It’s Valentine’s Day and there is a beautiful bouquet of comics out this week to share with your loved ones.
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on Cold War #1 from Aftershock Comics, but I’m waiting for the trade of Babyteeth so issue 8 will have to wait. If you’re not trade waiting, or you haven’t read it, Babyteeth has been outstanding so far so give number 8 a go.
I’m also waiting for the full run of The Power of the Dark Crystal to be out before reading it. With #11 out today that only leaves one month to wait. I don’t think I need to try and sell the brilliance of Si Spurrier’s take on the Dark Crystal, it sells itself, but if you’ve not discovered it yet, the first trade is out there waiting for you (published by Boom! Studios).
Boom! Studios also have Planet of the Apes: Ursus #2 out today. You can find my review for it over at Comiconverse.com. Spoiler: I love it. David F Walker and Chris Mooneyham have captured the essence of the original movies and enhanced the characters and the settings. This is a prime example of how to expand a universe successfully.
I don’t often look forward to many of the Big 2’s publications but I’m hoping that the Ragman mini-series (of which issue 5 is out now, hence the mention) gets a collection real soon. I love Ray Fawkes’ work and remember reading Ragman back in the day so I’m curious to see how these two work together.
And finally: Image Comics have a couple of titles definitely worth picking up. First up is Slots #5 by Dan Panosian. This issue is all about a father and son relationship; the complexities and contradictions. It also seems to be setting up the ‘Sting’ for the series so I think it’s going to be an issue you will come back to in a couple of months ready to make the hindsight knowing ‘aaaaa’ sound to. Slot’s has been a wonderful read so far, I’ve written about the brilliant storytelling before, and it is still on top form with issue 5.
Speaking of top forms: Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker’s The Black Monday Murders is still impressive reading, purely from a visual perspective if nothing else. My review for #8 is over on Comiconverse.com, please check it out, and the comic also. I will have further things to say about this comic later in the week, but you’ll need to read it first.
And finally in the finally section there is the brand new Kick-Ass from Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Where do I start? I love Romita’s work, there is something endearing about his chunky style of working that suits a lot of the comics he works on. He has a style that is instantly recognisable and tends to be different from most of the mainstream comics out there.
Mark Millar is a bit like Marmite, some people hate his work others love it with the same passion. I appreciate the work that he has done over the years and the difference he has made to comic publishing, especially here in the UK. However, I’m not a fan of his writing, or most of his comics. I think the new Kick-Ass will find its audience, the same people who have loved each of the other Kick-Ass comics, but I barely got through the introduction. This is just not for me. Which is fine. You can’t like everything. If you enjoyed the previous one’s go get this, it’s pretty much more of the same so you should enjoy it.
So, that’s this week. There is a lot of good comics out there, I’ve barely scratched the surface. Go find something you like, curl up with your loved one, and stuff your face with chocolates.