Dear reader, I've come to the conclusion that it's not healthy to obsess over a foe like Paula Deen. This Colonel is just too damn old and too damn tired to waste his days chasing noodnicks like that. It's time to inject a little peace and love into the Reddenbacher regimine!
Mister X: Hard Candy (Dark Horse)
Dean Motter's Mister X is a staple of independent comics. Motter is a master storyteller as well as designer and it shows every time he puts pen to paper for another Mister X adventure. Los bros Hernandez, Bruce Timm, Ty Templeton, and many other legendary creators have all lent their artistic talents to the character in the past as well. This one-shot is an original story with Motter going solo and promises to be a great introduction to the "pulp deco" stylings of Mister X. If you pick this up be prepared to race back to the comic book shop and plunk down the rest of your dough on Dark Horse's Mister X collections, it's that good.
Time Warp #1 (DC)
DC wallops my wallet with another Vertigo anthology one-shot this week, but I can't resist. An old-school adventurer like myself can't turn away from an anthology featuring such a killer lineup; Dan Abnett, Mark Buckingham, Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt etc etc! The main draw in this collection of stories is the promise of a new Rip Hunter tale. We the readers haven't seen hide nor hair of the time traveling swashbuckler since the institution of the new 52, and I've been aching to see some era-spanning shenanigans.
Mark Waid's The Green Hornet #1 (Dynamite)
Mark Waid wants you to know this is his Green Hornet, bro. I suppose with the uber-talented and tenured Waid taking over the title, Dynamite has seen fit to begin again with a new number one issue. Waid can do no wrong these days, wether it be his magnificent work on Hulk or Daredevil, or his initiatives in the world of digital comics publishing. It's rare to see a creator with his already staggering body of work continue to produce high-quality stuff and be on the forefront of a new publishing platform. The pitch for this series is interesting as well, pitting the emerald-clad crimebuster against his own alter ego, Britt Reid. I'm not too familiar with artist Daniel Indro, but I can rest easy knowing Waid is a writer who scripts to his artists' strengths.
East Of West #1 (Image)
Jonathan Hickman writing another trippy sci-fi romp is a no-brainer. I'd pick that up in a heartbeat regardless. What drew me to this new series from Image was the inclusion of artist Nick Dragotta, who I feel is criminally underrated. His two issue Black Bolt story from Hickman's FF series and his art on Joe Casey's Vengeance are something to behold. His work is energetic and loose, fitting Hickman's fast-paced idea-crammed storytelling. This writer/artist combo will make it a winner, even if the solicitation text tells of a trope-filled dystopian setting.
B.P.R.D. Vampire #1 (Dark Horse)
Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, the art team that brought us the extraordinary Daytripper series a few years back, teams with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola for this new miniseries set in the B.P.R.D. universe. Following the events of B.P.R.D. 1948, this series pits them against a cabal of bloodsuckers and their Gorgon-themed headmistress. If you've never seen Ba and Moon work together on a book, do yourself a favor and check this out. Their art style comes across as simplistic at first, but the longer you indulge, the more dimension appears.
Next week, be here as I attempt to bury the hatchet with Paula. Until then, happy reading!