For comics shipping 09.01.10 or The Week School Was Back In Session. 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.
DARK HORSE COMICS
Hellboy: The Storm #3 – $2.99
You know, your guess is as good as mine as to what exactly is going to happen next to Big Red, but I know for a fact that I don’t want to miss out on whatever it is. Mignola has proven once again that nobody, and I mean nobody, deals with the occult and mythology the way he does, and with Fegredo right by his side bringing everything to life, Dark Horse has another Hellboy hit on their hands.
iZombie #5 – $2.99
Every issue of this young Vertigo series impresses me more and more. Chris Roberson is doing a fantastic job creating a world and characters that I want to know more about. It certainly helps to have as impeccable an artist as Mike Allred on board, and while that may have been my primary reason for checking this title out in the first place, I can now say that I’m just as engrossed in the story as I am what’s being drawn on the page. You should be too.
Tom Strong vs. The Robots of Doom #4 – $3.99
I hate to admit this, but I think I missed the last issue, even though I recommended it. I have absolutely no recollection what happened, but I intend to rectify that immediately… tomorrow. Anyway, Chris Sprouse and Peter Hogan are doing some great things on this book, and it’s just so darn good to see ol’ Tom Strong back in action. Science has never been more fun than it is with the Strong family.
Haunt #9 – $2.99
I really enjoy just how different this “super-hero” book by Kirkman, Capullo, and McFarlane is. Kirkman has created a new character that I’m genuinely interested in, and though it should come as no surprise just how capable he is at creating new and interesting characters, I still find myself shocked at how quickly I became such a supporter of this title. It helps having two extremely talented artists like Capullo and McFarlane working on the interiors, but the bulk of the reason you should be reading this book lies in the writing of one Robert Kirkman.
Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #2 – $3.99
More adventures of the Young Avengers by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung. You need no more reason to read this book than that.
Hawkeye and Mockingbird #4 – $2.99
I think it’s safe to say that Jim McCann is now the official patron saint of Hawkeye and Mockingbird fans. In addition to bringing two fan-favorite characters to the forefront of the Marvel U, McCann’s also done a great job making two people with an incredibly complicated history easily accessible to newcomers. David Lopez’s art is top notch, as always. If you haven’t been reading this book, isn’t it time you started?
Stumptown #4 – $3.99
I’m probably not the only person looking forward to the conclusion of this mini-series, but I’m probably the one guy who’s been checking Oni’s site every day to find out when this fourth issue of Greg Rucka’s and Matthew Southworth’s brilliant detective story would be arriving in stores. Despite being plagued by lateness, this is a story worth reading. I only hope you managed to grab the issues at your store when they were made first available, as it’s likely they don’t have the first three issues any more. If they do, fantastic. Grab them all, and treat yourself to a delight of a mystery.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects – $17.99
When Abe Lincoln needs a good man to handle the threats of Emperor Zombie, he dials up the Amazing Screw-On Head, and adventurer and government agent of the highest esteem. Able to battle demons from another dimension, explore forgotten ruins, and save the United States of America, Head is always up to the task, no matter how odd. This collection of stories from Mike Mignola’s mind are funny, whimsical, captivating, and should not be missed. You may remember an animated cartoon on the Sci-Fi (before it was SyFy) Channel, where Head was voiced by Paul Giamatti. It was a hoot. So’s this book. Do give it a chance. You’ll be pleased you did.
That’ll do for this week. See you next time.