Welcome back! Last week we had another great day for releases and this week continues with even more great titles. April is turning out to be one of the best months yet for all new titles and I have a couple new recommendations for you to pick up this week. I had a good time with my head to head titles from last week so read on to find out which one found a coveted space on the shelves of the Comicombs!
Black Eyed Kids (Aftershock)
Joe Pruett takes on the legend of the Black Eyed Kids in this all new series from Aftershock. The majority of Pruett’s work is from the 90’s and he’s most notably known for some work he did with Marvel, so it will be interesting to see where he goes with this one. I can’t wait to get this book in my hands!
“It's dark. You're alone. Then there's a knock. You open the door to find two seemingly normal kids. They ask to come in, to borrow your phone to call for a ride. You find yourself overcome with an intense fear that you can't explain. And then you notice their eyes... black... SOLID black. You want to run, but now they're inside. It's too late. They have you.”
Dept. H (Dark Horse)
In this all new series from Dark Horse, writer Matt Kindt takes us undersea with a Sci-Fi murder mystery. Kindt is a talented writer with some great books to his name and this one looks promising. Pick it up!
“Mia is a special investigator hired to uncover possible sabotage taking place at a deep-sea research station. What she finds is a mind-blowing crime scene filled with suspects with terrible secrets, strange deep-sea creatures, and an impending flood!”
When I chose the two books in this week's matchup, I questioned whether this would be a landslide because I’m very familiar with Kirkman's work and I knew nothing about iZombie or its creative team. A little bit of research put me at ease as I saw iZombie was well received and nominated for a 2011 Eisner award for best new series. This head to head matchup turned out to be pretty close but iZombie was just too good and came out on top.
Marvel Zombies was a good read. I really enjoyed the story and it was cool to see even the most morally sound heroes like Captain America kill to feed the never ending hunger of the zombie. The story follows the zombie versions of Marvel's most popular characters and the search for a food source to feed their hunger. Kirkman did a good job with this story and I loved the ending but the pacing was the deciding factor. The first few issues were a lot of the same thing. It just took too long for this limited series to take off.
iZombie is very different from Marvel Zombies. The pacing is near perfect. There are a couple spots that seem to run on just a bit too long but they are hardly noticeable when you’re fully immersed in the world of iZombie. The first volume is a great setup for the rest of the series. The writing of each of the characters is done with a certain balance between their development and story progression that is hard to find. iZombie not only has an immersive story, it also has some great art. The character designs are believable and not over the top like you would expect from a title like this. It is near perfect when it comes to first volumes, everything works hand in hand. The creative team of Chris Roberson and Michael Allred do an amazing job and this is a series I look forward to completing.
So that’s all for this week, I hope you enjoyed my impressions of these two books as much as I enjoyed reading them. Be sure to come back next week to feed that insatiable hunger for juicy bits of comic books!
-Creature of the ComiCombs