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What Comics may be worth checking out on 10-24

By Michael R. Murray,

New Comics shipping Oct 24th that might be worth a second look…

Still reeling from the New York Comic Con, I’ve finally made some headway on the new Top 10 feature “What every collector should have on their shelf”  You’ll find the week one essay right here in “This week in comics”.. As always, I invite and welcome your thoughts or opinions, regardless of the feature I write, there are no bad opinions about comics.  Even if I don’t like it.

Now as far as this week’s comics.. The first shout out goes to Dark Horse Comics and bestselling crime-fiction author Andrew Vachss and Mike Black with art by Geof Darrow and Gary Gianni and a cover by Scott Gustafson on their sold out Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine tp, 15.99.  As the first new hero pulp to be printed in decades it combines hard-hitting prose with illustrated mayhem…

Did DC Comics decide that Batman Incorporated #4, $2.99, is an every other month comic?  Written by Grant Morrison with interior and cover art by Chris Burnham, #3 was written in July and postponed until August 22nd, due to content that might seem insensitive after the Aurora, CO shootings.  I hope it’s a schedule issue and not just late product.  It’s hard to get invested in characters and their storylines if we sit around waiting for them to happen…

IDW is preparing us for Halloween.  ‘Who you gonna call?’ has been answered and you can find your very own copy of the Ghostbusters 100 page spooktacular, $7.99, by Scott Lobdell, Tom Nguyen, Dan Schoening, and various others.  From haunted Thanksgiving turkeys to zombified marshmallow monsters, time traveling terrors all the way down to the bowels of Hell itself…

Nathan Edmondson, Nic Klein, and Image Comics received some public love when CNN referred to Dancer TP, $16.99, as “The best example of what’s possible without a man in tights.”  The multiple sell-out miniseries by the author of Who Is Jake Ellis? and the artist of Viking, Dancer is the story of a retired assassin who must protect his ballerina love from a sniper stalking them through the back alleys of a Wintery Europe.  Now I know in the past I’ve been hard on Image, I just don’t see a whole lot there that I think is very good.  I have to admit, though, this is a couple weeks in a row I’ve found something that piques my interest and while I may be quick to judge, I’ve never been afraid to try new comics and am always willing to change my mind.  I’ll check this one out personally and we’ll see it reviewed on facebook soon…

Marvel Comics is shipping out Amazing Spider-man #696, $3.99, by Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Steve McNiven.  The Goblins go to war and Spider-man’s caught in the middle.  Here we are racing towards the end of Spider-man…

AVX Consequences #3 (of 5), $3.99, by Keiron Gillen and Steve Kurth with a cover illustration provided by Patrick Zircher, spinning directly out of Avengers vs. X-Men #12, Marvel can’t tell us any more without ruining all things AVX.  I think it’s too late for that.  Good news for Marvel this book is sold out…

The best of the rest is what I think is the best overall.. Valiant Entertainment!  Look for a handful of new printings of previously published comics in the form of Archer and Armstrong #1 3rd printing, $3.99, Harbinger #1 2nd printing, $3.99, and Harbinger #2 2nd printing, $3.99, as well as the first of their very own line of re mastered classics; Valiant Masters Bloodshot HC vol 1, $24.99, collecting Bloodshot (1994) # 1 – 8 by Kevin VanHook and Don Perlin with a cover by Barry Windsor Smith and featuring an original story by VanHook and Perlin.  The folks at Valiant also made the respectable decision to reprint this material on original quality paper so that the color combinations would look the way they were intended to rather than the sometimes muddle of colors we see on the new digital remastered books.  I’m very much looking forward to this…

And plenty more that’s not listed.  For a complete list you can email me or visit your favorite site or store.  If you’re at all interested in what I think about what I’ve read recently please feel free to check out my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mycomicstorenet/172073462926176?fref=ts

 

Michael R. Murray is a full time Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service who is the first to say there’s just not enough time in the day, but will always make time for comics.  As he told someone in New York, I work hard so that I can enjoy myself.  This is what I enjoy!  Thank you for your time.

 
 

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