New-to-me comics for October

31 October 2014

So I think I finally figured out what to do with the whole how to feature comics thing. And I’m really excited about it!

Each month I’m going to be sharing a few new-to-me comics with you. It could be a brand new series that’s just come out within the month, or it could be just a series I haven’t checked out yet. And I will most definitely be taking suggestions from all of you.

new-to-me comics

I’m sort of hoping I can come up with a better name for this feature, but for now, let’s just call it what it is. Anyway, here’s what I read this month:

Nailbiter Vol 1Nailbiter
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Mike Henderson
Published by: Image Comics

Synopsis: “Where do serial killers come from?” and why has Buckaroo, Oregon given birth to sixteen of the most vile serial killers in the world? NSA Agent Nicholas Finch needs to solve that mystery in order to save his friend, and he’ll have to team up with the infamous Edward “Nailbiter” Warren to do it.Why I picked it: This one was suggested to me. And volume 1 was available free via NetGalley, so why not?

My initial thoughts: Well, I wasn’t sure about it at first because I thought it might be a bit too gory for me. I mean, it’s a comic about serial killers — obviously there’s going to be murders. And, well, blood on the cover means definitely a fair bit of blood on the pages. But honestly, any sort of worries that this was going to be full of gory for the sake of gore and shock were thankfully dismissed and I was left with an interesting story. You’re also left with a fair bit of questions (just like the characters) which leave you wondering what is really going in this town, and what is up with Finch’s past?

On the pull list? Maybe. Volume was collected issues 1-5, and #6 just recently came out, so it’s not like I’m massively behind. If I do this one, it’ll probably be digital. Much easier to hide all that blood and stuff.

Deadpool's Art of War #1Deadpool’s Art of War
Written by: Peter David
Art by: Scott Koblish
Published by: Marvel

Synopsis: Sun Tzu’s Art of War has been called the definitive work on military strategy and tactics and has influenced leaders in both warfare and business for hundreds of years; which means it’s totally in the public domain and ripe for being ripped off by Deadpool! And what’s Deadpool’s plan to ensure his version of Art of War outsells the original? Make sure the entire world is at war when it comes out!

Why I picked it: 1) Deadpool. 2) That cover.

My initial thoughts: Well. Given what I knew going into it (see above), I really didn’t see that coming. I didn’t read the synopsis first. I mean, looking back, I think I still would have gotten it. But time travel? Deadpool wanting to be an author? Deadpool in Asgard? Totally unexpected. And well, it wasn’t terrible. If anything this could be an exercise in chaos and one-liners.

On the pull list? No. Not yet. But I will get the next issue just to see what’s going on. Depending on how that one goes, I might pick it up.

Birthright #1Birthright
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Andrei Bressan, Adriano Lucas
Published by: Image Comics

Synopsis: For the Rhodes family, losing their son was the most devastating thing that could’ve ever occurred… but it couldn’t prepare them for what happened when he returned.

Why I picked it: The synopsis seemed interesting.

My initial thoughts: The interesting thing held true. A little boy disappears in the woods. Chaos and tragedy comes along in the family. And then, what returns… just like the family, did not quite see that coming. I don’t know why, but I think I was hoping for more our world horror than fantasy stuff. But well, it’s not bad. I’m curious about the whole “destiny” thing.

On the pull list? I’ll at least get the next issue. It might get too fantasy weird for me, but so far I like what I’m seeing.

Wytches #1Wytches
Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Jock
Published by: Image Comics

Synopsis: Across the globe, century after century, men and women were burned, drowned, hanged, tortured, imprisoned, persecuted, and murdered for witchcraft. None of them were witches. They died protecting a terrible and hidden truth: witches, real witches, are out there. They are ancient, elusive, and deadly creatures that are rarely seen and even more rarely survived.

Why I picked it: I mean, Scott Snyder doing some scary, supernatural stuff. Highly anticipated by many, so of course I jumped on this bandwagon.

My initial thoughts: Yes. Yes, yes, and more yes. I like this. I was in the mood for something somewhat creepy, something supernatural. This fit the bill. It’s just the beginning, so you’re only getting a taste — but thankfully an ad-free taste. I like that Snyder’s not going with the sort of “traditional” view on witches. And you should read the bit in the back from him to learn more about that. That story from his childhood sort of endeared him more to me. But anyway. The story. We’re introduced to a troubled young girl with an interesting. but definitely caring family. And we learn there is definitely something evil lurking.

On the pull list? Yep, I think so.

harley quinn vol01Harley Quinn
Written by: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Chad Hardin (plus others)
Published by: DC Comics

Synopsis: Harley Quinn unleashed on an unsuspecting DC universe.

Why I picked it: Volume 1 was free on NetGalley, so I figured why not. It’s Harley Quinn’s first solo run in the New 52 so I thought it could be interesting. I’ve never read anything with her in it, so I was curious.

My initial thoughts: Eh… I don’t know. Sort of thought it was lacking. I think she has potential to be a strong character. And you know, she’s sort of endearing in her own way. But I’m not sure I’m sold on her just yet. I mean. I like that she’s attempting to do her version of good. I just wasn’t into issue 0 — though seeing all the different art styles was cool. Harley rescuing all the animals from the pound, that’s awesome… it’s just… well… I honestly don’t see all that much depth in her at this time.

On the pull list? No.

So what did you read this month? What are your suggestions for comics for me to read for November?

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  • B.

    I’m glad you picked up Nailbiter! It’s one of my favorite comics out right now!

    • I’ve been itching to get the next issue or two (I can’t remember how far behind I am)! I’ll start thinking of a story, then realize I’m thinking of Nailbiter and just wish I knew what was happening next!

  • Kendall Ashley

    Witches looks really interesting! I’ll have to check it out, for sure.

    • It is so good! Definitely worth picking up.

  • YES YES YES to Wytches. I actually really enjoyed the first issue of Deadpool’s Art of War. If he manages to make all hell break loose in the Marvel Universe while employing the great text of Art of War, I’m down for the whole series. I dropped Nailbiter this month because I was lukewarm about it and figured I shouldn’t waste my money if I’m on the fence. Haven’t been feeling Harley Quinn lately, either, unfortunately. 🙁

    • Oh, and Wayward is a series you should absolutely check out if you haven’t yet. It’s only three issues in!

      • I will definitely check out Wayward! 🙂 I’ll see if my local shop has it when I visit next.

    • I love Wytches so much more than what Synder’s done with Batman (even though I really only read like one TPB of all of that). But Wytches was just SO GOOD.

      I need to go pick up the second issue of Deadpool’s Art of War. I think the two issues combined will help me wrap my head around it all. Now that I have an idea of what’s going on.

      Yeah… Harley Quinn… I really wanted to like her. The whole concept of her is interesting and fun. But… I just don’t think she’s living up to her potential.

  • Okay, Wytches is definitely going on my list, and I think I’ll check out Nailbiter. I’m on a real murder mystery kick right now.

    • Wytches is so good! I’ve been on sort of a killer and supernatural kick lately. And this was just sort of the best I’ve read in a while in that area.

      Nailbiter was good too! I think Netgalley still has it available for a “read now” book, if you’re interested in giving it a peak before committing to buying it all.

  • This is a really cool feature idea! I really like comics, though I haven’t read any in a while! Its really cool to see what you have picked up and add them to my TBR!

    • Thanks!! I’m really excited about doing this! It wasn’t that long ago I got myself into comics — always been a graphic novel fan, but gate-kept myself out of comics due to fear. SO GLAD I got over that!

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