New Comic Book Day 22: Deception, Confusion, and Vengeance

New Comic Book Day highlights some of the best books released this week.

Well looky here, it’s that day again and you know what that means…”You’re going to post something else?” Hey, listen, I know it’s been a little while since we’ve done a New Comic Book Day post, but there were holidays, and some like…other stuff. Yeah, sorry about not posting one of these in such a long while. Things have been busy and we focused on a few specific titles as we finished out the year. Enough of that though, it’s here, we’re happy, so lets get into…New Comic Book Day.

The Few #1

Written By: Sean Lewis
Art By: Hayden Sherman
Published: January 18, 2017 by Image Comics

Folks, let me tell you a little something about this book. Are you interested in some post apocalyptic goodness? How about an art style that has a hint of Frank Miller’s Sin City? Maybe you’re looking for some spy, infiltration style story? Or, you just want a book that captures your attention in a powerful way. Well, if any or all of those sound good, guess what? The Few is the book for you on this new comic book day.

The Few is a story about a young woman who has a child thrust into her arms in the midst of a massacre. She’s told to run, and get the child to someplace safe. One of the assailants sees her escape and pursues. He taunts her as he nearly smashes her head with the front tire of his motorcycle. Then…well, I’m obviously not going to spoil it. Let’s just say there’s a lot that happens, and in the final pages, a twist that almost certainly will leave you wanting more.

Curse Words #1

Written By: Charles Soule
Art By: Jordan Boyd
Published: January 18, 2016 by Image Comics

Look, I’m going to be completely transparent here. I bought this book because it looked interesting and that’s what I do on new comic book day. I buy comics. The premise didn’t really grab me, but I thought, “Why not.” This folks, is why I randomly buy books. It is comics exactly like this that keep me going. I never know when a comic will take me by surprise, but holy crap, Curse Words did just that.

Let me tell you the basic premise, and I hope it’s better than the one I read. Basically, a wizard named Wizord, appears in our world (I know, that’s a goofy name, but stay with me). His first act within our realm is to turn a cop into glass because that’s what wizards do. More specifically, he’s here to destroy the world. What he wasn’t ready for was all this freedom. Turns out our evil Wizord is a slave to some mean jerk of a wizard ruler in some other dimension.

So, instead of blowing us all up with his super potion magic powers, he turns good guy. Well this pisses off the wizard that rules the world he came from. So this evil wizard ruler, Sizzajee, starts sending other evil wizards after our boy, Wizord. We get an awesome wizard fight. There’s also a good amount of character development, and by the end, I had a huge smile on my face. I couldn’t be happier about picking this up… as a result, you most certainly should do the same.

Black Hammer: Giant-sized Annual

Written By: Jeff Lemire
Art By: Ray Fawkes, Matt Kindt, Emi Lenox, Dustin Nguyen, & Nate Powel
Published: January 18, 2017 by Dark Horse Comics

This series is easily one of my favorites in all of 2016. I put it as the second best book of last year, only missing first because I was obsessed with Empress. The story is nothing short of brilliant work, and the continual push through this odd event for the superheroes is captivating. Then of course there’s the art which has elevated everything to new heights. It captures a touch of Golden Era comic, but brings it to modern day. All around, Black Hammer is one of the best comics being published right now.

In this Giant-sized Annual, we basically follow Colonel Weird as he traverses the para-dimension in pursuit of an entity he’s seen before. Unfortunately, because he’s all but gone completely crazy, he can’t quite remember why he remembers this creature. As he floats through the para-dimension we’re taken on a trip. We traverse history as this creature has creature appears all throughout the lives of our trapped heroes. There’s a seriously ominous vibe going through the entire issue. The end, of course, takes a wild turn and I can’t wait to see how this affects our trapped heroes in the coming issues.

Black Road #6

Written By: Brian Wood
Art BY: Gary Brown
Published January 18, 2017 by Image Comics

IF you’ve followed this blog at all last year, you’d know that Black Road was one of our favorite books. It made onto our top 10 list of the year. I floored us with a twist that I don’t think anyone saw coming. Then it left us in limbo for SIX MONTHS! What. The. Balls. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been craving this book. I’m talking about some serious addiction level cravings. Luckily for me, this issue did not disappoint.

To catch anyone up on this series, basically Magnus the Black is a pagan warrior who’s been selling his services to the Christian army. He plays bodyguard to clergy and whatnot. Then, on what was to be a relatively difficult job, a betrayal like no other. It’s worth reading the first five issue because, as I said, they’re amazing. In this issue Magnus and his friend now plot and plan to take revenge. They aim to expose lies, and slit throats. If waiting six month to get an issue like this is what needed to get done, I’m happy to have waited.

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