These days, it’s sometimes tough picking out good comic books to read. But here at The Flickcast, we care about what you read, and only want you reading good things. So, with that in mind, I give you our new feature: Dave’s weekly comic book recommendations.
My first recommendation is Atomic Robo And The Shadow Beyond Time #1. This Eisner nominated series written by Brian Clevinger and drawn by Scott Wegener is a Hellboy-like series about a robot created by Nicola Tesla and is published by Red 5 Comics. (If this post was published earlier this week you could probably expect a lame Star Wars pun here). The first volume of this series featured a secret mission Robo went on for the US Government in 1938, and how it influenced a mission 60 years later.
The second volume, involved Robo and his crew fighting off Sci-Fi weaponry being used by an elite group of Nazis on the Italian coast during World War 2. This new issue, the start of the third volume, begins in 1928 with Robo being interrupted from studying for a physics exam by none other than H.P. Lovecraft while they investigate the Tunguska Incident. You can read all about it at Atomic-Robo.com.
My second recommendation is The Flash: Rebirth #2. DC is banking a lot on the talents Geoff Johns and Ethan van Sciver who brought back the silver age Green Lantern, Hal Jordan. With Barry Allen, they are trying to bring this character to the modern age. I like the CSI element that is going on here, but I’m mostly interested in how they bring back a character that has been dead for almost 25 years and not make it seem like fan-service.
The Adventures of Tintin is a childhood favorite of mine. My Dad traveled a lot when I was younger, and usually he came back with either single volumes of Tintin or Asterisk. So, these books are very near and dear to my heart. This classic collection follows a young reporter and his terrier Snowy on all sorts of adventures, which is being adapted to film by Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg starring Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig and Simon Pegg.
These newly bounded and freshly re-colored three stories to one volume is absolutely a must have at a mere eighteen bucks. I plan on re-reading all my old books before the film comes to theaters.
I smell the numbers rising on this week’s issue of Deadpool because of the character’s feature role in the Wolverine movie. Readers are going to be in for a surprise though as the comic character is quite different from the movie version, but I don’t think that will actually matter, and will only improve new reader’s appreciation of the character.
My last recommendation is Harvey Pekar’s latest: The Beats: A Graphic History. This book features essays by Pekar profiling the Beat poets, with lush designs by Ed Piskor. If you’ve seen the Paul Giamatti film about the legendary Cleveland curmudgeon Pekar, you’ll know how much Pekar appreciates the Beat poets and for someone like me just getting into them, this book was an enlightening read.
If that doesn’t satisfy, you can check out what else is coming this week on Midtown Comics great list, but we here certainly hope you find something you like here.
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