It’s a new week and I have a new list for you to consider when picking up books for #NCBD. There are always a number of awesome books out each week that I don’t mention, so be sure not to miss out on them. This week Old Guard #4 and Seven to Eternity #6 from Image, and Dept. H. #14 and Black Hammer #9 from Dark Horse come out and should never be missed. All four books have consistently solid stories and beautiful art. The four titles below are some that particularly stood out to me this week and may not already be on your radar. As always please feel free to let me know if I’m missing something or want to tell me about something new coming up: @chrisacampbell
Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1 – BOOM! Studios
By Victor LaValle, Dietrich Smith, Joana Lafuente
Frankenstein’s monster is still alive and well and has been living in the North Pole for the past 300 years, but something is now calling him back to the world of man. That something is a descendant of Victor Frankenstein who has resurrected her ancestor’s ethic-breaking experiments to bring back someone she has lost. It’s a compelling story that looks to confront modern day issues in a unique way. Surprisingly the story stays true to Mary Shelley’s original artistic intentions of answering the age-old question of life after death.
Redneck #2 – Image
By Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren and Dee Conniffe
Donny Cates’ unique take on a vampire family continues in issue #2 as the Bowman’s once quiet lifestyle is torn asunder. The fallout from the meeting between the Pastor and the redneck vampires explodes into chaos as they are pulled back into the violent life of a vampire. If you didn’t pick up the first issue: go back and grab it. The introduction to the characters and excellent artwork make this a very enjoyable and interesting read. If you thought you didn’t need another vampire story in your life, you were wrong.
Jim Henson’s The Power of The Dark Crystal #3 – Boom Studios
By Simon Spurrier, Kelly Matthews, and Nicole Matthews
In this beautifully illustrated issue of the sequel to the film The Dark Crystal we discover the consequences of the crystal being broken again. The first two issues were good, but this issue really picks up the pace and brings back a lot of nostalgia even if it is in the form of evil. It’s a shame that it never made it to movie form, but at least we now have the announcement of the Netflix prequel series. If you are a fan of the original movie, definitely pick up this issue to return to the beautiful world of Thra.
The Dying and the Dead #4 – Image
By Jonathan Hickman and Ryan Bodenheim
This is the perfect time to start reading The Dying and the Dead. It’s been a good while since the last issue, but this week issue #4 comes out along with the trade paperback of the first three issues. It looks like they are hoping to be back on track for monthly releases, so hopefully we won’t have to wait another few years for the next issue. It’s a really solid story paired with excellent cinematic feeling artwork that makes for a very engrossing book. The book is the story of supernatural powers and veterans from the greatest generation. This issue gives us a look at the relationship of the Colonel and his men as they prepare to head into a top secret mission. Just read a few panels of this and see if you aren’t hooked.