July Trade Paperback Recommendations
I don’t buy a lot of new single issue comics. To me it doesn’t make any sense to go buy 1 comic for 5 individual series that I will read in 10 minutes than forget what happened by the time the next issue is released. God forbid if it’s delayed too. I prefer to buy trades if I can, that way I feel like I accomplished something when I’m through. I can also get a whole storyline at once and perhaps even an ending/closure. I might be everything that’s wrong with the modern day comic industry.
With all that said, I probably keep an eye out on Amazon for trades that are being released more than most people. The month of July has some excellent releases on the docket that I’m looking forward to and you should too.
Saga Vol. 2
Release Date: July 2
Collects Issues #7-12
Saga has been one of the most critically acclaimed and interesting new series. In Vol. 1 we are introduced to Marko and Alana, two star crossed lovers on opposite sides of a galactic war. When they bear a child it forces them to go on the run and become fugitives. The book is populated with endlessly imaginative characters and landscapes. In general terms it would be considered Sci-Fi but it’s so much more than that. It’s a story of desperation, but ultimately of hope. Vol. 1 ended with them being able to escape the planet they were stranded on and head to outer space. Shit is going to get intergalactic in Vol. 2.
Fatale Book 3: West of Hell
Release Date: July 9
Collects Issues #11-14
I can’t get enough of this series. It’s Noir, It’s horror, it’s dark and it’s damn good writing. While Book 1 focused on the present day and 1950’s San Francisco. Book 2 focused on the present day and 1970’s L.A. I opted to not write a review for it, because without spoilers it would have ended up sounding pretty similar to my review of Book 1. Both arcs are tied together via Josephine our femme fatale characters who carries a dark and deadly curse. Vol. 3 however is a series of standalone issues detailing previous recipients of the curse in different time periods throughout history as well as Josephine’s very early period of the curse. Oh and Nazis a shit ton of Nazis.
If you want to take a closer look at the cover for Book 3 we posted a step by step process by artist, Sean Phillips here.
Daredevil: End Of Days
Release Date: July 16
Collects Issues #1-8
No, not that End Of Days. I figured we’d get that out of the way early on. If your a regular reader of the site you already know how I feel about old horn head. This series was touted by Arthur Harkness in our Daredevil Podcast. It’s the future story of Daredevil’s death. Reporter Ben Urich has nothing to go on but a simple phrase and the he spends time tracking down all of Daredevil’s acquaintances and friends try and construct the whole picture of what happened and how it went down. This also serves as a way to catch us up to speed on many Marvel and Daredevil regulars and see where their life in in the future.
This all sounds very Citizen Kane(ish) but who am I to deny it? I love the idea and it’s gotten nothing but outstanding reviews. The real reason to get behind this is the team that’s been put on this book. First of all it’s a chance to see Brian Michael Bendis write Daredevil again, who ushered in a golden period on the character. He’s joined by a plethora of artists who have helped to shape the Daredevil legend. Alex Maleev, David Mack, Bill Sienkiewicz and Klaus Janson. That is insane. There’s no way this won’t be a gorgeous book.
Hawkeye Vol. 2: Little Hits
Release Date: July 23
Collects Issues #6-11
I still am shocked by how incredible the new Hawkeye series is and apparently i’m not alone. Vol. 1 did what couldn’t be done, it made me like Hawkeye. This series deserves the praise it’s gotten. Part espionage, part adventure, part Clint Barton, part Kate Bishop, but all awesome. David Aja’s art compliments this series perfectly. Simple, clean and retro. As a bonus Francesco Francavilla filled in for art duties in one of the issues featured in Vol. 2. How can you go wrong with that?
You can’t. Definitely pick this one up.
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Posted on June 26, 2013, in COMICS!, Recommendations and tagged Alex Maleev, Brian Michael Bendis, COMICS!, Daredevil, David Aja, Ed Brubaker, End Of Days, Fatale, Hawkeye, Image, Marvel, matt fraction, Saga, Sean Phillips. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.