Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Weekly Treats! Guardians, American Vampire, Unwritten

A big, shiny No-Prize for spotting the theme in this weeks clutch of new comic launches (hint: it's sci-fi!). In Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel) Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven have wrestled the Guardians away from Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning who looked after so admirably in recent years. Always something of team with a cult following (maybe for the more sci-fi-minded readers), news that they'll be receiving a movie adaptation has driven a more widespread interest. Iron Man seems a little bit out of place but then I suppose it's worth having one of the big guys in on a high profile launch.

If you're intrigued by the way Jonathan Hickman brings hard sci-fi to his Marvel work then you really should have a look at the work he does at Image - of which, by the way, he's starting to look pretty prolific. East of West #1 (Image) is his newest series. It's a sci-fi Western set in a dystopian America where all hope for the future rests in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who are actually on a mission to kill the President. Illustrated by Nick Dragotta.

I'm rather excited by the pairing up of creators on BPRD Vampire #1 (Dark Horse) of 5. Mike Mignola brings the formidable Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba on board for a story an agent’s quest for revenge against a clan of vampires and their Gorgon-eyed queen Hecate.

And finally, Time Warp #1 (Vertigo) is a new sci-fi anthology one-shot featuring an impressive array of writers and illustrators which also dips it's toe in the DC universe (see here for the DC listing with full creator credits).

If you've been impressed by the way Scott Snyder has given Batman a shot in the arm then you should see what he's done for vampires. Exploring historical settings in each story arc, American Vampire vol. 5 (Vertigo) places us in the 1950's. Rafeal Albuquerque and Dustin Nguyen banish the vision of high collars and capes and/or sparkling brooding. Another series that has been quietly building itself into an impressive saga of fantasy and reality is Unwritten vol. 7 The Wound (Vertigo) by Mike Carey and Peter Gross.

The first of the Marvel NOW! relaunches arrives in the shape of All-New X-Men vol. 1 Yesterday's X-Men (Marvel). Brian Michael Bendis jumped from Avengers into mutant territory ably supported by the superb Stuart Immonen and cooked up a great hook of bringing the original X-Men into the present creating an exciting new dynamic in the group. And finally, anyone up for a quick re-cap of Superman and Zod clashes are treated to Superman vs. Zod (DC) in stories reaching from 1962 to 2007.

Of course there's a whole lot more. All can be found under the tab at the top of the page.

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