We’ve got quite a few exciting comics coming to you this week from the Everything Else category, which in this case means Dark Horse, Image and all the other non-Big Two publishers! Look for several notable #1 issues, a couple series that are still in their early stages that we’ve been enjoying, and a couple of our all-time favorites! We’ll start with a notable first issue…
AMERICAS GOT POWERS #1 (OF 6)
Written by Jonathan Ross
Art by Bryan Hitch
Welcome to AMERICA’S GOT POWERS! It’s the biggest TV show on Earth, where the chance to win fame, fortune and get laid are dangled in front of a generation of super-powered teens. All they have to do is WIN. Who is the fastest, the strongest or the greatest? Who survives? Young Tommy Watt’s dreams of being the greatest hero of them all might just be shattered when the greatest show on the planet begins to reveal it’s dark heart.
I’ll be honest: when I picked this one it was on the strength of concept and artist alone. We are obsessed with reality competitions in this country and it looks like this comic is taking dead aim at that obsession. Plus it’s illustrated by super-artist Bryan Hitch! What I DIDN’T realize was that it’s written by Jonathan Ross! Better known in the UK as a television talk show host, he’s also an avid comic book guy and he’s already written a comic called Turf with artist Tommy Lee Edwards.
Also from Image, look for Thief of Thieves #3, from writers Robert Kirkman and Nick Spencer, which we’ve been enjoying immensely. Meanwhile, over at Dark Horse there’s Conan the Barbarian #3. We were a little wary of Brian Wood’s new take on the Cimmerian after the first issue, but the second issue was flat out great. And for you fans of classic sci-fi television, look out for Bionic Woman #1 from Dynamite!
Then there’s Cobra Ongoing #12 from IDW. The last issue brought "Cobra Command" to a stunning conclusion and this issue deals with the aftermath. Plus it features a reflection on Chuckles!
Finally, we’re always curious about anything from Jonathan Hickman. As far as original creative work goes, you have to give it to him. He must be one of the most prolific writers out there today. Seems like he’s got ideas for new concepts and new series on a monthly basis! We’ve written about several of them before — like Pax Romana and Transhuman – and we’re always willing to give his stuff a chance.
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Ryan Bodenheim
A man gets shot in London, a law firm gets broken into in Washington, an accountant gives away the password to his computer, and something put to sleep 20 years ago awakens. What is the unsavory relationship all these things share, and how could it bring down two of the largest governments in the history of the world?
It’s SECRET, a brand new, ongoing, monthly comic from the creators of A RED MASS FOR MARS.
Brought to you by award-winning writer JONATHAN HICKMAN and break-out talent, RYAN BODENHEIM, SECRET is an espionage thriller that takes a deep look into the shadow world existing between the government and private security firms.
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