As we head into the holiday season, I am trying to shave a few pounds but only around my waist, not in my comic collection! I’ve decided to avoid the obvious choices of Star Wars #12 and Vader Down #1, even though I’ll probably pick them up. Here are four other issues that I hope to pick up this week! (Note: When you highlight names in this font the i’s look like i. Sorry.)
Mighty Thor #1 ($4.99, Marvel Comics): Kansas City writer Jason Aaron has been lighting up the sales numbers this entire year. Want to know why. He is really that good. His story line of Jane Foster’s journey as Thor was interrupted by Secret Wars but now it is time to find out more about this worthy holder of Mjolnir. A longtime supporting character of the proudest son of Asgard , Jane is fighting a seemingly unwinnable battle against cancer. Her frail body lies in stark contrast to the power she wields as the Goddess of Thunder. How did she become Thor? Why is the Odinson not worthy to weild his mystic hammer? Who will discover her true identity? Will she defeat the cancer consuming her body? What new foes will she face? All of these questions will probably not be answered in the first issue back but we can always hope! Russell Dauterman continues to provide inspired artwork for this book and showing a stark contrast between the Mighty Thor and the gaunt Jane Foster. Action scenes are exciting and very well paced with clear crisp lines that make the fantastic seem real. Long live Thor!
Black Knight #1 ($4.99, Marvel Comics): I’ll be honest and admit that I have not yet made the trip to Weirdworld like so many of my friends. It looks gorgeous and I’m sure was amazing but I’ve just had too many other books to pick up. That series is now at an end but the setting is still very much alive with the new series Black Knight. Frank Tieri spins this tale of Dane Whitman, the latest in a line of Black Knight’s to wield the cursed Ebony Blade. Dane has become more and more addicted to the power of the blade and fears the path he is on. Is that why he has come to Wierdworld? Will he meet Arkon? What do the Uncanny Avengers have to do with it? Relative newcomer Luca Pizzari will bring his touch to Dane’s look and the unpredictable landscape of this bizarre world. Check out this great new series!
Huck #1 ($3.50, Image Comics): Imagine your neighbor had superpowers. He was a great member of your small seaside community and used his powers to help those around him with a supergood deed every day. Would you help him keep his powers a secret from the media? Well that is the setting in this new story by Mark Millar. The solicits for this book mention a Feel-Good variant by artist Rafael Albuquerque. A feel-good book from Mark Millar? I’ll believe it when I see it and see it I will! This book is already being prepped for the big screen by Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 and it isn’t surprising with the repeated successes Millar’s work has had in theaters. Wanted and Kick Ass are fan favorites but there is no way I’m waiting for the movie with artwork by Rafael Albuquerque. His artwork has made every page of American Vampire a delight and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us here. There are few artists that rend more dynamic action than Albuquerque and I’m very curious to how he represents the quiet peaceful moments of Huck. Can’t wait until Wednesday!
Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven #1 ($12.99, IDW Publishing): I always thought that Andre the Giant was one of the coolest people in the world. I was a wrestling fan as a kid, we all loved him as Fezzik in The Princess Bride and he seemingly holds the record for the most beers consumed in one sitting with 156. Now Andre Roussimoff is being given the book he so richly deserved. Created by Brandon Easton and Denis Medri, this trade paperback illustrates the life of one of the biggest men to ever walk this planet. From his family farm, his days as a wrestler and his feuds with other stars of the squared circle, this book promises to show us what it was like to walk in his giant, giant shoes.
As always, WCPE is 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.