Welcome to Greg Sez #12. Hard to believe I’ve been doing this for a year now. It’s because I haven’t. The columns aren’t monthly, damnit!
Anyway, this week we have some good stuff, so hold onto your capes!
The first book to be spotlighted is the appropriately named Massive Awesome #1. From writer Stephen Lindsay, creator of the cult hit Jesus Hates Zombies, and artists Rolf Lejdegard and Daniel Thollin, comes this out of control issue. Two best friends, Commando Bacon and Zombie Pickle, try to figure out the pestering mystery of who or what is trying to destroy their lives. Along the way, they meet up with Giant Robots, ninjas, Scottish Luchadores, and the obligatory shadowy government agents. All this plus an all new Jesus Hates Zombies adventure!
Dark Horse Comics
From Dark Horse Comics and the Metalocalypse animated series creator Eric Small (writer), comes Metalocalypse: Dethklok #1. The first issue of this three issue mini-series chronicling the most bad-ass brutal black metal band in the universe, which also happens to be the worlds seventh largest economy, as they attempt to bring about the Metalocalypse. The problem is, though, that a major sponsorship deal has gone bad, forcing Dethklok to launch their own line of frozen meals, but first they must overcome a mysterious tribunal of world leaders dedicated to destroying them. Features a variant cover by the animated series designer/director Jon Schnepp.
Vertigo’s horror revival comic, House Of Mystery (vol. 2), reaches it’s 30th issue mark this week. Series writer Matthew Sturges spins a complicated, yet approachable tale involving monsters, witches, and a killer ribbon. Yes, a killer ribbon. The pioneers of mature dark fantasy and horror, DC imprint Vertigo welcomes French fashion illustrator Carine Brancowitz on board for art chores. Brancowitz is a high society fashion staple with work in such prestigious magazines as Elle and Vogue. For mature readers.
Marvel finally gives the Merc With A Mouth the titles he’s always needed with Deadpool Max, a mature reader, 17 or older title, where literally anything goes. Controversial writer of Crossed: Family Values David Lapham takes Deadpool into previously uncharted territory: he can swear and we can see dissected heads and bare boobs! In this premiere issue, the ‘Pool goes deep undercover in the super-powered gangster Hammerhead’s fortress. Throw in the typical insanity of Wade Wilson, the ruthlessness of Hammerhead, Wade’s “friend” Agent Bob of A.I.M., and a busty French maid that bakes named Inga, and things are bound to fly out of control.
Image’s latest entry into the $1 first issue ring is Image Firsts: Haunt #1. While technically not a new book, this is an affordable reprint of the first issue of Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane’s hit series. Learn what Haunt is, what his suit is, and why he exists. Star artist Ryan Ottley delivers some of his finest work under McFarlane’s inks, and the story, actually more supernatural and espionage tinted than super-hero, is an immediately addicting start to what is hopefully a long funning series.
Movie mogul and comic book writer Mark Millar’s new comic CLiNT actually made it’s debut in the Kick-Ass film. If one looks very carefully on the comic book rack, amongst the myriad of Marvel books, one will see the premiere issue of CLiNT. (I’ll leave it up to you to decipher why the capitalization is what it is. Hint? It’s very foul.) UK publisher Titan books brings us a comic that combines some of the biggest names in US comics with the biggest names in UK television. Written and edited by Millar, be sure to pick up what will likely be a very controversial and talked about book.
Well, that does it for this episode. Thanks for reading, enjoy whatever comics you pick up this week, and don’t force the Force, baby. Let it ride!