Top Ten Comics on my Pull List in No Particular Order
7. Swamp Thing / Animal Man
Did I just cheat and put two titles in one entry? Yes. Yes, I did.
Did they cheat and totally tie their two books together long before their upcoming crossover? Yes. Yes, they did.
If you’re not reading both books then there’s no reason to have thought that they had anything to do with one another until a brief line in their latest issues. If you have been reading both, however, then you’ll have seen this shared villain and looming threat as something that would simply have to draw them inexorably together. And, if you follow their Twitter accounts, then you’ll have seen their adorable (occasionally drunken) flail about getting to crossover these stories.
Animal Man has been an amazingly powerful horror story. Creepy, disturbing, art that unsettles, and a plot that makes you uneasy. Swamp Thing has been doing that wonderful slow-build thing that Snyder does so well. He just builds a story layer by layer. It’s a pleasure to watch unfold.
These are the four covers for the monster/horror comics coming out in November.
When reading the announcements for the books coming out in the new 52, I certainly didn’t expect Frankenstein to be bringing it with the cover art month after month. But low and behold who’s sitting in my favorite spot this month. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #3 (by J.G. Jones) is a really gorgeous piece of art. The clear, sharp detail in every inch of this cover is just awesome. I love the colors. I love everything about this cover.
Second favorite of the bunch would go to Swamp Thing #3 (by Yanick Paquette). The effect of the woman shooting him and it looking like grass clippings spraying from a lawn mower is really cool. I love the creepy, symmetrical boarder edging the bottom of the cover, possibly representing the encroaching “forces of decay” the solicits mention.
Third on the list would be I, Vampire #3 (by Jenny Frison). It’s a very soft, pretty cover when it comes to the muted colors and shading, the frame around the image. Of course the image itself is an axe chopping into a vampire’s torso. So there’s definitely a contrast there. I don’t like it quite as much as the cover for issue #2. This one reminds me a little too strongly of the artist’s covers for “Angel” but it’s still a nice cover.
I’m not quite sure what the end result of looking at all the covers for Animal Man is going to be but there’s a good chance I’m going to be physically ill at some point. Animal Man #3 (by Travel Foreman) is my least favorite cover of these four but if the artist is going for unsettling (and I hope he’s not going for sweet and cuddly) then he sure as hell is accomplishing his goal. Can Buddy maybe absorb some pretty butterfly powers next? A puppy? A bunny? An angry bunny? And suddenly I’m imagining this artist doing a rendition of Frank the Rabbit from “Donnie Darko” and I’m never coming out from under my covers again.
These are November solicits for the monster/horror comics.
Animal Man #3 (written by Jeff Lemire): Maxine and Buddy swim to the heart of the Life Web and come face to face with the Totems…caretakers of the Red. But before they can get answers, the Hunters Three attack. Meanwhile, Ellen and Cliff fight for their lives back home. The Hunt heats up!
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #3 (written by Jeff Lemire): Frankenstein and The Creature Commandos crash-land on the invading alien planetoid and all-out mayhem ensues, but nothing can prepare them for the coming of The Titans of Monster Planet! And just when they thought things couldn’t get worse, Father Time receives a troubling message from his past.
I, Vampire #3 (written by Joshua Hale Fialkov): Across the country, bodies litter the streets as the Queen of Blood builds her army. A weakened Andrew must seek the aid of an old ally, but the game of death has a new wild card who may help Andrew tip the balance of power – or decapitate him.
Swamp Thing #3 (written by Scott Snyder): The forces of decay are summoning their servants, and the Green alone cannot protect Alec Holland – but one woman can! Alec may not know her, but he should! And only he can help her before the darkness finds its key to spreading across the world unchecked. But unfortunately for Alec’s mysterious benefactor, that “key” is part of the family…