Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Colonel's Picks for October 2nd, 2013

The U.S. Government has shut down, but the Colonel's operation is still in full swing. While you wait for your fearless leaders to get their collective act together, enjoy a fat stack of comics from your LCS.

The Occultist #1 (Dark Horse)

Dark Horse continues to take the world of superhero comics by storm in this new title by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton. Norton's everywhere these days, from Battlepug to Young Avengers. How does he do it? The Occultist is a riff on Marvel's Doctor Strange and the preview art reminds this old Colonel of the Ditko-era material. Seeley's a well rounded writer who can write horror/occult type stuff with the best of them. This one's a winner, folks.

Hinterkind #1 (DC/Vertigo)

Ian Edginton, Greg Touchini, and Francesco Trifogli present this exciting new take on the tropes of the fantasy genre in a post-apacolypse setting. Something called "The Blight" has all but extinguished the human race, and our protagonist Prosper Monday must leave her sanctuary in Central Park to find her missing grandfather. I'm gonna give it a look. There's a variant cover by Jim Lee of all people, if you're into that kind of thing.

The Witching Hour #1 (DC/Vertigo)

This is the latest in a series of cash-grab one shots from Vertigo using the titles of old DC books. Shallow origins aside, this Colonel is a big fan of anthologies and these have some great short stories inside. Kelly Sue DeConnick, Cliff Chiang, and Jenny Frison are among the contributors to this volume. Give it a look if you feel like something the same vein as Eerie or Creepy.

Shadow Now #1 (Dynamite)

The Shadow returns from the Far East to battle evil in modern day New York City. What is the secret of Lamont Cranston's longevity? Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Dvid Liss and Colton Worley know. (Yeah, I know I used that joke the last time I mentioned a Shadow comic, cut me some slack here!)

CBLDF Annual 2013 (Image)

Buy this book and help support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! They fight for your right to party and battle comics censorship on all fronts! It features new material from modern masters like Richard Corben and Gabriel Ba! It's the only way to stop Wertham's ghost!

Fantomex Max #1 (Marvel)

The fact that Fantomex is still running around in Marvel comics makes my Grant Morrison-loving heart soar. This is a "mature readers" take on the character, so along with his usual witticisms expect a lot of sex, guns, and rock n' roll! Deadpool MAX by Lapham and Baker was my favorite MAX title so far, let's see if Andrew Hope and Shawn Crystal can surpass that.

That's quite a list. It more than makes up for last week's paltry offerings. And since I've got your attention, let me remind you all that the Club of Heroes Podcast is back! In Episode #49, Chris and Evan talk war comics in the 80's and 90's, then brace yourselves for a very special 50th episode in a just a few short days. After that be on the look out for the exciting conclusion to the War Comics retrospective and a new podcast production starring Chris B from CoH and martial arts master Hunter G (aka Fat Chicken). Also, be sure to check this space daily for Eerie Evan's Halloween Countdown.


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