Wednesday is nearly here again, and that means it’s time for a whole new batch of comic books to hit the shelves. But with the every growing list of titles hitting the shelves (104 titles from Marvel alone each month) its important to know what worth the time and cost of investing. Well lets look at what I recommend this week.
Black Hammer #7
Official Synopsis: Joe Weber: the Black Hammer. A hero from the Spiral Slums. A husband. A father. Gone without a trace. A visitor from the outside world arrives on the farm, looking for the Black Hammer and bringing news of Spiral City to its Golden Age heroes. Her arrival stirs up old memories and awakens new hope in the marooned heroes.
Why it’s a Pick: Black Hammer is a brilliant super-hero book, without really giving us anything super hero related. We get the occasional glimpse of their former lives but the real draw here is trying to establish what led to them giving up their lives and what is holding them in their town and farm? And with a visitor from outside arriving it appears Jeff Lemire could be giving us some answers finally.
Official Synopsis: “SYMPHONY,” Part One Critically acclaimed creator RAY FAWKES launches his new monthly horror series: UNDERWINTER, twisted portraits of our dark world, beginning with the perverse, topical SYMPHONY—a beautifully painted tale of music and cruelty in the modern age.
Why it’s a Pick: This sounds like a great idea- a horror book from Ray Fawkes that takes modern society and adds horror to everyday occurrences. This book sounds like it could very well be a comic book equivalent of anything that Clive Barker produces- and that is only going to be a good thing. Fawkes has the ability to tell truly brilliantly twisted tales and produces some very good artwork too, so if you like horror get in here now before you miss too much.
Anno Dracula #1
Official Synopsis: 1895. Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for ten years, spreading vampirism through every level of society. On the eve of Dracula’s Jubilee, radical forces gather to oppose the tyrant. Kate Reed, vampire journalist and free-thinker, takes a seat on the revolutionary Council of Seven Days, though she learns that the anarchist group harbors a traitor in its midst. The Grey Men, Dracula’s dreaded secret police, have been ordered to quash all resistance to the rule of the arch-vampire. With intrigue on all sides, the scene is set for an explosive addition to the Anno Dracula series.
Why it’s a Pick: The novel was a very good take on the age old Vampire mythology so if the comic books series can be even partially as good then it should be worth every penny and well worth the time it takes to get invested. This is an interesting title that I’m sure will end up worth the risk.
Book of the Week
Black Hammer manages to steal it this week, the title is just to well written and drawn; and with the promise of it starting to provide answers this month its too good to miss!