Weird Love #2
IDW’s utterly insane reprints of old romance comics continues with lost classics like “Too Fat For Love” and the worst biography of Ronald Reagan you’ll ever read. If you want to explore the bizarre side alleys of comics history, this is a good place to start.
Big Trouble In Little China #2
It’s like old Jack Burton always says; if you can’t get a sequel to one of the greatest movies ever made, get a damn good comic book instead. Churilla’s MAD Magazine-style art can take a slight bit of getting used to, but John Carpenter and Eric Powell deliver a killer mix of gags, monologues, and utterly silliness that make this a wonderful book to read every month. Highly recommended.
Honestly, this book is worth picking up just for the funny central “suspense” section, which is a hilarious goof on cheesy killer cliches and exposition dumps all at the same time. It could be a little snappier in the pacing, but it’s a fun horror book to say the least.
Southern Bastards #3
Jason Aaron’s gritty, sweaty noir bumps it up a couple of notches, both in how dark it’s willing to get and how rich the characterization of our ‘hero,’ Earl Tubb, really is. Jason Latour’s scratchy, sweaty art just underlines the whole thing, and makes this easily one of the best books Image is putting out right now. Highly recommended.
The Woods #3
The book’s turn for the Lord of the Flies, complete with the evil gym teacher, really does it no favors, but the concept is still so vivid, and Michael Dialnyas’s art so vivid and well-done, that the book can cruise for an issue on looking good and plot momentum.
White Suits #4
Toby Cypress’s art is much cleaner and clearer here: Less New Yorker cartoon, more Chester Gould. But unfortunately, Frank Barbiere has to cram the script full of exposition, and it drags down what should be a crackerjack finale to this book. It’s an OK finish, but disappointing in that it could have been better.
Moon Knight #5
After a few issues of ghost stories, Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey have a book that’s twenty-two pages of Moon Knight beating the ever-loving sh*t out of people. Simple plot, packed with action, and badass like you wouldn’t believe; sure, it’s clearly inspired by The Raid and video games, but who cares when it’s this awesome? Highly recommended.
Original Sin #5
So it turns out Nick Fury, in addition to being the head of SHIELD, has also spent the last few decades murdering demons, burning planets to ash, and generally protecting the human race in the darkest and ugliest way possible. It’s an intriguing idea that promises to have some worrying fallout, and it makes this gritty detective story all the more interesting. Highly recommended.
Quantum And Woody #12
The series ends hilariously, right down to riffing on “educational” comic books and the unspoken origins of the dreaded goat. They won’t be gone long: Quantum and Woody are joining The Delinquents. But we’re still going to miss this book. Highly recommended.
We return to the Farm, probably the most interesting Fables area, and the “clamor for glamour” that deals with the non-human Fables and their isolation. It’s a fascinating plotline, but it does depend on your knowing the books a bit better than just being aware of them, and is a wee bit less accessible to casual readers. Worth a look, however.