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I picked up two new #1s this week. 

The first, Fairlady, was a book I'd been looking forward to for a while. Written by Brian Schirmer, with art by Claaudia Balboni and Marissa Louise, each issue is a done-in-one mystery set in a fantasy world. The creative team pitches it as "Magnum PI, set after the War of the Rings." It's an accomplished first issue, with Jenner Faulds being  a "Fairlady" -- a private investigator in this postwar fantasy world. I'm looking forward to more. Published by Image. You can read a preview of the first issue here.

The second book, Orphan Age, was one I'd never heard of before it caught my eye in the comics shop. Published by Aftershock, it's written by Ted Anderson, with appealing art from Nuno Plati. It's set 20 years after a mysterious event instantly killed all of the adults on the planet -- the result is a world that the kids made up for themselves out of what remained of the old world. I expected this to be like "Y the Last Man, but with kids," but the 20-year time jump makes it more like The Walking Dead without zombies. Small communities, new customs coming from the old ways, and some communities are more aggressive than others. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this goes. There are some preview pages here.

Anyone else read these? What did you think? And what indy debuts have you picked up that might be flying under our radar?

  

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Last week,the owner of my LCS put a copy of Far Sector in my P&H because Green Lantern is on my list and... I put it back on the shelf. the was a little placard limiting issue #1 to one copy per customer, and when I put mine back there were none left.

Well, crap.

So much for being a discerning reader on the lookout for new things.

This week saw the second issue of Basket Full of Heads, and I liked it almost as much as the first one. (It would have been every bit as much, except I don't see how she could pull that axe through the broken glass of its case without breaking more glass -- not at the speed that scene was moving. A VERY minor nitpick, believe me!) Plus: Finally, a beheading! And we learn something interesting about one of the antagonists! I'll let people find out what for themselves.

Also, the second issue came out of a book I liked the first issue of: Money Shot, written by Tim Seeley and Rebekah Beattie, and drawn by Sara Isaacs. I haven't read the second issue yet, but the first issue establishes the premise really well: A team of would-be astronauts is confronting a world too indifferent to space travel to raise the funds for it -- so they decide to Kickstart a project where they go out into space and have sex with alien life forms. Becuase while people aren't paying for science, there's ALWAYS people who will pay for porn -- especially porn that they can't get anywhere else. The first issue is smart, funny, sex-positive, and well drawn. If the premise sounds intriguing, you might want to give it a try. (It's definitely not for everyone, though!)

Suicide Squad 1 came out today, and I have some thoughts.

Short, spoiler-free review: As an old-school Squad fan, I think this is the best Squad debut since the Ostrander/McDonnell one. Tom Taylor and Brunon Redondo do an amazing job -- especially in getting the reader to care about a whole bunch of new characters really quickly.

Okay, now here are some SPOILERS. In fact.I'm just gonna flat-out discuss the issue as if you've read it. So if you plan to read it, go read it and enjoy the hell out of it, and don't read ahead. If you don't plan to read it, read my review. It might change your mind. 

It actually reminds me a lot of that issue, in which we see a mission of the Squad’s new enemies, the Jihad, as they attack an airport. Then that turns out to be a briefing for the Squad.. Then there’s the confrontation, with fatalities on both sides.

But the Revolutionaries are more likable and relatable than the Jihad ever was. We’re invited inside the group, and see the idealism behind their actions (even when those actions are brutal). They’re not 80s action-movie bad guys, they’re this decade’s fight-the-power protagonists.

AND NOW THEY GET TO JOIN THE TEAM.

Which is great. It means we get to learn and care about a whole new crew of characters (and we will — look how quickly we’re made to care for Fin and Scale!), but we won’t be subjected only to a bunch of our childhood badguys being slaughtered.

But whatever happens, I’m strapping myself in for what looks like one of the best thrill rides in comics.


(There's also a theory I have about one of the deaths in the book. I'll save that for a bit, but if you want to read it now, check out Mart Gray's review of the book; most of this post is from my comment there.)

The second issue of Olympia came out from Image last week; I first heard about it when a friend at a NYE party (Billy Z of the Comic Book Bears podcast, and my cohost on T.H.U.N.D.E.R.C.A.S.T.) recommended it to me. It's about an immortal god-like being that falls to Earth, wounded... and is found in the woods by a lonely kid who had just been reading a comic he appeared in.

