A whole bunch of stuff…

A Whole bunch of stuff (no article)

This week I read a lot of books, only a few really stand out and none of them are really good enough to talk about in more depth so I am going to run down a few pretty great books.

The first one I want to talk about is the Darkhorse book Hellboy in Hell # 8, “The Hounds of Pluto Part Two” by Mike Mignola. The issue was great, all Hellboy is great when we get him. The art is always awesome and the story is another fantastic story. The problem is that who knows when we will get more. I love this book I just hate that it always leaves.

Next is This Damned Band #1, another Darkhorse Book, by Paul Cornell with art by Tony Parker. This book came out a few weeks ago and mixes Spinal Tap‘s documentary feel with the occult. It’s written awesomely and the art is gorgeous. It’s great. It’s a book about a Led Zeppelin level band worshiping Satan and tripping.

The last Issue of Marvel’s Inhumans: Attilan Rising series, “Part Five: The Dying f the Light” by Charles Soule with art by John Timms, was solid. It was an oddly sad and tragic ending to a story that honestly shook me a little. I loved it and recommend you read all of Charles Soule’s work on Inhumans. He really get’s the characters and tells an intriguing story.

These books were all great. Honestly they all deserve a 5 out of 5, but I feel like there doesn’t need to be a lot said about them. They are just really good books. We live in a good time for comics.

There are a lot of great books on the market right now. I know that over the last few years my taste in comic books has changed. I have started to stray from a lot of the typical super hero books where the good guy always wins, looking for realistic stories about consequences to actions and bad things happening and bad people winning. I have been amazed and very happy to see that Marvel has kept up with that change. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love every Marvel book, I have very few on my pull list, but the ones I have are major books.

Series like Hickman’s Avengers and New Avengers have been amazing, leaving me at a loss for words many, many times, while books like Charles Soules Death of Wolverine and Jason Aaron’s run on Thor: God of Thunder, Thor, and Thors, have seen major shake ups to major characters. These books, culminating in the ongoing Secret Wars, have shaken and destroyed and shaped the entire Marvel Universe. Making me respect and look forward to Marvel books.

Image comics is also putting out a lot of amazing books. Long running series like Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead and Invincible have been consistently amazing while newer series such as Manifest Destiny and Rat Queens are taking comic books to new places.

Now is a great time to love comics :).

Andrew Dearborn
About Andrew Dearborn (81 Articles)
Andrew Dearborn is a part-time reviewer, long-time reader, and occasional video gamer. He grew up in a small Southern Manitoba town and, as many from his area tend to do, migrated to the "big city" of Winnipeg, where he works full time as a bookseller and event facilitator for McNally Robinson as well as a substitute teacher. He is actively pursuing a career in teaching, having received his Bachelor of Education in high school History and English from the University of Manitoba in 2013. While attending the University of Manitoba he was lucky enough to have one of his many short stories, "Socrates' Last Drink", published in The Manitoban. Andrew is also a bilateral cleft palate, a Mennonite, and a nerd, having started his comic book collection at the tender age of seven with a small stack of hand me down Spider Man and Jack Kirby-drawn Eternals issues. In his spare time he reads, writes and talks... incessantly.
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