Dustin Nguyen, artist extraordinaire known for his covers and interiors on Batgirl and Batman: Streets of Gotham, brings his painterly pencils and ability to cute the reader out of existence to the Batman universe. Batman: Li’l Gotham #1 is the beginning of a new ongoing series featuring short stories packed to the brim with tiny versions of every famous Gotham resident. Think Charlie Brown noir. The first issue is a cavalcade of holiday tales featuring Batman, Robin, The Penguin, and more. If you’re kids having been begging for some Batman, but you’ve kept them away from Scott Snyder’s recent run for obvious reasons, Li’l Gotham is the answer.
Generally, a combination of the above three creatures would be a bad thing. In the case of IDW‘s The Colonized miniseries, it is actually a very good thing. Written by Chris Ryall, the creator of Zombies vs. Robots, and graced with covers by the reclusive Dave Sim (Cerebus), The Colonized blends horror and sci-fi by dropping aliens into the middle of a zombie apocalypse. A surviving member of a zombie resistance camp has his hands full when a spacecraft lands in the middle of town and a government agent begins pulling tricks in order to nab the compounds gun stash. What follows is when there’s no leader for the martians to be take too.
Your mind is not your own.
Matt Kindt, the ingenious comic creator behind Revolver, 3 Story, and the Justice League of America back-up stories, has been writing one of the most unusual, inventive comics being published for the last year and few have noticed. Now, that may be because one of the agents from the books has been blocking your interest to hide its secrets or it may be because it’s far outside the norm of mainstream comics. Basically, Kindt has constructed an intricate world of espionage based around the Mind MGMT agency, a secret organization that uses mental powers to control the ebb and flow of history. They can wipe your mind, insert memories, make you hate your lover, stop you (or themselves) from feeling pain, or plant subconscious suggestions in the media, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Kindt uses every last inch of the comic page to tell his story, even writing secret code in the margins and on the back cover of each issue. This first hardcover collection includes the first six issues of the series…or maybe that’s just what it wants you to think?
The Fantastic Four have always been my least favorite Marvel team.
That is, until Matt Fraction took over the series with Marvel NOW! For the last six issues, Fantastic Four has proven to be one of the best Marvel series on the stands right now. And if you’ve missed these first issues, don’t fret because Fantastic Four v.1: New Departure, New Arrivals comes out Wednesday. Not only does this volume contain the first three issues of the main Fantastic Four series, but also the first two issues of FF, the companion series. This first arc involves the departure of Marvel‘s first family, as Reed and Sue take their kids on a cosmic field trip, and their replacement by four stand-in Fantastics. Fraction balances classic Marvel storytelling in Fantastic Four and post-modern wackiness in FF beautifully, offering two entirely different reads in one great package.