Greg Sez #16 – Comics You Should Be Reading This Week
Welcome to Greg Sez #16. This week I’ll spotlight new books from the majors with an emphases on all-ages books. Who says I can’t be family friendly once in a while? No, I’m serious. Who said that?
First up is the latest issue of Marvel’s genius level idea for a team book that appeals to readers of every age. Avengers Vs. The Pet Avengers #4. The concluding chapter of the epic sage of Throg, the Thor frog, Ms. Lion, the male dog belonging to Aunt May, Zabu, sabretooth companion of Kazar, Hairball, the feline pet of Speedball, and Lockheed, pet dragon of the X-men’s Shadowcat. Seriously. Those are the characters. In this tale, the Avengers themselves are turned into frogs and must enlist the aid of the misfit Pet Avengers to defeat a common enemy and to keep the all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet out of the wrong hands. Writer Chris Eliopoulos and artist Ig Guara continue to deliver the fun!
DC’s best super-hero book continues to be Tiny Titans. Issue #36 hits the stands this week. Anyone familiar with my ramblings on this site or on Giant Size podcast will recognize the love I have for Art Baltazar and Franco’s excellent comic. Set in a world where the Teen Titans are elementary school students, complete with full costumed attendance, the wild adventures of the kids reaches it’s 3rd anniversary this issue! When you have a world where the Anti-Monitor is the hall monitor and Deathstroke the Terminator (referred to as “Slade”) is the principal, you know you’re in for a good time. Filled with in-jokes recognizable to adult readers and silly jokes to appeal to the kids, this is a book that I buy for my daughter just to have an excuse to read it myself.
Never a stranger to making money for themselves, Disney has now contracted with Papercutz to produce digest sized graphic novel. This week’s Tinkerbell To The Rescue actually contains 5 all-new stories by several different artists and writers, chronicling Tink’s adventures and even spotlighting different fairies. Even Vidia (voiced by the super hot Pamela Adlon in the animated features) gets her turn at bat with a story that has her getting kidnaped by Captain Hook. Did I just reference Louis CK’s wife on his adult HBO comedy series in a Tinkerbell encapsulation? Yes I did. Coming in at 80 pages, Tinkerbell To The Rescue is modestly priced at a mere $7.99
Speaking of Disney, Boom’s surprise hit Mickey Mouse reaches issue #304. Combining the charm of long ago tales of the famous mouse with today’s production values, this issue reprints the classic story “The Pirate Ghost Ship” for the first time in it’s entirety since 1944! Other stories include the 1932 story “Laundry Blues”, reprinted for the first time ever, and Italian master cartoonist Romano Scarpa’s Goofy adventure entitled “Don’t Worry About It” making it’s American comics debut. This issue is a special 40 page 70th anniversary event!
“A Night At The Comic Shop” part 4 is the story in Archie & Friends #151. The local comics shop in Riverdale, appropriately called Pep Comics, has manifested inter-dimensional portals in it’s basement, and what’s coming out isn’t exactly friendly. Archie, Chuck, Sam Hill, and Bentley of Scotland Yard, are among the only ones that can save their beloved town. This is a perfect time to jump into the Archie series in my opinion. This issue is written by Fernando Ruiz and features art by Bill Galvan & Jack Morelli.
These guys are getting a lot of attention from me this week. Volume 1 of their graphic novel series, entitled “The Purple Smurfs!”, is written by Smurfs creator Peyo and Yvan Delporte. with Peyo doing double duty as artist. This first volume introduces us to the Smurf village, and features two Smurf-tastic stories. The first story is “The Purple Smurf”. A strange fly bites one of the Smurfs, after which he turns purple, he goes berserk, and his verbal output consists solely of the word Gnap.. Before long, a full-on epidemic develops in the Smurf Village. It’s up to Papa Smurf to find a cure. The second story is “The Flying Smurf”, in which a Smurf wants to fly, and will do anything in his power to do so.
There. I went a full column without mentioning Crossed, Deadpoolmax, or Ben McCool’s new book, Memoir. I’ll be back next time with the expected discussion of mature reader books in which the even the plot synopsis required a valid ID.