Good Comics Out April 18

It’s the revenge of the single issue, as this week has more out than typical for me!

My favorite discovery was Resident Alien #0 (Dark Horse, $3.50), which I reviewed this weekend, while my most anticipated is the return of Linda Medley’s Castle Waiting! Issue #16 ($3.95) is out from Fantagraphics, and I hope it begins a long and enjoyable run of the title. Here’s some more information from Kim Thompson.

On the superhero side, I’ve been enjoying Wolverine and the X-Men #9 (Marvel, $3.99). And perhaps it’s shallow of me, but I’m going to try Defenders #5 again because there’s a Walt Simonson Variant Cover (Marvel, whatever your retailer will charge).

Autobio readers will want to be sure to check out Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland (Top Shelf, $21.99). Back when Flashmob Fridays was running, I posted my reactions to the title as part of that roundup; the short version is that it’s a great book and a particularly good introduction to Pekar’s flavor of comics, blending his life memories with thoughts on his hometown. Artist Joseph Remnant is very well-suited to the material. Publishers Weekly has more background on how the book came about.

For history buffs, Archie Archives Volume 5 (Dark Horse, $49.99) brings new comedy adventures of the classic teen boy.

Horror fans, it’s bonus time for you. I enjoyed the stories in Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest (Dark Horse, $17.99) and the illustrations Becky Cloonan added to Dracula: The Illustrated Novel (Harper Collins, $17.99). For more vampires, Matt Maxwell brings us Strangeways: The Thirsty (Highway 62 Press, $17.95). His first book in the Western/horror series was Strangeways: Murder Moon, which tackled werewolves.

I’m not sure where to categorize The Shark King (Toon Books, $12.95) by R. Kikuo Johnson — it’s a fable/monster/fantasy/kid-grows-up story, but regardless, it’s lovely to look at.

What are you looking forward to this week?


6 Responses to “Good Comics Out April 18”

  1. Anthony Says:

    Looking forward to this week:
    Amazing Spider-Man #684
    Reed Gunther #10
    Popeye #1
    Kevin Keller #2 (if Barnes and Noble has it out, since my comic shop doesn’t carry Archie much)

  2. Johanna Says:

    I think Popeye’s out next week, isn’t it? I didn’t see it on the list this week. I’m looking forward to that one too.

  3. Anthony Says:

    You’re right, it is out next week. What I get for not updating my hand-assembled pull list info from the initial announcements (or not checking more often the Comixology one I made)…

  4. Ritik Says:

    For me, it’s the Becky Cloonan illustrated Dracula. Gorgeous artwork. Just one gripe – Doesn’t contain the ‘lost’ chapter – Dracula’s Guest.

  5. Mentor's Camper Says:

    Two words…The Shadow.

    Oh, and Planet of the Apes #13. Ok, 8 words and a number.

  6. James Schee Says:

    Wolverine & X-Men #9 is one for sure.

    I’m looking forward to Punisher #10, it continues the crossover with Daredevil and Spidey by Waid and Rucka.

    I’ve been surprised by the Punisher series. At least as done by Rucka, it is startling to realize that in a way Punisher is a throwback to the Golden Age true vigilante type character. Where evil is made to pay, and pay dearly.

    Birds of Prey has been fun too.

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