Dark Horse Comics
Words: Duane Swierczynski
Pictures: Eric Nguyen
Reading X is like riding (insert your favorite thrill ride here). You can’t just casually open the cover and leaf through an issue of X. There’s too much going on. You need to brace yourself, psych yourself up, and get ready for a full frontal assault on your senses. This is a book that takes you to the edge and doesn’t bother slowing down as it blows right past that edge. It’s a rush; it’s exhilarating; a little frightening; and so damned satisfying.
Words: Michael Alan Nelson
Pictures: Dan Mora
Wow. This was just, wow. The fun and games are over and Lucifer isn’t even bothering to take names before she starts kickin’ ass.
The Big Con Job #1
Words: Jimmy Palmiotti & Matt Brady
Pictures: Dominike “Domo” Stanton
I was really looking forward to The Big Con Job from Palmiotti and Brady because, well, I sometimes get into those very Meta type stories (especially when I get what’s going on). And these guys didn’t disappoint.
Lady Killer #3
Words: Joelle Jones & Jamie Rich
Pictures: Joelle Jones
If Bewitched and The Long Kiss Goodnight had a baby, it could very well look like Lady Killer. Or just take Bewitched, and swap out Samantha for the Gina Davis character and you’ve pretty much have it… kind of… sort of. I’d watch that.
Hellboy and the BPRD #4
Words: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
Pictures: Alex Maleev
The man behind the cyborg monkeys revealed. Not gonna lie that was far more satisfying to type than I imagined it would be. It’s also accurate, so there’s that.
Words: Shaun Simon
Pictures: Tyler Jenkins
Neverboy is a head trippy, Peter Pan/Toy Story on acid kind of book, and I dig it a lot. Not that I think “Head Trippy Peter Pan/Toy Story on Acid” is an actual genre, but Neverboy #1 makes a good case to be the first of its kind.
Curb Stomp #1
Words: Ryan Ferrier
Pictures: Devaki Neogi
Take Gem and the Holograms, replace their instruments with baseball bats, knives, and brass knucks, and put them on the wrong side of the tracks, throw in some attitude from The Warriors, and mix it up with a neo classic pop color palette and you get a little peek at Curb Stomp #1. (Or at least a peek inside my bean when I was reading it.)
Colder: The Bad Seed #5
Words: Paul Tobin
Pictures: Juan Ferreyra
Well, I almost made it through this issue without getting creeped out… Almost. Yeah, there are fingers flying off like some morbid Kayak commercial (have you seen that one? I freakin’ love that commercial… Anyway.) But that’s not what did it. Nope. Two words; Finger Worms. Dammit guys! (Shiver.)
Rocket Salvage #3
Words: Yehudi Mercado
Rocket Salvage is the Hair Band on the Rockin’ Comics stage. It’s loud and flashy with big, bold colors, and it likes to blow things up. But underneath the visual spectacle, there’s a solid rhythm being laid down with some genuine artistry on lead guitar. (That is if the rhythm was the story and the lead guitar was the actual art, then that’s where that analogy comes full circle… and hopefully makes sense.)
Words: Swifty Lang
Pictures: Skuds McKinley
Opening up Plunder #1 is like diving face first into a nightmare…with your eyes open. It’s a trippy, disturbing adventure that stays with you.