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Pick of Week
By Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener
You’re already reading Atomic Robo, right? I mean, this would just be a nice collection to go with all the single issues, yeah? Because Robo is funny, crazy, fun science action that, to me, is the epitome of what comics should be. There’s science fiction, there’s history, there’s adventure, there’s action, and it all looks great. It’s absolutely wonderful that IDW is putting out these collections (this follows The Everything Explodes collection).
I could go on and on about how great this comic and why, but the creators do a much better job than I could with The Promise, their list of what you will and won’t see in any given Robo story. While the first four points are excellent, the fifth one should at least get you to click on the link:
#5 The Main Robot Punches A Different Robot (Or Maybe A Monster)
So, come one, dig in already. You can find early issues for cheap on Comixology.
Jughead #4 (Cover A Erica Henderson), $3.99
The series Chip Zdarsky was born to write? Yeah, I have no idea. I don’t really know him. But so far this has been very enjoyable without being too goofy. Henderson’s art has been hit or miss in spots (the dragon in issue #1 comes to mind), but sets the perfect tone for the book.
Dark And Bloody #1 (Of 6), $3.99
Crazy moonshiners in Kentucky? What’s not to like? The fact that this is a finite series makes it even more appealing, as I’m starting to get tired of supposedly infinite stories. Maybe I’m getting old.
Rafael “American Vampire” Albuquerque is doing the art for this issue. Let that sink in for a minute. Okay, now bask in how awesome this is. I have no idea how his style will translate to something like this, but I can’t wait to find out!
Boo to rumors that this series is ending! Half a yay to rumors that it will be reborn as a Starfire-centric Titans book! Half a boo to the possibility of this creative teaming no longer chronicling Starfire’s adventures. This title is the closest thing to a perfect, multi-media comic DC has ever produced. I will go to my grave praising this unreal merger of Starfire’s many interpretations. And it’s just so much fun, too! If it weren’t for Atomic Robo, this would have been my pick of the week.
I’ll let the solicit text speak for itself: “Sheep. Beer. Mountain. TROUBLE.” What more do you need, people??
These Image solicits are doing my job for me: “Detective and sandwich enthusiast Vivek Headland investigates the strange case of the man having an affair with the ghost of his dead girlfriend.”
When Stray Bullets finally ends, I hope to god someone releases a version that puts these stories in chronological order. Because I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Lapham jumps around, to the point where I’m pretty sure he’s a genius. He must have a time line somewhere. Someone take a picture and send to me.
This the beginning of a new arc that supposedly deals with Kamala being an Avengers now, which should be excellent. I love that she’s an Avenger now, even if doesn’t actually make any sense (no one in their right mind would let kids on that team, but, hey, comics!). I’d love for this to mean an appearance by Nova and Spider-man, too, as I think Wilson will handle those relationships much better than Waid has so far.
I realize that Frank Cho has a fan base and I think this is a great book for him to work on, but I’m hear for Greg Pak, who’s writing a fun book with a goofy, endearing lead character and an intriguing mystery involving Bruce Banner. And, yes, it looks cool, too.
Is Marvel publishing a better book right now? The Vision, maybe, but other than that? Epic in scale,, filled with super cool super science ideas, Ultimates is what you’d love the Avengers to be if the Avengers didn’t have to be a brand.