Never read a graphic novel before? Haven’t read a comic book in years?
Here’s some brand new stuff that came out the week of November 18 that I think is worth a look-see for someone with little to no history with comics. That means you should be able to pick any of these up cold without having read anything else. So take a look and see if something doesn’t grab your fancy. If so, follow the publisher links or Amazon.com links to buy yourself a copy. Or, head to your local friendly comic book shop.
Disclaimer: For the most part, I have not read these yet, so I can’t vouch for their quality. But, from what I’ve heard and seen, odds are good they just might appeal to you.
Nola #1 – $3.99
By Chris Gorak, Pierluigi Cothran & Damian Couceiro
32 pages; published by Boom! Studios
After cheating death, Nola Thomas wakes up alone in a deserted New Orleans hospital. Bruised, broken, and badly burned, she emerges from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina with one thing on her mind… revenge. From Chris Gorak, the writer/director of the critically-acclaimed film, Right at Your Door!
This is actually the first I’ve heard of this, but it seems like a decent and accessible high concept, even if the title is a bit heavy-handed. (New Orleans, LA; get it?) I’m kind of surprised we haven’t seen a lot more stories with this setting, as it’s certainly a potent moment in American history to explore. Here’s a preview.
Victorian Undead #1 – $2.99
By Ian Edginton & Davide Fabbri
32 pages; published by DC Comics’ WildStorm
‘Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.’ Those are the words of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, the world’s first consulting detective, yet even he finds his skills tested to their limit as he and his erstwhile comrade Dr. John Watson are confronted with the most extraordinary case of their career – the dead are returning to life!
Can a plague of Biblical proportions be far behind for Victorian London? And who – or what – is behind the resurrection of these ravenous revenants? From renowned writer Ian Edginton (STORMWATCH: PHD) and acclaimed international artist Davide Fabbri (Star Wars) comes the first chapter in an incredible new 6-issue Sherlock Holmes adventure! Featuring a cover by original Walking Dead artist Tony Moore!
Yes, that’s right, it’s Sherlock Holmes vs. zombies! Zombie comics have become their own cottage industry over the last 6 years or so. It’s sometimes hit and miss but Ian Edginton is an underrated writer who has a great handle on this time period. Should be fun. Here are the first 6 pages in PDF.
Drone #1 – $3.50
By Scott Chitwood & Randy Kintz
32 pages; published by Red 5 Comics
In the near future, the United States transforms warfare by testing lethal remote-controlled robotic drones on the front lines. To the world’s other powers, the technology is something to be coveted and stolen. To a group of stateside fun-loving hackers, it is the ultimate video game.
Who wouldn’t want to be a killer robot? Three kids get their chance. Here’s a 5-page preview.
As you might’ve noticed, I usually focus on graphic novels and other larger comic publications. This time I decided to do just single issues, or “pamphlets” as they are increasingly being called. They’re still the cheapest and fastest way to get a quick dose of entertainment.