We're back again with a couple more recommendations. Next week we plan on doing a special on some Ben Templesmith books in anticipation for the upcoming signing so be sure to keep your eye out for that. Our archive of previous recommendations is here. Remember to mention All Star Recommends when you come in to get a 10% discount on these books and any others you pick up.
Kirby Genesis #0
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artist: Jack Herbert and Alex Ross
Recommended by: Dom
This is an issue zero so it isn't much more than set up. It does however lay the groundwork, the reader follows the probe as it travels into a black hole and past many of Jack Kirby's lesser known creations. When it finally reaches its destination the issue ends leaving the reader to ponder what happens next. The issue also contains a great deal of back up material to clue to reader in on how the series will progress, the characters that will ground it and the history of some of Jack Kirby's designs.
There isn't too much in the way of story here, but what there is can help ignite the imagination of the reader. The questions raised and it will be interesting to see how everything ties together. The cool promise on display here though is that this will be a journey into the mindscape of Jack Kirby, an exploration potentially of how he saw the world and how humanity should represent itself, one hopes it can deliver on that promise. If you are curious about a neat alternate history tale then this could be a book to check out. Perhaps though you are just interested in a creative examination of one of comics great creators, a man responsible for bringing so many favourite super heroes to life. If so, give Kirby Genesis a try, it might surprise you how fun it can be.
Kirby: Genesis #0 is available at All Star Comics Melbourne now for just $1.35.
Writer: Kurtis J. Weibe
Artist: Riley Rossmo
Recommended by: Jess
It begins in sepia tone, with a carcrash, a
dead woman and a man wanting the world to swallow him up. It obliges
nicely, leading him to a place called Green Wake via a hole in the
ground and a torrent of frogs. From here, things get murky. A
detective-type called Morley and Krieger, a froggish looking man in a 3
piece suit and bowler hat, find a lipless, bloody body. They also find a
slightly more alive one in a boat.
The living one is Carl, and he
is one of the lost. Instructed to drink some whiskey until he's good and
dizzy, Carl has come to Green Wake with no memory of what has happened
before. Morley acts as exposition and guide, while trying to find out
about Carl's ex girlfriend Ariel who is responsible for the lipless man.
It's all very fairy tale horror from here - frogs, Babylon and
death. Sex and blood. Regrets and dreams. Riley Rossmo's art conveys the
surreal, swamplike feel of the town with strong expressions, hulking
buildings and colour washes over shadows and thick inked lines. Kurtis
Wiebe's dialogue is reminiscent of a B-grade Noir, though with more grit
and less wit. He's trying to hook you in with a fragmented, dreamlike
plot on one side and the narration of Morley's character. It's full of
repressed emotion and that niggling feeling of 'someone done wrong'. It
seeps into you, rather than pulls you along but that isn't a bad thing.
Highly recommended for people who like men in pain and slowburning supernatural murder mysteries.
Green Wake is currently out of stock but we are aiming to get more issues in. Please note that as this is a five issue series, we hope the trade will be out in a couple of months time. Keep it on your radar.
Butcher Baker: The Righteous Maker
Written by: Joe Casey
Art by: Mike Huddleston
Recommended by: Luke and Eddie
A throwback not unlike
the soon-to-be resurrected Duke Nukem, Butcher’s recall comes as he is
enjoying the spoils of having taken out the world’s trash. A propaganda
poster like image suggests he was the one to squash Bin Laden while
prominently clad in the red, white and blue. Much like the
aforementioned Duke however, and more the mustachioed counterpoint to a
clean cut Steve Rogers, his appetite for destruction is now seemingly
only ever satiated from the waist down. So this new offer gives him a
chance to take his show on the road again.
The symbolism may be
overt but the satire is no less poignant, and like Starship Troopers,
this first slice has the potential to appeal to both ends of the
political strata. The art’s bright palette surrounds Butcher and breaks
in waves over the grey landscape America has become, and this new hero’s
methods may be more than those who have set him loose can spin
positive. Casey’s back matter further encourages the unpredictable
nature of his lead character as he welcomes the unbridled chaos that
could result from setting this relic loose, and why not. Like Rabbi Kook
says “the pure righteous do not complain of the dark, but increase the
light; they do not complain of evil, but increase justice; they do not
complain of heresy, but increase faith; they do not complain of
ignorance, but increase wisdom.” Yeah.
Casey is a guy who had pretty reasonable success as a comic book writer
working for Wildstorm before moving on to the big two. His biggest
success of recent however was being a co-creator of Ben 10. I don’t
think its any secret that these “Man of Action” guys are living pretty
comfortably at the moment.
This is right were Butcher Baker
starts, a guy that has done the mainstream thing and is now just kicking
back and enjoying life. Till two “well known” men bring him back to the
world, not with a bribe, not with some promise but for the idea of the
Butcher Baker to me is Joe Casey’s take on comics in
general (were else would you have president of a universe??? Answer A
comic book company) , Butcher in my eyes is Joe. You will see a lot of
his old work (Godland, W.i.l.d.Cats, G.I.Joe) in this book. It’s a guy
who has proven himself, just doing a book for the fun of it. Very cool,
very fresh. After a new voice in comics? THIS IS IT!
Unfortunately, Butcher Baker is also out of stock at the moment but we continue to try and get more of the issues in. If you can track them down, be sure to head in for the latest issues as they hit. We'll of course be getting many copies of the trade in when it becomes available.