What looks good are cerebral comics. There’s several good books this week, but in the end it all comes down to two of the industry’s best: Grant Morrison and Jonathan Hickman. With a double-dose of both this week, prepare your minds for a thorough scrambling.
The Green Lantern Season Two #2 (DC Comics)
(w) Grant Morrison (a) Liam Sharp (c) Steve Oliff
I don’t need to say much on this. I’ve loved the story thus far, plus look at the talent. — Jason Jeffords Jr.
Hal Jordan is stuck on the worst possible planet he can imagine: Earth! Reassigned by the bold new Guardians to patrol his home planet, Hal finds himself a bit bored with his familiar haunts versus the infinite expanse and adventure of outer space. But when an invasion from the dawn of time strikes the planet, can Hal stop…the Ornitho-Men?!
Blackwood: The Mourning After #2 (Dark Horse Comics)
(w) Evan Dorkin (a/c) Veronica Fish & Andy Fish (l) Greg McKenna
Blackwood: The Mourning After #1 was great. Hopefully, the team keeps the quality as there aren’t many series going on such as this. — Jason Jeffords Jr.
As Blackwood College prepares to bury Dean Ogden, the students plot to raise Dennis from the dead, requiring them to take a trip to the morgue. This doesn’t leave any of our heroes much time to deal with feuding security teams, a missing mummy chimp, and a conspiracy of traitors planning Blackwood’s destruction. Wuh-oh!
Death To The Army Of Darkness #2 (Dynamite Entertainment)
(w) Ryan Parrott (a) Jacob Edgar (c) Kike J. Díaz (l) Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
I fucking love Army of Darkness. Granted, I love all of the Evil Dead movie series, but Army of Darkness was always my favorite. That said, I was terrified of how this comic would be handled. Luckily, so far it’s been fantastic! — Jason Jeffords Jr
Look. Life’s hard enough when you’re Ash. You’ve gotta go to work, pay the bills, fight demons, save the world from Hell, etc etc. But when some sorta weird-ass magic splits you into a woman, a demon, a skeleton, a dog and a sentient chainsaw…it’s enough to make a grown man cry.
(…Unless you’re Ash. In which case, you’re too cool to cry.)
Behold the wonderment by RYAN PARROTT (TMNT/Power Rangers) and JACOB EDGAR (James Bond)!
X-Men #8 (Marvel Comics)
(w) Jonathan Hickman (a) Mahmud Asrar
Very few series’ continue to establish their “best issue” with each new release as consistently as Hickman’s X-Men has. Hopefully that continues. — Dan Gehen
GET READY TO RUN! The New Mutants are back from space, and they’ve bought intergalactic trouble with them! The Brood! The Shi’ar! The Starjammers! The Imperial Guard!
Decorum #1 (Image Comics)
(w) Jonathan Hickman (a) Mike Huddleston
As much as I enjoy the current X-Men series, this original work is the Hickman project I’m most excited to check out this week. The premise reads like John Wick in space, which easily has me hooked. — Dan Gehen
There are many assassins in the known universe. This is the story of the most well-mannered one.“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what knife you use.”
Heavy Metal #298 (Heavy Metal)
(w) Grant Morrison, David Hine, James Maddox (a) Mark Stafford, Marcelo Perez, Ben Templesmith
Each issue of Heavy Metal is a treat. Filled with so many interesting and unique stories that push the medium to its limits – and also featuring more creators than I could reasonably fit in the above credits – it’s easy to get lost for an hour or two in a single issue of the long-running magazine. — Dan Gehen
“It’s the return of the world’s greatest illustrated science fiction taking readers to the edge of the cosmos and beyond with The Furthest Reaches Special. David Hine & Mark Stafford create bone-chilling intersections with insectoid life in “Bug House.” Alex Smith will take us through a “Body Jack” as modification reaches new frontiers. Matt Emmons plumbs the robot psyche with “The Incubator.” Emilio Balcarce & Marcelo Perez explore “A New Life” in the collapse of a robot army. James Maddox & Ben Templesmith plunge us into the “Abyss of Souls” with partners lost in space. Dwayne Harris stars in a double bill with “Dowser” following vicious gangs who guard Earth’s water supply and “Philip K. Dick’s Head” with Michael David Nelsen, based on a true story.”
2000 AD #2172 (Rebellion)
(w) Many (a) A lot (c) Multiple
More people ought to be reading 2000AD. First, you may get the chance to read the work of the next Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, or Garth Ennis. Secondly, it features some top creators from today, including Dan Abnett, Brendan McCarthy, and Steve Yeowell. Last, it’s really fucking good. — Dan Gehen
The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic returns with another action packed edition!