Today we celebrate Canada Day, and later this week is the United States’ Independence Day. While neither of this week’s featured titles offer a healthy dose of patriotism for either nation, they are brought to readers like you by the freedom both countries offer. How’s that for a lame attempt at a topical intro? Anyways, onto what looks good for this week!
The Green Lantern #9 – DC Comics
(w) Grant Morrison (a) Liam Sharp
Goddamn is this book good. Before beginning this title, Grant Morrison did state that he would be emphasizing the idea of Green Lantern as a space cop, and he did not undersell that. Morrison’s script has even broached the fascist tendencies of modern police forces through Hal Jordan’s cosmic encounters. This has been masterfully realized by Liam Sharp’s dynamic and detailed artwork. This time, Hal must pay a visit to a medieval fantasy planet – another new setting for Morrison and Sharp to further explore society’s problems through the wonderfully weird.
The Wild Storm #24 – DC Comics
(w) Warren Ellis (a) Jon Davis-Hunt (c) Steve Buccellato
Here it is – the final issue of Warren Ellis’s flagship relaunch of the Wildstorm Universe. Though the Wildstrom imprint (one of DC’s pop-ups) will continue through efforts by Ellis and creators, it is sad to see the series finally come to a close. Bizarre yet grounded, erratic yet tightly scripted, The Wild Storm has been a fantastic thrill from its first page. Hopefully, that trend continues through its last.
Lois Lane #1 – DC Comics
(w) Greg Rucka (a) Mike Perkins (c) Paul Mounts
Another DC book? Yes. I can’t help it if their books look intriguing. I promise we’ll get to at least one Marvel book, but for now enjoy the fact that DC has finally decided to give Lois Lane her own title. That alone makes it worth checking out. Oh, it’s written by Greg Rucka? Sign me the fuck up. Art by Mike Perkins and Paul Mounts? That’s just gravy.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #95 – IDW Publishing
(w) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow (a) Dave Wachter (c) Ronda Pattison
This series has been fantastic since issue #1 back in 2012, and it will continue to be good as it marches towards Issue #100. Do yourself a favor and buy it.
The Immortal Hulk #20 – Marvel Entertainment
(w) Al Ewing (a) Joe Bennett
The best Marvel book available is terrifying. Ewing and Bennett seem to be students of Lynchian body horror, making The Immortal Hulk a title that is horrifying to look at, but captivating so that readers cannot look away. Also, the story itself if fucking awesome. Every bit of praise this book is getting is well deserved.
Sea of Stars #1 – Image Comics
(w) Jason Aaron, Dennis Hallum (a) Stephen Green (c) Rico Renzi
Jason Aaron’s been doing celebrated cosmic comics for quite a while with Marvel’s Thor, so it’s a welcome change to see him try it out on an original property. The notion of “space truckers” isn’t necessarily new, dating back to 1979’s Alien, the description of Aaron and co-writer Dennis Hallum’s story from the solicits is enticing, especially when paired with Stephen Green and Rico Renzi’s art. I mean, space kaiju? How can you pass that up?