My first five for Wednesday July, 11 2012. Valiant, Vertigo and Image! Oh My!

Boy has this been a crazy summer! The blog has suffered a little but I’m back and ready to write!

This week’s first five is a little off beat, no Marvel, no DC, no Dark Horse. Out of twenty one books purchased from ten different publishers, including the big ones, the books I went to first were;

image from newsarama.com

BLOODSHOT #1 – Valiant Entertainment LLC
Writer – Duane Swierczynski
Pencilers – Manuel Garcia with Arturo Lozzi
Inks – Stefano
Colors – Ian Hannin
Letters – Rob Steen

Valiant’s reemergence on the scene has been nothing short of amazing. The books that have come out so far have been well received. I wasn’t into Valiant the first time around so there’s no nostalgia or disappointment for me. I love that! New company, new characters, new stories!

So let’s see, Bloodshot is the perfect soldier. His blood is infused with nantites, nanites which can repair him medically, broaden his sensory functions, and allow him to “morph” his appearance among other things. That alone would be a fun storyline. Add in the fact that “Bloodshot” may not be who he thinks he is, in fact his whole life may be a lie and you’ve got one hell of an interesting book. The story is great, I expected no less from Mr. Swierczynski, but the art team kicks ass too! This book is worth checking out.

I give it a strong 4 out of 5!

Next up…

Hoax Hunters #1 – Image Comics
Story: Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley
Art: Alex Medellin
Letters: Jim Campbell

This book is truly unique. The “Hoax Hunters” in the title refers to a reality tv show that debunks myths. They don’t just debunk myths, they disprove them. Even the ones that are true! I like this book a lot but you really need to read issue zero (if you can find it). I’m unclear where the story is going but again it’s worth a look.

3 out of 5

On to number three…

Planetoid – Image Comics
Story / Art / Lettering – Ken Garing

I reviewed issue one, gave it a 5 out of 5. This issue is almost as good. The layouts and art are outstanding. The story is really picking up, lots of plot in this one. I give Garing a ton of credit, writing, drawing, and lettering your own book has got to be intense. I hope he can keep it up.

4 out of 5!

And then we have..

The Walking Dead – Image Comics
Robert Kirkman – Creator, Writer
Charlie Adlard – Penciler, Inker
Cliff Rathburn – Gray Tones
Rus Wooton – Letterer
Sina Grace – Editor

5 out of 5. Five. Out. Of. Five. Buy the book. Can’t tell you anything. Won’t tell you anything. They crossed the line, beautifully. Love these guys.

Following that book was rough, I didn’t know what to read next. So I went with…

Punk Rock Jesus #1 – Vertigo (DC Comics)
Sean Murphy: Story and Art
Todd Klein: Letters

Last year at New York Comic Con I got to speak to Sean Murphy. His mini series American Vampire -Survival of the Fittest was great and I was happy to get a chance to tell him that as well as get his autograph on a few of the issues. Charismatic yet unassuming, he spoke to me for a really good amount of time. We talked about how much fun he was having in the business, how blown away he was by the path his career was taking and he hinted at something he had on the way. Something he couldn’t talk about. But he did tell me the title. Punk Rock Jesus is a wild concept for a comic. A corporation has gotten a DNA sample from the Shroud of Turin and they’ve made a baby. They’ve done they’re best to recreate all the same environmental variables. Have they recreated Jesus? I’m sticking around to see where this goes!

Worth the wait! 4 out of 5!

All in all a great week and I still have sixteen books to go! What did you read this week? What did you buy? Leave it in the comments!

About Charles Suffel (Chuck)

Chuck Suffel is the owner/operator of Whatchareading.com. He loves comics, movies, tv shows. When it comes to comics his first loves are independents and small publishers. Feel free to drop him a note anytime at chuck@whatchareading.com
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