Greetings from CoH central! It's that time again, where your favorite comic reading Colonel lists his picks for the week. Make haste to your nearest comic book retailer and throw away your hard-earned money. Like I always say, you can't take it with you!
Jason Aaron has been my X-Writer of choice for the last couple of years and now he's in charge of a second monthly title. I'll admit there are quite a few X-Men books on the stands currently, but Aaron's stuff is just too good to pass up. Joining him on the art is the uber-talented Ed McGuiness, whose work is always refreshing and energetic. Their opening arc promises the return of a certain swahbuckling fuzzy elf who hasn't been seen in a bit, so don't blame me if this one reeks of sulfur and brimstone.
V.J. Boyd and Chris Dibari's new series about an undead detective doesn't sound like the most original concept in the world, but I'm on board for at least the first issue just to see if they can deliver on the premise of a 21st century "Spirit". Can they do Eisner proud? Let's find out.
Gail Simone's Red Sonja has been hacking and slashing her way into fans' hearts for a few issues, and now a second companion series is on the way. This is an anthology series, featuring work from an all-female writing team. Among the femme fatales attached are the award-winning Nancy Collins and former Bat-scribe Devin Grayson! The ladies are running the show and this Colonel wouldn't have it any other way.
James Roberts and the incomparable art of Phil Jimenez kick off a crossover between IDW's Transformers titles that sees Shockwave make his bid for power and make strange bedfellows out of usual archfoes Optimus and Megatron. This will be the comic book equivalent of violently smashing your precious Transformers figures together and watches the pieces fly! And c'mon! Phil Jimenez is drawing it!
What happens to the heroes when the bad guys are gone for good? In this new series by crafty comics veteran J. Michael Straczynski and Gordon Purcell, ther heroes have become franchises and their sponsors keep them on a short leash. When they start getting picked off one by one, it falls on an everyman detective to figure out whodunnit! I'm interested to see if this is simply a Watchmen riff or a story with its own flavor.
And that's the stack for this week folks! Remember to tip your waitress and check out the latest CoH Podcast, where the boys go in-depth about the legendary Martin Goodman! Also, do me a solid and check out Real Men In This Town, another podcast by some friends of ours! Their latest single just dropped and you don't wanna be "that guy" do you?