So another weekend rolled by, and while I had plenty to keep my busy on Saturday I had a very quiet day yesterday, playing Saints Row the Third pretty much all day. Since Microsoft were giving it away for free, I thought I’d give it a go and have been completely sucked in. Which brings me round to this coming in a day late, that was why. So anyway, rather than looking at characters or creators or anything like that, today I’m going to summarize my favourite comics that I’m reading on a monthly/bi-weekly/weekly basis. There’s a fair chunk of stuff on there, and let’s face it if you’re subscribed to a book that you either really don’t enjoy or have no hope for in the future, you’re an idiot. I have on book on my list that right now, I’m not really enjoying very much but I have reasonably high hopes for it’s future once it’s out of it’s current story arc. But I have lots on there that I’m loving every time I pick up a new one, and frankly it’s going to be really tough to narrow it down to a top 5, but I’ll have a go anyway. If nothing else, hopefully this will give some of you a bit of food for thought, maybe even swaying you into trying a book you’ve overlooked or not considered. Just as a final note, this will be a completely spoiler free post, so if there’s something on here that you’re unfamiliar with, but curious about, there is nothing to worry about.
5. Batman Eternal
Batman Eternal, in case you don’t know, is a weekly series that started about two months ago, we’re up to issue 8 so far so yeah, near enough two months. Which has flown by! But anyway, the idea is we have a crack team of creators on board developing a long term story over the course of several shorter stories. The real beauty of this book though is everyone from the extended Bat family is getting a good bit of coverage throughout. There are some we haven’t seen yet, sure, and there are some that we’ve only seen very briefly so far, but the book is still in it’s infancy (8 of 52) so there’s still plenty of time for other players to make their presence known. More importantly for me, one of my all time favourites from DC has been brought into the New 52 (finally!) and is looking to have a very important role to play. You never know who’s going to show up here, from villains to heroes and anywhere in between and it looks set to shake Gotham to it’s very core. This is absolutely one worth picking up if you’re a fan of Gotham, not just Batman, but everyone around him.
4. The Bunker
This is a very odd book, one with artwork that would normally have me questioning whether to buy or not. It’s got quite a sketchy, almost messy look to it and the colours frequently seem to bleed and meld with one another. The thing is though, the story is absolutely nuts! I mean that in the most positive way possible, it’s totally insane and awesome at the same time. To (try to) put it in a nutshell, there are a group of kids finishing college that go to dig up a time capsule and find a bunker with all their names on, bar one kid. There’s time travel involved, very weird relationships between the main group and some amazing dialogue throughout. It’s one of those that’ll have you hooked within the first half of the first issue, or probably not at all. If you’ve considered reading this, you absolutely need to start from issue 1 else you’ll have no idea what’s going on. I can’t recommend this book enough.
3. Serenity: Leaves on the Wind
I got one word for this book, one word to fully describe how good it is, how much I’m enjoying it: Shiny! No, seriously, this is an absolute must read for fans of all things Firefly. It’s a direct continuation of the film Serenity, the final onscreen send off for a horribly short lived TV show. Anyone that this book is aimed at knows full well what fateful events took place in the movie, so I’m not going to retread old ground here, all I’ll say is all the deaths that occurred, the mission the crew of Serenity took on against the Alliance and several things from the show itself are addressed in this series. It’s looking like it’s not going to be the monthly ongoing series I so desperately want it to be, but they’ve certainly touched on some things I’ve been curious about for so long. It doesn’t feel like a cheap cash in for nostalgia’s sake, it doesn’t feel like cheap, crappy fan fiction either. The only downside I can find for it is sometimes the art let’s it down a little, you’ll find yourself wondering upon first glance who you’re meant to be looking at until you notice something on them that makes you instantly realise. There were a couple of moments I had like that with Jayne for example, until I saw that incredible hat of his. But it’s all made up for by the fact we’re being taken along for another adventure with the lovable crew of Serenity.
2. Alex + Ada
I know for a fact I’ve talked about this book several times on here already, so it begs the question that if you’re reading comics but haven’t picked this up yet, why? Set in the not too distant future, we have a very single guy with all sorts of wonderfully cool toys around him (a robot to make and bring him coffee in the morning! That hovers!) who is feeling a little low about his lonesome existence. He ends up with a very interesting gift from his grandmother that pretty much straight up changes his life. It’s a nice, slower paced comic with incredibly smart writing and art that is very easy on the eye. If like me, you read a lot of stuff from the big two publishers, I can guarantee this will make a really nice, welcome change of pace from what you’re normally reading. If you’ve read and liked Girls, The Sword and/or Ultra and you’re not reading this, you really should be. If you haven’t read any of those then you need to read Alex + Ada and get on with those too. Boy, you’ve got some reading to do! If you didn’t like them, well I guess I can’t help you.
1. Red Sonja
The strong willed, red headed and almighty She Devil with a Sword returned to regular reading not too long ago, penned by the strong willed, red headed and almighty Gail Simone. And, wow, this series has gone from strength to strength with every single issue. And you know what, it started pretty bloody well! We get Sonja thrown into some really tough, challenging situations where swinging her sword around and removing heads from bodies frankly won’t help in the slightest. We’ve been treated to a very smart, cunning Sonja who has used her brain as much as she has anything else. And since it’s been a project written by a woman, Sonja has moved away from the objectifying women arena and grown up into something genuinely smart and funny. Of course, she still kicks huge amount of ass, which is nice and Gail and her artist co-conspirators have a knack for getting awe inspiring action sequences onto the page. I really cannot sing the praises of Gail Simone enough, she is one of the best creators out there right now whether it be her work here with Sonja or her DC stuff with Batgirl and up until recently, The Movement. For fans of strong, female leads, smart and funny dialogue and amazing action scenes. In fact, scrap all that, this is for fans of good comics. It’s that simple.
Well, that’s a wrap for today, I’m off for a cigarette and coffee before I get to watching this week’s Game of Thrones. A couple of quick things before I go, The Algorithm released a new album today called Octopus4 which I used as my writing soundtrack for this blog post today and it is out of this world. All the different sounds this guy throws into one album is crazy, I think if just anyone tried to go from a club friendly techy dance theme straight into a balls to the wall metal breakdown within seconds of each other it would come out a little messy, but this is all so wonderfully blended together it all feels totally natural. Second, this is the week I lose all my hair. For those of you that don’t know, it’s currently just past the small of my back when it’s not tied up so it’s pretty damned long, and I’m shaving it all off fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support here in the UK. The work they do is truly astounding, so anyone that would like to offer their support please go here. The hair shaving will be taking place on Thursday most likely, and there will be pictures for everyone to see!
Right, well, thanks for stopping by and I’ll probably be back in a couple of days. Cheerio!