Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Three series to try out this Wednesday: Sixth Gun #9, Skullkickers #6, and Atomic Robo: Deadly Art of Science #4

Each Wednesday I'm going highlight three series that just aren't being given enough attention by my fellow readers in the hope that some of you will expand your horizons, pick up an issue and hopefully find a new favorite!

This week, we're recommending Sixth Gun #9, Skullkickers #6, and Atomic Robo: Deadly Art of Science #4

I love Hurtt's split covers
on this series
Sixth Gun #9
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Brian Hurtt
Price: $3.99

Sixth Gun is one of the best supernatural books out there.  For some reason, the Big 2 tend to shy away from the preternatural or even when they do get a good magic-themed comic running (Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural, Shadowpact), they can't seem to sustain them for very long.  In their absence, Bunn's series has been filling the void rather nicely.  Most important of all though, is that this series is just plain a ton of fun to read and Hurtt illustrates it with charm, mood, and tremendous amounts of skill.  If you haven't been reading Sixth Gun, now is as good a time as any, and I highly recommend picking up the first trade if you haven't already done so.

Skullkickers #6
Writers: Brian Clevinger, Ray Fawkes, Chris Sims & Adam Warren
Artists: Jeffrey 'Chamba' Cruz, Scott Hepburn, Joe Vriens & Jim Zubkavich
Price: $2.99

Skullkickers is a fantastically fun Image book that was unfortunately overshadowed at launch by the equally sublime Morning Glories.  Regular series artist Edwin Huang takes a break this month and regular series writer Jim Zubkavich takes up partial art duties, but there's no reason to think this interlude shouldn't be every bit as fun as the previous five installments (Especially with Atomic Robo writer Brian Clevinger writing one of the stories).  "1000 Opas and a Dead Body" was a very fun buddy adventure that hearkens back to the very best of Pak and Van Lente's Incredible Hercules.  For fans of the normal creative team, don't worry!  Zubkavich's bouncy dialogue and Huang's vibrant art will return next issue!

Atomic Robo: The Deadly Art of Science #4 (of 5)
Writer: Brian Clevinger
Artist: Scott Wegener
Price: $3.50

Atomic Robo has had a few miniseries now, each as fun as the last.  This newest one "Deadly Art of Science" strips away some of the technological wizardry of previous installments and instead takes us back to Robo's roots in 1931 New York City.  The series has been a blast so far and watching Robo's hilariously awkward interactions with vigilante Jack Tarot and his Robo-loving daughter.  Wegener's pencils may not be the most detailed around, but he more than makes up for that with the sheer energy and expression of each panel.

So, there go another three recommendations for another Wednesday.  Any recommendation from you readers?  Any series you think deserve more attention from comic fans this week?

1 comment:

  1. Oh man, I love SIxth Gun. I've been meaning to write a review of it for a while now. It's easily one of the best new series in years.