New Comic Book Day with Doomsday Clock.
Time to pick up some new comics from Worlds Apart Birmingham (formerly Nostalgia & Comics). These are Geeky Brummie’s picks of the comics available today from your local comic book store.
It’s been a funny old week here in the UK and I’m not surprised that my comic choices all seem to be about the end of the world or fighting against the forces of evil. My pick of the week is a comic that has really surprised me. I was initially unsure of how they could make it work but much like the recent TV show Doomsday Clock has been a genuine classic. My other two main picks are both from British writers, featuring British heroes and are both about fighting the rising tide of evil. Nothing like art imitating life.
I also recommend a bunch of other great comics to discover this week and you can find them all in my pull list below.
There will be no comic of the week post next week as it’s Christmas but I’ll have a list of my favourite books of the year plus the comics available in the last week up of December up over the holiday period so keep an eye out for those.
If all of these great comics aren’t enough for you then why not bolster your reading list by checking out some of my previous choices in the videos at the bottom of the page.
Title: Doomsday Clock
Publisher: DC Comics
Issue No.: 12
Creative Team: Geoff Johns – Writer : Gary Frank – Artist, Cover Artist & Variant Cover Artist : Brad Anderson Colorist, Cover Artist & Variant Cover Artist
So this is it. The final issue of Doomday Clock has finally arrived. It’s taken its sweet time but I for one don’t mind. Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have delivered somethingI thought I’d never see, a true and faithful continuation of the Watchmen story. It’s interesting that the TV show, which has also just come to its conclusion on HBO/Sky Atlantic, has also succeeded in being faithful to the original whilst telling a new and compelling story. I would suggest that it has something to do with the times we are living in. The current world seems like a darker version of the time when the original Watchmen was written. Perhaps that is what makes this kind of story more relevant and timely. In a world that has become darker and less civilised what is the good man to do? The Doomsday Clock has done more than just bring the Watchmen characters into the wider DC Universe, it has held up a mirror to the world we are living in. It asks who are the heroes and who are the villains and is it even possible to tell them apart anymore. I haven’t yet read this book at the time writing but I hope that it pulls all its threads together and the final clash between Superman and Dr. Manhattan ends on a note of hope for the future.
From the Publisher:
“This is it! The final showdown between Dr. Manhattan and Superman shakes up the DC Universe to its very core! But can even the Man of Steel walk out from the shadow of Manhattan?“
Title: John Constantine: Hellblazer
Publisher: DC Black Label
Issue No.: 2
Creative Team: Simon Spurrier – Writer : Aaron Campbell – Artist : John Paul Leon – Cover Artist
Thank god that this book is back. Again, John Constantine reminds me of a time I thought we’d never see again but here we are. With Simon Spurrier at the helm I’m sure John will not be shy of addressing the very real evils in the world. The on-shot and first issue were everything I could want in this title and I hope that it sticks around for a long time. In a world of superheroes it’s reassuring to know that someone like John Constantine is out there getting his hands dirty.
From the Publisher:
“John’s return to London isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped…though it’s already been just as bloody as he could have expected! Enormous angels straight from the mind of William Blake are tearing people to ribbons in Peckham Rye Common, and the gang lord who’s pressed John into service is getting increasingly impatient about John’s inability to deal with them.“
Title: Once and Future
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Issue No.: 5
Creative Team: Kieron Gillen – Writer : Dan Mora – Artist & Cover Artist
Another British writer and another British set series. It’s almost like someone knew we’d be needing a comic about an old retired ex-monster hunter and her grandson protecting the land from a bunch of crazed Nationalists using an ancient artifact, in order to bring back from the dead a villain from Arthurian myth and gain absolute power. Sometimes you have to remind yourself that this is a fictional comic book and not real life. Anyway, this is a great little book at zips along at a frenetic pace and doesn’t let up. It’s just the book we need right now.
From the Publisher:
“With Gran’s life hanging in the balance, Duncan comes face to face with another knight in search of the Grail, and only one will emerge victorious…“
In my pull this week we have Excalibur #4, New Mutants #4, History of the Marvel Universe #6, Superman Smashes The Klan #2 and Star Trek: Year Five #9.
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