All righty, everybody. This is how this feature works. I’m sitting at home with some money burning a hole in my pocket. Should I do something responsible with it, like save one of those dogs in the Sarah McLachlan commercial? Should I go out and treat myself to a nice steak dinner? Should I put this money with other money, and then watch it make more money in the bank? I don’t think any of us has believed any scenario besides it being used to buy some comic books this week on new comic book day. #NCBD
Now the tricky part about this feature means I have to just pick four comics. Only four. Not five. Not 16. Just four comic books. (Shhh. Don’t tell the editors in the “upper level”, but I will probably buy more than four comic books anyway, but let’s just keep that between you and me, hokay? It’s our little secret. It’s like that other secret that I know about you, but don’t ever tell anyone. You catch my drift, right? Good. Glad we’re on the same page. And yes, it’s probably a comic book page.) SO ANYWAY, THESE FOUR COMIC BOOKS I’M BUYING. Let’s jump right into that. Just the four I’m buying. Just. Those. Four. Right?
BOOK THE FIRST:
If you’ve read any of my other entries into this feature, then you’re fully aware that I’m a card-carrying Whovian. Well, I don’t really have a card. At least not a card that actually says that I’m a Whovian. So totally ignore that last bit about carrying a card. When I snap my fingers, you will totally forget about that card. What card? I have no idea what you’re talking about. See? It works. So picture myself, no card to speak of, in a comic book store, buying my first of four comic books. I like to buy them one at a time. We’ll get into that later. The first comic book I plonk my monies down for is Titan Comic’s Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor – Year Two #01 ($3.99). You’ll notice it has a very long title. That makes me feel like I have gotten more for my money. Titan has really nailed the spirit of the Matt Smith/Eleventh Doctor era. Of all of the various Doctor Who books from Titan, the Eleventh Doctor seems to really have captured lightning in a bottle. Which is very rare, and not a good idea to take out of your car while at the gas station. The Doctor sounds like the Doctor, the made-for-comics companions are interesting and maintain interest when the Doctor is off panel (very important and rarely done correctly) and the cover I have chosen from the thousand (or probably less) variant covers is the one that happens to also show the “hidden” regeneration of our favorite Time Lord, The War Doctor! Good old “War.” What’s he good for? Absolutely selling spin-off merchandise. Say it again. We only found out about him in the 50th Anniversary special, as played by legendary thespian John Hurt. He was a sneaky surprise, sandwiched between the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) and the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) using the caveat that we never actually saw that regeneration happen onscreen. So the War Doctor is the one that everyone wants to know more about. We know he was a young man when he regenerated, and he lived long enough to look like John Hurt, so there is presumably a bit of backstory there to dole out to the fans when sales need a boost!
Writer: Simon Spurrier Art: Simon Fraser Cover: Alex Ronald Buyer: Me.
I CAN’T BELIEVE HE’S PURCHASED TWO COMICS IN A ROW:
There I am, again. I’m back at the comic book store. (Yes, I left and came back. I can’t spend all day in a comic book store. I DO have a LIFE to live, y’know?) The second comic that catches my eye is Captain America: White #2 of 5 ($3.99) by the Lennon/McCartney of comicdom, Loeb/Sale. These guys strike comic book gold every time they write and draw a classic character in a classic era, and slap a color on the title. (I’m personally still holding out for Green Goblin: Green, by the way). This series has it all, the quirky Tim Sale art I’ve come to love over the years, the comic encyclopedia backed-writing of Jeph Loeb, BUCKY (everybody loves some Bucky) and classic patriotic Steve Rogers. On top of all of that goodness, we get a story where Cap is getting ready to lead the Howling Commandos. Again, there are several hundred (probably less) variant covers, but pull a John Holloway and Treat Yo’ Self. It’s a Loeb/Sale book. Be a man and support America and what makes it great, and buy the Tim Sale cover. If you don’t, it’s like buying a Mozart CD with Justin Bieber on the cover. It’s unpatriotic, for crying out loud! These are just my two cents, though. Now I’m going to spend those two cents on another comic book. It always makes comic book shop guys nervous when you buy one comic at a time. You should really try it sometime. Don’t mention it, don’t telegraph it. Just buy like, twenty-two comics, one comic at a time. After these credits, we’ll jump ahead to the third comic I want to buy for new comic book day.
