Following last week’s theme of new beginnings, Geeking Ally has three number ones for your week’s pull list, and, to mix that up, we’re also throwing in a final issue! True, two of the number ones don’t really count because they’re reprints, but come on; they’re some of the best comics ever written. Perhaps the best part is that they’re both only a buck!
Dark Horse is taking a hint from the “big two” and putting out old material at a $1 cover price to entice new readers into giving them a shot. It couldn’t have picked a better two titles than Hellboy and Usagi Yojimbo.
If you’re not familiar with Hellboy, the brainchild of writer extraordinaire Mike Mignola, there are a couple movies floating around out there starring the dead-on Ron Perlman you should check out. Usagi Yojimbo is the titular tale of an anthropomorphic ronin rabbit who’s even been known to hang out with a quartet of famous turtle ninjas.
The other number one this week come from Dynamite in the form of the first issue of a six-part miniseries spinning out of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys.
Highland Laddie is the origin story of the Scottish conscience of The Boys, Wee Hughie. Hughie has had a rough couple of years and needs a vacation, so he decides to go where everybody knows his name–home. But this story stops being Cheers rather quickly and takes a turn into Straw Dogs territory.
Can Hughie survive when his work life of fighting morally devoid supes spills over into his private life? Pick up the first issue for $3.99 and see.
Finally, unfortunately, it’s time to bid a sad farewell to Ex Machina. It’s been a long and winding road, but it’s come to an end.
Plot threads planted in the very first issue finally get some closure, and New York City Mayor (and sometimes-adventurer) Mitchell Hundred gets a fitting send off in this double sized finale. Brian K. Vaughn has woven a complex tail to rival his other epic, Y: The Last Man, and, with artist Tony Harris (Starman) on board, it couldn’t help but be good stuff.
Be sure to pick up the final issue to the six-years-in-the-making story from Wildstorm for only $2.99.