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I’ve taken up the ancient art form of origami as of late, and between creating lotus flowers, cranes, and tie-fighters, I have learned the power of creativity, dexterity, concentration, and the overwhelming urge to set all pieces of decorative paper on fire out of sheer frustration.I’d like to think there’s a metaphor for life somewhere in there, but I’m too consumed with rage to see it yet.Anyways, this books will calm me down…

 

Rust Vol 3: Death of Rocket Boy by Royden Lepp-Like a steam punk gateway, this beautiful and fantastical world has created a world that’s full of robots, family struggles, and jet packs. Life was forever changed for the Taylors, when Jet Jones and a decommissioned robot from the alternate universe World Wars crash land on their farm. Lepp has spent the previous two hardcover volumes building up family secrets, sacrifice, and robot action that will all come to a head in this penultimate book of the series. This book seriously is all ages, because I’ve recommended to readers of any age, and no one is disappointed with the action or the heart that sits at the core of these books.

 

Manifest Destiny Vol 1 by Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts

History and giant monsters collide in this take on the REAL story of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark! Especially pertinent to us Washingtonians, or anyone who enjoyed a rousing CD-Rom game of the Oregon Trail, the journey to discover the Pacific Ocean is historical, but the truth is what will make this story legend. Wild monsters, infection, betrayal, and help from the French and Native Americans drive all first six issues of this collected edition. The American frontier is a dangerous place, I suggest using this as a guidebook for your journey.

 

This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki– Summer is not officially here, but the memory is always present. Fires, camping, jumping in lakes, back sweat, booty shorts. If you’ve been missing any of the above, This One Summer, might help alleviate that. Possibly with less booty shorts than my summer, the one written and drawn by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki does capture the youthfulness of summer nostalgia, and then wrecks it. Rose and Windy are best beach buds, and have always looked forward to spending their long days doing what kids do best. But things have gotten rough between Rose’s parents, and Windy and Rose look for a distraction that ends up getting them involved in the even bigger problems of some older local kids. This might not have been the summer they dreamed up, but it’s one they’ll never forget. Cousin duo, the Tamaki’s, produce tween angst against artwork that has a beautiful flow.

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Rogue Trooper Classic #1 by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons– Did James Stokoe’s covers on the new Rogue Trooper series make you wonder where all these badass blue warriors came from? Wonder no longer! IDW is bringing the original comics from 2000AD, created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons, back to life in fuuuuullllll cooolooooooorrrr. The war torn future is rife with chemical weapons and warfare, and the only ones able to fight the fight are the genetically modified infantrymen. These are the tales of one such Genetic Infantryman, Rogue. One part Full Metal Jacket, and one part Fallout, this classic series will feature appearances by Judge Dredd, who will feel right at home in the war ravaged Nu-Earth.

 

The Auteur #3 by Rick Spears and James Callahan– I know I mention this book every week, but I don’t STOP mentioning it because it’s LITERALLY THE BEST THING EVER. If I haven’t convinced you at this point to read a book that’s about a psychotropic drug rampage through Hollywood and your own mind, on the quest to create the most realistic horror film ever, then I haven’t been doing my job and I might as well jump off a cliff. (I also use the term job loosely because I have yet to receive as much praise and adulation and keys to cities and babies presented for healing kisses, as my words deserve)

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Go to Comic Arts Brooklyn this Saturday. You’d be an idiot not to. And I mean that. I so badly wish I could be there. Small and independent publishers of comics, art, zines, and minis will be set up in the community center of Mr. Carmel Church with additional programming at The Knitting Factory, both in Williamsburg. Also, it’s effing FREE! Kim Deitch; Renee French; Michael DeForge; David Mazzucchelli; Jeff Smith; Paul (effing) Pope; Tyler (effing) Boss!

Need I say more?! I’m yelling a lot, but I can’t help it! That’s how excited I am this is happening/angry that I can’t go myself. Just don’t disappoint me this weekend. And if anyone wants to buy me B+F by Gregory Benton, I wouldn’t be mad.

I went last year, and it was awesome. Just go already.

Also, buy these comics.

