This week’s New Comic Book Day really brings the weird; some of the best books this week are decidedly off the beaten path. What took No. 1?
1) Negative Space #2
We’ve all met somebody who believes in the power of positivity, and it makes them incredibly annoying. The genius here is that all those upbeat positive people fighting bad vibes also happen to be fighting an alien invasion. Ryan Lindsay’s story, needless to say, has something of a skew to it, and it’s ably backed by Own Gieni’s hilarious, sometimes gory, sometimes deadpan art. There’s nothing quite like this on the stands right now, and that makes it a must-buy.
2) Rumble #7
John Arcudi and James Harren are back, with their story of ancient gods living in a working class neighborhood and dealing with aging and depression. Which doesn’t sound hilarious, but trust me, this offbeat action comedy is worth making room in your comics budget. There’s nothing quite like it, with an almost Jim Jarmusch feel to it and utterly unique.
3) S.H.I.E.L.D.: Fury #1
David F. Walker smartly uses the current Nick Fury, a biracial son of the old spy, to comment on race and the past. Walker’s pretty smart here about what he pulls off; Fury Sr. is angry about the racial situation in 1965, but he doesn’t have as strong a grasp on it as he thinks, for example. It’s a smartly written and considered one shot, and definitely worth buying.
4) Astro City #27
Joe Infurnari takes over art chores on this, the secret origin of American Chibi. And, because Kurt Busiek is writing, it’s almost absurdly heartwarming. As usual, a must-read.
5) Arcadia #5
If you like science fiction, Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfiffer are delivering some of the best SF in comics right now. Bouncing between a plague-ravaged world and the virtual reality most humans live in, this thriller is a riveting piece of work. Pick it up, right away.
6) Wild’s End: The Enemy Within #1
Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard are back with their second mini, mashing up The Wind In The Willows and The War Of The Worlds… and it’s great. The contrast is bizarre but it gives the story much more urgency, and Culbard is able to expand the world greatly. Plus, you have to love literary types being pissy with each other. Highly recommended.