peterson, which is a
premise I’m really looking forward to, about the last remaining survivors who
DIDN’T evacuate Earth once the impending apocalypse was discovered. I feel like
Boom! is making a larger entry into the world of creator owned comics lately,
really trying to step up and take a swing at Image’s creator owned dominance,
so it’s fun to see which talent and which projects they attract. Over at Oni
Press, there’s The Bunker #11 by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari, and
IDW has both Winterworld: Frozen Fleet #2 and the great (if late) Transformers
vs. G.I. Joe #7 by John Barber and Tom Scioli, a book I’m always
excited for because of the way it manages to marry blatant 80’s nostalgia with the
sly subversion of everything it purports to love, and then just destroys the
pages with layered art and an almost unimaginable level of slavish detail to
the original toys.
I can hardly muster any level of interest for anything DC
Entertainment these days, especially if it smacks of endless event miasma, and
there’s a whole slew of new series (re-re-re)launching after the latest
crossover debacle, but I’ll admit I’ll be peeking at Midnighter #1 (DC)
because I just have a soft spot for the old WildStorm characters, as well as Omega
Men #1 (DC) simply because back when I was reading the old Len Wein and
Dave Gibbons run of Green Lantern as
a kid, I remember the Omega Men showing up randomly and I thought that was
cool, the first time I’d really seen any sort of crossover thing happen within
a book I was pretty much reading in a vacuum, blissfully unaware of what a
“shared universe” meant, and the (negative) ramifications that would grow to
occupy in the modern landscape.
On the collected edition front, there’s The Bunker Volume 2 (Oni Press),
Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood’s The Fuse Volume 2 (Image), as well
Complete Pistolwhip HC (Dark Horse), the latter collecting all of Matt
Kindt’s retro-hip latent-mystery design-fetish indie material that put him on
the map as a creator to watch all those years ago.