Everyone knows that Wednesday is new comic book day. While picking up your new issues consider looking at some of the trade paperbacks and hard covers of past issues and story lines. But which ones should you choose?
That’s why every Tuesday, The Flickcast will recommend a collection of comics that are just as good, if not better, than the issues you are currently buying. Books that deserve to be read, and bought the next time you walk into your local comic book store.
“I mock the costume. I mock my father — his life. I am a fool.” – Jack Knight – Starman #1
Everyone can relate to having problems with your father. No matter what you do, you always believe you’re not living up to his example, but imagine if your father was a superhero. A famous superhero that has saved the world several times, and is one of the most amazing inventors ever. How hard would it be to live up to his example then? That’s what this Trade Paperback Tuesday’s pick is all about.
The Starman Omnibus Vol #1 collects Starman issues #0-#16. Written by British writer James Robinson, and illustrated by Tony Harris, Starman was a series that followed the adventures of Jack Knight, son of Ted Knight, better known as the legendary hero of Opal City, Starman.
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Here’s a list of some of the new DVD and Blu-ray releases this week we’re particularly interested in. Plus, some old favorites (and not so favorites) coming out this week for the first time on Blu-ray.
About Last Night… ~ Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi (Blu-ray)
Alien Trespass ~ Eric McCormack, Dan Lauria, Robert Patrick, and Jenni Baird (DVD and Blu-ray)
Blue Thunder ~ Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Candy Clark, and Daniel Stern (Blu-ray)
Chaos ~ Jason Statham (Blu-ray)
The Class (Entre Les Murs) ~ François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, and Angélica Sancio (DVD)
Cutthroat Island ~ Geena Davis, Frank Langella, Matthew Modine (Blu-ray)
Eagles Over London ~ Van Johnson, Frederick Stafford, Francisco Rabal, and Luigi Pistilli (Blu-ray)
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This week its the massive event Captain America #600 that everyone is talking about, including us. Since we at The Flickcast care about what you read, we can’t let you not pick this book up. With talents such as Roger Stern, Mark Waid, and Ed Brubaker handling the writing, you can bet Marvel ha lined up some all-star artists too, and they have. Leading off with Dale Eaglesham, batting second Butch Guice, batting third Luke Ross and Alex Ross cleaning up. With all that talent assembled, this book is a definite must-read.
My second recommendation this week, and if I haven’t said enough about it before, is Starman Omnibus Vol. 3. Starman is written by James Robinson (currently handling Superman and World of New Krypton) and drawn by Tony Harris (Ex Machina). This completely brilliant series explores the idea of legacy and turns it on its head in the DC Universe. Started in the mid 1990s, these Starman collections boast art from such talents as Gene Ha, Phil Jimenez and J.H. Williams III, so if the story doesn’t do anything for you (and if that’s the case, you and I should not speak) you at least have some pretty, pretty art to look at.
My final recommendation is Image Comics’ Red Mass for Mars #3. Written by Secret Warriors writer Jonathan Hickman, this series was another independent project of Hickman’s that raised his profile, and his talent, from Nightly News to Pax Romana. This book tells the story of a Superman-like character that refuses to save the Earth. Drawn by newcomer Ryan Bodenheim, if you’re finding yourself addicted to all things Hickman (and you should be) you cannot go wrong with this series.
That’s all for this week. As always, if you don’t like what I recommended, check out Midtown Comics for this week’s releases and find something else you do like. Also, be sure to let us know in the comments what you liked this week.