Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Treasures From The ComiCombs Issue #41: Bloodshot Reborn, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Britannia

Welcome back for your weekly dose of comic books! As the month winds down, the amount of new releases tends to be limited. This week I have a few new issues from some ongoing titles that you should definitely check out. If that's not enough, I also have the winner of last week’s duel review that featured Locke & Key Vol.1 and Harrow County Vol. 1 so read on to see which book won.

Bloodshot Reborn #17 (Valiant)

First up this week is Bloodshot Reborn from Valiant. Jeff Lemire has done an exceptional job writing this title. The current arc sees Ray (Bloodshot) trapped on a mysterious island with a few others infected by the nanites (they give Bloodshot his ability to recover from any injury bullets and severed limbs alike) where they are being hunted by a terrifying enemy. This may sound a bit familiar but Jeff Lemire has put a fresh take on the idea. 

Ghost stories of an Antiquary Vol.1 (Selfmadehero)

It’s all too common to see a novel make its way to the big screen but much more of a rarity to see it translated into graphic novel form. This week Selfmadehero releases Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, a collection of four short stories written by M.R. James translated into a graphic novel. Before you start decorating your house with ghosts and witches, pick this book up and give it a read!

Britannia #1

This series is set at the height of Nero’s Reign where Antonius Axia has been sent to Britannia to investigate some unnatural happenings. I don’t want to give away any of the story so you’re just going to have to take my word on it. Rest assured that this is something relevant to fans of the Overlook. With an all star art team of Juan Jose Ryp and Jordie Bellaire, this is a must read.

Last week we familiarized ourselves with two books, Locke & Key and Harrow County. I really liked both of these books so the decision was difficult but the winner of the duel review is Harrow County Vol. 1: Countless Haints.

I really don’t have any negative things to say about Locke & Key, Joe Hill did a great job with the story so it came down to how the story was presented. Locke & Key has a lot going on. The first volume served more as a bit of an intro into a much larger story that is to be told. Harrow County Vol. 1 was tighter in that aspect, and a bit more focused. I really liked Tyler Crook's art, it was very creepy and he really captured the feel of the setting. Cullen Bunn did an excellent job with the protagonist, as you almost immediately find yourself rooting for her. 

I recommend reading both books and I’m pretty excited to see where each of these series go but as always, only one book stays and this week it’s Harrow County Vol.1 Countless Haints

That wraps it up for this week. I hope you’re all ready for October and I hope to bring you more great comics to get you in the mood! Make sure to support your local comic shop! I’ll be taking a bit of a break for rest of the year so come back in two weeks and I’ll have even more comic books to feed your appetite!

- The Creature of the ComiCombs

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