By Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera
Sometimes the problem with picking This Week’s Finest is being won over by the top book in your stack, then trying to read the rest with an unbiased mind. There has been at least one Wednesday, when literally the first book I read was a shoe-in from the moment I finished it. This is not to say that I dismissed the others out of hand, only everything else suddenly had a rather high bar to surpass. This week, I encountered the opposite situation: the book at the bottom of my pile was what cinched it. There were lots of fantastic comics that came out this week. I considered picking East of West, Fatale, Mind MGMT as well as a couple others. Yet, for whatever reason, after putting them down, regardless of how much I liked them, I did not feel the compulsion to declare “Yes, that one, that hands down is the best comic book I’ve read this Wednesday!” At least, not until I opened up Black Science #7 . . .
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I wish I had a time machine. One, to make up for all the sleep I’ll be lacking tomorrow morning but two; so I could’ve moved this comic to the top of my reading stack. In case you didn’t know, two (TWO!) Doctor Who comics came out this week. The other; starring David Tennant’s 10th incarnation, was great. This one was magical…
Every month when the comic publishers release their solicitations for three months down the road, I break out the notebook and recreate my pull list. On average I drop one to two titles either due to boredom or creative shifts. With those spots open, I take the opportunity to add independent or off the wall comics, adding some spice to my month. Well, three months ago I stumbled across a hauntingly beautiful cover which caught my eye immediately. The cover looked familiar but different from anything else on the market. And that is when I noticed the creator: Ben Templesmith, whose work I first became acquainted with while bumming it in Barnes & Noble with a stack of graphic novels. But it wasn’t until I saw the name of the miniseries that I knew I needed it. Without a second thought, I scribbled The Squidder into my notebook.
Hello friends, this week I had the pleasure of picking “This Week’s Finest”, and after reading all of my comics, the one that stuck out the most to me as a fine example of comicbookery–I swear that’s a word–was Abe Sapien #14. Brought to us by the team of Scott Allie(Script/Plot), Mike Mignola(Plot), and Max Fiumara(Art), this is my favorite issue of the series to date. There is quite a bit of character development, as well as some new plot elements that arise that should make for some interesting prospective future stories.
Overview: Abe and Grace continue on their way after last issue’s craziness, and start to grow comfortable enough with each other that they can begin to form a friendship of sorts. Abe in particular is keen on getting a lot of baggage off his chest, in hopes of Grace warming up to him, and opening up some herself. Along the way we meet a strange woman who expounds some advice for our duo, travel to dreamland with both Abe and Grace, and bask in the glorious artwork by Max Fiumara on every page. Oh yeah, did I mention we get a cameo by Red himself! Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Abe Sapien #14
The Fables creative team has a synergy that is inspiring. For years, writer Bill Willingham has crafted epic stories about fairytale characters exiled from their fantasy lands and forced to live secretly in our own mundane world; his stories have been nicely illustrated with charm and skill by artistic collaborator Mark Buckingham. It’s an exciting jolt to the status quo, however, to see Mark Buckingham put down his artist’s pencil and take up the writer’s pen for a tale set in the pages of Fables spinoff comic Fairest, which showcases the adventures of the female Fables characters.
It really is a great time to be a comic fan. Due to the growing popularity of the medium more people are reading and engaging with comics or aspects of comic culture then ever before. This creates more comics and with that more opportunity for more creative talents. And we are living in a time with a plethora of creative talent producing strong work be it all time legends like Alan Moore and Chris Claremont, modern masters like Brian K Vaughan and Ed Brubaker new stars of the medium like Scott Snyder or Jason Aaron or fast rising up an coming talent like Ales Kot and Charles Soule. But with all that great creative talent we have there are some truly talented creators that are still flying under the mainstream radar and with that I give you exhibit A in Frank Barbiere and exhibit b in Marco Rudy but lucky for you they are both doing a one shot in the New Avengers Annual, a comic that is the best thing I have read out what was over twenty books this particular week and that is because New Avengers Annual is pure excellence from two up and coming creators working at the top of their craft and if you can handle some more new voices to put in that crowded list of creators worth reading right now these are definitely two that deserve your attention.
IthoSapien here, filling in for Cosmo. I was alittle apprehensive having to pick the best comic of this week. I mean, no Moon Knight? No Flash? No She-Hulk?! What could I possibly pick from a stack this week to compare with those? The book featured above, of course… Continue reading The Week’s Finest: The Last Broadcast #2
“That was weird even by our standards.”
It all seemed pretty simple, or at least simple by their standards. Archer had learned that his biological parents were being held at the headquarters of The Church of Retrology in Hollywood, California. Their attempt at a quiet scouting of the facility soon grew more complicated once they were identified. The Church’s founder and leader, a certain Lizard King, offered Archer a deal: find where in the building the fabled Wheel of Aten had been hidden or he will never be reunited with his mother again. Thing is, searching for the Wheel—which by the way holds the key to immortality—resulted in Archer and Armstrong being stranded in a disconcerting series of corridors. Eventually, they stumble upon a party of aged celebrities, all of whom are supposed to be dead, which is where last month’s issue left them.
Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Archer & Armstrong #21
Could it have been any other way? I think not. Moon Knight, unequivocally, has the right to be deemed This Week’s Finest.
With each passing issue, Moon Knight continues to not only stand above all others on the shelf but surpass those it succeeds. As with the former installments, Moon Knight #4 continues the strand of brilliantly-crafted standalone stories. After reading the first three issues–despite however much I enjoyed them–a faint whisper beckoned to me in the depths of my consciousness: “What are we leading to?” I couldn’t help but wonder if these were chapters or merely glimpses. But after this issue, the voice dissipated into the ether. I don’t care any longer what the end-game may be–if there even is one–but rather I throw caution to the wind and buckled up for the ride (yay cliches!).
Just what made this issue so special–and, dare I say, the best so far? Well, it is a combination of elements. Typically, I find describing something by comparing it to another to in some ways diminish the defined, but in this case the similarities are most than just coincidence.
Sandman: With the once again popularity of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman due to Overture, it would only make sense for creators to find themselves playing in the land of dreams. Moon Knight’s time in the dream land allows for the great Declan Shalvey to show all he can do. The incredible imagination needed to design such a world in a finite amount of pages such as the one in this issue serves to prove that Ellis and Shalvey are masters of their craft.
E.A.P.’s The Tell-Tale Heart: Here is where I pull in that drop quote from the beginning…I won’t give away too much of the story, but those of you whom have read the issue will understand this connection immediately.
I know I have talked about this sort of thing before, but some comics just give a specific vibe. This is quite possibly the most vague portion of this review (at least I hope so), but there is no other way to describe the feeling you get in your gut when something you read, watch, or listen to just feels right. Perhaps it was some of Ellis’ British background coming through, but I got a clear “Hellblazer” and “Amnesia: The Dark Descent” riff, maybe even some League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in the parts with the sleep therapist.
Needless to say, if you have not started reading this series yet, it is your loss. I know I say that about a lot of my picks, but, hell, I wouldn’t pick them if I didn’t think people should be reading them. I’m pretty sure that the physical issues come with a free download. If you are still skeptical about whether or not you should be reading this, let me know below and I will give you the download code. This is serious, people. I can’t say what this will be like when Ellis and Shalvey are replaced with Brian Wood and Gary Smallwood in September, but take what you can get when you can get it, ya know?