Hey folks, welcome to the CouncilofCaleb blog where I’m going to tell you about 5 things to love in comics every week. Comic-dom is in a strange place right now, and the internet is FULL of people who only seem to want to focus on the negative. Here, I want to help you break through that noise and celebrate comics, the creators, and the fandom by telling you a few things that I found absolutely amazing in the pages of my favorite books! In return, help spread the love around, and feel free to shout-out your picks to me on Twitter and Instagram at @councilofcaleb. Now, without further word vomit, here are 5 things to love in comics this week:
- The Incredible Hulk #709– Just in time to remind readers about Planet Hulk before we see the Jade Giant smash into battle on the big screen, Greg Pak and Greg Land take us back to Sakaar! Did you think it blew up? Two words, Secret Wars! The universe got thrown back together in all sorts of ways and the Totally Awesome Hulk (Amadeus Cho) has to step into the dystopian void left in the wake of the planets leadership. Lets not beat around the bush, this is straight outta the Mad Max playbook and a Warlord holds all the cards. Cho is going to have to unleash the beast and run the gauntlet, and I’m loving every panel of the tale of two Gregs.
- Maestros #1– This. Book. Is. Beautiful. Disclaimer: it’s for a mature audience, but as long as you can deal with an uncensored view of the human body, you’ll be fine. Where was I? Oh yeah. THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL!!! Steve Skroce and Dave Stewart put on a master class in graphic storytelling. This is an incredibly crafted first dip into what promises to be an amazing Science-Fantasy adventure, possibly the best of 2017-18. An ancient evil launches a coup in the world of magic leaveing the entirety of the royal family dead…except for the murdered king’s ex-wife and their estranged son who has been banished to our world. Here, he has been using a bit of magic to get by and solve important world problems, like the impotence of fat Texas oil-barons. The story is awesome, but for me, the art in this book is what shoots it through the stratosphere of comics glory.
- Wonder Woman/Conan #2– I mean, do I really need to explain this? Did you not read the title? Wonder Woman meets Conan!!!! By Crom, this is the moment I didn’t know that I’ve been waiting for since I first cracked open a comic. Are they going to kill one another in an arena? Are they going to rain down pain on barbarians, pirates, and slavers? Are they going to get naked and rub their abs together? Who knows? I’ll tell you who knows, Gail friggin’ Simone knows. She is one of the best sword-and-sorcery writers in the industry, and she’s no stranger to writing out the adventures of Wonder Woman either. My only question is, what took so long for the powers that be to realize that this in one of the BEST things imaginable. Aaron Lopresti’s energetic and dynamic lines bring this story to life. Also, sharks. Wonder Woman, Conan, and Sharks. Do you have it yet? What’re you doing?
- Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #1– Award winning writer/artist Jeff Lemire pulls this new title out his award winning series Black Hammer. Did we mention that Lemire wins awards? He places this story in the capable hands of the talented David Rubin (of Ether fame) who is probably going to win awards, because that’s what happens when you create amazing comics. This book explores the world and exploits of Spiral City’s greatest villains in the search for Sherlock Frankenstein, who has been missing since the Black Hammer and the others faced down the anti-God and…you should just go get that comic. It won awards.
- Batman #33– Tom King is fresh off of what will undoubtedly be listed among the top stories in Batman canon, The War of Jokes and Riddles. You might notice that this issue looks a little different than the last, and that’s because this issue is artist Joelle Jones’s debut on the Bat-books, and that is definitely something to love. Jones is an amazing and accomplished artist and you may know her on works such as Dark Horse’s Lady Killer and Marvel’s Mockingbird. She brings King’s scripts to life as they take the Bat and the Cat off into the desert in the first part of their Rules of Engagement storyline. I’m all in. She is bringing something fresh and new to the dark night that fits the tone of the book like a well worn bat-glove.
In addition to the 5 things to love in comics this week, there are a couple of things to love outside of comics and into the fandom. More specifically, a few Podcast anniversaries. I’d like to send a huge congratulations to the 11 O’clock Comics crew on there 500th episode, as well as an equally large fist-bump to the Double Page Spread podcast on their 200th episode. Thanks to both of these amazing series for bringing us hours of conversation, interviews, knowledge, and most importantly-love for the medium that brings us all together. You can find both of these ‘casts on iTunes or your preferred podcast provider.
Now, go forth and love comics.