Archive for the ‘Staff Picks’
PHIL’S PICKS: Heroes has been doing the weekly picks for a good couple of years now, with Andy, Justin, Karla, Rico and Seth filling you in on what is cool, new or exciting in next week’s releases. There are a few reasons I don’t contribute, here sorted from shortest to longest:
1) I hate me some typing.
2) You would quickly tire of me saying buy Uncanny X-Men Annual 11 and Waid and Samnee’s Daredevil.
3) I’m six months behind on my comics reading (to wit, Remender’s Captain America has been great, but I just finished reading #8) .
4) I don’t have anything to add to the computed cacophony of comic thought and opinion; in fact, the more I avoid online comics news and views, the better I feel about myself, life, and you, the loyal Heroes customer. So really, everybody wins, and how often does that happen? (more…)
SETH’S PICK :: MANIFEST DESTINY #2: It recently dawned on me that Image Comics is currently producing the monthly comics I’m most excited about. Between East of West, Pretty Deadly and Black Science, there are plenty of interesting new titles from the company. Add to that list Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts‘ Manifest Destiny. This is one of those seemingly obvious concepts that writers everywhere are kicking themselves for not thinking of first. It’s a new take on Lewis and Clark exploring the vast acreage obtained in the Louisiana Purchase. While rooted in history, this series diverges from it by pitting the legendary explorers against an array of monsters and beasts that defy imagination (think buffalo centaurs). In case you missed the sold out first issue, there’s also a second printing available this week. In other words, here’s a perfect opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a very promising new series.
ANDY’S PICK :: RICHARD STARK’S PARKER SLAYGROUND: Fans of Darwyn Cooke rejoice! A new Parker book has arrived just in time to be added to our Christmas Wish List (hint) This is a no-brainer for anyone who picked up the first three books in this hard-boiled, beautifully rendered Crime fiction adaptations. This is a true marriage of an author’s prose novel and a talented cartoonist determined to adapt these stories to a new medium, but keep the tone and the spirit of the work intact. The plot: Parker– a career criminal (and not the nicest guy in the comics)- breaks into an abandoned Amusement Park in order to escape capture after a heist goes wrong. But someone observes Parker trespassing and that’s when things get really scary for all involved (just look at that amazing cover!). Darwyn Cooke is an artist who deserves all the praise that has been heaped upon him. This Parker series belongs in everyone’s hands. It is as good as you’ve heard.
ANDY’S PICK :: CAPTAIN EASY VOLUME 4: This is the fourth and final volume of the over-sized collection of Captain Easy full page Sundays beautifully written, drawn and colored by the great Roy Crane. This is one of the most influential strips of all time. Crane successfully blended fast paced globe trotting adventures with a big foot comedic art style like no other strip had ever done–before or since. Crane left the successful Wash Tubbs/Captain Easy strip in 1943 to start his own feature Buz Sawyer. By that time, the world had changed; WWII forced the newspaper strips to face the realities of war and real violence. The days of the lickety-wop deliriously fun escapades in a world filled with damsels in distress, tiny European kingdoms, a perpetually Wild West and maps that led to buried treasure were over. However, all those delightful staples of the depression era world of the dangerous– but always reliable–Captain Easy are on display for all to enjoy. This four volume collection is the ideal series where any modern reader can get an understanding and appreciation of the scope and history of the Adventure strip. How important is Crane and the Sunday Captain Easy? If Roy Crane did not directly influence your favorite cartoonist , believe me, the artists who influenced your current favorites were influenced by Crane and his marvelous work. Besides all that–Captain Easy is a blast to read PICK UP ANY VOLUME; Need a recap? Easy gets into trouble, then he punches his way out and then, he gets into trouble…Plus there are beautiful girls and Tigers– lots and lots of Tigers.
RICO’S PICK :: DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1: One-shots, anthologies, and annuals, these are the odd ball comics I’m always drawn to. Retailers and publishers alike have trouble selling them on a consistent basis though because of the inherent uneven nature of these things and an inability to please everyone. This annual of a title I don’t read on a monthly basis grabbed me because of the great creative team. Start with a hilarious and brilliantly executed take on the old Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck – wabbit season/duck season cartoons by the mighty Tradd Moore and Jordie Bellaire. Add a story by Thrilling Adventure Hour creators Ben Acker and Ben Blacker and finish it off with great art by Evan “Doc” Shaner and Veronica Gandini. It seems like a perfect formula for a really fun comic book to me.
JUSTIN’S PICK :: SPIDER-MAN AND WOLVERINE BY WELLS AND MADUREIRA HC: I’m just gonna come out with it: in comics, Joe Madureira is to the 90s what Michael Golden was to the 80s; that is, Mad’s relatively modest body of work is comparatively massive in its influence. Traces of his kinetic, amped-up brand of storytelling are all over the stands today. With his stint on Uncanny X-Men, Mad conquered the comic book world. And while I am a bit disappointed he’s forgone proper inkers on his past few projects, the results have still been pretty great. This volume collects Mad’s yarns with scribe Zeb Wells, originally aired in the pages of Avenging Spider-Man (which I blabbed about here) and Savage Wolverine. A lot of these issues sold out at Heroes, and with a line-up consisting of Spidey, Wolvie, Red Hulk, Elektra, Mole Man, the Kingpin, and more, it’s not hard to see why. These stories are solid reminders of the joy and wonder that initially drew us – one and all – to comics.
SETH’S PICK :: BLACK SCIENCE #1: If you missed Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera’s run on Secret Avengers, you should treat yourself go back and read it. It was full of imaginative comic craft, and felt unique among the other Marvel comic it stood beside. As memorable as that run was, I wondered what kind of comic these guys would create if they had complete control over it. That question is finally answered this week in the form of their new series Black Science. Conceptually, it’s a sprawling science fiction epic featuring rogue anarchist scientists who break the barriers of reality and find themselves amid an endless amount of alien worlds. This is the kind of big concept Remender seems to relish, but is made all the more interesting by the bombastic art of Scalera. It’s been a while since there was so much early buzz surrounding a new creator owned sci fi series. This book seems primed to not only live up to its hype, but very likely surpass it.