Comic Fodder

Dark Horse Shipping for WednesdayJuly 18

I don't know about you, but where I live we are right in the middle of the dog days of summer. Going outside during daylight hours, unless you're in a pool, is not much fun. But it's good comic book reading weather though, and you can add some pretty good stuff to your pile this week from Dark Horse.

Still no Buffy this week, but according to Diamond #5 is scheduled to ship next week so hopefully we'll finally get the conclusion to the opening arc. In the meantime, you can check out a podcast episode devoted wholly to Buffy in her various media incarnations at Comic Geek Speak. Those guys are really funny and know their comics. Maybe that will tide you over until next week. You could also watch the episode from Season 1 where Buffy tries out for the cheerleading squad. Also highly recommended. Now on to the comics that did come out this week:

Star Wars: Dark Times #4--The Path to Nowhere

Dark Times
is keeping to its schedule (thankfully) after that extended hiatus. I really love the hyperdetailed art of Douglas Wheatley, and this has been a good story by Welles Hartley and Mick Harrison. It's the story that has to be told in a series set in this time period right after Revenge of the Sith: how a Jedi comes to terms with a new reality where up is down and black is white since he is no longer a guardian of the galaxy but one of its most wanted criminals. The characterizations of the two main characters, Jedi Dass Jennir and Bomo Greenbark, his Clone Wars ally turned insurgent against the new Empire, have been strong. I am really looking forward to the conclusion of this arc, although it has take a long time.

Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Volume 6--Endgame HC

The timeline-chronological release of the 30th Anniversary Series has now caught up to the end of the prequel films with Volume 6. This is a new edition of the last volume of the Clone Wars series collecting the end of the Republic series and a Darth Vader one-shot called "Purge." If you are enjoying Dark Times, you can pick this up to be introduced to Dass and Bomo as they fight in the waning days of the Clone Wars. Darth Vader fans should also pick this up for "Purge," an Ostrander story about the immediate aftermath of Order 66 and the first organized Jedi resistance to the new order. Recommended.

Zero Killer #1

Arvid Nelson of Rex Mundi fame debuts his new six issue miniseries. While Rex Mundi deals with counterfactual history, this one is about postapocalyptic future. It's set in what's left of New York City following several nuclear explosions. Half the fun of postapocalyptic fiction is trying to figure out exactly what happened, so we'll see about that. I'm a fan of this genre and will be picking this up, so look for impressions.

Conan #42

Part 2 of "Rogues in the House." I read and enjoyed Part 1 on a whim, and I'm going to keep going with this storyline. As I said before, it's a refreshing change of pace from mainstream superhero books.

The Goon #19

The Goon ongoing series is back after a one year hiatus or so. This issue picks up right where #18 left off.

Samurai: Heaven and Earth #5 (of 5)

The second miniseries of this Ron Marz property concludes.