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Hot Comics Picks of the Week (March 4, 2015 edition)

It’s not really fair to call it a preview if it comes out after the comics hit the shelves, so let’s call them “Hot Picks” for this week. Once again, you can thank the mighty men at Dragon’s Lair in Omaha for the picks this week.

As for me, I’m still trying to catch up on Kelly Sue DeConnick’s pretty takedown of the patriarchy in Bitch Planet #2 and 3, so I’m glad CJ sent me some hot comics to spotlight this week.

Princess Leia #1

Princess Leai #1. Writer: Mark Waid Art: Terry Dodson Cover: Terry Dodson . Marvel Comics.

Now that Marvel and Star Wars have been conquered and absorbed into the magic kingdom, things are consolidating faster than I expected. The last thing I need to see is another prequel to TOS, but if CJ says it’s worth checking out, I’ll go with it.

So what’s it all about?

When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire as a Rebel spy, she never betrayed her convictions, even in the face of the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, she grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire-the destruction of the Death Star. But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains…what is a princess without a world?

Guardians Team-up #1

Guardians Tean-Up #1. Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Arthur Adams Cover: Arthur Adams . Marvel Comics.

Such a gorgeous cover. I’m skeptical that every character appearing on that cover can possibly appear in the pages of this book, but it’s worth a look. I haven’t yet found a Guardians title that I like. Ever. However, since the movie was so awesome, I’ll give this one a try, too.

Day Men #6

Day Men #6. Writer: Matt Gagnon Art: Brian Stelfreeze Cover: Brian Stelfreeze. Boom Studios.

This is where the disconnect between a professional comics guy and a Casual Comics Guy becomes clear. I love the recommendations I get from CJ and the Lair professionals. I’m sure this is a great book. Here’s the solicit:

Kellen’s gambit is over: the Virgos’ last ditch attempt to find proof of the Scourge has failed, and Azalea will be subject to Justice by Day. But before that ultimate battle between Day Men occurs, David must race up to Vermont to save his mentor Blackwill from his betrayer, Lera.

This is probably an awesome story and a great title, but that whole thing means nothing to me. So, I’ll probably do the Casual Comics thing and wait for the trade paperback, hope that they carry it at Barnes and Noble, and then read it on a Saturday at the store while I drink a coffee (Venti decaf Americano, splash of soy, please…)

Even living on my own in Ohio, waiting for my family to move out here with me, I’ve barely got enough time to keep up on the comics. So, let’s look at the list of new comics and find a Casual Comics Pick of the Week.

Aaaaand, I found it.

Alex + Ada TPB Volume 2

Alex + Ada vol. 2 TPB. By Jonathan Luna and Sara Vaughan. Image Comics.

Alex + Ada vol. 2 TPB. By Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughan. Image Comics.

This is the most magical, delightful series I’ve read in ages. I’ve got a very short list of series that I would classify as “must owns” – books that inform the human condition while also telling an entertaining story with visuals that delight without overwhelming. Miracleman and Watchmen completed the 80s and 90s. If you want to be in on a series as important as those are, you should be reading this.

I don’t read many (read any) comics every month. I was reading this every single month… This was the comic that inspired me to create a pull list for the first time ever. Since I moved to Ohio, though, I lost track of which issues I’ve bought and which I need.

It’s time for me to just give in and get caught up on this magnificent series, even if I’m buying some issues for a second time.

I love me some Alex + Ada, and that’s why Alex + Ada TPB vol. 2 is my Casual Comics Hot Pick of the Week.

I’ll be heading to Laughing Ogre comics in Columbus this weekend to get it. I hope you’ll also support you local comic book shop.

Cheers!

– CCG

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Alex PLUS Ada or Alex AND Ada – Jonathan Luna Provides an Answer

So, yesterday I posted that yet again Alex + Ada is the comic book pick of the week. Jonathan Luna and Sara Vaughn are really knocking it out of the park with this series.

A thought-provoking story with heart and magnificent artwork.

I’ve always wondered, though, whether I should be asking the local comic shop for “Alex AND Ada” or “Alex PLUS Ada”. I always favored the latter…

Fortunately, Mr. Luna is quite active on Twitter and is very responsive to fans. I asked, and he answered.

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Dang it… I was wrong. Guess I’ll console myself with the latest issue of Alex AND Ada…

Cheers!

– CCG

Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (March 26, 2014)

Ahhhh…. New Comic Book Day. Here we are again. You… me… some soft music.

You didn’t have to get all dressed up for me. Let’s dim the lights and just enjoy each other’s company for a bit.

