Dave’s Weekly Comic Book Recommendations

umbrellaacademyThese days it is sometimes tough picking out comics that are worth your hard-earned dollars, but here at The Flickcast we care about what you read.  So with that in mind this week’s Dave’s Weekly Comic Book Recommendations is dominated by a group of misfits, a little girl who kills giants, super-secret super-spies and an author who joins a think thank to dream up nightmare terrorist attacks.

The final issue of Umbrella Academy: Dallas hits stands this week and if you haven’t been reading it I highly encourage you to do so.  There’s a reason Gabriel Ba won an Eisner last year for this engaging read written by My Chemical Romance front-man Gerard Way.  For those of you ignoring it for its vague similarity to Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol, please put aside your opinion for five minutes and read this truly beautiful comic that is, well, better than Gerard’s band.

Mark Sable, the writer behind DC’s excellent mini-series involving the Teen Titan Cyborg, brings a new book from Boom! Studios called Unthinkable. The book involves Alan Ripley, a young novelist who joins a think tank after 9/11 to dream up the Unthinkable–or nightmare terrorist scenarios so his government can safeguard against them, but when his colleagues are being killed in scenarios they’ve dreamed up, Ripley takes matters into his own hands.  Part Tom Clancy novel, Sable’s comic asks the question: “Just because you write about action heroes, doesn’t mean you can become one.”

swarrrs004_covJoe Kelly and manga artist J.M. Ken Niimura’s reality-bending comic I Kill Giants involves Barbara Thorson who fights monsters both real and imagined as a giant slayer.  Getting the happy smile and the pat on the head that she does from the adults before bed, Barbara goes out and actually kills giants.  A great coming of age book and was voted as the best indy book of 2008 by IGN.

My final recommendation is the Spy-tastic Secret Warriors. Disregard the god-awful name and take a look at the content written by Nightly News‘ Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Stefano Caselli. This book reports on Nick Fury and his new band of Howling Commandos as they battle Hydra, an organization that for years has been running virtually the entirety of the Marvel Universe.  If you want to get an idea of what Samuel L. Jackson’s character should be like in Iron Man 2, check out this book.

If these recommendations don’t satisfy, you can take a look at what else comes out this week on Midtown Comics great list. However, we here certainly hope you find something here that you like.

  • Chris Ullrich
    May 14, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Great list. I got issues 1-4 of ‘Secret Warriors’ and really enjoyed them. Thanks Dave.

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