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Can’t wait for J.H. Williams‘ collaboration with newbie writer Neil Gaiman on something called Sandman: Overture. Should be good!
Jonathan Hickman launches his sci-fi epic with Thanos, everyone’s favorite Marvel villain! Check it out!
One of my favorite books of the last year or two is a book called Prophet. It isn’t something I’d recommend to everyone though because it’s a bit esoteric and weird. If you like old school Heavy Metal influenced sci-fi you might take a chance on this book. It sadly borrows the name from the Rob Liefeld 90′s property that it bears little if any resemblance to. There is an exuberance that shines through from this book that feels like creators really doing what they always wanted to do. Hard core weird sci-fi at it’s comic best.
I’m sure many of you are familiar with this high water mark of comicdom, but if you are not, do yourself a favor and invest in the trades. I was trying to describe it to a customer earlier today and it’s tough to totally nutshell. It starts off sort of like an X-Files type situation where weird things are being investigated by a couple of agents. It diverts from there and becomes a much broader type of secret history/conspiracy with huge leanings on the pulp traditions. It works on more than one level and bears several readings, which is not all that common in most comics. It is a love letter to the pulps by Ellis & Cassaday that still holds up after all these years. Better, in my opinion, than that comic by that guy that they made a movie out of. You hear what I’m saying.
If you are looking to try something outside of the mainstream, we highly recommend Joe Hill’s Locke & Key. There are five trades in the series so far and it is an addictive story they are telling in the dark fantasy vein. Joe, as many of you are aware, is the son of Stephen King and has chops similar to the old man. I read a bit of his newest novel NOS4A2 and it seemed as if Stephen had written the book himself. Gabriel Rodriguez knocks the art out of the park with his tight line work for you art lovers. All together it is one fine comic, but definitely not for younger readers due to mature content.
The success of Brian K. Vaughan’s SAGA has been unbelievable for a smaller publisher. Really, it would be tremendously successful even by DC or Marvel’s standards. If you are a trade waiter or you just want to spread the gospel, volume 2 is scheduled to arrive June 19th. If you haven’t tried this book yet, it’s the best monthly book on the shelves.