This week: shit blows up! It's an all-action edition of the Colonel's Picks, brought to you by Action. Bang your head against a wall! Hold up a liquor store with a Nerf gun! Wear your pants where a shirt is supposed to go! Get crazy!
Thanos is here, and that big purple son of a gun just don't know how to quit! I personally can't wait to see him clobber everybody, slap on some cosmic powered bling and make their corpses dance, Thriller-style. Avengers mastermind Jonathan Hickman is at the helm of this one, and for this late summer blockbuster he's joined by Young Avengers veteran Jim Cheung. Hickman has been laying the tracks for this action choo-choo for some time and Cheung is an artist without equal when it comes to Marvel characters hurting one another. And it's all wrapped up in an intense, if minimal cover by Adam "master of the neck veins" Kubert.
I won't pretend to be the biggest fan of Wally Wood's classic Thunder Agent stories from the atomic age of comics, but the recent DC relaunch with Nick Spencer writing was pretty solid stuff. DC has since passed on keeping the Thunder characters in their stable (it's pretty crowded over there anyway) and now they have a new home at IDW. Maybe they'll run into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles..? Anyhoo, this new series is by Phil Hester and Andrea DeVito, the latter of which did some fantastic work at Marvel a few years ago with their cosmic characters, so he should be a great fit here. The Thunder Agents adventures always seem to veer a little left of traditional superheroics, so you might want to give this one a shot if the Trinity War's getting stale.
Y'know, thei sold Colonel remembers when steampunk wasn't just a cosplay style, but rather a cutting edge way of life! Now any old shmoe can attach some junk to a Deadpool costume and call themselves a Steampunker. Writer/Artist Rod Espinosa presents the adventures of the all-female crew of the Alexandria, a super steam-powered submersible. Espionage action rendered so beautifully by Mr. Espinosa, you'll find yourself hot-gluing gears and old pipes onto your entire wardrobe.
Mike Kunkel's all-ages masterpiece returns to comics for another go around. Tyler and his cape-wearing guardian/hallucination soar into new adventures. If you're not familiar, just think of it as a sickeningly cute version of Calvin and Hobbes. But even big, mean grown-ups will appreciate Kunkel's artwork and storytelling ability, which has landed him in that master cartonning class of names like Jeff Smith.
So long and farewell to sword and sorcery in the DCU. This is the final issue of Demon Knights, a title tthat peaked early under the pen of Paul Cornell. Since those brief glory days, the title has been under the watchful eye of current Green Lantern scribe Robert Venditti. Alas, even Mr. Venditti's more than capable scribing efforts couldn't keep this one off the proverbial chopping block. Chad Hardin and Howard Porter supply the artwork for this one, as Etrigan and the other heroes of DCU legend try and defend the Holy Grail against dark forces in what I'm sure will be a valiant last-ditch effort.
You may have noticed a lot more T&A on the Colonel's comic stack these days, but it's purely coincidence, I assure you. Heck, the crew on the CoH podcast would even vouch for this one, as listeners of the show will remember how giggly Chris and Evan get at even the mention of seminal horror comics legend, Vampirella. Ah, prolonged puberty. This miniseries by Nathan Cosby and Jose Luis sends Vampi packing for the Bible belt in Mississippi. The raven-haired femme fatale trades in her G-string for chaps and investigates what could be a powerful relic deep in the south. Probably just a methane pocket.
And that's the stack, steady as she goes. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to be alone with my Vampirella comic for a few. I'm uh...I'm having it slabbed, yeah, that's it. See ya!