Two things I really like about Boom! lately: 1) They’re putting out a manageable number of titles each week, so that, theoretically, you could read everything they publish without breaking the bank, and 2) This week sees some absolutely fantastic comics being released.
Adventure Time Mathematical Edition Volume 3 HC (E.K. Weaver ECCC Variant Cover), $49.99
When I lived in Atlanta, I knew a fair amount of what I would refer to as extremely successful nerds, people who lived for cartoons, comic books, and gaming, and who were highly skilled so had jobs making a ton of money. They would then spend that money on really awesome, totally unnecessary things. I’ve always been jealous of people like that. I expect them to be the target audience for books like this.
A new ongoing series from Boom (or the Archaia imprint, specifically) is fairly rare. So what is this about? Here you go:
“When 99% of humankind is wiped out by a pandemic, four billion people are ‘saved’ by being digitized at the brink of death and uploaded into Arcadia, a utopian simulation in the cloud originally intended to accommodate just one person: a wealthy socialite succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease. Only the real and simulated worlds working together can stop her when she begins to cleanse the cloud of the four billion ‘intruders,’ but Arcadia is rapidly depleting the energy resources upon which the handful of survivors in the real world (aka ‘The Meat’) depends. The real world can help…but will it?”
Sounds good enough to get a few issues from me, that’s for sure.
Cluster #4 (Cover A Damian Couceiro), $3.99
Cluster #4 (Cover B Declan Shalvey), AR
Any week with a new issue of Cluster is a good week! Our lovable prisoners are trying to get back to prison before the bombs inside them go off which, you know, is kind of a sucky way to thank them for going to war. I would imagine we’ll get more clues about why each of the main characters is in prison to begin with, as well as more on Samara’s family connections. Plus, more wonderful art by Damian Couceiro!
Day Men #7 (Cover A Brian Stelfreeze), $3.99
And speaking of wonderful art, Brian Stelfreeze has being doing fantastic work on this series. This is the big showdown issue as our main Day Man, David, fights for his employers who are, of course, vampires — but they’re not all bad. This has been a really entertaining series so far, so I expect more of the same.
Dead Letters #9 (Cover A Chris Visions), $3.99
Sure, Phillips/Brubaker are the kings of comic book noir, and Del Rey/Carlson can claim a seat at that table, but let’s not forget about Visions/Sebela, either. Dead Letters has been an excellent supernatural noir book.
Read this and tell me that it doesn’t at least make you curious: “Feeling alone and betrayed by Bianca and Gabriel, Poe finds a humbled and apologetic Z, who tells him that all the Mice have been taken by the Scarf Man.”
Come on! Sounds pretty cool, eh? And look at that cover!
Halogen #3 (Of 4)(Cover A Afu Chan), $3.99
Boom’s doing some great sci-fi work these days, aren’t they? I can’t think of another publisher that has embraced sci-fi the same way. Maybe Image?
Jim Henson’s Storyteller Witches HC, $24.99
“Inspired by folklore from around the world and all told in the spirit of Jim Henson’s beloved beloved television series, this hardcover collects the watercolor story of ‘The Magic Swan Goose and the Lord of the Forest’ from S.M. Vidaurri (Iron: Or, the War After), Spera artist Kyla Vanderklugt’s haunting tale of the snow witch, Matthew Dow Smith’s tale of a man shipwrecked on an island of witches, and the unproduced The Storyteller teleplay from The Jim Henson Company Archives, adapted by Jeff Stokely (SixGun Gorilla).”
Well, damn, that sounds awesome.
Palmiotti And Brady’s The Big Con Job #3 (Of 4)(Cover A Amanda Conner), $3.99
This series hasn’t been my cup o’ tea, but I still love the concept.
Regular Show #23 (Cover A Andy Hirsch), $3.99
Regular Show #23 (Cover B Andrew Stewart), $3.99
“Rigby and HiFive Ghost find cryptic information about the strange movie from Rigby’s childhood on a message board, leading them to believe it was about dinosaur aliens!”
…everything about that sounds great.
Sons Of Anarchy Limited Edition Volume 1 HC, $39.99
I wonder if the aforementioned nerds I mentioned above would be the audience for this, too. I know the show has fans, but I don’t know how they translate to comic book readers.
Woods Volume 2 TP, $14.99
Collecting issues 5-8.