2015 is almost gone! This will be my last FCIW column of the year and I’m glad we started it up. I’ve seen a lot of books selected by my compatriots I would have never heard about without the column. I hope this has been the same for you. Maybe you haven’t picked up every book we’ve recommended, but maybe you’ve seen titles you’ve never heard of and started reading some of them. We’d love to hear from you if you have purchased a book based on our recommendations and if you’re still reading it. (We’d love to hear from you if you purchased a book we recommended and you didn’t care for it!) I know I’ve been reading a lot of different books this year, and just as I think I’m going to be able to wind down for the year and pare down my reading list I’m bombarded with a load of great titles to end the year. Take a peek at these selections and let me know if you’re picking any of them up!
Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (of 6) ($3.99, DC/IDW): Kansas City is home to a lot of awesome comic creators. Freddie Williams II is part of that community as a veteran artist with credits at DC, Legendary, IDW, and Marvel Comics. This week he gets to be a part of a debut crossover between two of those publishing houses along with James Tynion IV. From the Previews release, “DC Comics and IDW team up for the crossover you never saw coming as two of the greatest entertainment icons meet for the first time! In Gotham City, a series of deadly raids leads Batman to believe he’s up against a group of highly trained ninjas known as the Foot Clan! Somehow, they’ve crossed over to another dimension and are determined to take advantage of the situation while looking to get back home. But they haven’t come alone: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are hot on their trail. Get ready for excitement as heroes and villains from both worlds clash and team up in an epic battle that threatens the very fabric of reality!” Get out there and pick this book up!
Constantine The Hellblazer #7 ($2.99, DC): This is the first time I’ve read any Constantine books and I’ve been hooked since the first issue. I’m really enjoying the ride so far with the creative team of James Tynion IV, (The same writer for Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Ming Doyle for the stories and Riley Rossmo and Ivan Plascencia delivering the pictures. The magical side of DC is incredibly rich in characters and story lines. I think Constantine is the straw that stirs the drink. There is a guest appearance this month as Swamp Thing is forced to get the help of Constantine to solve the bizarre, magical Central Park murders happening in New York City.
Slash & Burn #2 ($3.99, Vertigo): Vertigo was once the premier publisher of avant-garde comic content, but for the last few years their catalog of books weren’t as strong as in previous years. The recent diversity of topics, creators, and genre-pushing art from the imprint gives me hope a revival is occurring with the imprint, and Slash & Burn is one of the books creating the excitement again. This issue we see the protagonist, Rosheen, wrap up the first case while dealing with flashbacks from her past. From Vertigocomics.com, “Exploding squirrels, broken fingers and a fistful of doodles lead Rosheen closer to an explosive showdown with the Matchstick Man.” We had the opportunity to interview inker Ande Parks on the podcast last week! Give it a listen and then get the book! Vertigo is back, baby!
Head Lopper #2 ($5.99, Image Comics): $5.99?!? Stick with me. Andrew MacLean wanted to tell a story without forced endings and abbreviated or mis-formed story arcs because of the constraints of a 20 – 22 page monthly comic. He releases Headloppper as a quarterly book with 50 – 60 pages of content in each issue. You’re actually getting more comic for your money with this book and you haven’t even read a single page yet. Once you do read it you’ll find a book full of great art and story telling. This month Norgal and Agatha meets a new character by the name of Gnym with a pretty unhealthy need to see undead giants destroy the Head Lopper. We also begin to learn of Servin Lulach’s origin story.
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.
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