Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Colonel's Picks For May 15th. 2013

This week it's Cylons, Starbucks, and Whistling Skulls! Here are the Colonel's picks, brought to you by planet Earth's own Col. Orville Reddenbacher.

Battlestar Galactica #1 (Dynamite)

Apparently, this year is the 35th anniversary of the original BSG tv series, and Dynamite isn;t missing a beat, releasing a new series set in the classic continuity of the old show. Of course, who else but Alex Ross could provide an eye-catching cover for this premiere issue? The interior art by Cezar Razek doesn't look too shabby either. And did I mention the writing team of the cosmically empowered Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning? Those guys know how to write good sci-fi! This looks like a complete package, so I'm down for the first arc at least.

Regular Show #1 (Boom)

The newest entry to join the KaBoom! kids line at Boom studios is an adaptation of another hit Cartoon Network series. The Adventure Time comics have been a blast, and if the quality we saw there id indicitive of what we may see here, I'm all on board for a Regular Show comic, even having never watched a single episode. This debut issue features the work of K.C. Green, Allison Strejlau, Nick Edwards, and many others as well as variant covers from some of comic's indy darlings.

JSA: The Whistling Skull #6 (DC)

This series has been a hoot, but all good things, as they say, must come to an end. With the proud lineage of the Whistling Skull at stake (as well as thousands of innocents), can the sixth Skull save the day. B. Clay Moore and Tony Harris bring this historical steampunk-ish romp to an end. This series has made me yearn for the old Justice Society and feel even more bitterness toward DC's new "Earth-2". Not that James Robinson and Nicola Scott aren't doing a bang-up job, but the nostalgic streak in me won't let go.

Doomsday .1 #1 (IDW)

John Byrne continues to produce new material through IDW and this old-school fan of 80's comics is pleased as punch. Byrne has been experimenting with various genres and storytelling styles in each of these projects, proving he not only "still has it" but in fact he never "lost it". In this series, a group of astronauts aboard a space station bear witness to Earth's destruction by a powerful solar flare. Can they make it home and pick up the pieces?

Avengers: The Enemy Within #1 (Marvel)

Kelly Sue DeConnick's Captain Marvel series is gearing up for a summer crossover with the DeConnick's other Marvel Universe title, Avengers Assemble. This one-shot will get all the pieces on the board for what should be a doozy. Every story in Captain Marvel so far has really gotten down to the core of the character and watching her triumphs and tragedies unfold has been a real treat. Basically, while everyone has been talking about Hawkeye and Daredevil, this was also going on. Scott Hepburn provides the art chores for this issue, which should be a good "jumping-on point" (starting to hate that term) for new readers as well as the Carol Danvers faithful.

Alter Ego #116 (Two Morrows)

This issue of fan-favorite publication Alter Ego is a tribute to the late, great Joe Kubert who passed away just last year. Inside is a collection of interviews with some of his many collaborators as well as the man himself. From Sgt. Rock to Jew Gangster, and everything in between, this is the chronicle of one of the greats. Alter Ego is always an entertaining and satisfying read, but this issue in particular struck a chord with me, so it gets Colonel's Pick status for this week.

That's some solid comics! The Colonel nary can discover such a stack on a Wednesday afternoon! And let me plug away one more time for our podcast, an audio production that's sure to be all the rage sooner than later. Why not be the guy who liked it "before it was cool"? Download an episode today!


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