Mid-August is a great time to head down to your local comic book store and expand your Pull list! The Olympics are over, the summer’s still here, and the sun is out (if you get to see it any more than we at GeekingAlly do). It’s the perfect week to add to your long-box, and we’re here to help!
I have to admit I’m practically salivating at the thought of Marvel’s offering today—Daredevil No. 17 has brought Mike Allred aboard for art duties. Yes, you read that correctly. Allred will be drawing Daredevil. If that doesn’t excite you, you might want to check and see if you still have a pulse. Madman is one of my absolute favorite series, as is the recently deceased iZombie, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that I will literally read anything Allred illustrates. He could illustrate the menus at IHOP and I’d gladly buy them up, so the thought of pairing him with Mark Waid has me positively giddy. Allred’s pop art sensibilities are a perfect match for Waid’s take on Mr. Murdock, but just because Allred’s on board doesn’t mean we should expect any go-go boots or “Ginchy!” exclamations to get tossed around. Daredevil may not be the dark, brooding vigilante from years past, but he’s not quite as happy-go-lucky as the series seemed when it started either. Daredevil is already one of Marvel’s most consistently enjoyable books from month to month, and throwing Allred in the mix is just gravy at this point. I can’t think of a reason not to pick this one up!
After a few months away, DC has sucked me back in with Batwoman No. 12, featuring the return of J.H. Williams III on art. Williams’s art is what drew me to Batwoman in the first place, and it wasn’t until someone else took over that I realized how much his art carried the series. It’s funny how mind-blowingly gorgeous art can distract a reader from an otherwise mediocre story. This series went from being one of my most anticipated to one of the most disappointing, so my fingers are crossed that this new arc can bring me back. I desperately want to like this book. It was a painful decision to drop it from my personal pull list, and nothing would make me happier than to look forward to it again each month. Here’s hopin’!
If you’re tired of the usual offerings from the big names right now, GeekingAlly has your independent needs covered too. Calamity Cash and the Town with No Name Part 2 of 2 dropped this week from VanderHuge Studios. Featuring writing by Randall Nichols and art by Justin Cornell, this black-and-white one-shot (there is no Part 1) tells the story of a team of familial vigilantes, namely the titular Calamity and her mother, Tana, who find themselves in an explosive desert showdown against old enemies, including an Afro-sporting assassin named Shaw. Nichols’s sharp dialog and tongue-in-cheek humor complement Cornell’s blend of personal style and stark reality with a vivaciously animate flair. An absolute page-turner packed with action and personality, Calamity Cash is definitely an indie diamond in the rough to add to your shiny collection! Click HERE to order your copy and check it out.