HOT PICKS: On Sale This Week

Wow. Pretty widespread love for The Fox, Saga and Sandman. No surprise there. (And no, Mark Waid did not pick The Fox — but check out what he DID pick!)

Mark Waid, Alter Ego Comics, Muncie, Ind.

SAGA NUMBER WHATEVER IT IS OH, GOD, EVERYONE ALWAYS SAYS THAT, OKAY! LIKE THEY NEED THE PLUG! Instead, let’s say the Revival Compendium Vol. 1 from Image. I’ll be absolutely straight–when I first paged through the first issue, I was dubious that it would be a story best told in the comics format, but I was mistaken. We’re proud to have this in our store and recommend it highly. By Tim Seeley and Mike Norton.


My Little Pony, 2013 Annual, IDW. A recommendation that 10-year-old Mark Waid can’t believe he’s hearing, but there you go. We love kids at our store, and a Tony Fleecs cover? Take my money.
Itty Bitty Hellboy #3 from Dark Horse will justifiably do gangbusters for us. You can’t lose by getting into business with Art and Franco!

Aimee LoSecco, JHU Comic Books, Manhattan

I swear I’m not plugging this book to kiss Mark’s ass. It’s just really good timing he jumped on board.
The Fox #1, Archie Comics/Red Circle Comics. Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel revive the Golden Age superhero The Fox for Archie Comics’ Red Circle imprint, done with all due respect and tongue-in-cheekiness you expect from the character and the creators. This progenitor of Madman (just look at that costume!) doubles down as pulpy crime noir, and knowing Dean, we’ll probably see The Fox shirtless at some point. He’ll be signing for JHU tomorrow night 10/30, so you can get the skinny then. Bonus points goes to the Fiona Staples variant cover!
Fiona Staples' variant cover

Fiona Staples’ variant cover

Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 1 paperback, Fantagraphics.Stan Sakai’s ronin rabbit is back in print! For new readers it’s an excellent jumping on point. Cross Lone Wolf and Cub with Groo the Wanderer and you’ve got well-researched and well-written stories that are illustrated by a modern day master.

Dimitrios Fragiskatos, manager, Midtown Comics’ Grand Central location, Manhattan

DC One Million Omnibus HC, DC Comics. I consider the late 90’s to be the DC Universe’s greatest era, where they kept it together and produced the highest volume of quality comics. Nothing exemplified this more than DC One Million by Grant Morrison and Val Semeiks. This was an event that wasn’t born from a need to fix continuity but from a fun idea, namely, what will each book look like when it reaches issue #1,000,000. A JLA that patrols the solar system and Pluto becoming a giant Asylum are just some examples.


Thought Bubble Anthology #3, Image Comics. I picked the first issue up on a whim a couple of years ago, and now I look forward to each release of Thought Bubble, which is an anthology of stories from some of the best indie creators in comics, printed on a newspaper. The paper quality is off putting for collectors, but I’m confident the art will entice anyone who looks at it.

Ted Alexander, manager, Midtown Comics’ Downtown location, Manhattan

X-Men Battle of the Atom #2, Marvel. I’ve heard people call this latest X-Men crossover one of the best in recent memory. I couldn’t agree more. We finally get to see what Brian Michael Bendis has had planned for the original X-Men since the beginning of the Marvel Now launch. Do they stay or do they get sent back to the original timeline? Speaking of timelines, Bendis has crafted a story with three separate timelines that all make sense. That’s pretty rare these days.

The Sandman: Overture #1, Vertigo. The comic that we all wanted to happen, but never thought would happen, is finally here! Neil Gaiman returns to one of the most intriguing characters ever put on the page. We get to see more of Dream and and the rest of the Endless family, which is almost like a dream (no pun intended) come true.

Official cover promo from Vertigo

Official cover promo from Vertigo

Saga #15, Image. Any pick of the week column that doesn’t have the best series on the shelves isn’t that much of a best of the week column, is it? This is a must buy.

Menachem Luchins, owner, Escape Pod Comics, Huntington, L.I.

Saga #15, Image. This is the title that just keeps on giving, every issue reveals more and builds the reader’s interest to a degree almost unheard of in a monthly series. It’s no wonder this is the biggest book out there, and that Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughn are being lauded left and right.

The Sandman: Overture #1, Vertigo. The return of the king! If Saga is the series everyone is reading, Sandman is its venerable ancestor — the first book you could give all your non-comic reading friends, a “comic for intellectuals” as Norman Mailer called it. Not only is Neil Gaiman back with the characters he created but the great JH Williams III is handling the art duties, which is just as about as perfect a dream team (pardon the pun) as I could wish for
The Fox #1, Archie Comics/Red Circle. Exciting as the return of Morpheus is, I’m more chuffed by the freaky fabulous return of Archie Comics’ The Fox. Written and drawn by indie superstar (and Emmy Award winner) Dean Haspiel and dialogued by veteran scribe Mark Waid, this fun and funky iteration of an old character is something really different to look forward to! (Keep in mind that The Fox has 4 different covers that were all orderable in ANY quantity, so don’t get taken for a ride by unscrupulous sellers and pay extra for the Darwyn Cooke or Fiona Staples cover!)

One of two Dino covers


Author: Dan Greenfield

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