Wednesday is now only one sleep away, and with it comes a host of new titles that are all vying for your money and limited time to turn their pages and enjoy the stories within. This week sees the return of a favourite character of mine after a few months away- Hellboy, along with some other big titles- but whats worth your time? Here are my thoughts
Hellboy & the B.P.R.D #1
Official Synopsis: A bizarre series of murders and rumors of something worse lead Professor Bruttenholm to send a young Hellboy to a Brazilian village on his first mission. Hellboy and a small group of agents uncover something terrible in the shadows of a sixteenth-century Portuguese fortress . . .
Why its a Pick: One simple reason, Hellboy is back in print! I know it’s not been long since he went to hell, but I really do find myself missing the big red guy when he’s not in monthly print and hopefully this book will deliver enough to fill that void. On the plus side for the title its written by Mike Mignola, so both Hellboy and the BPRD are in very safe hands as no-one knows these characters better than their creator. Alex Maleev is handling the artwork too, so not only should the story be strong but the visuals should be amazing this is a definitive must buy this week.
Wolf Moon #1
Official Synopsis: Don’t miss the start of this new 6-issue miniseries! WOLF MOON is a horrific werewolf hunt unlike any other. When Dillon Chase’s family was slaughtered by the wolf, his life was forever changed. Dillon sets out to destroy the creature, but he soon learns that lycanthropy is far more insidious than the legends ever said. With each full moon, he draws closer to the monster – and with each full moon, he becomes more aware that in order to stop the wolf, he must kill a human being and become a
fearful monster himself.
Why its a Pick: This sounds like a great premise for a short series of comic books- who doesn’t need more werewolves in their live? Add to that the fact that Cullen Bunn rarely pulls any punches in his story telling on his depiction on the pages by his fellow artists and this book should be a very mature and satisfying take on the legend of the Werewolf. This sounds to me like a very story orientated horror book, and we all know that these have the potential to be great reads- just look at the likes of Walking Dead, Wytches and American Vampire. If we get a book even half that good this is a clear reader.
Official Synopsis: DOC GREEN says “Hello, KITTY!” The PRYDE of the X-MEN guest stars. Plus – BRUCE BANNER returns! …But in what shape? And – a recently de-powered HULK is placed in mortal danger.
Why its a Pick: Now this may seem like an odd choice given the other titles this week, but im really enjoying the current Hulk story even though it isn’t the strongest its definitely a nw take on the Hulk and is downright enjoyable. Seeing the Hulk as Doc Green constantly thanks to Banner being shot in the head by She Hulk is great, and when you consider that he is now de-powering the other hulks to save the world from their anger and rage this is definitely a new focus and approach to one of Marvels biggest and oldest characters. Mark Bagley being on the art duties doesn’t hurt either, as he produces a really buff and scary looking Hulk when he needs to but it’s also very capable of displaying the subtle emotions in Doc Greens face. I’m enjoying this Banner free time a lot more than any of the previous occasions, lets hope this book can maintain its momentum and carry this forward.
Book of the WEEK!
I’m sorry there was never going to be another winner this week, Hellboy returning to print is just to big a deal to me personally to not be suer excited and share this with everyone. It’s also a great jump on point for new readers, as this is based before any Hellboy solo tales and recalls some of his very first missions. You need to own this comic book.