Staff Picks – Week of 10/05/2017

Bug02Bug! Adventures of Forager #1
Lee Allred (w), Mike Allred (a), Laura Allred (c)
DC Comics

Joe says: The latest offering from DC’s Young Animal imprint and, in my opinion, it’s the strongest yet. Mike Allred is a master storyteller and when teamed with his family it leads to a delightful, Kirby infused romp. It’s a good time to be an Allred fan!

SecretWarriors1Secret Warriors #1
Matthew Rosenberg (w), Javier Garrón (a)
Marvel Comics

Adam says: Matthew Rosenberg has been great so far in his Marvel writing work (check out his and Ben Torres’s Kingpin book), so it’s exciting to see him take on what might shape up to be one of the stronger components of the Secret Empire…tapestry.

Secret Warriors, like its predecessor during Secret Invasion/Dark Reign, sets up to provide a counter-narrative to the big Hydra story that’s making all your favourite heroes tediously unrecognisable. Instead, Rosenberg and Garrón essentially give us an anti-fascist resistance team comprised of some wicked characters who have managed to retain their humanity: Quake, Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl, Inferno – and the irrepressible nihilist heart of it all, Karnak.

Garrón’s fun, kinetic artwork and Rosenberg’s smart writing will hopefully carry this through the line-wide event and maybe beyond. Gorgeous Tradd Moore cover, too.

Rocket1Rocket #1
Al Ewing (w) Adam Gorham (a) Michael Garland (c) Jeff Eckleberry (l)
Marvel Comics

Robin says: Of all the comic stores in all the world, Rocket #1 had to land on the shelves of mine.

(Oh? It landed on most worldwide shelves? Well obviously, but hush – I’m doing a bit!)

It was a weekend like any other when the Guardians of the Galaxy sucker punched cinema audiences the world over with its engaging oddball space outlaw family. A breath of fresh air in the fast-becoming-crowded comic book motion picture scene, the people wanted more, and more they got: a new ongoing, spin-off solo books for each character, a Telltale Game, and animated series. The Guardians were here to stay.  Like a welcome oasis after thousands of miles of desert, we drank deep from the well.

With Vol. 2 hitting screens three years after the first, Rocket, everyone’s favourite anthropomorphic anti-hero (sorry, Howard) returns for his fourth ongoing title – but what could make this different from what’s gone before?

Gone is the borderline-Looney Tunes Skottie Young approach; Rocket sees the lead drowning his sorrows in a bar (it could be Knowhere, or anywhere; every bar’s the same when you need the escape, right?), when an old flame makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

Putting Richard Stark’s Parker, sci-fi comics traits, a Very British Sense of Humour & an even odder cast of characters in a blender, Ewing & Gorham deliver a caper book unlike any you’ve seen before – both heartfelt & hilarious in a way that will be welcoming to those that fell in love with the character three years ago on the big screen, Rocket is a welcome palette cleanser in the same way the first film was those few short years ago: a great re-introduction to the character that seeks to reconcile the character’s origins with his recent celluloid-based metamorphosis.

Bug02Doom Patrol Vol. 1
Grant Morrison (w), Richard Case/Doug Braithwaite (a)
Vertigo

Thomas says: There wasn’t much out for me this week so i decided to reread an old favourite; Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison and Chums. This series was my first introduction to the DP and i fell in love with it immediately (as did most people in the late eighties and early nineties) and I’m glad to find that it still holds up.

Although i much prefer the Rachel Pollack run that followed, Morrison is on top form here running at full pelt from one idea to the next leaving us, the readers, without room to catch our breath as he thunders towards . . . an ending.

The art from Case and Braithwaite throughout this run is uniformly outstanding, especially considering the wild concepts that Morrison was exploring. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to even begin to illustrate Mr Nobody et al. A feat rendered as child’s play by two great talents who managed to maintain a ‘superhero’ art style while drawing something that was only very loosely such. This is a great run especially for those of us who’ve been missing a good Doom Patrol book in the past few years.