5 Great New Comics That Aren’t Part of Something Bigger
Between Fear Itself, Flashpoint, Spider-Island, and The New 52, there are a lot of high profile things happening in the world of comics these days. Some of it is very quality stuff, and some of it maybe not so much. But what about the rest of the world? I’ve decided to point my tiny spotlight towards a few other recent releases that may be worth your attention. Good books slip through the cracks all the time, right? Maybe you’ll find something new to read. Hit the jump to find out.
#1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
At only 2 issues in, this new take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has proven itself worthy of its legacy. This is not based on any previous incarnations of the Turtles, but it shares the most DNA with the original Eastman & Laird comics. A large portion of that would be due to the fact that Eastman is writing it. This book takes a new approach to the origin story that is as interesting as it is fun to read. The artwork is unique, the dialogue is equal parts awesome and amusing, and the whole book just drips with personality. If you have even the slightest twinge of fondness for the heroes in a half shell, buy this book post haste.
#2. Dollhouse: Epitaphs
Joss Whedon has created some excellent universes. Between his original stuff like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly/Serenity, and his takes on existing fiction like his fantastic run on Astonishing X-Men, he has earned himself some serious cred in the world of geekdom. One of his most recent television ventures was a very unusual show called Dollhouse. This comic book, planned by Joss and penned by his brother Jed, basically picks up where the show leaves off by filling in some of the blanks. It started out with a one-shot that set the stage for the current miniseries, and has been fairly riveting ever since. It’s a very unique universe they’ve set up, and the dialogue is VERY Whedon. If you’re a fan of his previous work, or if you just want to see what the director of the upcoming Avengers movie is capable of, you could do a lot worse than this. The only real drawback to the Dollhouse comic is that you need to have watched the TV show to understand what the heck is going on. So go watch it, and then read this!
This miniseries has recently concluded, but there really isn’t anything quite like it on shelves today. Instead of an ongoing story arc, each issue of Rocketeer Adventures contains 3-4 short stories set in the world of The Rocketeer. Some of the stories are better than others, but each issue has no shortage of classic style fun. The gorgeous Alex Ross covers don’t hurt either. If you can’t find the back issues in your local store, don’t fret. There’s a hardcover coming soon containing the complete collection.
The fine folks at Archie Comics have been publishing a very successful Sonic the Hedgehog comic for quite a while now. As fun as that may be, it doesn’t hold a candle to the charm and unbelievable fan service of Mega Man. Taking cues from all incarnations of the mainline Mega Man video game franchise, this is one of the most cheerful, colorful, and enjoyable comics I’ve ever read. More importantly though, you can tell in every issue that this book is a labor of love. The people writing and drawing this book know what made these characters popular for the last 20 years, and have fleshed out the universe in a way that no cartoon series, manga, or even video game in the franchise has done before. If you’re looking for something to read that’s not afraid to sacrifice edginess for fun, I can’t recommend this book highly enough.
#5. The Cape
On the complete opposite side of the spectrum from Mega Man lies Joe Hill’s brilliant new book The Cape. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CANCELLED NBC TV SERIES OF THE SAME NAME! This is the story of a kind of a douchebag who gets a hold of a cape from his childhood that gives him super powers. This character doesn’t use his powers for good, but instead to get revenge on those who he feels have wronged him. What sold me on this book was, when I opened up issue 1 to a random page, I saw the main character fly over a zoo, pick up a live bear, fly over to someone’s car and drop the bear on it. The bear then mauled the guy in the car to death.
This book comes from the creator of Locke & Key (another book that’s really worth checking out) and is pure psychotic enjoyment. It’s violent, and somehow makes you root for this fairly unlikeable guy. It started off with a one-shot that has recently been re-released as a Legacy Edition. Issue #1 should still be on store shelves now, with #2 on its way.
Well, that’s my short list. Yes, there are PLENTY of other books worth reading at the moment, but these ones are a bit different. Give them a try, and let us know what you think.