We’ll kick off the DC Comics picks for the week with Vertigo… or as I like to call it, in the spirit of Game of Thrones, House Vertigo. There are a couple solid releases from the mature readers imprint this week, but none so cool as Fairest #2! It’s the second issue of the Fables spin-off, whose first issue we thought was excellent, introducing us to Ali Baba, Sleeping Beauty and, as you can see on the very nice Adam Hughes cover, a mischievous winged imp.
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Phil Jimenez, Andy Lanning
Okay, so Sleeping Beauty has been awakened again by true love’s kiss. But hold on! The thief Ali Baba doesn’t seem a likely candidate for knowing true love from a day-old cruller. So how did this kiss work? We proudly present thrills and chills – and since the Snow Queen is involved, we do mean chills – along with mathematical proof of what does and does not constitute true love.
Also from Vertigo, look for American Vampire #25. It’s the final chapter of the "Death Race" story arc, which has been totally excellent, daddy-o. But something tells me it won’t end well for the young rock ‘n’ roll vampire hunter whose trying to take on the one and only Skinner Sweet. There’s also Sweet Tooth #32, which we’re hoping involves the titular character going Rambo on somebody (based on the final page of the last issue).
Over in the main New 52 DCU, we get the dynamic duo of Animal Man #8 and Swamp Thing #8. They’ve both been excellent (if highly trippy) so far, keeping us totally engaged with the concepts of Green, Black and Red, colors that were no doubt inspired by the Pan-African flag. Both stories involve the heroes (and/or the heroes’ daughters) finding their roles in the world.
There’s also Detective Comics #8, which leads into next month’s Night of the Owls and involves Catwoman, Scarecrow, a new type of fear gas, and a new back-up story from writer Tony Daniel and Simon Kudranski, the artist whose darker than dark palette was a big part of what made the Penguin: Pain and Prejudice mini-series so good.
Finally, we’re stoked about Action Comics #8, from Grant Morrison, Rags Morales and a host of other artists. Last time, we saw Metropolis taken down to bottle-size and we got a glimpse of the only person who could conceivably be behind a deed like that: Brainiac. In this issue, we meet the one and only Collector of Worlds FOR REAL, as Morrison and Morales’ opening story comes to a close!
ACTION COMICS #8
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Rags Morales, Rick Bryant
It’s the epic 30-page conclusion of Grant Morrison and Rags Morales’ majestic opening storyline! $3.99 gets you front row seats to the ascension of the DC Universe’s first Super Hero as The Man of Steel goes toe to tentacle with the all-new Brainiac for the final fate of Metropolis!
Those titles and more all come out on Wednesday!