This week, we focus more on underrated comic book titles and original graphic novels. From little known side characters of the Batman universe to an inter-dimensional art thief, we also bring you a little Russian history, one of the best selling books of all time now turned graphic novel, and a reprint in full color of Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life and more.
How’s that for a great group of comics?
- Batman Arkham Unhinged #5
By: Derek Fridolfs, Juan Jose Ryp, Dave Wilkins
WHY: Batman: Hush written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Jim Lee was one of the most popular Batman story arcs. Introducing one of Batman’s greatest rivals Hush, Thomas Elliot has been a constant thorn in The Dark Knight’s side. Arkham City maintains as one of the best video games from 2011 and many of their new characters deserve recognition. This series is perfect to provide origin and extensive back story to Hammer and Sickle, two new villains from Arkham City that have a mysterious tie to Hush.
Space Punisher #2 of 4
By: Frank Tieri, Mark Texeira
WHY: LOOK AT THAT COVER. It’s Punisher sporting a 90’s ponytail with a cape, firing a gun at the Hulk. It’s too fricking awesome to pass up.
RASL: Vol 4 The Lost Journals of Nikola Tesla
By: Jeff Smith
WHY: Jeff Smith is an international renowned artist and writer for Bone, and he’s providing more of his genius to us through RASL. RASL focuses on an inter-dimensional art thief that stumbles on the lost journals of Nikola Tesla. RASL is crammed action, history, booze, sex, science (of all sorts) as it’s also creepy and grim with a noir motif.
Fanboys vs. Zombies #5
By: Sam Humphries, Jerry Gaylord, Khary Randolph
Fan-boy inspired by the writer Sam Humphries himself; he writes a brand new story arc for those who love comic book conventions and zombies. Taking place at the world famous San Diego Comic Con, the Wrecking Crew needs help to escape the convention hall and invade the horde of zombies just waiting outside of the con to take them. Ridiculously fun adventure and readers will have fun identifying trademarks of the San Diego Gaslamp District and other familiar buildings.
Mouse Guard: Black Axe #5 (of 6)
By: David Petersen
Em, the mouse who brought Celanawe into the quest for the Axe, has met her end. The tragic tale of her death is told to Celanawe and Conrad by the ferret king who was honor bound to keep her alive.
The consequences lead Celanawe and Conrad to try and find a way home to the Mouse Territories so that Celanawe can return to the Guard and Conrad can try and gain the seat of Captain’s Captain in Port Sumac.
(Includes a pin-up from Shane Michael Vidaurri, creator of the upcoming Archaia title, Iron!)
WHY: Black Axe was a mysterious figure during the original run of Mouse Guard by the award winning David Petersen. Now, Petersen provides back story to this famous mouse and all important supporting characters. Picking up after Em has met her tragic end, Celanawe and Conrad try to find their way home to Mouse Territories. Mouse Guard can be described as Redwall meets Lord of the Rings with mice, told with gorgeous art and great story.
By: Ben McCool, Mario Guevara
Description: Written by Ben McCool (Memoir, Pigs) with art by rising star Mario Guevara (Solomon Kane, Victorian Undead), this full-length graphic novel is a stunning re-imagination of Sergei Eisenstein’s famed film, Alexander Nevsky (1938). Alexander Nevsky is a central figure in Russian history, having lived during one of Russia’s darkest periods—the invasion of the Teutonic Knights.
Alexander Nevsky helped establish the Russian nation by defeating the Teutonic Knights, invaders from the last vestiges of the Holy Roman Empire, with an army comprised of ordinary citizens who were poorly-equipped soldiers but fought for their freedom.This ragtag band, against overwhelming odds, defeated the invaders in an epic battle on the frozen lake Peipus—a spectacular achievement that is still celebrated in Russia to this day.
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life 1 of 6 – IN FULL COLOR
By: Bryan Lee O’Malley
WHY: WHY NOT? Oni Press’ hit graphic novel returns after Edgar Wright’s movie. Gaining popularity among movie goers (who weren’t reading the book until afterwards), it now has super-cult status. With the reprint in full color, 6” x 9” hardcover and a great price, no true Scott Pilgrim fan and Ramona Flowers cosplayers can go without this in their collection.
The Little Prince Vol 1: Planet of the Wind
The Little Prince Vol 2: Planet of the Firebird
BY: Guillaume Dorison, Elyeum Studio
Description: Inspired by the beloved story by Antoine Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince series was developed by prestigious French publisher Glénat with the guidance of the author’s estate. Characters in this graphic novel series have been reimagined in new adventures while maintaining the essential mood and spirit of the classic original. Accompanied by this faithful friend Fox, the Little Prince will discover vast worlds set off kilter by strange rules and dangerous strife and will use his extraordinary gifts to help bring balance to each planet.
NOTE: This book has been translated to over 250 languages and has sold over 200 million copies, making it one of the best selling books of all time.
Johnny Hiro Vol 1: Half Asian All Hero
By: Fred Chao
Johnny Hiro, a hardworking busboy, lives in Brooklyn with his flighty but lovable girlfriend Mayumi. Every day he struggles to make ends meet while fighting giant monsters, running over rooftops from crazed waiters, fending off businessmen-turned samurai, or having the occasional conversation with Judge Judy, Coolio, or Alton Brown. With Fred Chao’s signature style and laugh-out-loud humor, Johnny Hiro presents the quirky trials and misadventures of a modern-day hero trying to find his slice of the good life.
WHY: Many can say that this graphic novel reeks of an origin done before (ahem Peter Parker), but not many stories have touched upon the Asian-American culture mixed with super hero antics. Chao emulates the struggles of a multicultural kid with a balance of out-of-this-world journeys.
Let us know what you think of this week’s picks and stay tuned for another amazing pull list next week!