Hello Comic Peeps!
By CHRISTY BLANCH
Sorry for being a little absent lately, but I am finishing my dissertation and it’s crunch time for me. So many things have been put on hold, including my column, and for that, I apologize. Not that you NEED this column in your life, but I hope you WANT it in there!
Anyway, I know the political climate is crazy out there so let’s escape with some comics for a while. Shall we? It’s off to the races!
My first pick this week is one of the most beautiful books I now own. And I have a lot of those. The Joe Hill: The Graphic Novel Collection from IDW is so great. I just opened it right now and it still has that fantastic smell. I love the smell of new books! Anyway, the book includes some adaptations of Joe’s books and also Kodiak and Wraith. If you read N0S4A2, Wraith is a must. This book is a little pricey, but when you look at what you get for your money, it’s kind of a bargain. Plus, Joe Hill.
Second, Deathstroke #11 by Christopher Priest, Denys Cowan, and Bill Sienkiewicz is out. I got to read this early for an interview I did with Christopher and Denys (click here and here) and I was so engrossed in the comic that I had to read it again so I could take notes. It’s a look at America’s gun violence, especially in Chicago. Plus, the Creeper is back. Give this a read and just think about things. There isn’t any preaching in it, but it presents the issues in a compelling way that only comics can do. They did an amazing job with this book. Check this one out.
Finally, Letter 44 #29 from Oni Press, Charlies Soule, Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque and Dan Jackson. This series is wrapping up but do not think that the creators are just winding down. This issue is the start of the last arc and it’s pretty terrfic. It also looks really grim for the team. If you haven’t been reading this series, you should be. There’s still time and the trades for this series look great. The covers are super cool-looking and shiny! Just try it.
The Lightning Round for this week includes Marvel’s Star Wars #27 by Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca. If you like Yoda at all, get this issue you should. And love Yoda, I do. Kamandi Challenge #1 from DC, Dan Abnett and Dale Eaglesham is fun. This series will be created by a different team every issue so the cliffhangers will be fun. I’m sure the creative teams are thinking “Let’s see them get out of THIS!” And last but not least, Dark Horse’s Serenity: No Power in the Verse #4. There’s trouble for the crew – well, that’s a given. If you love Firefly, you should already be reading this series. If you haven’t seen Firefly, stop what you are doing now and watch it. I mean, come one, there are only 14 episodes and a movie. You can do that. And then you can thank me at @christyblanch on Twitter. You’re welcome.
Well, that’s it for this week. I hope everyone had a great January – can you even believe the month is almost over? Until next week, visit your local comic shop and keep reading comics.