Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Waiting for Wednesday, Volume 3, Issue 19

We'll get to the comics in a bit, folks. But first...

I've got a bit of an interesting dilemma after work these days. (Not a real, important one, but still. I need to fill this space, and it's the best I can do.) You see, my office is conveniently located over an hour north of where I live. Typically, the ride takes almost exactly an hour, though, as I am what they like to call a "reverse commuter."

Or, probably more accurately, I have a reverse commute.

I have one of those for the first time in my life, and I have to say, a "reverse commute" is way better than a "commute." However, with precious little time between when I get out of work and when my local comics shop (an hour away from work, mind you) closes each and every Wednesday...well.

Let's just say, usually, my Wednesday drive home is quite focused.

Lately, though. With summertime almost upon us, it seems that every road between my office and my hometown is being repaired in some shape or form.

Blasting zone here, detour there. Three-lane highway turned into a one-lane parking lot. You know, Fun Stuff.

An hour drive is fine, and I pretty much have my Wednesday comics shop commute down to a fine science. Typically, I throw open the door (Kramer-style), say hello to the man, make a quick trip around the shop, pay, and leave, about a minute or two before closing time.

But throw in construction delays, and things get complicated.

So the question is, will I switch from a loyal Wednesday Warrior and finally become a Saturday Warrior? I'd just have all of my books held until the end of the week, which doesn't seem so bad, as I never read them before the weekend, anyway.

Decisions, decisions.

Anyway, let's get into the comics that I may or may not be able to buy this evening. First up, from DC, we have the biggest, most-hyped release of the week. After months of build up and prelude, Flashpoint, issue one, ships today.
Written by Geoff Johns and with art by Andy Kubert, this is the big DC event of the summer. And, from a couple of online sources, it seems like Something Big is set to happen in issue one.

Here's the solicitation information from DC:

Not a dream, not an imaginary story, not an elseworld. This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It's a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war – but where are Earth's Greatest Heroes to stop it?

It's a place where America's last hope is Cyborg, who hopes to gather the forces of The Outsider, The Secret 7, S!H!A!Z!A!M!, Citizen Cold and other new and familiar-yet-altered faces! It's a world that could be running out of time, if The Flash can't find the villain who altered the time line!

Welcome to FLASHPOINT!

Johns is the king of the event comic, as he has this knack of making even the biggest, cross-over-iest book seem accessible to people not mired in decades-long continuity. On that note, though, he also has the uncanny ability of making long-time fans happy by mixing in plot threads and stories from many years ago.

It's safe to say that this will be the week's most talked about super hero book, and issue one launches DC's line of (numerous) Flashpoint tie-ins throughout the summer.

I'll happily pick this issue up, as the countless teasers and promos we've seen from DC about Flashpoint certainly have me intrigued.

Next up, from Dark Horse, we have Hellboy: Being Human, a one-shot written by Mike Mignola and drawn by Richard Corben.
There's not much more I can say about Mignola's signature creation. Just do a search for "Hellboy" in the sidebar to your right there, and you'll see the copious amounts of praise that I've heaped upon this series, pretty much since the blog's inception.

And this is a one-shot that's set in the past, so you don't need to know anything going in, and it would be a great way to introduce yourself to the series.

Plus, it's Corben art. So you really and truly cannot go wrong with buying this issue. And if you don't want to take my word for it, you can check out a free preview of today's issue on Dark Horse's website.

Here's the blurb from Dark Horse:

A horrible witch and her zombie servant host a dinner party for a family of corpses, and Hellboy and Roger turn up to blast them all back to hell in this team-up story from Roger’s early days at the B.P.R.D.

* Art by Richard Corben (Hellboy: The Bride of Hell, Hellboy in Mexico, Hellboy: The Crooked Man).

* Features an early team-up with fan-favorite Roger!

* Twenty-eight story pages of blood-curdling horror!

Hopefully my blood doesn't actually curdle, as that sounds pretty horrible. Next up today, we have Chew, issue 27, from Image Comics.
Sometimes, books are too smart for their own good. Other times, they're perfectly smart for everyone's good. Yes. I know that makes no sense. And no. I don't care. Just read Chew, people.


Why? Because they do stuff like this. Last month's issue was number 18. This week's issue is number 27. Yep, they're jumping into the future and giving a peek at what's waiting for the character nine issues down the road.

Such a great premise.

Here's the blurb from Image:

“Space Cakes,” Part Two
Delivered from the future! We jump ahead and show you exactly where Tony Chu is nine issues and two story arcs from now. Yes, CHEW presents its version of “One Year Later.” A brilliant jumping on-point, or a pathetic cry for attention? You decide!
Also: Those frickin’ chogs return!

If you haven't been following the book, go buy the ($9.99) first trade. And if you have been reading the book...well. You know how good it is.

Finally today, just because this is ridiculously cool (and useless), check out this (ridiculously expensive) Wolverine statue that comes out from Bowen. For just $160, this could be yours.You know you want it.
And with that, I leave you for the day. Enjoy your Wednesdays, everyone, and before you head out into the world to buy your books, let us know what you're Waiting for.

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