Whorin’ the Comics – 12th August 2009
It’s a great week for fans Robert Kirkman or anybody who’s a fan of Image comics, so this week I’ve decided to just focus on the great work those guys are doing. I’m a big fan of the Image universe and regular readers of the column will probably notice that at least one of their comics is in my list every week. As always the full list can be found here but hit the jump for the Media Whore Networks guide to the Image comics you should be picking up this week:
G-Man: Cape Crisis #1
G-Man is a character who who used to pop up in amusing one panel stories at the back of Savage Dragon comics, over the years he’s had a few miniseries and he’s back once again in this new five part series entitled, Cape Crisis. G-Mans cape falls into the wrong hands giving the bad guys the same power as him so he has to call on the help of his super powered compatriots to assist him in getting it back. Reading G-Man isn’t going to change your life but it’s one hell of a funny read if you’re after a light hearted superhero comic to help you pass the time.
Walking Dead #64
I was shocked at the conclusion of Walking Dead 63, just when you thought they couldn’t put a character through any more, they go and do that. I’m not spoiling anything you’ll have to go and read it yourself. Issue 64 marks the halfway point of the Fear the Hunters storyline which is probably one of the darker story lines in the comics history and even with two issues to go I’m sat here try to guess exactly what they’re going to do to get out of the very grim predicament they are in. As you’ll see below the storyline has become very dark lately and it’ll be good to see some hope injected into the story again, I’m just not sure when that’s going to be.
Walking Dead TP Volume 10 – What We Become
Collecting issues 55 – 60 of the Walking Dead, What We Become follows the survivors as they make their way towards Washington D.C., where they believe a safe haven awaits. The Walking Dead has never been a happy story, as soon as something hopeful happens to a character you can almost guarantee it’s going to be ripped away from them pretty soon. What We Become takes a very dark turn by making killers out of characters you wouldn’t necessarily expect and killing characters who may have become a dead weight to the story but I certainly didn’t expect to see them go out like this. The Walking Dead is required reading for anybody who is fan of comics and I personally believe it’s one of the best zombies stories ever told, if you’re not already reading it the trade paperbacks aren’t a bad place to start.
Brit TP Volume 3 – Fubar
Brit was originally a character that appeared in several one shots before getting his own regular monthly series, fitting in nicely to Kirkmans Invincible universe Brit has quickly become a popular character in the universe. Unfortunately when you have a schedule that looks like Robert Kirkmans something has to give and in this case it’s Brit which has been cancelled after 12 issues. Kirkman blames himself for the cancellation citing that he couldn’t get the issues out on time so the readership was well below expectations forcing them to can it which is a shame because it’s not often we get to see a superhero who’s older than most, it provides a refreshingly different angle on the genre. I doubt this will be the last we see of him though, he still has a place in the Invincible universe and that’s still as popular as ever.
Invincible TP Volume 11 – Happy Days
Finally a happier story from Kirkman, Happy days collects issues 54 – 59 of Invincible and things are looking up in the world; Invincible has started dating the girl of his dreams, he’s moved back in with his mum and alien baby brother who’s developing super powers of his own but things can’t stay peaceful for long can they, especially when it looks like Invincible is going to have to take on some of the deadliest villains he’s faced so far. I’ve said it before in this column and it still stands true today, Invincible is the best monthly superhero comic out there at the moment and I’m including Marvel and DC properties in that, maybe it’s because it’s not bogged down in decades of myth and lore, or maybe it’s just that well written. Give the series a try, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
That’s it for this week, remember if you want to discuss any these comics or even if you’ve got a comic you think I should check out drop me a email. Failing that hop in the forum and tell everybody what you’ve been reading, it may inspire more people to check out some awesome boo