Paula won't return my calls, but that's not gonna stop me from spreading Reddenbacher style Peace and Love throughtout the known galaxy. Just to show you all I mean biznass, I'm expanding the Colonel's picks for this week, because there's just too much to love! Here's my pile for this week, groovers.
Thanos Rising #1 (Marvel)
The great bearded one Jason Aaron lends his pen to Marvel's most powerful megalomaniac in this new miniseries featuring the stunning artwork of Simone Bianchi. Thanos has always been a power player in the Marvel universe, from his glory days in Starlin's Infinity Trilogy to his more recent role in the cosmic Annihalation event. Now he's primed to plague either the Avengers or the Guardians Of The Galaxy on the silver screen sometime in the next few years as well as taking center stage in Jonathan Hickman's upcoming Infinity saga. Big doin's are centering around this purple skinned lover of death, so why not let an expert comics scribe like Mr. Aaron guide you through his world.
Princeless Volume 2 #1 (Action Labs)
The nay-sayers claim the sky is falling and the comic book audience is shrinking, devolving if you will into a mass of 30 and 40 somethings that won't be able to support the industry forever. Wether or not that's the case, some publishers have really risen to the occasion, providing quality content for kids, particularly young girls, that doesn't pander or come with an annoying 'Kidz Zone' label or something. For the gang at Action Lab Entertainment, great comics the whole family can read are their bread and butter. Princeless is the story of a princess tired of waiting for her knight in shining armor, so she decides to rescue herself. Who knows what energetic and enlightened adventures await in this second volume by creators Jeremy Whitley and Emily Martin?
Uber #0 (Avatar Press)
Just when you think Nazi superheroes aren't fun anymore, writer Kieron Gillen and artist Canaan White threaten to "redefine genres" in their new series from Avatar Press. Mixing the fallen Third Reich and superhero conventions can do that, y'know! Gillen's a writer I've grown to trust on name alone over the last few years no matter how tired or wacky a concept sounds. The man co-created Phonogram for God's sake. Canaan White is a new artist on the scene, but one look at his detailed page layouts and horrific scenes of Nazi barbarism will either make you a fan for life or have you bolting out of the room in sheer terror.
Dial H #11 (DC)
Spoiler Alert Nerf Derf: The gatefold cover for this issue (part of DC's WTF month gimmick) features none other than the Scarlet Speedster himself. Is it Barry? Is it Wally? Bart..? Nelson Gent, the lead of Dial H, has been dialing up heroes from other worlds and dimensions leading this old Colonel to believe DC may've found a way to sneak a Wally West Flash cameo into their New 52. Could the H-E-R-O Dial be the back door to reintroducing all of the lost heroes from DC's 2011 reboot? Anyhoo, you should pick up Dial H because it's a damn good series with interesting and dare I say unique characters and concepts, not for cover gimmicks and the false promise of undoing the New 52. Seriously, someone should tell writer China Mieville that he doesn't own any of these characters he's creating for DC, he's giving them too much cool stuff!
Miss Fury #1 (Dynamite)
Miss Fury may've been crackin' skulls back in World War Two, but sh'es still lookin' mighty fine. Dynamite continues to let todays talent revive the lesser known heroes of yesteryear with mixed results. Writer Rob Williams didn't ring a bell at first until I remembered the ill-fated female Ghost Rider series from not-too-long-ago. Whereas Marvel had him on a much tighter leash, I imagine Dynamite will give him a chance to get all footloose with Miss Fury, the heroine who's powered by RAGE. The story involves Nazi scientists, time travel, and a busty crimebuster with a bad attitude. Dear Mr. Williams, stop reading my diary.
'68 Jungle Jim #1 (Image)
Just a generation or two back, young men of several nations entered the meat grinder called Vietnam. And in the ever tasteful way comics and other mediums will, the creators and storytellers of today see this horrible period of history as being rife with potential. This new series from Mark Kidwell and Jeff Zornow isn't the first appearance of Jungle Jim, but at Image the character may finally find a bigger audience. This is a war comic disguised as a horror comic and may just be up your alley, if the latest Bat-Spider-X-Avenger-thing of the month just seems too inconsequential.
Well, dear reader, that's all the peace and love I can muster for this week. Who knew being a born-again flower child could be so exhausting?