Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Waiting for Wednesday, Issue 22

After a brief, one-week hiatus to write for is back, with a vengeance baby!

Today is the fifth Wednesday of the month, which historically means that it's going to be a massive week of comics and things, so prepare thyself, becuase things might get a little crazy at the LCS this afternoon.

We have lots of dorky goodness to get to today, but before we get started, I wanted to once again mention zharth's great post on Eric Clapton--if you haven't yet checked it out, do yourself a favor and take a look. It's incredibly interesting reading.

And with that, on to the comics!

First up, we have what may be the flat out best mainstream super hero book on the stands today. Written by Greg Rucka, DC's Detective Comics, issue 855 features part two of the Batwoman story, "Elegy." I wrote about issue 854 in issue 18 of Waiting for, and not only were my expectations met, but they were far exceeded.

Detective Comics artA wonderful issue, well written, tightly plotted, and with stunning art by J.H. Williams. Really everything you could want from a comic book, and the second issue of the storyline promises more of the same high quality.

If you missed issue 854, DC is going back to press with it in the form of a second printing, and that also hits stands today. So if you want to catch up, they actually make it pretty easy to do so.

I've heard Rucka in interviews talking about the book, and he promises that Williams' art (somehow) only gets better as the series continues. Seriously, folks, this book just looks and feels different from anything else on the market today, so at the very least flip through it at your comics shop.

You need virtually no back story going into the book other than there's this woman, Kate Kane, and she dresses up like a bat at night to go out and fight crime.

Really. That's all you'll need. Now go, buy!

Next up, we have a title that I know very little about, other than that it looks like something new, and different, and interesting--three things I love in my comics. Plus, this is a small press book and the small press holds a special place in my heart. I'm a huge supporter of the "little guys," and while it's cliched to say at this point, the indie press and the breadth of books they produce truly are the lifeblood of the comics industry.

And, there's just nothing better than getting in on the ground floor of a title that, in six months from now, everyone will want, but only you and a handful of others will have.

With that impossible-to-live-up-to build up, The Stuff of Legend, issue one, ships today, and it's been getting some positive buzz online for a few months now. Wizard Magazine even ran a quick feature on the book a couple months back. And, being that there are no capes or boobs in the comic, that's a pretty big deal.

The Stuff of Legend artLike I said, I only know a bit about this title, and I'm going to be suggesting it to you all with some trepidation, as it lists for $4.99. But it's a book that I have high hopes for, and I am confident that the title will deliver.

Here's what I do know, though. Legend is published by Th3rd World Comics, which is an up-and-coming online company. Here's their blurb about the book:

The year is 1944. An allied force advances along a war-torn beach in a strange land, outnumbered and far from home. Together, they fight the greatest evil they have ever known. Never ending waves of exotic enemies come crashing down on them, but they will not rest.

Thousands of miles away, the world is on the brink of destruction. But here in a child's bedroom in Brooklyn, our heroes, a small group of toys loyal to their human master, fight an unseen war to save him from every child's worst nightmare.

Led by the toy soldier known as the Colonel and the boy's faithful teddy-bear named Max, the toys enter the realm known as The Dark. There they will face off against the Boogeyman and his army--a legion of the boy's forgotten, bitter toys.

Fighting to survive insurmountable odds, the toys will discover this is a battle not only for the soul of a child, but for their own as well...

And here's the official site for Th3rd World Studios, where you can check out all of their offerings.

So, while it's a big week, those are the two books I'm most looking forward to. How about you--what are you Waiting for?

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