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Buy These Comics! November 11, 2009 | Trash Cookies

Buy These Comics! November 11, 2009

Posted on 09 November 2009 by LoryGil

I’m back with a vengeance. To make up for all of that lost reading you have not been keeping up on, I’m going to have to give you a lashing. The good news is that next week promises to be a cracking good week for new comics. Here are a few that I deem worthy of my column:

wwwdccomicsBatman/Doc Savage Special #1 (DC Comics)

Writer: Brian Azzarello, Artist: Phil Noto, Cover: JG Jones

I know how exciting it is too see that the writer of 100 Bullets taking the reins on Marvel’s beloved, The First Wave bull. Writer Brian Azzarello is arguably the best known writer of pulp style comics of the past decade, and his noir influence drips from the pages of the Batman/Doc Savage Special. This first issue is set in an earlier time. A time when bats were young and full of life, and not yet beaten down by loss and betrayal… see what I mean, the guy’s contagious or something. Artist Phil Noto is the perfect complement to the dusty pages of the streets of DC’s yester-years. He has this cute way of drawing batman when he’s mad that just makes you want to giggle. DC is threatening that this comic is the jumping off point for a complete re-imagining of the DCU, but don’t worry, they’ve threatened that before, about a hundred times in the past 9 months. The book is $4.99 but it comes with a cute little sketchbook section by Rags Morales, so it is sure to be a collector’s item to someone someday.

The Ghoul #1 (IDW Comics)ghoul

Writer: Steve Niles, Artist: Bernie Wrightson

Nipping at the heels of Dead, She Said comes another horror comic by the creative team of the century. The Ghoul is about, well… a ghoul, and FBI ghoul to be exact. He is teaming up with a detective to solve a kooky mystery. This comic is not all together nothing like one of writer Steve Niles’ other character’s, Cal MacDonald. It is a bit thrill for me, since I absolutely love that crazy washed-up detective. Niles has a way with horror comics that, in my opinion, is unmatched by any other. He adds a bit of humor, a bit of action, and a whole lot of creepsville to his tales. There may not be any better artist to match Niles’ work than artist Bernie Wrightson. Wrightson’s stark contrast and crayon-box colors blend perfectly with Niles style. The Ghoul is sure to please if you love horror comics in general, and Nile and Wrightson specifically.

hellboyHellboy: Wild Hunt #8 (Dark Horse Comics)

Writer: Mike Mignola, Artist: Duncan Fegredo

This is the last in the Wild Hunt story arc, and possibly the last Hellboy comic for quite a while. At the 2009 San Diego International Comic Convention, Mignola expressed that he might be putting this baby to bed for a while he focuses on some other projects. We’ve had a good run of Hellboy over the past few years, and if there was ever a good arc to leave us (for a while) with, Wild Hunt is it. Hellboy has discovered that he is the rightful heir to the British crown and is the only one who can save the world from total annihilation (again), but it comes with a hefty price that Hellboy may not be willing to pay. What I want to know is, will it end up all a dream?

Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows #1 (Dark Horse)

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Writer: Joe Hill, Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez

Anyone that has actually read my comic reviews will know just how much I adore Locke & Key. It quickly became my favorite new comic and holds a place in my heart right up there with The Goon and Walking Dead. After the second story arc of this series, Head Games, ended some time ago and fans of this frightening and gruesome tale have been waiting as patiently as a teenage girl at a Twilight signing. But the wait is finally over. The third (and probably final) arc of the series is out. If you’ve never read Locke & Key then, well… you’re stupid. You should go out and buy the back issues and catch yourself up. It is an amazing and unique story, written by a man with an uncanny talent for scaring the bajesus out of you.

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