New Comic Book Day Roundup: December 11, 2013

In this post, from IDW Publishing: Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #2 and from Image Comics: The Walking Dead #118. AKA it’s the bestest and bloodiest week of comics ever. Even if there’s only two of them.

IDW Publishing

Wraith Welcome to Christmasland 2Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #2 by Joe Hill, illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III, cover by Charles Paul Wilson III
Genre: Fiction, horror, Christmas, vampires
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

In the continuing prequel to Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, we are introduced to Denis Sykes, the King Geek of the Daniels and Howard Circus who took his love for biting the heads off chickens and turned it into a life of crime and robbery. While still biting off the heads of house pets. Hey, you gotta keep your signature. Now he’s on his way to prison in a Department of Corrections vehicle with some fellow damaged criminals and even more damaged correctional officers. Be warned, this is the most horrifyingly bloody issue yet (I know it’s only one of two, but still), complete with sassy, older female you’d like to hug and all the raw dialogue you would want from a prison movie. Minus jokes about bunnies and boxes.

Whereas the first issue of Wraith was completely dedicated to the horrifying and feel-inducing back story of the charismatic villain Charlie Manx, Wraith #2 follows a decidedly different course and for a few pages there I wasn’t even sure if I was reading the right comic or not. Where’s the Christmas? Where’s the Wraith? Don’t worry though, if you’re confused, you’ll eventually get to that fabulous ending and it will all start to make sense. And then you will immediately want to read issue number three. It’s going to be a long month isn’t it?

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New Comic Book Day Roundup: December 4, 2013

In this post, from Marvel Comics: Young Avengers #13 and from Vertigo: Fairest #21 and Trillium #5. Talk about some serious déjà vu.

Marvel Comics

Young Avengers 13Young Avengers #13 by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Jamie McKelvie, cover by Jamie McKelvie
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, action, humor
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

There are only two more issues to go in the fabulous yet limited run of Young Avengers. In this issue, the Young Avengers have essentially become the regular Avengers because their adult brethren are currently powerless to stop the forces of evil. Specifically, the YAs “league of exes” or “gang of evil exes” unleashed by Leah as a possible homage to Scott Pilgrim and the alternate dimension evil versions of themselves unleashed by the dastardly Mother. Evil will be destroyed, sexy teen Loki (can I write that?) will open up to the others making the angst and the drama fly and they will defeat evil with the ultimate weapon: love. In the immortal words of Loki, “Oh, ugh. Is love really going to save us all?”

Although despite seemingly winning the day in this issue, we get a tease that this is not yet the end. One because there are two issues to go, and two because there’s more story to tell. And for that matter, I want to read more fake tumblr posts on the YA social media site yamblr, which is full of hilarious hashtags like, “#Avengers don’t assemble” and “#Oblivious adult Cap is unsurprisingly lame”. Plus I’m not ready to say goodbye to the intriguing and inventive panels, particularly in this issue when the past, present in future is laid out before the readers as if it were a comic book. Never stop breaking the fourth wall guys!

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New Comic Book Day Roundup: November 27, 2013

In this post, from Image Comics: Saga #16 and The Walking Dead #117 and from Marvel Comics: Avengers Arena #18 and Hawkeye #14. Which if you ask me is an awful lot of comics for Thanksgivukkah week.

Image Comics

Saga 16Saga #16 by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples, cover by Fiona Staples
Genre: Fiction, action, romance, science-fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Making their triumphant return to Saga is my favorite duo who work  for the Hebdomadal, an intrepid reporter and his photographer from the planet Jetsam, both of whom are having an adorable yet illicit love affair with one another. The problem is, homosexuals aren’t given the same opportunities as heterosexuals on Jetsam and to be an other could spell certain career disaster for our heroes, who are trying to break the story about what really happened to Alana. (Coincidentally, there’s a nice dichotomy between the laws on Jetsam and on Alana’s home planet of Landfall where citizens without the power of flight aren’t treated as equals.) Someone give these guys a spin-off!

Meanwhile, in more world building, we are introduced to a form of virtual reality television called the Circuit. You basically put on a helmet and are transported to watch a play complete with audience participation for anyone hooked up to the system. While it’s legal to watch the program (which is basically Jerry Springer-type melodrama) it’s basically run by criminals turned actors, which would be the perfect career move for Alana and Marko. If only things weren’t left on an enormous cliffhanger for them at the end of this issue. Can I haz #17 now?

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New Comic Book Day Roundup: November 20, 2013

In this post, from Marvel Comics: Young Avengers #12 and from Vertigo: Fables #135 and The Wake #5. Basically some hysterical and terrifying hipster stuff plus Fables. Not featured: Sex Criminals #3 which was too strange and hilarious to review properly.

Marvel Comics

Young Avengers 12Young Avengers #12 by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Jamie McKelvie, cover by Jamie McKelvie
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, action, humor
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Young Avengers will be ending with issue #15 and that makes me so sad on multiple levels. On the one hand, I get why they’re doing it, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie only intended the series to be a one-season story so it wouldn’t lose the magic, but on the other I’m just not ready to say goodbye, especially when it’s so consistently good. The story, the artwork, the arrival of sexy twenty-something Loki! I don’t want it to go! I want to continue living in a hilarious world in which adult superheroes have been brain controlled by an evil parasite from another dimension! ::recreates the entire regeneration of Ten::

Making it even harder to say goodbye was this issue (yet another fabulous one of course) in which the storytelling and the humor were top notch. As usual we get a recap from fake Tumblr (Yamblr), the dialogue is spot on hilarious and the fun is in the details. From the ship renamed to the Panic Station Wagon to Kate Bishop’s rallying: “Avengers assemble, I guess” to comments like “the book was better” and the invasion of earth being compared to “a knockoff Converse sneaker stomping on the human face, forever” it’s going to be so hard to read the last issue of this super original Marvel series.

