As the UK disappears under a blanket of snow and no-body goes to work, instead ditching their job for an hour on a sledge, it might be worth giving a thought to what you can read while huddled around the open fire later tonight.
As it’s New Comic Book Day here’s an idea or two.
There is of course the new issue, of the new Arc, of Saga from Image Comics. Everyone is still reading Saga, right? Nobody needs this comic ‘selling’ to them, do they? It was awesome in issue 1 and it’s still awesome as they approach the milestone 50th issue. And if by chance you haven’t read any, it’s not too late; it is still one of the bestselling trades every month afterall.
Speaking of trades, Crosswind volume 1 is out. The first issue was very good and Gail Simone’s scripts are always a pleasure to read. I’m looking forward to reading the first arc in one, huge chunk.
Also from Image (Crosswind is published by Image Comics) is Days of Hate #2. Ales Kot, Danijel Zezelj, and Jordie Bellaire bring you the continuation of their near future dystopian America political fantasy. It is an insightful and challenging read with the script and the art making you think about how you digest information.
My full review is over on comiconverse.com but, to be honest, you don’t need that, you just need issue 2 of Days of Hate.
Another second issue: Abbott #2 from Boom! Studios continues to impress. An intriguing story by Saladin Ahmed and illustrated by Sami Kivela. Despite the historical setting the narrative reflects modern issues and doesn’t shy away from exploring difficult subjects. I especially love Kivela’s art in this comic, his composition and panel design lead you through the story like the piped piper of Hamelin. He manages to manipulate the simplest of subjects in order to control the reader and the story.
I’m not convinced that there needs to be a supernatural element to this story but there is plenty of time for the creators to convince me otherwise; I will be sticking around for a while, to see where this title takes me.
Finally, for this week, Boom! Studios can just take my money. I’ve already written about Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation (here) and it goes without saying that I will be recommending this to anyone who will listen to me. Si Spurrier and Daniel Bayliss give fans everything they could possibly want from a Labyrinth comic and then some. The way the script channels the original movie is almost witch craft and I’m not sure I can write much more about Bayliss’ art.
Spurrier’s script is the hand and Bayliss’ art is the glove.
This is like a dream comic, even more so than the Power of the Dark Crystal. Now, who wrote that one?.....
So, avoid the snow, stay in and read an exciting comic or two.