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Casual Comic Picks – Hot Comics of the Week (February 5, 2014)

Hey, there. Time once again for me to pick the top new comics of the week. It’s a brand new month, football season is over, so bring on the new comic books!

Lobster Johnson: Get the Lobster #1

Lobster Johnson: Get the Lobster #1 by: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Tonci Zonjic, Dave Stewart Dark Horse

I don’t know much about Lobster Johnson, but here’s what I know. I love the name “Lobster Johnson”, I love the art in this book, and because there’s a mini-series, I think it’s time I tried out this title.

I also love the solicit:

“A Manhattan sporting event goes terribly wrong as the ref is killed in front of a live audience by two crazed-and seemingly bulletproof-wrestlers. Who is behind this new reign of terror?”

I’m in!

Punisher #1

Punisher #1 By: Nathan Edmondson, Mitch Gerads Marvel Comics

Frank Castle has has his ups-and-downs. He’s been many things over the decades since he was introduced, including a weird part man, part machine Frankenstien monster.

I’m not kidding…

But, the one thing The Punisher has ALWAYS been is a hero who gets his powers from technology/weapons. Which is why issue #1 of his new series gets a spot on this week’s list.

Knights Of The Dinner Table #205

Knights of the Dinner Table By: Jolly Blackburn Kenzer and Company

As someone who has most of the issues #25-100, I’m just glad to see that this title is still around. Back in the day, it was one of the consistently funniest comics that highlighted role-playing game culture. It really captured what was special and funny about rolling dice with a regular gaming squad.

I’m going to have to peek in on the gang and see what they’ve been up to in the over 100 issues since I last tuned in.

Judge Dredd: Mega City Two #2 (of 5)

Judge Dredd: Mega City Two #2 By: Douglas Wolk, Ulises Farinas IDW Publishing

Issue one of this mini-series was both fun and funny. Mega City Two is the perfect place to drop Dredd and just watch him react to a completely different form of madness than he’s used to. I’m eager to see if Wolk and Farinas can keep up the pace established in a crackerjack first issue.

Go ahead and buy two copies – you know you want to cut out the Dredd paper doll…

Wraith Welcome To Christmasland #1 (of 5) (2nd Printing)

Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1 (Second Printing) By: Joe Hill et. al. IDW Publishing

I can’t believe I missed this when it first arrived. The fact that it went to a second printing already makes me eager to check out this title.

Joe Hill is one heck of a writer, and anyone who’s read NOS4A2 will be familiar with “Christmasland”. If you’ve read it, you’ll want to snatch up this title. If you haven’t, what’s wrong with you. Put down the comics for a couple of days and pick up NOS4A2, you won’t be able to put it down. The publisher’s solicit for this comic promises you don’t need to have read NOS4A2, but you’re going to want to anyway.

The Star Wars #5

The Star Wars #5 By: Jonathan Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Rain Beredo, Nick Runge Dark Horse

So, I’ve got friends who are comic book fans. I’ve got friends who are sci-fi fans. And I’ve got friends who are HUGE Star Wars fans. So how come I’m just finding out about this title today?

I’m going to assume you’ve never heard of this title either, because WHY HAS NO ONE TOLD ME?

Read the description:

Remember the scene in Star Wars where the Sith Knight traps General Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Annikin Starkiller, and the alien Han Solo-and they have to fight their way free and steal an Imperial starship? No? That’s because this is The Star Wars-based on George Lucas’s original rough-draft screenplay! Experience a Star Wars that never was!

* Official eight-issue adaptation of George Lucas’s original rough-draft screenplay for Star Wars!

WHAT!?!

Color me intrigued. And based on the sheer novelty of this book, I’m picking The Star Wars #5 as my Casual Comic Guy Hot Pick of the Week!

Have fun digging yourselves out tomorrow, Omaha, and get down to your local comic shop for these and many more titles on New Comics Day.

Cheers!

– CCG

 

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Casual Comics Picks – Hot Comics of the Week (January 22, 2014)

Flying solo again for the best comic picks of the week. What follows are the most awesome comics being released this week according to me, the Casual Comics Guy, a guy who only reads about three comics per week. But, I do read ABOUT comics a lot and I used to read comics constantly, so I’m still better informed than 85% of bloggers on the webs who are just trying to maximize traffic through cheap keyword tricks.

By the way, if anyone can teach me those tricks, let me know. I’m too busy obsessing about all the comics I don’t have time to read.

I Don’t Get It: Hardcover

“I Don’t Get It” by Shannon Wheeler. Published by BOOM Studios.

It’s not the traditional “comic book”, but it caught my eye this week. First, it caught my attention because, many times, I truly don’t get it. Then, the New Yorker angle made me laugh because I’m old enough to remember Seinfeld. Lastly, it took me a while to dig up any more information on the book, so I thought, “Hey, even I can make a difference by spotlighting this instead of a third Avenger’s title. Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comics Picks – Hot Comics of the Week (January 8, 2014)

I’m flying solo on the picks this week, so bear with me – I’m winging it.

Avengers World #1

Avengers World #1; written by Jonthan Hickman

How many times will Marvel trick me with new Avengers titles that are numbered “1”? Answer… all the times. Read the rest of this entry