by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
The blurb goes, "There is no government, no mail delivery, no cable TV. . . In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living," and it's 100% right. When Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma, he doesn't reach for his cell phone. He seeks a nurse, and he seeks his family. When he finds his family in a camp of survivors, the drama comes from their relationships: Rick argues with his friend on whether or not to move the camp closer to the city, and his wife finds unease in teaching their 2nd-grade son how to use a gun.
If you like that kind of drama, you'll love Walking Dead. If you don't, you should still like it because it's flat-out well-written. I'm really curious as to how the series reads in single issues vs. trade paperbacks vs. compendiums. There's also that TV show on AMC which provides a whole-new experience!
If you're in the market for this, I recommend the compendium, collecting 48 issues for $35 on Amazon. That's less than a dollar an issue! Outstanding.
Superman: Kryptonite (2009)
by Darwyn Cooke and Tim Sale
Hey here's a creative team you don't see very often! Cooke pinpoints a very specific spot in Superman's super-career, after his origin but before he learns all his powers. This gives us a rare glimpse into a vulnerable, frightened Superman. In here Supes saves a village from a volcano without knowing his invulnerability to its lava. Trapped in the thing, he loses his breath and ingests a bunch of lava.
Particularly wicked are Dave Stewart's inks over Tim Sale's pencils. Gone is the grittiness of a Batman: Long Halloween Tim Sale, replaced by these wholesome, clean lines from Dave Stewart! Good stuff.
The Marvels Project #1-8 (2009)
by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting
Oh snap! It's a third trade (kind of). ComiXology had a sale on Marvels Project and I bit the 8 bucks for the 8 issues. The eight issues. . . they're like eight pieces of eight different puzzles. They tie in a bunch of characters, Nick Fury, Red Hargrove, Abraham Erskine and other German researches, a New York Superhero along with other 40s-era superheroes, all at the cost of the story.
It doesn't really have any focus but, I think we can consider issues 4-8 an "Invaders origins" story that explains how the Invaders came to be. I think Brubaker was tasked with something like, "Hey man, put all these Timely characters together!" and Brubaker did. He just didn't really give them a tight storyline to follow.
Issue 7 is positively, without a doubt, unequivocally, my favorite.
It depicts the sheer joy of kicking a Nazi in the face.