I've been reading comics for a long time, so I remember when comics were something you waited for and every week you were surprised. I remember when you trekked to the convenience store, or drug store, or grocery store, where ever you bought comics because there was no store that conveniently pulled your comics for you every week. I remember the one time a year you went to the closest comic book convention to you to get the issues that you missed because the other kids in town got there before you. This is the ongoing story of recapturing that feeling by reading some comics that haven't been cracked in some time. Perhaps they live in some long-neglected long box in your spare room. Perhaps they are discovered at the bottom of that last box you haven't unpacked since your last move two years ago, and perhaps they're just waiting in some comic shops back stock waiting for you to discover them the next time they drag them to some mini-convention in a hotel ballroom looking to score some quick cash with cheap back issues. Sometimes they'll be gems, sometimes the memory is fonder than the reality, but my goal is to share with you my spoiler-ridden reviews of old comics. JOHN BYRNE'S NEXT MEN #6 July 1992 John Byrne was one of my earliest influences. In the 1990s, after bouncing between Marvel and DC over a decade, he turned a proposal for Marvel's 2099 line into 2112, a graphic novel that became the basis for Next Men. This was the issue that tied those two together, because after reading 2112 and the first six issues (there was a Next Men #0) of John Byrne's Next Men, it was not apparent that they were linked in any way except that both had a character named Sathanas, which could or could not be the same character. They certainly didn't look alike. Enter this issue. SYNOPSIS: In an Antarctic research station, an earthquake rocks four scientists who quickly deduce it came from an explosion 30 miles away. They go to investigate to discover at the site, around a hundred mangled, mutilated and not quite human bodies. One of them is alive and it quickly attacks the group draining their life-force to save itself. Recognizing one of the scientists as Fleming Jorgenson, the creature, horribly injured relishes in that the year is 1955. Cut to the States and the home of Congressman Aldus Hilltop who his hosting Dr. Jorgenson who's returned from an apparent explosion of the research station that killed all other scientists there. Jorgenson is bringing Aldus Hilltop who places his political career above all else. Jorgenson has Hilltop help retrieve a case from Antarctica in the most confusing and complicated way possible. Inside the case, is the creature he discovered in Antarctica, named Sathanas, an energy vampire that awakes and brings Hilltop into his grand plan with the promise of power.
Dark Horse has some nifty plans in place for Firefly and crew. What are they you ask? We are not sure but I trust Dark Horse with this property. Look what they did for Star Wars! Joss Whedon's beloved Firefly series and Serenity film's lifespan may have been short-lived, but managed to produce one of the most dedicated fanbases in the history of modern science fiction. Dark Horse is proud to be able to keep Mal and his crew flying with new comics and products. Look for the hashtag #WheresSerenity over the next few months on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for exclusive news on the future of the franchise at Dark Horse!
Each week I try and post a sneak peak of some books hitting the news stand. This week will be rough as I see a huge comic bill in my future. Some of the stand out tittles include EAST OF WEST, SAGA. WD, BATMAN and so much more! I only picked 11 for the week but trust me, this is not even half of my pull. Enjoy! Also make sure you check us out on FB as I will be posting the full list of releases very soon for you all. RESIDENT ALIEN SUICIDE BLONDE #0 HALO INITIATION #1 (OF 3) MAIN CVR JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 (TRINITY) BATMAN #23 DOOMSDAY.1 #4 OF(4) GI JOE SPECIAL MISSIONS #6 EAST OF WEST #5 WALKING DEAD #113 (MR) SAGA #13 INFINITY #1 DEADPOOL #14
Before I begin, I will try and stay spoiler free but I might let something slip. Consider this a spoiler warning now. What a solid issue we have this month and I tell you, this book keeps getting better and better each issue. Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly are churning out some amazing work. In fact the entire team is producing some of the finest Star Wars stories ever told in comic format. The overall pace and structure of the issue is spot on and unlike other books, the jumping around makes sense. You have 3 major plot points going on in this issue and they are: 1- Luke and Wedge are on board the Star Destroyer Devastator 2- Han is facing some old enemies 3- Leia encounters something from an old era long gone.
Each week I will try and pick the top 10 new books. Now this is what I think will be hot and there is no scientific data to back it (in other words sales figures). This is something we could have fun with and if you feel I am off the mark then let me know in the comments section. Who knows, maybe I will pick your books next week.
Oh how I love my Star Wars books and I am thankful for Darkhorse Comics continued dedication to the brand. This summer you can score a variant copy of issue 7 at SDCC! I would love to have this issue and with that said, someone score me a copy!