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The Rack Jack

February 6, 2009

DC or Marvel? Dark Horse or Image? Paper or plastic? In the world of comic books, there are hundreds of different titles, from dozens of different companies, from even more different writers out there. Every Wednesday, we wait with baited breath to see what new storyline, artist, or character will surprise or entertain us.

As somebody who has been reading and collecting comic books for 14 years, I’ve read a good amount and seen characters change drastically. From Kyle Rayner being the last survivor, to his restarting the entire Green Lantern Corp and Hal Jordan returning to take the reigns of the main Green Lantern title comic, to Magneto serving up one of the best surprises in Grant Morrison’s New X-Men to his becoming depowered after M-Day, the world of comics changes quickly, and constantly.

My goal, in this section of the blog, is to give you some recommendations and thoughts about the current comics out there for the week, and spotlight the really interesting ones. A lot of comic book fans tend to go negative, criticizing and picking apart all the details, I’m in it for enjoyment. I read everything from The Flash to The Invisibles, all for different reasons. I think every comic has it’s own merits, and will do my best to give you a good taste of what is out there.

For my first post, I’d like to give my recommendation of my favorite series that are out there right now, and then get into the weekly updates in the next entry.

Series to Watch:

-The Walking Dead=I’m one of Kirkman’s biggest fans, and have been since Invincible. This title is full of surprises and twists that will keep you hooked, and characters and realism that will give you ideas for what to do when…sorry, if the zombie apocalypse happens.

-Invincible=Kirkman took Superman, then spun him on his head and gave him a teenage life that is so relatable I find myself asking, “Robert, are you actually still in high school?” But it the best way possible.

-Fables=Fairy tales for today. It’s a new spin on stories that have been done a hundred times over, and it will make you laugh, think, cry, and just rediscover your inner child all over again. That is, if your inner child grew up and was living in New York and fighting a battle against the mysterious Adversary.

-Justice Society of America=I have always loved DC, but recently they have been…confusing. However, in this time of great change and character upheaval, the JSA is still going strong. Geoff Johns has given this title real heart, and I have to admit, his Starman is one of my favorite characters I’ve seen in a long time.

-Astonishing X-Men=Grant Morrison’s New X-Men. Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men. And now Warren Ellis has taken over? This comic has gone from amazing writer to amazing writer to amazing writer, and each has helped it grow and stay fresh, and it is still going strong after years.

-No Hero=Only a couple issues are out, but the concept is interesting. What would you do if a drug could give you superpowers? How committed are you to the idea of being a hero? What if one man was in control of whether or not it would happen for you? It’s definitely one to watch. Warren Ellis rarely disappoints.

-The Boys=Violent operatives working for the CIA to expose and control the screwed up worlds that superheroes live in. The characters are layered, the content is mature, and fights are almost as graphic as the language and the sex. Definitely not for kids, but definitely for a more mature reader.

That’s all I have for this first post. I wanted to steer clear from DC and Marvel on this first one, because, frankly, both companies are letting the dust settle on their big events that just eneded. The Civil War and Secret Invasion are over, and Norman Osborn came out on top, as the Iron Patriot? The Final Crisis was brought to a close, but can somebody explain what happened to Batman to me? They each have a lot of good titles, but for my introduction, I wanted to open you guys up to some of smaller titles and publishers.

‘Til next Wednesday.

Patrick

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