Mars Attacks #3

I talked at a little length last week about another one of Al Ewing’s books, “Mighty Avengers”, but I can’t really help it if the British author is writing stuff that I generally want to read every week. Ewing’s main authorial duties started with the snarling Mega-City street Judge, so it only makes sense that he’d naturally move to combining cyber-punk hyper violence with sci-fi aliens; arguably the species most deserving of a little judgment. There’s a new mob boss in town that’s not from these parts, and it’s up to the brave man and women of the Judge system to take out some big-brained miscreants. These over-the-top franchises are a beautiful match made in space, and have come back in time to save us all from boring comics. Great gangster dialogue, and snapshot art from John McCrea make for lively and fast paced shoot em’ up lazer action. Bonus! They’ve spliced in some classic Mars Attacks trading card-as-panels, which serve to move action along and explain some of the finer points, letting the parts of the story you love (violence, aliens, titillation) go full force.

Manifest Destiny #1

Shock, I’m from the Pacific Northwest, something I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned like a million times since I started writing this. So the idea that someone is going to write a comic about heroes Lewis and Clark is very pleasing to me. We have parks, colleges, streets, cities, and buildings named after these exploring fools; and we take the game Oregon Trail very seriously. But our abiding hero worship of these gentlemen (and ladies like Sacagawea) has room to let in a historical fiction account of the “real” pursuit out west; monster hunting. Under orders of mustachioed President Roosevelt, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark have been charged with ridding the uninhabitable West of dangerous beasts and wild plants, so that the U.S. may fulfill their god-given duty of owning and habitating land that’s already inhabited. Writer Chris Dingess is moving from popular TV spots like Being Human to the sequential form, and we should all give him a warm welcome into the fold by picking up his book. Plus, crazy monsters and political drama? Do I need to spell out how awesome this plot is to you?

 

 

 

 

 

Star Trek Khan #2

You KHAAAAAAAN-‘t stop yourself from buying this prequel series! (Don’t judge me for using that extremely outdated Wrath of Khan joke, I’ve owned that movie since it was on a laser-disk, and since laser-disk was actually a thing). Whether you’ve been sucked in by Cumberbatch’s beautifully delicate cheekbones, or you’ve been a fan of Star Trek since there were space whales, you can’t help but want to see how this evil villain powerhouse came into villainy and control during the pesky Eugenics Wars that took place in the near distant early 1990’s, and created augmented supermen. The wars have been referenced in numerous episodes, movies, and written about in Trek novels, but under seasoned author Mike Johnson, and supervised by the Abrams’ Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci, this series is definitely for the benefit of movie tie-in. Which is fine by me because I enjoy those movies a lot. So don’t worry if you’re not a seasoned Trekkie, this series exists to explain some background on your favorite villain, and expand the current Trek-timeline. Trekline.

Fearless Defenders #11

Maybe I should have written about this series sooner. Should have put copies of it in the hands of more friends. I don’t want this to be a eulogy of the series, but it is indeed ending next month on issue #12. Not only are we losing a Cullen Bunn title (don’t worry too much though, he’s also writing Helheim, The Sixth Gun, The Damned etc), but we’re losing an ALL FEMALE SUPERHERO TEAM! How?! Why?! All valid questions in this day and age. Did Marvel think that by letting Wood write a lady X-Men book mean they didn’t need two? Did they think that adding a title with a Muslim lady hero mean they met their diversity quota? Both series you should be reading. Le sigh. This series is great, and people should send it out with a last hurrah that it deserves. Very fan driven, supported, and loved. These ladies of Asgard deserve more page time than they’ve been given, but hopefully we’ll see Valkyrie and the rest back in action soon enough.

Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1

Are you sad that Lock and Key is ending soon? Just in time for the holiday’s comes a new Joe Hill series spun from the pages of his best-selling novel NOS4A2 (clever, right?). I love Hill’s novels, his comics, his grocery lists; everything he writes is engaging and brimming with character development. Christmasland is a place where main spook, Charles Talent Manx III, leaves the children he has drained of their essential life force, and are forced to live in eternal Christmas Day….forever. It sounds like a weird plot, Hill titles are rarely repeats of themselves or day old horror, but his books always prove to reward readers with intensely developed universes and some thought provoking life-philosophy. As well as straight up violence and horror. Can’t leave that out. He’s won an Eisner, been on the NYT’s bestseller list, have films optioned and made from his work, and genuinely wants you to have a good time while you’re reading his word. The art is being done by Charles Paul Wilson, illustrator for “The Stuff of Legend”. And all ages author seems like an unusual choice, but given the vaguely creepy nature of his art, and the spooky children he’ll be working with in this new series, I have nothing but high hopes. Plus! Covers by Gabriel Rodriguez!

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