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Buy These Comics! (May 6, 2009)

Posted on 01 May 2009 by LoryGil

 

¡Hola! mis amigos. I hope that you’re Cinco de Mayo plans don’t thwart your comic book shopping desires.  There are some sweet picks this week. So, if you’re not hung over from all that tequila, Buy These Comics!

 

fffour001_cov Fin Fang Four Return! One-shot (Marvel Comics)

Writers:  Roger Langridge & Scott Gray, Artist Roger Langridge

The first time I saw Fin Fang Foom was in an issue of Next Wave. There he was; a giant lizard with purple pants wrecking havoc on an unsuspecting town. I later learned that Foom has a sordid past, altering between good guy and bad guy at different times in his existence. I love giant monsters and this adorably misunderstood beast took a piece of my heart. So, you can imagine my delight to learn that he and his oversized friends Elektro, Googam and Gorgilla are back with a vengeance.  This delightful one-shot reminds us all that giant monsters are just not meant to live with us. Their purpose in life is to crush cities and strike fear in the hearts of teenage girls in poodle skirts. Take a ride with the Fin Fang Four on their rampaging adventures.

 

Human Torch 70th Anniversary Special #1 (Marvel Comics)htorchcom001_cov

Writer:  Scott Snyder, Artist: Scott Wegener, Cover: Adi Granov

Don’t confuse this Human Torch with the fame-monger Human Torch of the Fantastic Four. This torch has been around forever. His first appearance was in the comic book Marvel #1 in 1939. That’s right, Marvel and its cohorts turns 70 this year. Human Torch is one of six titles to celebrate this momentous occasion. Writer Scott Snyder gives the old- timey hero a new shine by showing us the emotional turmoil that this robo-man goes through while adjusting to life with humans. Snyder’s take is interesting because he keeps the depression era story line and is basically telling the Torch’s story from year one as if we were smack in the middle of the fabulous ‘40s again. Artist Scott Wegener illustrates the flaming hero with a washed out style that reiterates the hard-living state of things during World War II.

 

power-girlPower Girl #1 (DC Comics)

Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, Artist: Amanda Conner

After all these years of ogling and drooling over this 2nd tier heroine, Power Girl finally gets her very own comic. Why do I have a feeling that this title will sell really well? Could it be that her DD-sized measurements are still intact? Or maybe it is the revealing costume. No matter the reason, I hope this title wins with the DC fans. I’ve loved this character ever since I saw Alex Ross’ depiction of her on the cover of Justice Society of America #9. Power Girl has proven herself worthy of a titular position in the DC Universe and I hope she is in it for the long-haul. Writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray are truly capable of bringing this interesting character to the forefront of superhero-dom. And, you have to admit that if feels a little better knowing that this cheesecake babe is being drawn by Amanda Conner. It seems less offensive when someone who understands the concept of objectification gives permission to stare.

 

Seaguy: The Slaves of Mickey Eye #2 (Vertigo Comics)seaguy

Writer: Grant Morrison, Artist: Cameron Stewart

There is not a lot I can say about this comic. It is weird as f*@k. Sorry for the language, but where else would you find a guy who’s best friend is a floating fish and who’s worst enemy is a floating eyeball. Talk about weird. Grant Morrison is quite possible the strangest comic writer around. He has a way of bringing the dream world and the real world together in an eerily seamless way that makes you believe it could actually happen. In this newest adventure, Seaguy has lost his memory and is wandering around in a carnival world that he doesn’t feel quite right in. He keeps finding himself in precarious situations that turn out to be against the laws of Mickey Eye. This arc is only three issues long, so make sure to pick it up. It may just change your whole way of thinking.

 

somm1-webSword of my Mouth #1 (IDW Publishing)

Writer: Jim Munroe, Artist: Shannon Gerard

This super-indie comic comes on the heels of writer Jim Munroe’s prior hit, Therefore Repent, which incidentally, is available for free in digital form by Munroe himself.  Now, I know what you are thinking… Repent? What is this religious trite. I thought the same thing. In fact, I had to read the entire 163 page comic before I felt comfortable enough to write this review. But Munroe’s post-apocalyptic, angst ridden tale has little to do with any indoctrinated morality. In fact, it is mind-blowing and amazing. One of the most original comics I’ve read in the past five years. It is the epitome of indie style. Think: Blankets by Craig Thompson, except much more exciting and surreal. Sword of my Mouth #1 is the sequel to Munroe’s epic tale. Artist Shannon Gerard is known in the indie comic scene for her book, Hung. Her contribution to this bizarre left-behind-without-the-God-angle graphic novel is a perfect match. Do yourself a favor and download the free digital comic (it is a pretty fast read) and then go pick up part two at your local comic shop. If they don’t have it, make them order it.

 

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  1. scott snyder Says:

    Thanks a lot for the kind words about the Torch story. Tried hard with it. Stay in touch!

  2. Jim Munroe Says:

    Yeah, thanks Lori! (PS get in touch and I’ll hook you up with a free digi subscription to Sword)

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