Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (April 23, 2014)

Another week closer to summer. Another week closer to the NFL football draft. How to kill the time? Why with comic books, obviously! So what hot new comics should you be looking for this week? Don’t ask me, I’m just a casual comics guy.

But if you don’t read comics very often and need something to kill some time and (maybe) help you get back into comics, maybe you want to look at one of these… Because this week, in the immortal words of Devo, I’ve got something for everybody.

 

Duffman Adventures #1

Duffman Adventures #1. By: Matt Groening, Mike Rote. Bongo Comics.

To be honest, I’ve never read a Simpsons title in my life. Not even the obvious, “Radioactive Man” series.

Bu Duffman? I’ll give that one a go. Oh, Yeah!

Vamplets Undead Pet Society #1

Vamplets Undead Pet Society #1. By: Gayle Middleton, Amanda Coronado. Action Lab Entertainment.

Every once in a while, there’s something I can’t even react to. My rational mind goes into vapor lock. And here’s one.

So here’s a book about undead “My Little Ponies”. Sadly, I’m sure that last sentence would spark outrage with some sub-set of fandom. Are they “My Little Ponies”, “My Little Pony’s”, “Ponies”, “Vamponies”? I could go on for about an hour and probably never get it right.

Still, I’ll skim this thing simply out of curiosity. The undead never looked so adowable…

Herobear And Kid Saving Time #1 (of 5)

Herobear And Kid Saving Time #1. By: Mike Kunkel. BOOM! Studios

Either you know about Herobear and the Kid or you don’t.

If you do, you know whether you’re excited for this new mini-series or not.

If you don’t know who they are, imagine Calvin and Hobbes but with super-powers.

And now you know whether you should check out this new mini-series or not.

I would make that into a flowchart if I had both the web tools and the time to do so.

Conan the Avenger #1

Conan the Avenger #1. By: Fred Van Lente, Brian Ching, Michael Atiyeh, Iain McCaig. Dark Horse.

I was too young to really get into Conan when I was young. However, both the 70s Marvel series and the movie “Conan the Barbarian” ushered me from Casual Comics Boy into a Casual Comics MAN. And don’t get me started on Red Sonja. Yes, chain mail bikinis are impractical. If it weren’t for those comics, though, I may have been in my 20s before I even noticed a girl.

So, embarassing personal anecdotes aside, here’s a new Conan title starting with issue #1. You can bet I’ll check this one out. BONUS: Apparently, Conan has joined the Avengers for this title.

Elektra #1

Elektra #1. By: Haden Blackman, Mike Del Mundo. Marvel Comics.

Elektra? Where have you been?

Last time I saw you you were being impersonated by a Skrull during Marvel’s “Secret Invasion”. And I don’t even remember if they found the real you or not.

I love your adventures, but I can’t keep track of you, can’t figure out whether you’re dead or alive, and you’re constantly popping up just when I forgot all about you. Hmm… I’m starting to get what’s going on in Matt Murdock’s head.

And still, to be honest, you might not even be on the list except for the Bill Sienkiewicz alternate cover. Hey… where are you going? I didn’t mean it. I swear.

But it is a beauty of a cover:

 

 

Larfleeze #10

Larfleeze #10. By: Keith Giffen, Scott Kolins, Tyler Kirkham. DC Comics.

It’s been a long time since I featured a DC title in one of these preview/picks columns. Everything in that corner of comic-dom is just so dark right now. I don’t know what “Forever Evil” is, but I don’t have that much interest in finding out.

At first, this hit my list just because I liked saying “Larfleeze”. It’s fun. Try it, like five times in a row:

Larfleeze

Larfleeze

Larfleeze

Larfleeze

Larfleeze

…see, it’s fun! Then I got a glimpse of G’nort on the cover and thought I’d give it a shot. If DC has found a way to make a comic called Larfleeze – one that features a Green Lantern that is also a mangy dog-man -into a dark, brooding tale, it might be a long time before I check out another title.

Shotgun Wedding #4 (of 4)

Shotgun Wedding #4. By: William Harms, Edward Pun. Image Comics.

The first issue blew me away. However, it’s a weekly title and I haven’t had time to read #2 and #3. Now that #4 is out, I’ll finally catch up. To be honest, this was a tough title for a casual reader just because of the weekly schedule. I’m excited to finally see how it all wraps up, though.

Fantastic Four #3

Fantastic Four #3. By: James Robinson, Leonard Kirk, John Romita. Marvel Comics.

Fantastic Four has to be one of the best titles out right now. And each of the first two issues ended on hellaciously fun cliffhangers. I’m hooked and all-in on Marvel’s first family right now. This title is the first one I look for on the release sheets, and it seems like it’s been a year since #2.

Understand, I’m still a casual comics fan. Over the last month, because of this blog, I’ve bought way more comics than I can read. I still haven’t read comics I bought two or three weeks ago; I just don’t have time. So, when a monthly title feels too slow for me, that’s a huge deal. And that’s why Fantastic Four #3 is the Casual Comics Guy Hot Comic of the Week.

As always, support your local comic book shop!

– CCG

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