On The Rack – April 2, 2014April 1, 2014
Welcome back my friends to another great week of comics. While we explore what’s hitting the shelves, we get to look into a brand new series that Marvel is attempting to pump up. Inhumans is going to make it’s debut this week after the push backs and delays its had. Marvel wants us to believe that this team of completely new characters will be the next big thing for the Marvel Universe, with hopes that it will contend with titles like Avengers & X-Men. The only question I want to ask you all is who wants to bet on how many issues before its cancelled? I seriously hope I’m proven wrong because I would love nothing more than a new series that sticks around for a long time without a reboot or cancellation.
Either way, there’s a whole bunch of titles this week to compensate if Inhumans fails, so lets take a look at what’s coming up. Not to worry, there’s no Robot Chicken covers this month. DC made sure to replace them with a bunch of MAD Magazine style covers.
Dead Letters #1
Boom’s new title this month has a bit of a familiar feel to it. Looks like it just might be following a winning recipe but its something maybe not to be passed up. I would love to hear what you think after you read this synopsis.
“WHY WE LOVE IT: Here at BOOM! Studios, crime is in our blood-from our comic-turned-feature film 2 GUNS to our critically acclaimed series HIT, we’ve always had a passion for all things noir. DEAD LETTERS is the next step in our exploration of the genre.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Creators Christopher Sebela (Ghost, High Crimes) and newcomer Chris Visions are two fresh voices that are about to take the industry by storm. Don’t miss out on a wholly unique take on supernatural noir.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Sam Whistler wakes up in an unfamiliar motel room, dressed in hospital scrubs and his arms wrapped in bandages. He remembers nothing-not how he got here, not where here is…not even his own name. But the goons knocking down his door sure do, and it’s going to take every single move in Sam’s forgotten repertoire to outrun and outsmart the gang war he’s just stumbled into.”
Dark Horse Comics
#1 for $1: Itty Bitty Hellboy
Who doesn’t love cheap comics? They may not ramp up in value for the collector out there, but those of you who just like to get your hands on some reading material of your favorite titles and characters like I do, Hellboy has your back this week.
“Who is Hellboy anyway? Why does he have such a big hand and what is it used for? Who’s weirder, him or his friends? What is the B.P.R.D.? And what does chicken soup have to do with all of it? All this and more is answered in this premium-priced debut issue where BIG things happen to itty bitty Hellboy!”
Action Comics #30
Sometimes you live long enough to see yourself become… wait. Wrong hero. Ah well, pick it up anyways; it’s more story following the events of Forever Evil and Superman.
“Following the events of FOREVER EVIL, Superman confronts Lex Luthor–but the world has turned around for these two. The hero has become the villain and the villain the hero as forces beyond these two gather to destroy the Man of Steel, beginning with a dormant Doomsday who has crossed over from the Phantom Zone!”
Detective Comics #30
New creative teams on a book usually mean a good point for you to jump in if you weren’t already picking this up. Francis Manapul is absolutely magic with a pencil, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what he does with this iconic Bat title.
“A bold new direction for DETECTIVE COMICS as THE FLASH creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelato take over the creative reins! Batman finds himself knee-deep in a new mystery involving a deadly new narcotic that has hit the streets of Gotham City.”
68 Rule Of War #1 (of 4)
Need more zombie stories in your life after realizing that the next season of Walking Dead is so far away? Don’t worry folks, there’s always more zombie comics.
“In a doom-shadowed Cambodia infested with the living dead, CIA Special Agent Declan Rule and his canine companion Nero stalk a human monster, a neurosurgeon bent on carrying out grisly experiments that turn P.O.W.s into vicious instruments of war. In Vietnam, Private Kuen Yam and his ragtag band of survivors battle their way across a murderous no-man’s-land in a desperate search for a ticket to the skies. The war is over, but the battle for humanity’s survival has just begun. Courage will be tested, sanity will be pushed to the breaking point and the rules of war… will be broken.”
Black Science #5
“Grant discovers the truth about the Pillar’s sabotage, tearing his team apart just as they are launched into a dimension of mad gravity and violent monkey ghosts! How do you survive insanity when you can’t trust anyone around you?”
Its finally here! The title Marvel has been wanting to launch with all new characters. If the story has you feeling uncertain, I’m betting the artwork of Joe Madureira will ensure you pick this up. And yes, it does come in a bunch of variant covers.
“The newest super heroes of the Marvel Universe are born! A cloud of Terrigen mist is moving around the world turning regular people into Inhumans with amazing powers. But not everyone thinks this is a good thing. Discover the secret history of the Marvel Universe and get in at the ground floor of the next big Marvel franchise!”
I enjoyed the first issue and hope this title sticks a round for a while. Everyone’s favorite X villain is back this week with his second issue.
“Horrors from Magneto’s past inform his decisions in the present as he hunts down the source of the newest threat to mutantkind. Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. catches a glimpse of Magneto’s new band of followers…”
I haven’t been following this myself, but I’m certain there are a lot of people out there who are as Punisher fans.
“The Punisher, captured by the Dos Sols gang, is caught in the metaphorical lion’s den. Tough luck, metaphorical lions. The 131 get the call: Take down the Punisher with extreme prejudice. A new player tosses her hat in the ring, and Frank’s gotta ask himself a question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well… do ya, Frank?”
What If Age Of Ultron #1 (of 5)
Remember Marvel’s classic What If? The old school title spouted off outcomes of different Marvel stories and ideas and gave us endless possibilities without effecting the marvel continuity.
“THE ENDLESS AGE OF ULTRON! In Age of Ultron, a time-travelling Wolverine killed Hank Pym before he could create the world-conquering Ultron. What would the Marvel Universe look like if another founding Avenger had been killed instead? A world without the Wasp brings a world where Hank Pym created an Ultron even more heinous than the one we know!”
That wraps up another week of On The Rack. I hope you enjoy all the titles and be sure to let me know what you thought of Inhumans. Come back next week as April has a ton of great stuff in it all month long and moves towards setting up an explosive summer in comics.
Chat soon fellow geeks, and stay Elite!