Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Colonel's Picks for October 9th, 2013

Holy cats! There are some incredible new releases this week, folks. Both new creators and veteran creators stepped up to bat. If you've been out of the loop and away from your LCS for the last few weeks due to Villains Month and Infinity shenanigans, now is the time to come back and see what's what.

Afterlife With Archie #1 (Archie)

The end of the world begins in Riverdale apparently. The residents of Archie's home turf are getting zombified and guest-star Sabrina the Teenage Witch steps in to lend a hand (or broomstick). I'm interested to see Archie Comics experiement with the Archie characters in other genres. Writer Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and the brilliant Francesco Francavilla (This guy is all over the place these days) are the creative team for this one. Check it out.

Shaolin Cowboy #1 (Dark Horse)

Geof Darrow returns to one of his previous creations for a new series. Darrow is a madman with a pen annd pencil, and if you haven't seen his previous work on Godzilla and elsewhere, you're missing out on some of the best comic art of this or any era. Joining Darrow on this series is colorist Dave Stewart, an award winning master of the spectrum who lends real gravitas to any project.

Superman/Wonder Woman #1 (DC)

The current "power couple" of the DCU star in this brand new series from Charles Soule and Tony Daniel. I'm not over the moon about the concept for this series, but it's a bit of a milestone that Wonder Woman is finally starring in a second series. While I don't expect this to be on par with Azzarello's current Wonder Woman run, Mr. Soule is a mystery to me as a writer so who knows what to expect?

Cryptozoic Man #1 (Dynamite)

Viewers of AMC's Comic Book Men saw the genesis of this series; it's the brainchild of Walter Flanagan, the artist on Kevin Smith's last few Batman miniseries. This actually looks to be a fun series, mixing the vibes of old school horror books like Swamp Thing with the fascinating psuedo-science of cryptozoology.

Three #1 (Image)

Writer Kieron Gillen explores another aspect of Spartan society, focusing on the Germanic slaves on which ancient forms of "democracy" were built. It's a slap in the face to books like Frank Miller's 300, and a reality check to those who hold Greek culture in high regard.

Rocket Girl #1 (Image)

Time travel often makes my head spin, and the premise for this series doesn't help. A time traveler from the future comes to our time to investigate a corporation commiting crimes against the fabric of time and space, then learns that her native time (an alternate version of 2013) shouldn't exist at all. It's definently a head-scratcher, but the artwork by Amy Reeder should make it go down a little easier.

That's the stack for this week, faithful readers! Remember to check this space daily for new episodes of the Club of Heroes podcast, Evan's Halloween Countdown, and other juicy content!


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