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New Comic Book Day Roundup: November 13, 2013

In this post, from IDW Publishing: Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1, Image Comics: The Walking Dead #116 and from Marvel Comics: Avengers Arena #17. Basically, the theme of this week is charismatic villains and why we love to loathe them.

IDW Publishing

Wraith Welcome to Christmasland 1Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1 by Joe Hill, illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III, cover by Gabriel Rodriguez
Genre
: Fiction, horror, Christmas, vampires
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The prequel to the fabulous Joe Hill novel NOS4A2 (REVIEW HERE) has arrived, complete with an amazing variant cover from his Locke & Key partner in crime Gabriel Rodriguez. And suddenly I’m sad about Locke & Key being almost over. WHY CRUEL WORLD, WHY!?! Anyway, this issue serves as both a prologue to the short series Wraith, which in itself serves as an introduction to the novel, and a look at our sinister narrator’s tragic back story and discovery of how to travel the inscapes of the mind. Just be warned, if you read this first certain information about the world in which the characters inhabit will be given away right at the outset. Such as how Charlie Manx is able to use his vintage Rolls-Royce Wraith to steal children and take them to a magical and sinister place called Christmasland. Also why he does it at all.

If it’s possible, the illustrated Charlie Manx is even more frightening than the one I was able to conjure up in my imagination, yet his stories remain just as charming. He’s a masterful storyteller that crazed psychopath and you can’t help but be sucked in by the tales he weaves, which is directly contrasted by the illustrations we’re presented with. Stroke of genius that decision, because you immediately know you have an untrustworthy narrator on your hands. Albeit one with a very painful past. Oh Charlie, didn’t anyone ever tell you Hell is paved with good intentions? Perfection.

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New Comic Book Day Roundup: October 30, 2013

In this post, from Dark Horse Comics: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #5, Vertigo: Sandman Overture #1, Image Comics: Saga #15 and from Marvel Comics: Deadpool Kills Deadpool #4 and Kick-Ass 3 #4. But mostly, OMG NEIL GAIMAN’S SANDMAN PREQUEL IS HERE AND EVERYTHING IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD!

Dark Horse Comics

Killjoys 5The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #5 by Gerard Way, illustrated by Becky Cloonan, cover by Becky Cloonan
Genre: Fiction, androids, science fiction, post-apocalyptic
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

In this penultimate issue of Gerard Way’s My Chemical Romance album turned comic book sequel some questions are answered and a resolution is on the horizon but mostly we’re left wondering what the point of all this is. This issue we finally find out (through the spirit known as the Phoenix Witch no less) why the Girl is so important to the revolution and just why everyone either wants her on their side or wants her dead. Also Grant Morrison makes an appearance and is summarily punished for feeling love. Or maybe just gay love. It’s very unclear.

Way also throws some more mythology into the mix and while it’s an interesting and intriguing look at this strange post-apocalyptic world I’m also really hoping that it has something to do with the plot. This time around we learn about the android belief system which they have within a book called the Graffiti Bible. This book tells of an ancestor of theirs, a super robot called the Destroya, who escaped the power supply of Better Living Industries and who will one day return to free them from their oppressors. Destroya is also conveniently a song off the last MCR record because somehow I keep forgetting it was a super concept-y concept album.

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New Comic Book Day Roundup: September 11, 2013

In this post, from Dark Horse Comics: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #4, IDW Publishing: Locke & Key: Alpha #1, Image Comics: The Walking Dead #114 and from Marvel Comics: Avengers Arena #15 and Kick-Ass 3 #3. Basically, all the comics came out.

Dark Horse Comics

True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys 4The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #4 by Gerard Way, illustrated by Becky Cloonan, cover by Becky Cloonan
Genre: Fiction, androids, science fiction, post-apocalyptic
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The My Chemical Romance spin-off comic The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys continues to be a well-drawn, slightly confusing mess of a plot that I cannot stop reading. I don’t always 100% understand what’s happening (AKA why I’m supposed to care about the fate of Grant Morrison’s character when he’s mostly peripheral?) but I still keep reading anyway. Mostly because I don’t mind seeing a limited run to an end that I’m not totally in love with if I know it has an end point. Which is only two more issues away, during which things will hopefully be explained and the series will get a resolution. Again, hopefully.

In this issue, the love story between Porn Droids Red and Blue comes to an end as they seek to flee Battery City and die off the grid in the desert so they can go to android heaven. Which seems to be a place in the sky where android consciousness is beamed aboard a satellite to orbit around space for all eternity. Android God has a pretty sick sense of humor. Also he makes all androids wear capes in public? Meanwhile, the Girl has joined forces with the Ultra V’s in order to seek revenge for her murdered friends the Killjoys, who were trying to destroy the evil corporation Better Living Industries. If only the suspiciously like Gerard Way looking leader Val Velocity weren’t so chaotic good and didn’t spout lines like, “Haven’t you heard? Killing is the new cool?” Can I haz explanation please?

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