Just a guess guys, but I imagine Marvel went with Monsters over Mojitos because comics about you guys fighting stuff are more action-packed then comic books about you guys drinking fancy drinks.
Anyway, the comic that the pugilistic pair above are discussing is, of course, Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters and Mutants, a four-issue miniseries in which one of Wolvie’s foes teams up with a couple of Herc’s, necessitating the two heroes team up to fight them. It’s by Frank Tieri, one of mainstream comics’ premiere writers of tough guys, and drawn by artist Juan Roman Cano Santacruz. You’ll recognize it by it’s cover though—from the great Joe Jusko.
In fact, you may have already bought it, seeing as how it’s now halfway through New Comic Book Day, instead of the night before, which is when I usually post this column. As I mentioned last night though, sickness kept me from spending Tuesday the way I had planned to spend Tuesday, so I’m running super-late with this. There are so many good and/or interesting looking comics in shops this week though that I didn’t want to just scrap doing a column entirely this week.
So let’s take an extremely belated look, shall we?
An Elegy for Amelia Johnson: The 30-year-old title character is about to die from cancer, and one of her final wishes is to have her two closest friends travel across the country to personally deliver her final messages to people in her life. It’s 130-page, $15 hardcover from writer Andrew Rostan and artists Dave Valeza and Kate Kasenow. I have a copy of it sitting right here next to my laptop as I type this. I haven’t read it yet, but the artwork looks quite gorgeous.
Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth #1: Webcomics creators Malachai and Ethan Nicolle become comics-comics creators with this new three-issue miniseries from Dark Horse Comics, publishers of the Nicolle brothers’ Axe Cop collection. Preview here.
Captain America and Falcon #1: This is the first of five Captain America and… oversized, $4 one-shots Marvel has planned for the month. It’s by writer Rob Williams and artist Rebekah A. Isaacs. “The First Thirteen,” Crossbones, Batroc and The Secret Avengers will also get team-up specials.
Darkwing Duck Annual #1: I’m not sure if having the cover for this comic featuring DW’s clown-themed villain Quackerjack reenacting the Joker’s pose on 1988’s Batman: The Killing Joke cover is really funny, really weird or really dumb.
Maybe a little of each? At any rate, this over-sized special features a two stories, one by Ian brill and Sabrina Alberghetti and another by Tad Stones and. James Silvani, plus a three-page prose piece by Stones telling the real-world origins of Darkwing.
Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 1: In addition to publishing a couple of new series based on D&D, IDW’s exploitation of the license will apparently also include trade collections of older D&D-owned comics. This volume collects the first eight issues of the 1989 Forgotten Realms comic, published by DC Comics in collaboration with then D&D-owner TSR. It was part of a mini-line that also included titles Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, Dragonlance and Spelljammers. The premise for this particular series was that powerful wizard Dwalimar Omen, who bore a completely insane magical haircut, captained the magical ship The Realms Master and sought out powerful artifacts, aided by a ragtag crew consisting of various types of RPG characters.
The series was written by Jeff Grubb, and featured early artwork by Rags Morales. It’s curious that IDW is publishing this particular series before AD&D, as that book began a few months before Forgotten Realms, and a prominent member of the Realms cast is actually introduced in the first AD&D arc, so Realms seems to spin out of AD&D. At any rate, these are some very sturdy, very fun fantasy action comics, with fantastic artwork. The book is a $20, 200-page trade paperback.
Emma #1: This is from Marvel, but it’s about Emma Woodhouse, not Emma Frost. Writer Nancy Butler does her third Jane Austen adaptation for the publisher, this time with Janet Lee providing some pretty neat-looking art. It will be a five-issue, $4-an-issue miniseries.
First Wave #6: This is the final issue of the six-part miniseries that was intended to launch DC’s pulp-inspired universe—which, with Doc Savage and The Spirit formed a mini-line. It launched in May of 2010, so it should have wrapped up last November, if it were keeping a monthly schedule. The timing is unfortunate; as most of the online discussion of First Wave of late has dealt with its imminent doom.
Giant Size Atom #1: This $5, 56-page one-shot special contains the conclusion of the Jeff Lemire/Mahmud Asrar Atom storyline that was running as a back up in Adventure Comics…at least until DC decided to suddenly do away with their back-ups. The title makes me uncomfortable, as “Giant Size” is a Marvel term, and it seems wrong applied to The Atom, but I suppose DC did it for the big adjective, small hero joke.
Green Lantern #63: This is the prologue to a Green Lantern mini-event, which will apparently run through all three of the GL times, Superman “triangle” style. I feel kind of leery about it, in part because of how vague the premise is and in part because it seems like it provides an excellent jumping-off point for any GL readers who don’t already read Green Lantern Corps and Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, and aren’t keen on starting now. It doesn’t help that dccomics.com says this issue will be by the regular GL art team of Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy, while the preview for it that ran in the back of GL #62 says it’s actually by Ed Benes, Ardian Syaf and Vincente Cifuentes.
Herculian #1: This $5, 48-page, “Golden Age Size” comic collects Erik Larsen’s Popgun strips and a 24-hour comic. The solicitation mentions all kinds of crazy characters, with “Mickey Maus” sounding the most intriguing to me. Preview here.
Joe The Barbarian #8: Oh hey, remember this series? I bought the first issue of it in January of 2010. I’m no math whiz, but I’m fairly certain that’s more eight months ago.
Marvel Zombies Supreme #1: Marvel’s latest attempt to wring life out of their Marvel Zombies franchise? Zombifiying the Squadron Supreme, their version of the Justice League. This five-issue series is written by Frank Marrafino, penciled by Marvel Zombies 5’s Fernando Blanco and is a $4 comic.
Orpheus Vol. 1: In this reimagining of the Orpheus myth by Dale Mettam and Sallamari Rantala, the title character is an escape artist—but can he escape death? It’s an $8, 70-page trade.
Poe and Phillips: Classic American horror authors and apparent supernatural investigators Edgar Allen Poe and Howard Phillips Lovecraft team up in this $15, 95-page trade paperback from Arcana Studio.
Popeye Vol. 5: Wha’s a Jeep?: Big week for Popeye comics! Fantagraphics’ latest collection of E.C. Segar’s original Popeye strips is another gorgeous, $30, 170-page tome, featuring Pappy, Swee’Pea and The Jeep. And for post-Segar Popeye, there’s Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales of Bud Sagendorf, a best-of collection of Popeye comic books from the ‘40s and ‘50s created by Sagendorf, packaged and edited by Craig Yoe and published by IDW. It’s a $30, 175-page hardcover. You can check out Fanta’s usual generous preview of their book here, while you can read an entire Sagendorf Popeye story here (although I don’t know if that’s one that will appear in the IDW collection or not).
Smurfs Vol. 5: The Smurfs and the Egg: Papercutz’ Smurf reprint program keeps rolling along. This volume features the title story, in which the Smurfs discover a magic egg that can grant wishes, and a story in which Gargamel transforms himself into a Smurf in order to infiiltrate the village. As usual, the book will be available in both $11 hard cover and $6 trade paperback editions.
Sweet Tooth #19: I was so excited about this one that I actually mentioned it on Monday, linking to Veritgo’s preview of the issue. Joining creator Jeff Lemire for this issue of his post-plague ongoing series are Superspy’s Matt Kindt, Swallow Me Whole’s Nate Powell and Emitown’s Emi Lennox. Preview here.
Takio: This is the Powers team of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s kid superhero effort, published by Marvel but featuring original characters. It’s a 96-page, $10 hardover.