Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Paranormal Pop Comics April 25th


Somewhere between the chatty detective story unfolding in The New Dewardians to the chaotic action orgy over at Justice League Dark, Dark Horse has killed Boba Fett. Whether or not it’s better to jump through universes killing Vampires or to just sit around and talk about it, I don’t know. What I do know is…holy smokes, Boba Fett is dead and I'm still in shock in this week's Paranormal Pop Comics rundown: 

The New Deadwardians #2 (of 8)
Written by Dan Abnett; Art and Cover by I.N.J. Culbard

The New Deadwardians is a slow burn action thriller, at least that’s what I’m hoping. It might be difficult for a typical comics fan to shift from seeing constant action and gore splashed across colorful panels to a book featuring lots of dialogue in sepia tones which is atypical for modern comic book storytelling. Not to say the art isn’t tight, because it is. Culbard features very clean and thoughtful panels, except for the graphic male private parts,  but still, it begs the question: is an audience that is used to epic fight scenes and in-your-face dramatic sequences going to like a talky talky detective story, even if the plot does involve a strange blend of both vampires and zombies? Issue #2 is promising however, especially because I anticipate a lot more shake rattle and roll now that our dry witted protagonist Suttle is finally taking his horseless carriage over to the mysterious Zone-B…

Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead #1 (of 4)
Dark Horse
Written by Tom Taylor; Art and Cover by Chris Scalf

Boba Fett is dead and no, I’m not spoiling anything, it’s written right there on the cover. Now that the galaxy’s most feared bounty hunter has been eliminated, it’s time to celebrate…right? Nope. Fett’s got buddies, who knew, and they want revenge. Blood Ties follows the guidelines of any good mob story, in that you never know what family member is going to take the place of the untimely death of a kingpin. Since this is a paranormal themed comics rundown, one can only hope that we see Boba Fett again, even if it’s in the form of a bounty huntin’ blaster wieldin’ ghostie.

Justice League Dark #8
Written by Peter Milligan; Art and Cover by Mikel Janin

Justice League Dark and I, Vampire have officially crossed over, teamed up and gone crazy. Exiled Vamp Andrew Bennett is being unnecessarily stubborn as the almighty Cain leads an army of blood thirsty Vampires to try and take over the world. Pinky and the Brain could have made more headway at this point, why Cain hasn’t inflicted more damage waiting for the team to get their act together is beyond me. But don’t worry, a showdown is approaching and something other than gusting winds of change will be wreaking deadly destruction around downtown soon enough.

Also released this week:

American Vampire #26
Army of Darkness #3
B.P.R.D. Hello on Earth: Pickens County Horror #2 (of 2)
Dark Horse
Dark Tower: Gunslinger – The Way Station #5 (of 5)
The Darkness #102
Top Cow
I, Vampire #8
Nazi Zombies #2
Antarctic Press
Rebel Blood #2 (of 4)
Road Rage #3 (of 4)
Spaceman #6 (of 9)