Charles Soule and Javier Pulido continue a great first issue with an even funnier second. What does Jen do when life gets her down? Go out drinking with Hellcat. It’s Soule’s dialogue, paried with Pulido’s Kirbyesque style, that really makes this book. Highly recommended.
Lobster Johnson: Get The Lobster! #2
The pulp noir hero that inspired Hellboy is in deep, and needless to say, he’s not getting into any shallower hot water. Mike Mignola and John Arcudi strike a good balance between grounded crime fiction and pulp theatrics, but it’s Tonci Zonjic’s clean, precise art that makes this book. Perhaps not essential, but quite a lot of fun.
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #2
Greg Pak and Mirko Colak follow up a solid first issue in this reboot with a corker of a second. Pak’s book is a lot more complex than you might at first think from the title: It touches on themes of colonalism and tribalism to a surprising degree. And yes, there are also plenty of dinosaurs. Highly recommended.
The Saviors #3
James Robinson and J. Bone continue their story of aliens among us, and it’s a blast. Bone and Robinson work quite well together, and Bone’s jazzy style really puts this book over the top. Highly recommended.
Burn The Orphanage: Born To Lose #3
Sina Grace and Daniel Freeman wrap up their miniseries, a tribute to video games from the ’80s and ’90s, as part of a plan to turn it into an ongoing. As a result, it’s simultaneously trippy and oddly paced, as it establishes one of our heroes running around in a fight on an alien world while the other two argue about their love lives, and it’s a bit of a letdown from the last two issues, even if the payoff to Bear’s bitching is a hoot. Still, this book is undeniably a hoot, and its gaming roots shine through, so it’s worth picking up, no matter how ridiculous it gets.
Bad Blood #3
After a somewhat lackluster second issue, the third issue of this series from Jonathan Maberry and Tyler Crook comes back strong. Our heroes both have polluted blood… and it turns out vampires don’t understand the modern world nearly as well as you might think. This issue continues the clever, well-thought-out nature of this mini, and marks it as something special in a market that’s got plenty of horror books. Highly recommended.
Juice Squeezers #3
David Lapham’s book of kids fighting giant insects is becoming the best all-ages book on the stands. Lighthearted and fast-paced, it’s bizarre to think this came from the creator of Stray Bullets, but it stands out. If you’ve got a kid you’re buying comics for, this is a must-buy.
Day Men #3
Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson, and Brian Stelfreeze continue their elaborate story of vampire politics. In truth, it’s a bit slowly paced despite several pretty sharp action scenes, but it’s still a fairly interesting book. Worth picking up if you’re looking for something a little different in your sub list.
Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting continue their top-notch spy thriller. Epting once again gets to show off his skills with action, while Brubaker cleverly advances the plot. No spoilers; there’s plenty to absorb here. Highly recommended.
Terminator: Salvation: The Final Battle #4
This series finally gets to the meat of its plot: Putting all the Terminators under the control of a serial killer. That said, it is somewhat pretentious and prone to lecturing, and it does still feel padded; this doesn’t need a twelve-issue miniseries, and Dan Jolley’s smart, sharp Terminator book from last week is a good reminder that the series does better in a smaller scale.
Afterlife With Archie #4
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla continue to deliver a genuinely creepy take on the Archie universe. The opening alone, featuring Archie’s dog Vegas, hits like a gut punch, and is cleverly paralleled later in the issue. If you’ve been dismissing this book based on its concept, you’re missing out on one of the best books on the stands. Highly recommended.
Rover Red Charlie #4
It is not a good week to be a dog in comic books. Garth Ennis and Michael Dipascale hit hard with this one, and if you’ve got a dog, you’re probably going to want to spend a little more time after this. Highly recommended, but definitely a tough read.
Forever Evil #6
Who doesn’t love a good villain fight? Hopefully fans of this book, as Geoff Johns pretty much stalls the plot in favor of fisticuffs. Not that I’m entirely complaining, mind you, but we don’t see enough of the Secret Society of Super-Villains in action in this crossover, and the ultimate reveal here is oddly both clever and predictable. Solid stuff, but it feels like we should have wrapped this up.
Grindhouse: Doors Open At Midnight #6
Alex De Campi and Federica Manfredi wrap up their rape/revenge in medieval times two-parter the Bride of Blood. This is pretty much all just gory violence, which Manfredi is talented at depicting, but it again highlights this book’s problem: The stories are held back a bit by the need to be over the top. Still, it’s some solid comics, and the ending is a nice, nasty little O. Henry twist.
Catalyst Comix #9
While Joe Casey’s stories continue to be fun, to be honest, this book feels like it needs to wrap up. Hopefully there’s an endgame in sight, even if this superhero anthology is still solid.