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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kyle's Comics Picks - August 15th, 2017

It's your mid-month look at what's coming this week in comics. There's a few things that catch my eye, so let's get right down to it. As you can tell, I'm just going straight down the Diamond list.

Dead Inside Vol 1 - John Arcudi is always a favorite, and I never got a chance to read this jail-based murder mystery. It looks cool, as most things he does are. Seriously, Arcudi is probably the most underrated mainstream talent working.

Aquaman #27 - I quite like where Dan Abnett has been taking this book, expanding on Arthur's core cast and worrying less about the complicated mythos that could be inherent in the character. Once Stjepan Sejic came on board, it went to a whole new level. One of DC's better efforts right now.

Sandman Special #1 - The idea of these Kirby-based specials has been very appealing, though very little of the main stories (modern day creators taking on classic Kirby concepts) have been able to even remotely stand up next to the reprints that fill out the issues' back-halves. But, I have some hope for this one, not only because of Steve Orlando and/or Jon Bogdonove's involvement, but it's a lesser piece of the Kirby canon and one that's probably easier to take your own spin on without ruffling feathers.

Metal #1 - The big Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo reunion. If this is as bonkers as the preceding prelude issues, this may continue an interesting path of superhero writing for Snyder, likely owing more to the big event comics of that publisher's history rather than his own previous work on Batman. The spoilers that are out there for this one will probably send speculators scurrying to the shops too.

Southern Bastards #17 - The best Image book is back, at least for this week. I can't quite remember where things left off, but I keep hoping the daughter is gonna get her revenge on that football coach, or maybe that crossbow guy will. If I'm that engaged in it, somebody is doing a good job.

Spy Seal #1 - A fun riff on the work of Herge, filtered through Rich Tommaso's sensibilities. This is unlike anything else on the Image roster and should be celebrated as such. If you're looking for a globe-trotting, carefree kind of tale, this comes highly recommended. Gorgeous art throughout.

Mage: Hero Denied #1 - Lots of people are excited about this one. I don't know a thing about it, but if Chuck Forsman tells me it's good, I'm going with that guy's opinion.

Silver Surfer #13 - Not the biggest Dan Slott fan, but it's hard to deny the sheer pleasures derived from this pairing with Mike and Laura Allred. One of Marvel's singular highlights of the past few years.

True Believers Kirby 100th: Captain America #1/The Eternals #1 - More Kirby reprints, this time focusing on a pair of Cap stories, including the landmark first Simon-Kirby issue - still a wonder of action and panel breaking. That's accompanied by a reissue of one of his more intriguing third Marvel era creations.

Ultimates #100 - One of these days I'll get caught up on Al Ewing's Ultimates. I just thought the numbering here was pretty funny given how little carry-over there is from one era of this team to the next, even down the continuity itself.

Furari - The late Jiro Taniguchi's 2011 release hits US shores, a quiet and contemplative tale of a cartographer strolling through Edo-era Japan. This sounds right up my proverbial alley.
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