Welcome back to Comical Commentary, where we take a look at the weeks best new comic series’ and graphic novels, play catch up on a few issues and hand out some awards. This week its Batman, burritos and a murder mystery in space!
Doom Patrol #1
Gerard Way, Nick Derington – Young Animal
“Turn back now or suffer the mighty consequence of sheer, psycho-maniacal mayhem.” Doom Patrol is a re imagining of the series Doom Patrol, but takes classic story lines in new directions and adds some weird stuff for good measure. Casey Brinke, and Sam Reynolds, a pair of young EMTs, answer a hit-and-run call, then find themselves face to face with a familiar figure: Cliff Steele, AKA Robotman. Written by Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy, My Chemical Romance) and if his previous work is anything to go by, we are in for a bizarre and thoughtful experience.
Hadrian’s Wall #1
Kyle Higgins, Rod Reis – Image
An astronaut is murdered and its up to the pill popping detective Simon Moore to investigate the ship’s crew. One of the crew members just so happens to be Moore’s ex-wife. Described as a locked room murder mystery, Moore needs to catch the killer and some how avoid an international cold war. From the team that brought us the critically acclaimed C.O.W.L. Hadian’s Wall looks as tense as a game of Cluedo when there’s money riding on the win.
Resident Alien: The Man with No Name #1
Peter Hogan, Steve Parkhouse – Dark horse
Another murder mystery although the premise behind this one is a little more outlandish. We follow a stranded alien living in a human suit and posing as a doctor in a small town near Washington. With a stubborn FBI agent on his tail, our hero is forced to solve the case of a mysterious arsonist who has arrived in town to heat things up!
Come Find Me #1
Dominic Davi – The Dinosaur Factory (Digital First)
Petaluma, California. 2003. Young Jack Collins meets the girl of his dreams one night at a local punk rock show, but there is more to Mackenzie McConnell then he could ever imagine. This one’s currently a digital only comic available on Comixology for the bargain price of $0.99
Lost in the Middle #1
Ben Lee – Big Head Productions (Digital First)
This one has a much more serious tone than the others comics featured this week. It follows the story of Aaron, an Asian American, who, after a violent response to racism, finds himself in therapy. Join Aaron, as he faces his demons, and goes on a journey of the human condition that makes him whole.
All-Star Batman #2
Scott Snyder, John Romita Jr – DC
Scott Snyder is my favourite comic writer. American Vampire is my favourite work of his so i jump on whatever he does. Soon as he finished the epic run on Batman new 52 he jumped on another Batman series. This one is significantly more over the top but still a blast. The great thing about digital comics is that it’s really easy to play catch up with a series. So go read #1 than come back here. Batman and Two-Face continue their journey to Harvey Dent’s cure through an assassin-infested landscape.
Cardboard City (Graphic Novel)
Zeijko Obrenovic, various – Modesty Comics (Digital First)
This one’s deep. These stories are intimate and personal and yet they express universal truths about the nature of humankind. They are full of apparent coincidences but I can state with some conviction that every instance of synchronicity is crafted with great purpose. I invite you, the reader, to explore the layers of meaning for yourself. Available in digital only for now.
The Fix Vol. 1 (Graphic Novel)
Nick Spencer, Steve Lieber – Image
Collecting #1-4 of the dark buddy cop series, as our heroes are crooked cops dealing with scheming mobsters, and corrupt politicians that run Los Angeles-and the sex toy that can bring them all down. Oh, and there’s a drug-sniffing beagle named Pretzels.
Best Cover Art Award: Scarlet Witch #10
Each issue of this series is presented with a cover featuring only reds, blacks and whites but this one goes above and beyond. The murder of a famous warlock takes Wanda to Japan which inspired the traditional Japanese art. David Aja has done some great work here.
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Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane