Apparently, this is the week comics companies go whole hog, so you’ll have reading material this Thanksgiving. And there’s plenty of good stuff, starting with Rick Remender and Buddy Scalera’s science fantasy series launching today. A full review of Black Science, plus looks at books from DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and IDW, as well as a look at next week’s Valiant releases.
Black Science actually doesn’t lay out its whole concept in the first issue, but it definitely hits the ground running. Grant McKay, our anti-hero, essentially sprints through an amphibious world hunting for fresh water to save his children, all while beating himself up for his moral failures. It’s a pretty compelling book because there’s a lot of action on the page while sketching Grant himself vividly as a character.
Scalera was a perfect choice for the art; he quotes ’70s fantasy art without paying slavish tribute to it, and that gives the book just the right edge of the fantastic. If you like pulp, science fantasy, or just the creative team, this is a must-buy.
That’s one book… what about the rest available this week?
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The Merc With A Mouth didn’t always have voices in his head. That’s not an in-universe thing, we mean that the multiple voices you see in captions weren’t originally part of his origin. It turns out, however, that there’s a much more curious reason for that than you think, as told in Ben Acker and Ben Blacker’s story about Deadpool, various Avengers and… Madcap. Yeah. Madcap.
It’s a very, very funny and creative story, especially with Evan Shaner on the art. A well written, cleverly done standalone story, this should be one of your must-buys this week.
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This is a solid book, not least because unlike some of these, it doesn’t assume you’ve been paying close attention to the Ultimate universe. So it’s a lot easier to get into, and pretty well done into the bargain.
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Mike Mignola and John Arcudi bring back their fightin’ robot from World War II, but this time, he’s trapped in an existential war with himself. Fortunately, he’s roused from it just in time to… meet a Nazi supervillain, who may be up to far more than anyone suspects. Laurence Campbell’s beautiful, moody art perfectly suits this book, and it’s well worth picking up.
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Adam Knave and D.J. Kirkbride ask what, precisely, it’d be like to be an immortal superhero. Especially if your family passed away, and suddenly all you had were your supervillains. It’s an interesting script with a clever time-jumping idea, and Chuck Baxter, our “hero”, is well-characterized.