Writer: Jeph Loeb Art: Tim Sale Cover: Tim Sale
THOSE CREDITS ARE OVER AND THIS GUY IS BUYING A THIRD COMIC BOOK:
Not only that, but I have stepped stealthily to my car and have changed my clothes. This should really freak the comic book guy out. What will probably freak him out more is that I’m buying an Archie comic book. For the first time in many, many years. Archie used to be comic book filler when I was a child. If there were no good superhero or sci-fi comics, I would opt for a Conan the Barbarian. No Conan? Then maybe Richie Rich or Casper the Friendly Ghost. None of those? I guess I’ll take an Archie. I guess it was mainly that most of the stories revolved around him trying to pick between two girls that are fighting over him. Blonde or brunette. Simple or sophisticated. The girl next door or the girl on the magazine cover. Hang on. Considering how much I loved Stan Lee/John Romita Spider-Man and the whole Gwen or M.J. tease, this entire argument is falling apart. While it plummets to the ground around me, I’ll just say that the team of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples are making magic with this new Archie series. It’s like Ultimate Spider-Man without Spider-Man. It’s like Glee without all the singing. It’s like Saga without TV-headed people and aliens. It’s like Archie comics, but without the lameness. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll kiss $3.99 goodbye for issue #03. You will not, however, regret it one little bit.
Writer: Mark Waid Art: Fiona Staples Cover: Andrew Robinson
THIS GUY IS BUYING A FOURTH COMIC BOOK AND NOW HE’S USING A FAKE ACCENT:
Sometimes I like to use a fake accent. I have put on a silly hat. I now march up to my fine, upstanding local comic book purveyor and exclaim, “Tally Ho, I’m buying a funnybook!” I think I’m pulling it off so well that he doesn’t even link me with those three other guys that bought comic books and went to put them in my car. This time, I’m buying DC Comic’s Sandman: Overture #6 of 6 ($3.99) by the amazing Neil Gaiman and the equally amazing J.H. Williams. I’m not going to lie. I’ve bought all six issues of this comic (and it only took me a little over two years to do it) but I haven’t read a one of them yet. You see, when I was buying Sandman during its original run, I would buy them and save up ten or twelve (I was waiting for the trades when waiting for the trades wasn’t cool) and read them all in one go. I wish I had tried to sell that idea to someone, because they started coming out with collected trades of Sandman not long after that, and I think I could have made a killing on that idea. So I can’t discuss the plot, I can’t discuss the art, but I can discuss the joy that I have gotten from buying Neil Gaiman Sandman comics off the rack again. Which has been a real treat, if not a real regularly scheduled treat. This incarnation of Sandman has been kind of like one of your father’s friends who shows up randomly for dinner without calling first and falls asleep in your favorite chair after the meal. But a REALLY good one. Don’t wait for the trade and the hardcover of this book. There’s not many days left in your life when you can go and buy a Neil Gaiman Sandman single issue off the rack. This issue concludes the story that leads up to the first issue of the original series, so I’ll bet it has lots of nice art and smart-sounding words, strung together in a smart-sounding way. You’ll love it, or my name’s not — oh crap. I’ve gotten too far into character. I’d ask my comic book guy what my name is, but I’m pretty certain that he’s bought my “four guys buying comics” gag hook, line and sinker and would guess a rather British name for a rather British guy. So with a minor case of amnesia, I’m going to go and try to find my car. And the comic books those other three guys bought and put in my car.
Writer: Neil Gaiman Art: J.H. Williams Cover: J.H. Williams
Brent Kincade is the creator of #ThatTimeOnDrWho and his Timey-Wimey wars can be found on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and laundromat bulletin boards all over the greater United States. For goodness sake, just Google it. I know at least three other guys who love it.
As always, WCPE is so happy to be publishing #FCIW with the support of Elite Comics in Overland Park, KS. William and the Elite Crew run a friendly, clean, and safe comic shop which is welcoming to all and supportive of many local and national non-profits including The Hero Initiative. Stop in, pick up these four books, and let the gang at Elite Comics know that the Worst. Comic. Podcast. EVER! sent you over.
Categories: Four Comics I Want for NCBD