Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Treasures From the ComiCombs Issue #32: Chilling Tales of Sabrina, Predator vs Judge Dread vs Aliens, Conan

Welcome back to the ComiCombs! As we wind down July we get a pretty lackluster bunch of new releases. This month has been great for new #1’s as well as some great issues from our favorite ongoing books, and we’ve even said goodbye to some great titles that wrapped up. This week I’ve pulled out a few more ongoing books that you need to check out and a very promising new #1. If that wasn’t enough for you, I have another pick from my dark little corner of the ComiCombs to tell you about. I also have a winner of the Mike Mignola duel review. The end of this month may be a slow one for releases but The ComiCombs is overflowing so read on for your weekly dose of comic book goodness!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Volume 1 TPB (Archie Horror)

This is one of those books that I have been pushing on everyone lately and with good reason. This is one of the best horror books that I’ve read in a while and one of my personal favorites. This week we finally get the TPB for volume 1. If you have been holding out, now is the time to pull the trigger on this title - you won’t regret it.

Outcast #19 (Image)

It’s a rare thing for a monthly title to have an extended run without any issues that miss their mark. Outcast is one of those rarities with a run that has been on point for just over a year and half. The team of Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta is one of the best on a monthly title and if you haven’t jumped on board yet, I highly suggest you do so.

Predator VS Judge Dredd VS Aliens #1 (Dark Horse)

VS titles aren’t anything new and we’ve had a lot of good ones featuring Predator and Xenomorphs. This week Dark Horse gives us Predator VS Judge Dredd VS Aliens. This has win written all over it and with cover art from the Legendary Glenn Fabry you would be doing yourself a favor by picking this one up. 

I think it’s safe to say that everyone who is reading this has heard of Conan. I’m not talking about the red headed comedian and if that was the first person that came to your mind, this is especially for you. I’m talking about the Barbarian, the Slayer, the Avenger, the Destroyer! Created by Robert E. Howard in 1932, Conan has stood the test of time. Published in comics since 1970, Conan has had the longest runs published by both Marvel and Dark Horse. The book I’m talking about today is from the first Dark Horse Run from 2003.

Conan: The Frost Giant's Daughter (Dark Horse)

The Frost Giant's Daughter is the first arc from Dark Horse and this is a great jumping on point for those of you not familiar with the Conan mythos. Written by Kurt Busiek, this is an action packed story that will draw you in immediately. The art is done by Cary Nord, an Eisner award winning artist who has most likely drawn your favorite comic character at sone point during his career. He is a personal favorite and his art is perfect for this title. The team of Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord is one that you need to see and a perfect fit for the legendary warrior. If you’re a fan of the Conan novels, this is a faithful expansion on Robert E. Howard’s original titles. 

Last week, I continued my random duel reviews with two random picks from my backlog of Mike Mignola books. This is the second time this well known writer has entered the arena and this time it’s a guarantee he will walk out victorious but which one of the titles will win a spot on the shelves of the ComiCombs?
Sir Edward Grey Witchfinder was the first of the two books. As a fan of Detective fiction, this was right up my alley. Mignola is very careful with the pacing here and does an excellent job of revealing clues through our protagonist Edward Grey. This story expands upon the Hellboy universe and is definitely a must read for any fan. Ben Stenbeck does a great job with the art and stays faithful to the source while making it his own. The story was awesome and had some great Mignola humor mixed in with a wonderfully dark mystery.
Baltimore: The Plague Ships followed Witchfinder and turned out to be another great read. Ben Stenbeck and Dave Stewart are in charge of the art in this book as well and we really get to see them shine in Baltimore, which is a much more action oriented book than Witchfinder. From chase scenes to severed heads, exploding zeppelins to shipwrecks and vampire fights, Baltimore has it all. The range in Baltimore is much greater than that of Witchfinder. The story in Baltimore is great; a tale of revenge with some great adventure and lots of violence. This was the most difficult choice thus far, so which book won?

Baltimore: The Plague Ships

Both stories were awesome. The art in both books was just as good. The only reason I chose Baltimore is because there was a lot more range to showcase the talents of the artists, Ben Stenbeck and Dave Stewart. These are both collection worthy books and I recommend checking them both out, but as always only one book gets a spot in the ComiCombs and this week it’s Baltimore: The Plague Ships.

What a great week! I hope everyone had a great July and I’m looking forward to some more awesome releases next month. Make sure to come back next week where I’ll have even more to fill your appetite for comic books. As much as I enjoyed the randomness, next week’s duel review books will have a theme again. As always, pick up something good from your local shop and let me know what you’re reading!

- The Creature of the ComiCombs

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