For comics shipping 06.03.10 or The Week Hot American Summer Began. Every week I’ll check Diamond’s shipping list to see what you absolutely, positively need to spend all your hard earned cash on at the Local Comic Shop.
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #1 – $3.50
Mouse Guard is one of the best comics made today, and though it only comes out every so often (it’s a series made up of mini-series), it manages to be one of the most engaging and consistent stories on shelves. This new anthology series features creators hand-picked by David Petersen (creator of Mouse Guard), and centers around an inn where stories of the Guard are told in a unique way. If you’ve never read this comic before, this isn’t a bad place to start.
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Serenity: Float Out #1 – $3.50
Anybody else miss Wash? Yeah, I thought as much. Thank the space lords that Patton Oswalt misses him too. Without him, we wouldn’t be getting this one-shot comic about Wash’s pre-Serenity days. I’ll take pretty much any story in this universe any way I can, and I know there’s a ton of you Firefly fans out there who feel the same way. Particularly since, well, you know…
Brightest Day #3 – $2.99
When we last left our reincarnated heroes, Deadman was about to face off against the Anti-Monitor. That never bodes well for anyone, so I’m curious to see how that’s going to play out so early in the series. I’ve been digging this book, but even a die hard Green Lantern fan like me can admit it could be stronger. It’s early, and Johns and Tomasi are still setting the story up, so give it a little more time. I’ve got faith that the payoff is going to be worth it.
Demo, Vol. 2 #5 – $2.99
Want to see how to do comics right? Read Demo by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan. Brilliantly told one-off stories about people with unique gifts, with art that invokes passion, heart, and wonder with ease. Do the medium a favor, and read this book.
iZombie #2 – $2.99
Who else picked up the first issue of this book and fell in love with a dead girl? Okay, good. I was worried I was the only one. Now that we’ve passed the awkward part of this conversation, we can get to the part where I tell you how entertaining this book is, and that you absolutely must pick it up tomorrow. It would be worth the price if there were no words, and there were only 22 pages of Mike Allred art inside, but fortunately there’s a pretty solid script, which makes this book a must read.
Hawkeye and Mockingbird #1 – $3.99
Jim McCann teams once more with David Lopez to bring you the continued (hopefully) adventures of Clint Barton and Bobbi Morse. Lopez is a talented interior artist who should thrive on a book like this, and with McCann’s love for the characters, I know that they’re in the right hands creatively. Now all this book needs is our support to survive longer than ten issues. You guys won’t be disappointed. Give it a shot.
The Stand: Hardcases #1 – $3.99
More of Marvel’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand is never a bad thing. One day, this whole thing is going to be collected into a giant omnibus that’s actually going to be thicker than the original novel. Until then, I’m completely content to read the serialized monthly retelling of this epic tale.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
A God Somewhere – $24.99
With high praise from creators Mike Mignola and Dennis O’Neil, John Arcudi’s original graphic novel A God Somewhere sounds like it absolutely cannot be missed. Following a young man named Eric as he grows from a normal man into something much more thanks to some mysterious circumstances, the book presents an extremely different take on what it means to be super in an otherwise normal world. Arcudi is a very strong writer, and I welcome the chance to see what he’s capable of when working with his own material.
That’s all for this time. Back to our regular schedule next week.