Staff Picks – Week of 12/04/2017

Cerebus Archive Number Five
Dave Sim and Gerhard
Aardvark Vanaheim

Thomas says: Containing prints of the ten earliest pages from Jaka’s Story this entry in the series was one I had been looking forward to for some time. Jaka’s Story was the first complete volume of Cerebus that I ever read (confusing but I had not as confusing as having started reading the singles during Melmoth) and is a favourite. Having long since sold my singles collection: I still have most of Jaka’s Story signed by Dave and Gerhard from numerous tours.

The reproductions in this series have been wonderful and a great insight to the work of creators that I love. Although I adore the Artist’s Edition format, I do like the design of this series and feel that I am better able to appreciate the art without having buy a lectern in order to enjoy the work.

Motor Crush #5
Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart (w), Babs Tarr (a)
Image Comics

Joe says: With this final issue of the opening story arc, the team behind “Batgirl of Burnside” have another great comic on their hands. The premise is wacky in the best possible way but the emotional beats hit hard and the sense of danger and intrigue is strong throughout (and it doesn’t hurt that Babs Tarr is simply the best).

If you’ve missed out on the series so far, the collection is out shortly… or if you can’t wait (and why would you?) you can go for a rummage in the back issues.

Hi Fructose vol. 43
Attaboy and Annie Owens
OuchFactory YumClub

Karl says: A quarter of the has passed, sigh, however that means there is a new issue of Hi Fructose, yay! As always the cover is mesmerising, a geometric psychedelic skull sculpture by Okuda San Miguel. The image has been spot varnished to splendidly highlight the multi coloured surfaces, awesome.

Inside the magazine are ten excellent features on new contemporary artists, each as different and wonderful as their beautiful creations. With dozens of great photos and full page spreads, it can be difficult to resist the temptation to buy a second copy just to cut up.
For the last few years, Hi Fructose has also had an insert section, always on different paper stock which spotlight one creator. This issue shines the light on Matt Gordon, whose skeleton children, bat and lizard creatures, and cute if unlikely vehicles are all melting out from the pages with gleeful abandon. It’s real eye candy, this mag – pick one up!