Welcome back to Four Comics I Want For NCBD, and today is going to be about looking back and moving forward. Readers may find that a very timey-wimey statement. In keeping with the sentiment, let’s look at my first pick for New Comic Book Day!
Being a die-hard Doctor Who fan since 1984 (my first episode was The Visitation, starring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor), one of my favorite gimmicks in the Whoniverse is when we get an old-fashioned crossover between different incarnations of the Doctor. It’s only happened a handful of times on television, and only a few times in the novels and the Big Finish audio adventures. Titan Comics has been telling a whopper of a multi-Doctor adventure in Doctor Who: Four Doctors (#4, $3.99), weaving a storyline that allows the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors to have an adventure together with their comic book companions, and the War Doctor appears in flashback. Paul Cornell has written a spacey tale with great momentum, and having honed his craft on the series proper, writes excellent dialogue for the Doctors and his assistants that will have you hearing voices in your head while you read. By taking throwaway villains from a William Hartnell/First Doctor era television adventure, beefing them up pretty considerably and then mixing them in with monsters from the modern series, Cornell gets high-fives and air punches by sending kisses to the past and allowing decades old villains to evolve into the future. The art by Neil Edwards is spot on; each familiar character looking sharp and familiar on the comic page in a very dynamic manner! Issue #4 (of 5) hits shelves this week, so don’t be late – you won’t want to miss out on this one (unless you have access to a TARDIS, then you can hit this New Comic Book Day multiple times)!
Looking back into the past, we find my next pick for NCBD – Miracleman by Gaiman and Buckingham #1 ($4.99, Marvel Comics). The Miracleman story (both on and off the page) has been an amazing journey, from cult classic to widespread acclaim through a series of legal battles and courtroom drama. Reprinting this classic series from Eclipse, Marvel has divided the series at the point at which the “Original Author” (who asked to have his name taken off of the reissues) stopped writing and a brand-spankin’ new Neil Gaiman took over the writing chores with Mark Buckingham on art duties. Never missing a marketing beat, Marvel has folded Gaiman’s name into the actual title of the book, insuring that it will be a must-read by the legions of Gaiman fans out there. It’s difficult to describe this series without giving away the plot points that make it special, so let’s just imagine that you took the legend of Shazam/Captain Marvel and turned it completely on its ear, and then gave it a few hits of LSD. If you could say a magic word and become a supernatural hero with the perfect body, would YOU want to change back? Although Marvel will be billing this as a “great jumping on point”, don’t kid yourself. This is one you’ll want to pick up from the very beginning. If you haven’t started yet though, grab the first issue of Volume Two, on shelves this NCBD.
Blasting into the future, we glimpse my third choice for New Comic Book Day, the brand new book from Jeff Lemire (the amazing brain behind All-New Hawkeye, Sweet Tooth, and Essex County) with co-creator and artist Emi Lennox, Plutona #1 ($2.99, Image Comics). What happens when five young friends happen onto the body of one of the world’s greatest heroes? I’ll be honest, I haven’t read much about this book because it passed my “pitch test”. If the plot of a book can described in one sentence and leaving me wanting more, I’ll plonk down my dollars for a book. The “pitch” I heard regarding this book was, “Imagine the Stephen King film adaption Stand By Me, but the dead body the kids find is Plutona – a super hero.” Sold! Done! I’ll be buying the first issue, at least, and will probably stick around for more – Lemire’s never done me wrong, and the art and coloring look incredible! On top of all of that, you can never really go wrong with a first issue from Image Comics.
Once again balancing the past and the future for my final choice for NCBD, it’s the joy of rediscovering a fantastic comic book series just on the dawn of it becoming a major Netflix vehicle, following in the tracks laid down by the uber-successful Daredevil. Never one to shy away for a conveniently-timed trade paperback reissue, Marvel Comics drops a “new” collection of one of my favorite books in many years, Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias (nothing to do whatsoever with the Jennifer Garner TV series) but now going under the name Jessica Jones: Alias (Vol. 1, $24.99). Collecting issues #1 through #9 of the subversive MAX imprint series by Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos, this should begin to prepare you for the next gigantic Marvel/Netflix blockbuster. Jessica Jones, a former superheroine and card-carrying member of the Avengers, finds herself down and out and spending her time as a private investigator. A missing persons case quickly plunges her into a unbelievable conspiracy involving Captain America, and things don’t necessarily get any better for Jessica along the way. One of the first R-rated comics published by Marvel just might prove to be Netflix gold, and this week is your chance to read up from the very beginning. Find out who and what The Purple Man is… you’ll never look at lavender the same way again!
Whether your NCBD picks teeter on the edge of sentimentality for the good old days, or the cutting edge of the comics blazing a trail into the future, have a great New Comic Book Day, folks!
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