What’s that, you say? You’re wondering what comics are coming out today from the venerable Boom Studios? Well, look no further, my friend…
Adventure Time Banana Guard Academy #3 (Of 6)(Cover A Aimee Fleck), $3.99
Adventure Time Banana Guard Academy #3 (Of 6)(Cover B Christina Chang), $3.99
Adventure Time Banana Guard Academy #3 (Of 6)(Cover C Mike Lowery), AR
This is a series that spins off from another series, neither of which I read, both of which are supposed to be pretty awesome. I like the cartoon whenever I actually see it.
Big Trouble In Little China #5 (Cover A Eric Powell), $3.99
Big Trouble In Little China #5 (Cover B Alexis Ziritt), $3.99
Big Trouble In Little China #5 (Cover C Riley Rossmo), AR
When I was in college, I was in a band (I was in a couple) and we often played shows with a band called Lopan. For those who don’t know, that’s the name of a dude from the movie these comics are based on. People love the movie (I have only vague recollections of it), so I would imagine people will love the comic, as Boom is usually really good at expanding stories like this.
Black Market #4 (Of 4)(Cover A Victor Santos), $3.99
I like Black Market well enough, but it’s ultimately still a story about superheroes, or at least people with superpowers, and to that extent I definitely got some “new take on old genre” fatigue. That’s not to say there aren’t things to enjoy, because there are, and it’s well done. I think maybe I’m just getting burned out on such stories.
Bravest Warriors #25 (Cover A Erica Henderson), $3.99
Bravest Warriors #25 (Cover B Maris Wicks), $3.99
Bravest Warriors #25 (Cover C Reed Black), AR
See above re: Adventure Time Banana Guard Academy.
Dead Letters #5 (Cover A Chris Visions), $3.99
Boom is publishing a couple of outstanding books these days and this is one of them. The premise in and of itself isn’t all that unique (I’ll spare you any spoilers), but the execution is fantastic. I’ll say this much: If you enjoy noir in any form, you should be reading this. It also looks amazing.
Fraggle Rock Journey To The Everspring #1 (Of 4)(Cover A Jake Myler), $3.99
Fraggle Rock Journey To The Everspring #1 (Of 4)(Cover B Jake Myler & The Jim Henson Archives), AR
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but licensed properties always confound me, particularly properties that I associate with a narrow window of time. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Fraggle Rock when it was on and when I was able to watch (basically, whenever we could steal premium channels), but the idea that there’s an audience, all these years later, for the concepts let alone the concepts in comic book form is hard for me to comprehend. But those people must exist, or else this comic book wouldn’t.
Hexed #1 (Dan Mora 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Hexed #3 (Cover A Emma Rios), $3.99
I only just read the first issue of this series and I’m intrigued. The first issue is just about perfect, throwing us into the deep end of this world, yet giving us enough information to get a grasp of what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s Tale Of Sand Box Set, $49.99
Jim Henson’s Tale Of Sand The Illustrated Screenplay HC, $24.99
Tale of Sand is an unproduced script from Jim Henson and I shouldn’t have to tell you who Jim Henson is. This book is from Boom’s Archaia imprint (I guess that’s what
you would call them) and they generally produce high end, collector level product, particularly with regards to Henson’s work. This appears to be no different.
Regular Show Volume 2 TP, $14.99
And, again, see about re: Adventure Time.
Teen Dog #2 (Of 8)(Cover A Jake Lawrence), $3.99
Teen Dog #2 (Of 8)(Cover B Kris Mukai), AR
I’ve yet to get a taste of what sounds like a wonderful comic. I have no idea what Teen Dog’s connection to Poochie is, but the fact that it’s even similar is a good thing in my eyes.
Thomas Alsop #5 (Of 8)(Cover A Palle Schmidt), $3.99
I gave Thomas Aslop a shot, but the main character just rubbed me the wrong way. A bit of a digression here: captions are hard to do well. It seems like every other comic uses them in place of thought balloons these days, but more often than not they, at best, offer little insight or, at worst, detract from the story. Ed Brubaker could be the best caption writer in comics. The captions in Dead Letters are great. The captions in Thomas Aslop just made me dislike the lead character.
If you only pick up one book from Boom this week, I’d suggest Dead Letters. It’s fantastic read.