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Comic Picks of the Week

It’s Tuesday afternoon, so it is indeed time for this week’s comic picks! There are a few #1’s coming out this week, and here’s the issue you should definitely pick up.

Writer: Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel  Artist: Riley Rossmo, Colin Lorimer  Cover Artist: Riley Rossmo

Writer: Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel
Artist: Riley Rossmo, Colin Lorimer
Cover Artist: Riley Rossmo

Boom! Studios has increasingly impressed me with the quality comics they put out in the last year (Six Gun Gorilla and Imagine Agents to name a couple) , so I am excited to see what this new offering holds in store for in this race for survival book. Also, werewolves are cool, but not scary enough to give me nightmares…yet.

An equally grim comic, A Voice in the Dark #3 comes out this week.

Creator: Larime Taylor

Creator: Larime Taylor

This comic features a Dexter-esque young woman who attempts to abstain from her dark impulses by maintaining a radio show dedicated to anonymous callers’ problems. If the story weren’t sensational enough, creator Larime Taylor writes, draws, and letters everything with his mouth. This book is one of my most surprising comic finds, and it’s definitely worth taking a change on.

If you’re willing to take on werewolves and serial killers, than give ghosts a try with Ghosted #6 this week.

Writer:  Joshua Williamson  Artists: Miroslav Mrva, Davide Gianfelice Cover Artist: Matteo Scalera

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artists: Miroslav Mrva, Davide Gianfelice
Cover Artist: Matteo Scalera

This issue begins a new story arc after Jackson Winters triumphed in his previous assignment. If you’re looking for a good scare, this comic is a great place to start. There are a few panels from the previous story arc that continue to haunt me.

Take a break from horror and murder with Princeless Encore Edition #2.

Story: Jeremy Whitley Art: Emily Martin

Story: Jeremy Whitley
Art: Emily Martin

This a printing of the Eisner Award nominated first run of Princeless. If you haven’t read the comic before, or desperately want physical copies to share with every minor in your acquaintance, pick up this issue! Princeless Volume 2 was one of my favorite comics of 2013, and you can’t go amiss starting at the beginning.

Also light-hearted, the print copy of Batman Lil Gotham #10 comes out today.

Writers: Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs  Art: Dustin Nguyen

Writers: Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs
Art: Dustin Nguyen

In my opinion, you can never go wrong picking up a copy of Batman Lil Gotham – particularly one that focuses on the leading lady villains of Gotham. Dustin Nguyen’s artistic imagining of Gotham never fails to bring a smile, and the stories drift from the “dark and gritty” tone of current Batman offerings.

While I’m not quite sure where Alex + Ada is going yet – other than exponentially increasing Alex’s discomfort levels – so far it’s an interesting look at a boy and his birthday present.

Writers:  Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn  Artist:  Jonathan Luna

Writers: Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn
Artist: Jonathan Luna

The present being a life-like robot a family member gives him as a companion – and she is fully functional in every sense (sexually, I mean sexually). Not that Alex, a noble boy, has made use of those functions. Alex + Ada #3 is a good issue to hop in on as the plot starts to thicken. Jump in before the series develops so far it’s hard to follow.

Next up, let’s here it for the leading ladies of the week, starting off with Velvet #3.

Writer: Ed Brubaker  Artists: Steve Epting, Elizabeth Breitweiser Cover Artist: Steve Epting

Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artists: Steve Epting, Elizabeth Breitweiser
Cover Artist: Steve Epting

Velvet hasn’t yet begun to unravel the web of deceit and secrecy surrounding Agent X-14, but she’s going to. For fans of spies and/or Brubaker, this comic should be a no-brainer as it features the female protagonists and dark tone Brubaker does so well. Also, I just love the streak of white in her hair.

If spies aren’t your thing, try the fantasy romp from Peterpanzerfaust creator Kurtis J. Wiebe (also check out Peterpanzerfaust #16 out this week).

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe  Artist: Roc Upchurch

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Roc Upchurch

Rat Queens has provided familiar fun in the fantasy genre with more modern personalities. The result is brawling, drinking, and killing – sometimes in that order. Rat Queens #4 continues the current story arc, and judging by the cover, many trolls will die.

That brings us to Coffin #4, the last suggestion for the week.

Writer: Caitlin Kittredge  Artist: Inaki Miranda  Cover Artist: Dave Johnson

Writer: Caitlin Kittredge
Artist: Inaki Miranda
Cover Artist: Dave Johnson

One of Vertigo’s recent titles to invigorate the brand, Coffin Hill provides us with a tight-lipped, rich, injured cop heroine up against an evil forest. If we’ve learned anything from the recent Hobbit movie (or any LotR movies) it’s that forests are unmistakably evil, yet Eve is determined to face down the evil in Coffin Hill. I’m not in love with this cover, but after three issues focused on exposition, issue four promises plenty of action and hopefully a few answers.

Enjoy your comic books tomorrow, and let me know which ones you got in the comments!

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