Which, well, yeah. I've heard it before, too. 

But what makes this special is the world was created by writer-artist Curt Pires and his father, Tony, while Tony was undergoing treatment for cancer. The worldbuilding was a way for them to pass the time together during chemo treatments. (Tony eventually passed away, I'm sorry to say.) The book, a five-issue limited series, is both a tribute to his dad, and a loving look at epic superheroes like Thor. 

So it's extra poignant when the kid rushes home to save the wounded hero using the contents of the family medicine cabinet, which has a lot of his father's old meds. 

Anyway, there's a lot of wish fulfillment here, and a young boy seeking a father figure, and who knows what else. Pires art is attractive, sketch and cartoony is a way that appeals to me. And having read the first book, I'm going back to my comic shop to add this to my pull list. 

I recently finished the first arc of Reaver from Image (6 issues), and I thought it was fantastic. I liken it to a fantasy Dirty Dozen (well 1/2 Dozen). with a mix of Suicide Squad. Here you enemies of the empire sent to destroy their enemies secret weapon. This crew has no love of the empire nor each other. Magic here is along the lines of Conan. It can be very powerful, but it comes at a high price. Each of the first 5 issues ends on a cliffhanger, and the arc ends with a satisfying conclusion. Lots of action, and great at by Rebekah Isaacs.

With terrific covers by Becky Cloonan:

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The first collection comes out next month, and the next arc begins in March. This one is being called fantasy noir. Highly recommended!

Oh, that sounds fantastic! Thanks, Trav!

Suicide Squad #2 came out today, and it completely backs up my first impression of the book: This is a worthy successor to the Ostrander/Yale/McDonnell run. It's another winner, and is on the fast track to being my favorite superhero title of the year. 

Whoa, you just sold me on it. I have both issues, but haven't read either one yet. Sounds awesome.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Suicide Squad #2 came out today, and it completely backs up my first impression of the book: This is a worthy successor to the Ostrander/Yale/McDonnell run. It's another winner, and is on the fast track to being my favorite superhero title of the year. 

I'd be really surprised if you didn't dig them. Really solid and twisty, and even the new characters are engaging. 

THE MAN WHO F#&%ED UP TIME: Just what the title would lead you to expect. The man in question is a lab assistant who uses his boss’s time machine to travel back in time one week to thwart his rival and win back his girlfriend (who both also work in the lab). What he did in the past doesn’t seem likely to have caused the changes to the timeline he discovers when he returns, but he does encounter another version of himself while in the past, so there are story elements yet to be revealed. The story utilizes a classic time loop, but there is also what appears to be a lapse in time travel logic. It doesn’t really matter, though, for two reasons: 1) the story is told very much tongue-in-cheek, and 2) future chapters may account for the perceived discrepancy. Recommended.

AIRBOY #51: An issue numbered #51 may not seem like a new title but, although it picks up from issue #50 (published 35 years ago!), it is very much a new beginning. It is also written by Chuck Dixon, who wrote Airboy in the ‘80s. If you were a fan of the Eclipse series (or even if you were not), you might want to give the “old school” series a try.

Backtrack: New from Oni, by Brian Joines and Jake Elphick, this is a time-travel road-race comic. This issue is largely setup, but so far it's a lot of fun, and Elphick's art is lively and expressive. I'm not sure if this is a limited series or not, but it's worth checking out. 

Been a while since I had something to post about on this thread, but the new Adventureman, from Image, is definitely worth checking out. The first issue is $3.99 for 50+ pages, so it's a giant chunk of story that really gives you your money's worth. And the creators are Matt Fraction and Terry & Rachel Dodson, so you know you're getting a sleek, attractive comic. 

The story starts years ago, with a Doc Savage style crew being attacked by their opposite numbers in villainy. It's a fun adventure-hero battle, with characters Fraction said were designed to be a more expansive in terms of diversity and body type than the original pulp adventurers were. It's fun, and gorgeous to behold. 

Then we flash-forward to the present, where our main character, Claire, is one of seven adopted sisters, and she starts to inherit the legacy of Adventureman. It's easy to see where this is going -- in broad strokes at least -- but it's lighthearted and fun to read, and frankly, $4 for nearly 60 pages of Dodson art is a steal, regardless.

So if you like Doc Savage style action, give it a try! I'll be picking up the next few issues to see where it goes.

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