Hope you all had a good Christmas. As you knock back that New Years cheer tonight, spare a thought for our Hayley, who’s laid up with a dose of the lurgee this week. So I’m stepping in at the last minute to give you a (very) brief rundown on what you can expect in the fresh flush of 2013 (which is to say, this Wednesday).
Following in the footsteps of the excellent Big John Buscema retrospective/exhibition catalogue they recently published, IDW are bringing us a similar look at the works of Wally Wood. Woodwork: Wallace Wood 1927 – 1981 HC was originally published as a museum catalogue for a 2010 exhibition in De Palma, Spain, and is now available as the kind of hardcover often described as “handsome”. With text in English and Spanish, it’s a comprehensive look over the career of one of the true legends, chock-filled with eye-popping scans of original art.
Did someone say “I wish I could find a jumping on point to a series which seamlessly melds horror, pulp and noir stylings into one satisfying melange?” Well, my friend, it’s your lucky day. This week not only sees the release of Fatale #11, the first in a series of stand-alone stories set in the continuity of the series but requiring no prior knowledge, but also the second TPB, collecting issues 6-10 of the award-winning title. That means you could buy volumes one and two, and issue 11, and be bang up to date, and the envy of all your friends. And that’s what really matters in life, isn’t it?
Speaking of what really matters in life, Grendel Omnibus Volume 2: Legacy is released this week. This collects all of the post-Hunter Rose/pre-apocalyptic Grendel stories, where various characters take up the mantle of Grendel, before the idea begins to take on a life of its own. It’s great stuff, with Wagner at the peak of his powers, assisted by art from the Pander Brothers and Bernie Mireault.
Adventure Time fans will be happy to see a new spin-off mini-series starting this week. Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake #1 features the gender-swapped universe first seen in season three of the excellent TV show. Written and illustrated by storyboard artist and Fionna & Cake creator Natasha Allegri, with a back-up strip by Noelle Stevenson, creator of the webcomic Nimona.
The sorely missed Northalnders has it’s final collection out this week: Northlanders Vol 7 The Icelandic Trilogy. The series goes out on a high note, with one of the best stories of it’s run: a generational saga spanning Iceland’s formative years, with lovely art by Paul Azaceta, Declan Shalvey and Danijel Zezelj.
Available in softcover this week is Osamu Tezuka’s Book of Human Insects, a tale of reporter drawn into the world of a woman who excels in every way, but whom it becomes increasingly clear plagiarises everything she does. It’s a deftly done psychological thriller, well worth checking out.
The Country Ass-Whuppin’ Tornado Relief Anthology is a curious beast. A charity book to raise funds for victims of the tornadoes that devastated swathes of southeastern US states in 2011, it’s a celebration of the folksy Southern tough-guy mystique, with a series of stories featuring people whuppin’ ass, or getting – sorry, gettin’ – their ass whupped. It’s got a good line-up of Southern creators, including Jason Aaron, Rebekah Isaacs, Nathan Edmondson and the much-missed-from-comics Rob Haynes.
Remember Magic Whistle? Well after a four year gap (on paper at least – he’s been busy on the internets), Sam Henderson’s irregular collection of gags featuring bad taste, silliness and existentialism is back with Magic Whistle #12! Given Magic Whistle goes back nearly 20 years, it’s surprising how fresh it still feels, and it could probably be argued that Henderson’s loose line and irreverence were well ahead of their time.
A few new Marvel books this week, the biggest of which is New Avengers #1, by Jonathan Hickman & Steve Epting. It focuses on the Marvel Illuminati, a team consisting of Beast (taking Professor X’s old spot), Namor, Iron Man, Mr Fantastic, Black Bolt, Dr Strange and its new leader, the Black Panther. As is Hickman’s want, it’s all going a bit parallel reality, which is always a good chance to throw the rulebook out and have some fun.
Meanwhile, Morbius (the living vampire) gets another spin of the wheel with…uhh…Morbius The Living Vampire #1. Written by up and comer Joe Keatinge (he of Hell Yeah and Glory), with art by Rich Elson. Following the events of Amazing Spider-Man 699.1, Morbius is on the run, doing his best to lay low while dealing with his never-ending hunger…for blood! *ahem*
Lastly is a new Punisher mini-series, Punisher: Nightmare, written by Walking Dead TV show scribe Scott Gimple and drawn by Mark Texeira. Frank Castle befriends an ex-serviceman whose family is gunned down by mobsters in Central Park. Sound familiar?
And that’s about it! Must dash, and remember, all the comics will be out on Wednesday, as normal. No delay!
Have a great New Year, everyone!