New year should deserve a new thread, nicht wahr?
Let's start off with my current interest, the Hard Case Crime imprint being put out by Titan Comics. So far this consists of three series: Peepland, Triggerman,
. We're actually in something of a crime comic renaissance with titles like these, Dead Inside
from Dark Horse, as well as slightly more fantastic titles like Moonshine
from Image. Not to everyone's tastes, but maybe I'm just so friggin' burnt out on superheroes at the moment that I need comics that can be a little gritty without going the full Howard Chaykin.
I'm not sure where exactly the Mignolaverse goes from here, but we're looking at a one-shot on the alien that stayed behind waaaay back in Conqueror Worm
, Baltimore experienced a time-skip that looks like he's going head-to-head with the Red King...finally...and there's a new Joe Golem series in the work. So while Hellboy might be retired for a bit, things march on.
I never thought I would buy another G. I. Joe
comic after the fantastic, epic, bizarreness that was the last Transformers/G. I. Joe crossover, but then I found out that Giannis Milonogiannis was drawing G. I. Joe Revolution
, and since Prophet
ended I'm keen on it. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the story that goes along with it is pretty damn good too, so I'm going to add it to my pulls at least for a bit.Island
continues to be the best anthology comic in the American market right now (sorry Dark Horse Presents
!) 'nuff said, I think. Like a fair number of anthology comics, Island
is also a good lead-in to some of the trades and collections by some of the writer/artists within - if you like it, there's generally more of the same. Ironically, it reminds me a bit of the old (OLD! ANCIENT!) Dark Horse Cheval Noir
anthology, which published a lot of fantastic European artists to a starved American market.
Adam Warren's twitter says that Empowered volume 10
is mostly done, and meanwhile I enjoyed the first part of the Soldier of Love
In my old age, I'm finding more appeal in the nonfiction side of comics as well, so I will recommend the ongoing Comic Book History of Comics
and this new graphic novel that has landed on my doorstep: The Comic Book History of Beer