by Park Hyun Kyu
First, let’s be honest, we all hate when our favorite books get delayed(though in the rare occasion of the timing of the book to be integral to a company wide crossover or whatnot it can be seen as forgivable). This can cause some people to give up on a really great book that deserves attention, readership, and hard earned dollars. So for your convenience I’ve put together a small list of recommendations of books you should stick out the long haul for. If you haven’t heard of these books(which is entirely possible since some don’t come out but once in a blue moon),you should definitely give them a shot.
All Star Superman
Grant Morrison might be disappointing some readers with his latest entry into the Batman mythos but the man is firing on all cylinders on this book. He takes bits and pieces of the Last Son of Krypton’s mythos and makes what one might call “Ultimate Superman”. The premise, Superman is dying but he’s still got some things left to do. Can he accomplish his twelve great tasks and save the world from Lex Luthor. Usually we get an update on the situation every two months but lately that hasn’t been the case. Trust me, you want to stick around for this book. While you’re waiting for the latest chapter in the story you might want to come in and pick up/order a hardcover that collects the first six issues of one the best comics in a long time. Even if you have all the single issues reading it all at once could clue you in to some little stuff you missed before.
Issue 8 is out 6/27/07 (!Zibarro!)
How many comics is Joss Whedon writing now? Runaways, Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 8, a small yet enjoyable tale in Spider-Man Meets Stan Lee, and this Astonishing adventure. Alright, it took a break after it’s first twelve issues and it’s another late bi-monthly but it’s really good too. Widescreen action drawn by John Cassaday and some of the most original storylines in all of X-Men Comics. We’ve still got a couple of issues and a Giant Size Astonishin X-Men #1 to go but I’m sure if you stick with it you won’t be disappointed.
Issue 22 is out 7/4/07 (Catch up with the first hardcover and trades. The third trade is especially awesome, Cyclops is hardcore)
Mr. Vaughn recently got a writing gig for this little show called Lost. You may have heard of it. He’s still writing some of the best comics around though. Mitchell Hundred, Mayor of New York and the world’s first superhero, and his staff’s first term in office is an amazing read with a political, social, and entertaining message. Whether it’s the sci-fi, superheroics, or politics that gets your jetpack exploding, you’re going to have an awesome ride on this book. Sure, the schedules been a little sketchy as of late but it’s worth the wait for Vaughn’s wondrous words and Harris’ pulse-pounding pencils(oi, I love ye alliteration).
Issue 29 is out 7/20/07
Fell is Warren Ellis’ awesome crime detective masterpiece. When it comes out, it’s a self contained epic issue with $1.99 price tag. Now, Mr. Ellis is putting this title on hiatus along with a bunch of his other books to focus on his Avatar books that are coming out at the end of the summer so I can’t make any promises about a release date, but I can tell you this, we got in the first trade which collects the first eight issues(Which my colleague makes mention of below in his entry) for $14.99. That’s a freak’n sweet deal right there.