Comics

Comic Picks of the Week

So apparently July 2014 was a doozy for comics sales. There were an exceptionally good crop of comics out in the last month. This month looks to continue the trend with some solid titles.

Hexed #1

Writer: Michael Alan Nelson Artist: Dan Mora Cover Artist:  Emma Rios

Writer: Michael Alan Nelson Artist: Dan Mora Cover Artist: Emma Rios

I may have mentioned recently how Boom! Studios is totally killing it, and Hexed just continues the trend of high quality comics coming from Boom. It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Lara Croft, with a little bit of Faith mixed in.

Luci Jennifer Inacio Das Neves, or Lucifer, is a supernatural thief for hire who works for Val Brisendine in the netherword. She’s also prone to accidental destruction as demonstrated by the accidental unleashing of evil from one of the paintings in Val’s art gallery. Oops. Now she has to use all the talents and weapons in her arsenal to try to stop it. Poor Lucifer.

Genius #1

Writers: Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin Artist: Afua Richardson Cover Artist: Nelson Blake

Writers: Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin Artist: Afua Richardson Cover Artist: Nelson Blake

Genius was the winner of Top Cow’s Pilot season, and it making a return to print this month. I am not prone to recommending comics with naked ladies on them. It usually signifies that the comic itself will be full of anatomically incorrect women that I just don’t need to ill my head with. HOWEVER, after reading this interview with artist Afua Richardson about the thinking that went into the cover, I’m willing to give Genius (and Afua) a chance.

The greatest military mind of our generation was born to Destiny, a teenaged girl from South Central L.A. The comic follows her conquests and exploits as she uses this primal knowledge to grab territory for herself and her army of gangbangers. Probably the most compelling premise I’ve heard this week.

Princess Ugg #3

Creator: Ted Naifeh

Creator: Ted Naifeh

I want this cover as a print in my house. Look at the muscles in Princess Ugg’s legs! So fierce. In this issue, Ugg may have decided to call it quits with the princess academy (who wouldn’t?) but her escape is stopped by one of the weirder teachers. There’s good news and bad news, and you’ll just have to read the issue to find out the rest.

Shutter #5

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Writer: Joe Keatinge Artist: Leila Del Duca

There’s a reason Kate Christopher quit her job as a globe-trotting adventurer, and we’re about to find out the big secret. Hopefully. Keatinge and Del Duca could just be teasing us.

Ghost #7

Writer: Christopher Sebela Artists: Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons Cover Artist: Jenny Frison

Writer: Christopher Sebela Artists: Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons Cover Artist: Jenny Frison

Christopher Sebela has done a great job taking over Ghost from Kelly Sue DeConnick. The current story arc has her going up against a tech-savvy bounty hunter – who knows Ghost’s weaknesses better than she does. We’ll see how Ghost can handle herslef in the realm of black-market weaponry. But really, she’s got to be one of the most highly sought after weapons.

Dream Merchant #4

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artists: Konstantin Novosadov, Anthony Hope-Smith

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artists: Konstantin Novosadov, Anthony Hope-Smith

Nathan Edmondson has been incredibly busy on the Black Widow ongoing, but it’s nice to see he’s finally gotten back to Dream Merchant. I’ve been waiting for this issue for over a year! Refresher: Dream Merchant follows Winslow (a guy residing in a Psychiatric facility) who suddenly realizes that his dreams are real and the monsters from them keep attacking him. As the dream world starts to meld with our reality, Winslow is the only one who can stop it, and save us from our nightmares.

So yeh. That’s Dream Merchant for you. It’s pretty awesome.

Sex Criminals #7

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Chip Zdarsky

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Chip Zdarsky

I saved the best for last. In this issue of sex criminals Jon breaks into Kegelface’s house (I can’t believe I just typed “kegelface”) and Suzie learns the fate of her precious library. In other words, Zdarsky and Fraction continue making magic with this delightfully tawdry and witty book. Not digging the cover of this one though.

That’s all for this week! If you think I missed something great, let me know in the comments.

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