Every week, a different Panelteer will give you a rundown of the comics they’re most looking forward to for the week. Floppies, trades and omniboo are all fair game here. This week, Dave tells us what’s on his pull list.
It’s the first week of November, so hopefully you’ve got a fresh paycheck burning a hole in your pocket, because we have some goodies here: a couple of sophomore issues, some collected editions, and a new #1 that I’m excited for!
Gotham Academy #2 by Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl (DC Comics)
I wrote about Gotham Academy #1 in one of my Art of the Start reviews, and I liked it quite a bit, so I’m on board for the second issue. Building off the first issue, what would I like to know? More about Olive and her mysterious past. I’d like to explore more corners of the creepy school grounds, and I want to get more invested in the various members of the ensemble. It looks like Olive joins a secret society this issue. Intriguing…
Justice League 3000 #11 by Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis, and Howard Porter (DC Comics)
I’ll admit: I haven’t been reading JL3K. Despite liking all of the creators involved, I guess I just wasn’t ready for yet another take on the League. Until,that is, the announcement that Blue Beetle and Booster Gold would appear in the book — in their classic pre-New 52, BWAHAHA Justice League incarnations. Y’got me DC… I’ll be checking this out.
Walter Simonson Manhunter Artist Edition by Walt Simonson, Archie Goodwin, and Steve Gerber (IDW)
Oh, those artist editions… such a thing of beauty. And Walt Simonson’s remains one of the truly great comics artists — worthy of this honor like Thor and his hammer. I personally dig Simonson’s crazy Manhunter getup from the 70s, and those stories with Archie Goodwin are classics, but they’re throwing in some Captain Fear, Dr. Fate, and Metal Men stories? Sold. This book is gonna be a gorgeous coffee table spectacle.
Birthright #2 by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan, and Adriano Lucas (Image Comics)
I recommended Birthright #1 on the second installment of the Oh Comics! podcast, so you know I’m excited to see where this goes. A kid grows up in a fantasy world becoming a powerful warrior king, only to return home to the “real world,” where only a few years have past. What will the Rhodes family do now that they have their son back… and he’s more like Conan the Barbarian than the little boy they lost?
The Fuse #7 by Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood (Image Comics)
Caroline Pruett recommended The Fuse Volume One in our October “Best Comics We Read in October” round-up, and I have to concur: The first six issues of this series comprise a well-told murder mystery in a fantastic sci-fi environment – a giant space station. So well done that I think I’m done waiting for the next trade. I’m going to jump on board with issue #7, the start of a new story arc, and start reading this in issues.
Kinski TPB by Gabriel Hardman (Image Comics)
I’ve loved reading Kinski in digital issues, but the Image release of the Kinski trade paperback collection has me reaching into my pocket to double dip. I want this book on my shelves, and if you haven’t checked it out, now is the time. For a guy who has dealt with far away galaxies and planets full of apes, Hardman shows a remarkable restraint here, telling the story of a man and his dog. Well, the “his” part is questionable. Kinski is a study in atmospheric minimalism, revealing its characters deliberately through action and reaction.
Tooth & Claw #1 by Kurt Busiek and Ben Dewey (Image Comics)
From the blurb: “Conan meets Game of Thrones meets Kamandi…” Yeah? I stopped reading after that because they already made a sale. Kurt Busiek has created some great worlds in the past (Arrowsmith, anyone?), so I’m excited to see him let loose on a new creator-owned book with wizards and anthropomorphic animals. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s got Ben Dewey as an artistic collaborator, as I was really impressed with his work on Oni Press’ I Was The Cat.
Velvet #8 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting (Image Comics)
What can I say about Velvet that hasn’t already been said? Spy epics are one of Ed Brubaker’s sweet spots, and I think he’s been doing a fabulous of playing out his original concept of what I like to call “The Secret Life of Miss Moneypenny.” In the last issue, which switched focus to Colt, as he hunted down our heroine, Velvet Templeton. What’s this issue have in store? No clue. But I’m all in.
What’s on your pull list this week, Panelfolk? Talk to us in the comments section!