Down With The Sickness?
Some sort of illness is befalling me. Maybe comics can cure me.
Annihilators #1 (of 4)
Following the completion of The Thanos Imperative, Marvel fans were wondering how they would get their cosmic fix. Ladies and gents, I present to you Annihilators, the newest cosmic book by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Annihilators sees the formation of a new cosmic team formed from the wishes of the now deceased Star-Lord, and if the line-up doesn’t make you think “Cosmic Avengers”, then you must be crazy. The Silver Surfer, Ronan, Gladiator, Quasar, and my personal favorite, Beta Ray Bill, meet the newest Space Knight in this issue, and travel to her home planet to prevent the evil Dr. Dredd from ripping another seam in the galaxy. The art by Tan Eng Huat is a little wonky at times (his Ray Bill looked a little strange at some angles), but he pulls off the huge cosmic starscapes perfectly.
But wait, there’s MORE! Not only does this issue contain the beginnings of Annihilators, but you also get the complete first issue of the long awaited Rocket Raccoon and Groot miniseries. The first installment finds Rocket working in the mail room of an intergalactic office building following the events of Thanos Imperative. After being attacked by a clown made of sentient wood that was sent to him in the mail, Rocket is not only fired, but travels to Planet X to find his former teammate, who is also made of sentient wood. The art by Timothy Green II is fantastic, and suits the tone of the book perfectly. Annihilators is the best deal of the year, as the $4.99 price is pretty good for two stories (let’s face it, Marvel would’ve charged you $3.99 for both of them individually), and both stories are pretty accessible for new readers. Pick up Annihilators right. NOW!
Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth #1 (of 3)
I have a confession to make: While I was excited for Annihilators this week, there was a comic I was looking forward even more. That comic? Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth. For those who don’t know, which is probably all of you, Axe Cop is the webcomic written by SIX YEAR OLD Malachai Nicolle and drawn by his thirty year old brother Ethan. Axe Cop is like streamlining the imagination of a child. When you start reading it, the comic instantly transports you a simple time when you were easily entertained by dinosaurs, cops, guns, and dinosaurs with chain guns for arms.
The opening issue finds Axe Cop and his sidekick, Soldier Dinosaur, eating at a diner when they notice the appearance of a “Bad Guy Planet”. This planet is growing, and growing fast, so Axe Cop and his partner decides to blow it up. However, they are stopped by “real cops” who don’t think that Axe Cop is a cop. After fighting off the real co-you know what, I’m not doing this any justice. Click on the link above that I posted, and see if this is for you. I know it’s for me, as I love absurd humor, and reading it brings out my inner five year old. Axe Cop something wicked special and unique, and welcome breath of fresh air for this comic fan.