For comics shipping 03.16.11 or The Week The Only Thing We Had To Fear Was Fear Itself. 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.
Artifacts #6 – $3.99
Top Cow’s big crossover event reaches the halfway point, and now that the action is starting to intensify, the storyline is getting really interesting. I mean, I was already enjoying this because over the past few years I’ve really gotten to like the Top Cow characters and universe, but Artifacts has been just what this company has needed to breathe new life (and potentially, new readers) into the world. It’s not too late to start reading, so if you’re looking for something a little bit different than what the Big Two are offering, Top Cow just may have the solution.
Morning Glories #8 – $2.99
Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma have created one fantastic new book. Chock full of mystery, interesting characters, and some fairly nice art, Morning Glories has established itself as a must-read book in a very short time. Though this issue isn’t set up as a jumping-on point, that doesn’t mean it’s not a good place to start reading. As a stand-alone issue (mostly), this week’s issue only deepens the mysteries of Morning Glories Academy, and you’d do well to start reading this incredible book.
You can check out my review of this issue right here.
Fear Itself: The Book of the Skull #1 – $3.99
I’m a little conflicted about this comic. It’s the opening to Marvel’s next big event, and I’m sort of burnt out on the yearly tradition of having events. Marvel’s not the only company guilty of this, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less wary of yet another “world-altering” event. That all said, Fear Itself is being headed up by Matt Fraction, and I think he’s one of the top five writers working in the medium today. I’m going to give this prelude a shot to see just what the storyline is going to be all about, but Fear Itself is going to be on a very short leash for me.
Ruse #1 – $2.99
Ruse is back! This book was one of Crossgen’s best titles, and now that Marvel has brought it back, under the deft hand of Mark Waid no less, I’m super-excited to read it again. Ruse is about the world’s smartest man, who also happens to be the planet’s premiere detective. If you never read the original series, do yourself a favor and check out this relaunch. You won’t be disappointed in the least.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
iZombie, Vol. 1: Dead to the World – $14.99
Gwen’s a grave digger. She’s an attractive girl who’s friends with a ghost and a were-terrier. Her only real problem? Once a month, she has to eat a brain to survive. That, and she sometimes becomes obsessed with then helping that brain’s original owner complete its last wish. Written by Chris Roberson and drawn by Mike Allred, iZombie is a quirky supernatural title that’s funny, charming, and absolutely gorgeous. Allred’s an elite artist, and the way he brings Roberson’s world to life is amazing. If you enjoy a hint of the supernatural, mixed with a bit of mystery, this book should be right up your alley.
That’s all for this week. Be sure to check back this weekend for our digital comic highlights of the week.