Another week, another list of kick-ass comics here @MeltdownComics! Some of our protags don’t remember a thing, some remember too much, and others hang with Aquaman!
DEAD LETTERS #1 from the fellas at BOOM! STUDIOS is the first of our hero-without-a-memory tales. Though his skill of the artful kill remains, Sam Whistler attempts to piece together his past life, making his way through Here. No, not there, HERE! Where is Here? Read up and find out.
The next of our forgotten-past-men stands alone in THE FIELD #1
from IMAGE COMICS. Unlike Sam Whistler, our nameless man in THE FIELD is exactly that, just some dude who woke up in a field, wearing only Walter White style briefs. He’s not a skilled killer, he just wants people to stop chasing him for a moment so he can think…and also pistol-whipping, he’s not a fan. Come get lost in THE FIELD!
Sina Grace is not a man-without-a-memory, in fact, he has quite a few. In his one shot, SELF-OBSESSED, from IMAGE COMICS, Grace explores his own development and the moments that shaped his life, artistically and otherwise. The reader understands immediately that this is a personal tale, as he utilizes school photos and old artwork which he immediately criticizes. The one-shot is fun, jumping from an article format, to comic strip, to collage, and back again. The title might be SELF-OBSESSED, but the amount of personal information given and its delivery feels more like you’re a trusted friend of Grace’s, than an outlet for his own self-obsession.
Though AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS might sound like a great band name, don’t expect them to go on tour anytime soon (or maybe do, I don’t know what DC COMICS is planning.) However, you can definitely expect them to deliver a solid first issue. And don’t worry if you aren’t sure who these “others” are, they each get their own introduction that pretty much displays why they’re badass enough to roll with Aquaman. A great starting point for those looking to enter the New 52 single issues!
This week’s Most Messed-Up Cover Award definitely goes to CALIBAN #1 from AVATAR PRESS (and we mean “messed-up” in an endearing way, not technically). The story itself moves along slow enough at first until…wham! Oopsies, I didn’t think space/time worked like that! Of all the books this week, CALIBAN has me most curious of where the story will go next. If you’re a fan of wormholes and intergalactic travel tales, you’ll be a fan of CALIBAN too.
Lastly, from our MARVEL COMICS friends, the old “what if” is unearthed in WHAT IF? AGE OF ULTRON. In this issue, Hank “Ant-Man” Pym is flooded with the memories of his failures, squaring off with his creation, Ultron. The final reveal is what makes the issue, so rather than offering any spoilers, I’ll simply say if you know and love the dynamic of these two characters, you’ll definitely want to read WHAT IF? AGE OF ULTRON.
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