Don’t worry, Fraggles. Just because you’re comic book stars now doesn’t mean you have to share story space with other underground-dwelling comic book characters, although you may have to share shelf-space with some of them every once in a while.
This week sees the release of Fraggle Rock Vol. 1, a $20, 110-page hardcover collecting the first four issues of Archaia’s anthology comic featuring the Fraggles. I haven’t read every single story in here yet, but I’ve read about half of them, and those ones were all somewhere between pretty great and really great. Whether you grew up with the characters or are new to them, this is a rock-solid all-ages comic. In fact, you might say it’s a Fraggle Rock-solid all-ages comic (Tee hee!).
This volume contains stories by Katie Cook, Jeff Stokely, Jeffrey Brown, Leigh Dragoon, Paul Morrissey, Tim Beedle, Joanna Estep and many more.
What else is out this week? Oh, only about 5,000 other comics (Seriously, Comics Industry, you really need to learn to pace yourself a bit). Here are some things that grabbed my eye on this week’s shipping lists…
1 for $1: Groo: It’s a good week for cheap comics. One dollar will get you a reprint of Dark Horse’s first issue of Sergio Aragones’ Groo comic, or the first issue of Star Wars Legacy by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema, or the first issue of Image Comics’ The Darkness (by Garth Ennis and Marc Silvestri) or Radical Premiere-Mata Hari, an introduction to Rich Wilkes and Roy Allan Martinez’s comic book take on the legendary title character. That’s an awful lot of comics for just $4.
The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects: The title story comes from a 2002 Mike Mignola one-shot so deeply weird it makes his Hellboy and BPRD stuff seem like prosaic, slice-of-life stuff. Here’s how publisher Dark Horse describes it:
When Emperor Zombie threatens the safety of all life on earth, President Lincoln enlists the aid of a mechanical head. With the help of associates Mr. Groin (a faithful manservant) and Mr. Dog (a dog), Screw–On Head must brave ancient tombs, a Victorian flying apparatus, and demons from a dimension inside a turnip.
Here’s how I personally describe it:
This is my favorite Mike Mignola comic ever.
Anyway, this $18, 100-page hardcover collects no only the Screw-On Head one-shot, but also the “The Magician and the Snake” from 2002′s Dark Horse Mavericks: Happy Endings and nearly fifty pages of brand new material, “all as weird and hilarious as the beloved Screw-On Head.” You can check out a brief preview here. What’s that? Not enough Mignola for you this week? My God, you’re insatiable! Well, there’s always Baltimore Plague Ships #2 and Hellboy: The Storm #3.
Batman: Cacophony: Is this the very worst Batman story ever published? Probably. Don’t believe me? If you’ve got $15, your local comic shop will be happy to hand you this 145-page trade paperback collecting Kevin Smith, Walt Flanagan and Sandra Hope’s terrible, terrible 2009 miniseries.