You don’t read Japanese? Well, neither do I so we’ll continue in English from here on out.
What’s the reason for the Kanji translation? BOOM!
5 Ronin (the above only shows 4 of the 5) is a five issue mini-series coming out from Marvel during the month of March. Focusing on five modern characters (Deadpool, Hulk, Wolverine, Punisher, and Psylocke) being placed into the role of wondering samurai. Each issue is written and drawn by a different writer/artist team, but all of them follow their featured character on a revenge quest against a chosen, mysterious enemy. Sounds like just the kind of high concept mini that surprises everyone with its mega-levels of enjoyment.
Usually I’d try to explain the next item in vivid detail so that I paint you a mind picture, but just look at the picture. IT’S AWESOME!
If you read the Blackest Night event from DC last year, you’re going to be well acquainted with The Black Hand (avatar for the Black Lantern CORPS). Dude is one of Green Lantern’s oldest baddies, complete with death motif. During the Blackest Night storyline, Black Hand raised a bunch of deceased heroes and villains from the grave, including Batman. If you’ll notice, this mini-bust is cradling the flaming skull of the Dark Knight. Like I said, AWESOME.
To pose a couple of questions: Do you like hot women? Do you like alternate realities? Do you like guns of various shapes and sizes?
If you answered in the affirmative to all or some of those questions, Carbon Grey from Image Comics should be on your purchase list. Set in an alternate reality (visually similar to Russia and Germany during WWII, but with Steampunk elements), the story follows two royal sisters who have been accused of murder and go on the lamb to escape arrest. The art appears to be a blending of Ladron (Elephantmen) and Joe Madera (Battle Chasers, Ultimates vol. 3). In a word, gorgeous.
Another new one from Image Comics is The Intrepids mini-series. With a similar slant towards wacky idea books like Umbrella Academy, The Intrepids is about mad scientists and madder scientists. One mad scientist, the good guy one, raises a group of orphans to be his super-powered fighting force against an endless wave of evil mad scientists. The poppy, cartoony art style of Scott Kowalchuck rocks the casbah; when you’ve got robot monsters and cyborg bears residing in your comic’s pages, this is the style of art you want. Wild idea books like this are always safe and entertaining bets.
Speaking of killer, cartoony art, there’s no better than Michael Avon Oeming. And, what a coincidence, him and Brian Michael Bendis happen to have a new graphic novel called Takio releasing next week. Not only is it a big deal that these two are working together again (if you’ve read Powers you understand why that’s a potent combination), but also this is their first all ages book. Bendis’ story (and masterful dialog) is about a pair of adopted sisters who gain superpowers and have to get over their sibling rivalry to fight crime. Any comic fans with young daughters, pay attention to this book. Actually, if you have young kids, in general, and you’re looking for the next story to read to them at bedtime, Takio won’t steer you wrong.