Here are the best comics of the week! Usually, the first week of the month is kind of slow. I only spent $10 today on comics (about half my usual budget). So, I thought I’d use this as a chance to highlight some smaller comics presses. In a lot of ways, these presses are the people doing truly experimental and strange comics. Go out and support a little business why don’t cha?!
Fashion Beast #9
First, let’s talk about Alan Moore. Ever heard of him? He’s just the writer of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell, Swamp Thing (my fav) and the person to finally get comics taken seriously by the mainstream public! He’s a god to many (and also, Moore believes in a giant snake god himself–neat dude). ANYWAY! His current series Fashion Beast is an interesting interpretation of Beauty and the Beast, but with tarot cards, talking mannequins, and transexuals. It’s wild in the way only Alan Moore can be! This comic was first a screenplay in 1984, but nobody wanted to put it out after the Disney Beauty and the Beast premiered. Dumb Disney. Anyway, this is a 10 issue series! Read it now and get caught up for next month!
Max Bemis is the lead singer of Say Anything, arguably the best emo band of the 2000s (very arguable; personally, I love emo). But, if you hate emo, don’t let that deter you! Bemis is an outspoken mega fan of comics and Polarity #1 proved to be pretty cool! A manic-depressive teen gets superpowers and uses it to fight hipsters! Remember hipsters? Jerks. Ok, maybe it does help to already like Say Anything for this comic…
Boom! also puts out great comic versions of popular cartoons. Like, Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, and long form Garfield stories–which, sure whatever, why not? Garfield isn’t really funny in short form, but maybe in ten pages he’ll manage to do something interesting!
Black Bat #1
Dynamite Entertainment is my favorite small publishing house because they’re throughly committed to keeping the pulp heroes of the 1920s-40s alive! Black Bat was a major inspiration for–you guessed it–Batman! In fact, lots of pulp heroes inspired Batman and every other single superhero. If you’re interested in the history of superheroes, look no further than pulps! This issue is probably a great jumping on point for newbies, because it’s #1 and it’s a flashback origin story.
The Spider is another pulp hero with a new issue this week. Francesco Francavilla did the cover (current pulp art master). See the inspiration for Spiderman/Batman in this crazy pulp adventure! He has a grappling hook pistol! Do you have a grappling hook pistol? No you fucking don’t, so check out the Spider!
Dynamite also publishes the Shadow (creepy hero in a trench coat and fedora) and the Bionic Man written by Kevin Smith (of Clerks, Dogma, and nerd fame).
Gail Samone is one of the most consistent female voices in comics (which, is unfortunately a very underpopulated demographic). Her new comic, Movement, follows a team of new superheroes who protect the poor and the helpless. It’s been described as a DC universe Runaways, so teens solving crimes but still being over-dramatic teens! I love teens! And, I love that DC stopped being angry at Samone. After being kicked off of Batgirl for being too outspoken on Twitter (a problem countless comic writers are facing), she got rehired, and now even a new series! Good for Gail!
Animal Man #20
Buddy is done fighting the Rot, mourning the death of his son, and generally moping around–and now he’s back to be famous! Perhaps some readers would prefer a superhero fight a more traditional threat (Darkside, giant squid monster, etc.) but I’m most interested in Animal Man right now because it shows how a superhero would really operate within the American media system. Everyone would want to take iPhone videos of real superheroes, citizens endangering their own lives just for Youtube hits. These are the questions I demand answers for!
Plus, Dial H #12! I’ve mentioned before, that’s my favorite comic currently published!
Not a lot happening at Marvel this week. But Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye is always awesome. This week, Hawkeye finds a murderer in a spooky haunted mansion. And, according to the variant cover, Iron Man makes an appearance! Neat!
Also, there’s a few copies of Superior Spiderman #1 signed by Stan Lee floating around the country. It’s only a mere $400. Go pick one up if you can afford it/don’t know what else to do with almost half a grand.