For comics shipping 01.26.11 or The Week Four Became Three. Again. 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
Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1 – $3.50
Taking place after Revenge of the Sith, this new comic story focuses on Vader as he comes into his own as the Imperial commander. Sent on a mission to recover an expeditionary force, things get tense when Vader is responsible for recovering the son of Moff Tarkin. I haven’t read a Star Wars comic in a long time, but something about this story has my interest piqued, and I’m looking forward to another new chapter in the long history of Darth Vader.
The New York Five #1 – $2.99
Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly team for this follow-up to the Minx OGN The New York Four. Centered on four college friends learning what it’s like to live in the big city, the original story was full of strong characterization, beautiful art, and and provided a new perspective on a often used trope. I’ve no doubt this sequel will live up to the original, as when Wood and Kelly team, something magical happens on the page, and fascinating, if familiar, worlds breathe to life.
Artifacts #5 – $3.99
The opening arc of Top Cow’s biggest and boldest cross-over event was highly entertaining and engrossing, and this latest issue not only starts a new chapter for all the characters involved, but also presents a great jumping-on point if you happened to miss out on the first four issues. Ron Marz has been carefully guiding all of the major players in the Top Cow U to this point, and though I’m still a bit skeptical about Whilce Portracio’s art, I’ve got tremendous faith in everyone involved on this book that Artifacts is going to be one of the best stories of 2011.
The Sixth Gun #8 – $3.99
You know what I love about The Sixth Gun? I mean, aside from the book being consistently amazing. I love how Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt continually evolve the story and characters, and constantly add new mythology and players into the vast tapestry the creators are weaving. I rarely have this much fun reading a book, and even more rare is when that book is better and better each subsequent issue. If you’re not reading The Sixth Gun yet, make sure this is the week you start.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
The Question: Pipeline – $14.99
Collected here for the first time are all the Question back-up, I’m sorry, second features from Detective Comics. Greg Rucka and Cully Hamner team to illustrate the continued adventures of Renee Montoya, and here she’s busy tracking down some gun-runners across the globe. As great as Rucka’s Detective Comics arcs were, the Question tales told in the back of the book were just as intelligent and worthwhile. Hamner’s art fit the character perfectly, and his strong line work makes this a truly standout story.