So, as a fully paid up member of Austin’s bus riding community, I have hours of time each week to kick back and enjoy some four colored mayhem. Here is a brief selection of some of the books I’ve read this month as I travel to and from downtown Austin.
– Joe T.
Who doesn’t love Hellboy, or, more importantly (in this case), all of Hellboy’s buddies in the Bureau For Paranormal Research and Defense? After a few story arcs where it became apparent that Hellboy had too large of a personality to anchor a team book, Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and his other allies were spun off into their own title: B.P.R.D. These four over-sized volumes collect the nearly decade long Plague of Frogs storyline in its entirety and features all the Lovectaft-ian monsters you expect from a book masterminded by the great Mike Mignola. If you love the X-Files and/or the Hellboy films, then this is a great book for you.
How did this idea take so long to come into existence? The Silver Surfer, cold and distant alien forced to wander the stars alone with the guilt from being responsible for the deaths of untold billions weighing heavily on his shoulders, is teamed up with Dawn Greenwood, an ordinary woman from Anchor Bay, Massachusetts whose spunk and curiosity rekindles the humanity within the Doctor….er, I mean the Surfer. Yep, that’s right, Dan Slott and the amazing, incomparable Mike Allred have fashioned a comic that is heartbreaking and heartwarming, comic and tragic, that bears more than a slight resemblance to the modern adventures of Doctor Who. This is one of my favorite books that Marvel Comics is publishing right now and Dawn is one of my all-time favorite companions.
This is one brutal crime book set on a fictional Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. The story of an undercover F.B.I. agent trying to bring down the corrupt president of the tribal council, there are more shades of grey in this comic than in all of E. L. James’s books combined. A “fun” and intense read, Scalped is perfect for fans of the current trend of anti-heroes anchoring such television shows as The Sopranos, The Wire, & Deadwood.
The Caterpillar Project? Daisy Johnson, Agent of SHIELD? Leviathan? Hydra secretly runs SHIELD? Before there was the television shows Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter, there was Secret Warriors by Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hickman. This is where it all started and this is the better, more superior version than that which showed up on the small screen. And it also heralded the Marvel Comics debut of Jonathan Hickman whose later Fantastic Four, Avengers, and the now-current Secret Wars has redefined the company for the second decade of the 21st century.