Into the month of February we are, my precious Gatherers! There’s so much to look forward to! Sweet nothings told in one’s ear. Candies and chocolates galore. Love and kisses aplenty. But really, who cares about all that nonsense? To comic fanatics like you and I, it’s just another fabulous month for comics to be obtained, whether from the sanctity of one’s own computer or tablet or from the convenience of one’s local store. Candied hearts and sweet promises mean nothing when compared to the everlasting impact a good indie comic has on your soul! So let’s get to them, shall we?
Now, anyone who knows me personally would not even have to really ask why I would pick this first choice of mine for this week, but since many of you do not have the pleasure of being able to do so, I will enlighten you. What do you get when you combine a great franchise of DC with an iconic symbol familiar to both comic as well as movie fans? Why, you get highly intelligent apes that can wield a great power in the universe. In gorilla’s day, in bonobo’s night, no banana shall escape my sight? Hmmm, what do you think? Yeah, I’m not so sure about that either.
Title: Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Barnaby Bagenda
Cover Artist(s): Ethan van Sciver (Main), David Ryan Robinson (Unlock Action Figure Variant), Steve Morris (Movie Poster Fan Homage Variant), Paul Rivoche (Silver-Age Variant), Felipe Massafera (Foil Stamped Variant)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Synopsis: “…When Taylor goes missing, Cornelius investigates and discovers an ancient ring, unlike anything the universe has ever seen. As its power echoes through the stars, the Guardians of the Universe must reveal to their Lanterns a secret they had hoped would remain buried. With the Green Lantern Corps, led by Hal Jordan, racing to get to the source of this power before Sinestro can get his hands on it, they will discover a truth that will change them forever on…The Planet of the Apes!” -PREVIEWSworld
This second pick should appeal to any who enjoy the adventures of that seductive seductress from planet Drakulon itself. Seriously, from her days as a character in Harris comics to now, Vampirella has stood the test of time of being one of comics’ premier femme fatales and that alone is enough to draw anyone to this particular book. The artwork is definitely not half bad either as a matter of fact!
Title: Vampirella #0
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Jimmy Broxton
Cover Artist(s): Philip Tan (main cover), Joseph Michael Linsner (Incentive Variant), J. Scott Campbell (Incentive Variant)
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Synopsis: “Beginning a new and VERY different direction! Vampirella was last spotted in 2016 doing what she does best-defending the world from threats both mystic and evil. She hasn’t been seen since. Now, over a thousand years later, she’s poised to make her fateful return, but the world that awaits her is unlike anything she might expect-or want to defend… Don’t miss the train before it leaves the station!” -PREVIEWSworld
There we have it to kick off the month of February, folks! Whether informing you of sexy temptresses from a vampire-like planet or just how screwed a universe could be if some damned dirty apes ended up with a Green Lantern Corps ring, my Picks of the Week are your hook up when wanting to read something a little bit off the beaten comic track. Now while I would encourage you to get these from the convenience of your own tablet or computer, I will also implore you to reach out to your local stores and support their business with your purchase of these books and more. Read them thoroughly and spark a conversation with your friends. Be sure to leave a comment or two but most importantly, remember Gatherers…GGG!