Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Treasures From The ComiCombs Issue #34: Injection, The Black Monday Murders, FreakAngels

Welcome back! We’ve been pretty lucky the last six weeks or so with tons of great releases. This week our wallets get a break as it’s a slow one. Last week I read two amazing titles for my duel review and I can’t wait to tell you about them but first I have a couple new books for you to check out.

Blue Hour #1 (Action Lab Entertainment)

In the wake of a resource war on earth, a group of colonists travel to a remote system to create a new life for themselves. When the yellow sun sets, a blue sun rises. The shadow cast by the blue sun is said to bring evil and ruin to those who dare venture outside during the blue hour. This is a promising title so give it a shot when you see it on the rack!

Injection Volume 2 TPB (Image)

The second volume of injection started off great and didn’t miss a beat through the whole arc. With the introduction of Vivek Headland, Warren Ellis showed us why he is unrivaled when it comes to writing characters. Injection volume 2 also has one of the industry’s best art duos in Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire.

The Black Monday Murders #1 (Image)

The Black Monday Murders is the all new title from Jonathan Hickman. “THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS is classic occultism where the various schools of magic are actually clandestine banking cartels who control all of society.” Jonathan Hickman isn’t the type of writer to give us a story that’s only intriguing on the surface so expect this one to be deep and calculated in its delivery. 

In 2008, Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield released the first chapter of their ongoing web comic. The series was released weekly in 6 page chapters and ran for 144 chapters. The series I’m talking about this week is FreakAngels.

FreakAngels Vol. 1 (Avatar Press)

After publication on the FreakAngels website concluded, Avatar Press began releasing collected editions of the popular web comic. As mentioned above, for Injection vol.1, Warren Ellis is unrivaled when it comes to characters and he really shines in this series with a large cast of well written ones. The series takes place in a post flood London, where a group of eleven 21 year olds with special abilities such as telepathy, space time manipulation, and more may or may not be responsible for bringing about the apocalypse and flooding London. The weekly format was an incredible way to experience this story but since the series is no longer online, pick up the trades, you will be happy you did because Paul Duffield’s art on this series is worth getting your hands on! 

Last week we got aqcuainted with two books by the duo of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. I really had a tough time choosing the winner this week because both titles were absolutely amazing. As always though, only one book gets a spot in the ComiCombs and this week it’s The Fade Out.

The Fade Out started with our main character Charlie Parish waking up in a bathtub after a wild party and finding the body of Valeria Somers on the floor. The story revolves around Valeria's death and Charlie trying to piece together what happened. The pacing is perfect. The story progresses very naturally and nothing is rushed. There are a lot of stories being told in this book and none of them feel more important than the others; they all carry an equal amount of weight. Sean Phillips does a pretty spectacular job with the art and it’s all taken to another level with colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser.

Fatale was another very well written story from Brubaker. Visually, it just didn’t stand up to The Fade Out and that was due to Breitweisers amazing colors. The conclusion in Fatale was good but it just didn’t have me thinking about it all day like its rival did. 

That’s all for this week. We had a lot of heavy hitters featured this week so I hope you decide to pick something up from this week's recommendations at your local shop! I’ll see you all again next week with another round of books for our duel review.

- The Creature of the ComiCombs

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