New comics picks: past, present, futureWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve said it many times before: there’s never been a more diverse selection of themes and topics in the comics industry than right now. Jim Collins of Toledo’s own JC’s Comic Stop has new titles in his current picks that encompass a movie tie-in celebrating one of the most legendary and venerable superhero teams of all and a mature-readers book that echoes the UFO paranoia of the 1950s with a topical, modern edge.
“Those who want to be ahead of the curve when the ‘Avengers’ film drops would want to read this,” Collins said of The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week No. 1. “It gives some great insight into the forming of the group as everything comes together. You see the search for Captain America, the disturbance in New Mexico involving Thor, inside info-dealing with Tony Stark from the ‘Iron Man 2’ film and more. It’s a fun read and it should prove to make the ‘Avengers’ film that much more enjoyable. However, if you’re thinking of picking up this comic, I would not wait too long — I suspect that not many copies are going to be found in the area.”
On the DC Comics side of the pool, the company’s Vertigo imprint is launching several new titles, one of which has piqued Collin’s interest over the others.
“Saucer Country by writer Paul Cornell and artist Ryan Kelly deals with a New Mexico governor, Arcadia Alvarado, running for the office of United States president and dealing with immigration issues, budgets cuts and, oh, lets also throw an alcoholic ex-husband into the mix, too,” he said. “Sounds like that would be enough to make a good comic, but wait, there’s more! On the way to campaigning, Arcadia has an encounter that leaves her with horrible, hazy memories and she feels an even greater need to become president, if only to expose the ‘truth’ and save the world. So, if you’re into alien abduction and dirty politics set in the Southwest, this comic may very well be for you.”
Among the other new Vertigo titles hitting this month is The New Deadwardians, an alternate-reality Edwardian London where almost everybody is either a zombie (the masses) or a vampire (the elite) and Heaven help you if you’re a normal human stuck in the middle.