The Chronicles of Conan is an ongoing collection published by Dark Horse of the original Conan the Barbarian comics produced by Marvel Comics from 1970-1993 and which ran for 275 issues, and the Conan the Barbarian Annual, which ran for 12 issues from 1973-1987. Volume 24: Blood Dawn and Other Stories collects the Conan the Barbarian Annual #11 and Conan the Barbarian #182-189. This collection is made up largely of one story arc, though it does dip back into events that took place in the previous collection, Well of Souls and Other Stories, but since these comics were originally published in this same order, writer James Owsley fills us in on what happened in those earlier issues to remind us if we had forgotten and to inform us if we simply had not read those issues. It was actually interesting to see a straight adventure comic like Conan have stories with long-reaching consequences and as I was sucked deeper into the world of Conan, it became apparent these comics were more of an ongoing, unfolding journey than mere standalone adventures cobbled together.
Masks & Mobsters, another great title from digital publisher Monkeybrain Comics, is a crime anthology written by Joshua Williamson, with art by Mike Henderson, with guest artists Jason Copland, Justin Greenwood, Ryan Cody, and Seth Damoose popping up throughout. Masks & Mobsters takes place during the 1920s, its stories relating what happens when superheroes (masks, as the mobsters disdainfully refer to them) first start showing up in Golden City, putting the squeeze on the local crime syndicates, and how the criminal underworld retaliates. The art is all in glorious black and white, which perfectly captures the rough edges of the crime world, while also bringing a simple elegance to the time period. There are shadows galore, and Henderson and the other artists use them effectively, an element of danger and mystery hanging over each issue. This first print collection is being published in a classy hardcover by the Image Comics imprint Shadowline, and includes the first ten issues, which are two more than are currently being offered digitally. Also, each issue has a page of rough artwork showing character or cover sketches, which helps give an idea of how this world is continually growing and developing not only through Joshua Williamson’s stories, but also through the artwork.
Edison Rex has existed for a little over a year now as one of the titles from the digital comics publishing company Monkeybrain Comics, which was founded in the summer of 2012 by comic book writer and novelist Chris Roberson and his wife Allison Baker. Roberson is also the writer of Edison Rex, and Allison Baker, a creative professional in her own right, is the editor. The fun, often lighthearted, often action-packed art is by Dennis Culver, with colors by Stephen Downer, lettering by John J. Hill, and this whole team is seamless. There is a consistent vision throughout the first six issues in this first-ever print collection being released by IDW, and the book is chock full of extras, including The Secret Files of Edison Rex, bios about the various characters that appear in the book, written by Edison himself, a start-to-finish breakdown of the first page, pin-ups, a great introduction by Kurt Busiek and afterword by Chris Roberson, as well as a few other extras that I will leave for you to discover.
Welcome to Wild Blue Yonder, a high-flying, post-apocalyptic adventure series created by the team of writer Mike Raicht, artist Zach Howard, and Austin Harrison under their Noble Transmissions banner, and released by IDW. Originally developed as a Kickstarter project in order to raise funds to pay artist Zach Howard, so he could take the time off from paid work to focus on drawing the creator-owned, five-issue miniseries, the project met its goal, and beyond, and the comic was picked up by IDW as an ongoing title.
Domovoi is a new graphic novel from Dark Horse, the company that gives us Hellboy and B.P.R.D., and while it could easily fit in the world of those titles, Domovoi tells its own unique, supernatural, familial tale. Written and illustrated by Peter Bergting, this is a story where the supernatural is literally supernatural. All of the characters populating this Eastern European world (No specific location is given, but the names of the characters, monsters, and otherworldly beings are largely Eastern European and based on that region’s folklore.) are more than familiar with the supernatural, and with magic as well.
Scott Snyder, DC’s white-hot writer of dark-and-brooding Batman and gothic-horror Swamp Thing, delivers a techno-horror tale of mystery and the unknown under the sea with The Wake. With art by Sean Murphy, of Punk Rock Jesus and Joe the Barbarian acclaim, and with colors by seasoned Vertigo collaborator Matt Hollingsworth, this new title sings.
Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? by Andrez Bergen is a noir-style mystery set in a world of superheroes. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with that combination. But, more than that, it tackles some deeper issues, like good and evil, reality and fantasy, free will, the nature of humanity, and, more importantly, the grey areas surrounding all of these things.
If you watch Doctor Who, particularly the last couple of years, and you saw the title of this adventure, “Nemesis of the Daleks,” you would probably assume that the titular nemesis is the Doctor himself. You would be mistaken. Who could possibly be more of a nemesis to the Daleks than the Doctor, you ask? Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer.
Hello there. Most of you know me in some capacity. I’ve been in this business for 20+ years and certainly been involved in a lot of crazy things in that time. Last year I launched a book called Think Tank with my friend and artist Rahsan Ekedal. We’re both very passionate about the book. WE LOVE DOING IT! And, I hope that enthusiasm for what we’re doing carries through to the final read.
I’ve been very straight up with everyone about this book; we’ll keep doing it if it finds a large enough audience to sustain it. We’ve committed through issue #20 at this point, which is 16 more than I thought we’d get to, but we’d both like to do the book for a long, long time.
Why am I writing this now? Because this week the second trade paperback of Think Tank is in stores along with the 2nd printing of the first one. I’m not too proud to ask for your help.
Before talking about Invincible #104, it is probably a good idea to start with a quick recap. Last issue saw the return of Angstrom Levy as he attacked Atom Eve and sent Invincible to a barren parallel universe. The same universe that he abandoned the evil Invincible doppelgangers from Invincible War. Back in Invincible's home universe, Eve's pregnancy prevents her from using her powers to stop Angstrom.
Left to fend for herself as a hostage without her powers, she must fight by whatever means necessary. As she goes head-to-head against Angstrom Levy, we are once again reminded why Atom Eve is so great. In many ways, this month's issue is her story.