Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Three Series to Try Out This Wednesday: Zatanna #11, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1, and Halcyon #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 (or book) and find a new favorite!

This week, we're recommending Zatanna #11, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1, and Halcyon #4!

Plus, Adam Hughes covers!
Zatanna #11
Writer: Paul Dini
Artist:  Jamal Igle
Price: $2.99

Zatanna is a wonderful book. It's a breezy read, features the supernatural, and has a very strong female lead.  Sadly, all three of those have been somewhat lacking in comics these days, but Zatanna has been providing them in spades in her series.  One of the reasons I recommend this book is that it is dangerously close to cancellation and I won't have yet another sublime supernatural book end before it's had a good a proper run.  This issue also marks the first issue of supposed new regular series artist Jamal Igle.  I'm not familiar with his previous work, but he was a large part of Supergirl's revival with Sterling Gates, so he's obviously got some talent.  Can't wait for this one to come out and you can check out a preview here.

Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1
Writer: Eric Powell & Tracy Marsh
Artist: Phil Hester
Price: $3.99

This book is probably going to be much better than it has any right to be.  Typically, licensed movie books are done with cheap creators and pushed out to make an easy profit.  Thankfully, IDW has been largely bucking the trend and been putting some quality creative teams on their properties.  Their streak continues by putting Eric Powell (The Goon) and Phil Hester (Wonder Woman & Firebreather) on their newest Godzilla book.  Don't know much about the plot at this point, but I'm going to recommend you check out this book on the strength of the creators alone.  Check out the preview here.

Halcyon #4 (of 5)
Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Artist:  Ryan Bodenheim
Price: $2.99

I originally picked up this miniseries for Bodenheim's incredible art and strong linework.  I stayed for the great mystery and world that Guggenheim has created for himself here.  The central conceit of the series is a bit of an old question: "What would happen if the superheroes won and crime was eliminated?"  While there has been the hint that this new "predicament" is a bit of a put-on by a super-villain for some nefarious purpose, Guggenheim has also interestingly explored the various emotions the now former heroes are experiencing from relief to suicide to denial.  If you haven't picked it up, wait a couple months and get the trade as it's sure to read much better all in one sitting.  Oh, and Bodenheim delivers great art and his typical strong linework.  Check out the preview here.

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