Something else that is most definitely not a bad thing is the new Doctor Who TPB, Ripper. This collection contains the first four issues of the newest Doctor Who ongoing series, which introduced Matt Smith’s Doctor into the comics. In these initial issues, the Doctor deals with uncovering the true identity of Jack the Ripper and helping Inspector Abilene catch the culprit. Tony Lee, the author, has an excellent grasp on the voices of the Doctor, Rory, and Amy, so it feels like you’re reading an episode of the show.
I doubt anyone reading this likes comics (those things are for kids, right?), but we’ll push our luck and talk about a couple more new ones on here. The first being a dark Japanese samurai graphic novel called The Last Ninja. At base a revenge story, The Last Ninja follows Kenji, a wannabe ninja, from childhood to adulthood as he seeks vengeance on the corrupt government. After the death of his grandfather, a trained ninja, Kenji seeks training and revenge against the government agents who killed his grandpa.
One more, if you please. Mysterious Ways mixes the comic and video gaming worlds as Jason Rubin of Iron Saint and Crash Bandicoot fame teams with Top Cow to produce a dark mystery book about the hunt for a serial killer. An ex-cop becomes tied to a series of murders which then leads him into being chased by the FBI. Funny how that happens, right? The mysterious part? Magic. Come on, what else?
Oh, okay, since you’re begging, one more. Reprinted from the classic French serials is the first volume of comics master Jacques Tardi‘s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. Some of the more worldly folks out there may have seen the Luc Besson film from last year based on this wild material. I say wild, because not only do Adele’s adventures take place in an alternate reality 20th century Europe, but there’s a pterodactyl, too! Basically, Adele is a writer he gets into crazy, sci-fi adventures dealing with mummies, mad scientists, and, as stated, dinosaurs. The art is obviously terrific as Tardi is legendary in the industry.
Yes, tonight we end with two new sets of vinyl offerings from both Marvel and DC. First up, is the first set of DC Mez-Itz. These chunky little guys come two to a pack (paired in hero/villain combinations) and contain some of the greatest DC characters including Batman, Joker, Superman, and Green Lantern. Look at the pictures to the left and marvel.
Speaking of a transition, Marvel also has some large headed vinyl dudes releasing this week. They include the Pop Vinyl versions of Spider-Man, the Hulk, and two Thor Movie figures (Thor and Loki). Feast your eyes on the two pictures below. FEEEEEAAAASSSSST!