Uber TPB #1

Uber TPB #1. By: Kieron Gillen, Canaan White. Avatar Press

I don’t know much about this particular title other than the following:

  • It sounds like a pretty cool alternate history book.
  • I really love Doctor Who and Amelia Pond was one of my favorite companions.

I can’t believe she’s writing comics now.

Here’s the solicit:

The first collection of KIERON GILLEN’s breakout hit reinvention of the alternative history genre is finally here! April 24, 1945, the world holds its breath as the war is only days away from ending. Russian troops move through Germany to the final objective… Hitler himself. As those around the mad dictator crumble, the much ridiculed threats of the ‘Wunderwafen’ finally materialize. A new weapon is delivered, one with unstoppable power – a weapon like no other and with a madman pulling the trigger. The Ubers change the direction of World War II providing a dark and uncompromising alternative history in a way that you’ve never seen. Kieron Gillen and Caanan White deliver one of the best new series of 2013 collected in a 176 page trade paperback. Uber Vol 1 collects issues #0 – 5 the startling first chapter of this new horror series that reimagines the super soldier in a stark new bloody vision.

Wait… So this isn’t Karen Gillen? Never mind… Here’s a picture of her anyway:

Geronimo!

Elfquest: The Final Quest #2

Elfquest: The Final Quest #2. By: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini. Dark Horse

Let me just say that it does my heart good to know that they’re still publishing Elfquest. Good for you Team Pini! I might have to pick up #1 and #2 and power read them this weekend.

Vandroid #2

Vandroid #2. By: Tommy Lee Edwards, Noah Smith, Dan McDaid, Melissa Edwards. Dark Horse

Issue #1 was good, but not great. The potential was there, though, for this to be a breakout series. Let’s see what #2 has in store for us.

Vandroid ramps up in this no-holds-barred second issue! The Van Man is off the chain, but when he runs afoul of his creator’s loose ends-including his estranged wife and an old criminal acquaintance-he finds out that being human is more complicated than his programming indicated!

Imagine a newly discovered 80s movie starring Brian Bosworth, and you’re on the right track.

 

Sandman Overture #2 (of 6)

Sandman Overture #2. By: Neil Gaiman, J. H. Williams. DC Comics, Vertigo

Neil Gaiman is writing new Sandman comics. Either that means something to you, or you and I need to have a serious talk. It’s been forever-and-a-day since the first issue, so I get it if you’re waiting for the trade.

Garth Ennis Red Team TPB Vol. 01 Season One

Garth Ennis Red Team TPB Vol. 01 Season One. By: Garth Ennis, Craig Cermak, Ryan Sook. Dynamite Entertainment.

So, I’m having tons of fun with Garth Ennis’ Rover Red Charlie series. His Preacher got a little wobbly after a great start, if you ask me. And, The Boys went utterly insane in a way that starts with “bat” and ends in a word I can’t say since my daughters may read this blog.

I just found out about this series when the last single issue came out. But, I’m ready to dive into this one head-first. There’s no safety net with Ennis, so readers beware.

For this week, I’m all in on Garth. That’s the kind of week I’m having. And, that’s why the trade paperback, Red Team Vol. 01, is my official Casual Comics Guy Hot Pick of the Week.

BONUS HOT PICK OF THE WEEK!

Well, hello, there… This is a first. Just as I was closing the door for the night, someone else showed up to the party. And who could it be?

Alex + Ada #5

Alex + Ada #5 By: Jonathan Luna, Sara Vaughn. Image Comics

This is by far my comic crush of the year. And look at this solict:

Ada will never be the same again. 

Swoon…

I am not joking. This title has made me fall in love with comics all over again. I would give up movies. I would give up TV…. If all comics were this good, I’d give it all back.

Alex + Ada is now officially the pick of the week for every week it comes out until further notice.

– FIN! –

– CCG

 

Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (February 19, 2014)

Aaaand we’re back with the hot new comic books from the week of February 19, 2014. We’ll see if I can manage to be in a bit of a better mood this week. Looking at the list that the Dragon’s Lair crew was kind enough to provide, it looks like a pretty good week.

As always, I’ve left the picks to the pros (for the most part) and the uneducated commentary is mine – no passing the blame on that.

Fables #138

Fables #138 by: Bill Willingham, Russell Braun, Christopher Moeller DC Comics

Fables is still running after 138 issues. Good for them. I always did have a weak spot for this title. I’m not sure this is the best jumping off point for new fans, but the one-shot sounds interesting: Read the rest of this entry