Geek Picks for February 26th, 2020!
Leap Day is coming! With an extra day to the calendar, what is one to do with all that extra time? May we suggest a comic book or graphic novel? Check out OG’s Geek Picks for February 26th, 2020 and then head over to your favorite LCS and pick yourself up a quadrennial treat. Hey, it’s been a good year so far! Get two or three!
Tony: To Drink and To Eat, Volume 1
From the food and travel magazine LeMonde, this is a collection of one-page essays on food and cooking- in comics form! Part culinary textbook, part cookbook, part travel guide to France; this is a must for any foodie that also loves sequential art. For any skill level too!
Writer: Guillaume Long
Artist: Guillaume Long
If you want to take your culinary skills from cook to master chef, you’ll need to know a few things. Where can you get not just good, but the best wild garlic? What are the tried-and-true utensils every master chef’s kitchen should have? Which recipe should you have in your back pocket for preparing to perfection at a moment’s notice? What are the best wine pairings for your next dinner party? Aspiring chefs who need new tricks in the kitchen: You’re not alone. Guillaume Long has asked and answered all your culinary questions. Cooking blogs and comics come together in To Drink and To Eat, the newest and most unique cookbook to add to your kitchen shelf.
Publisher: Oni Press
Check out a preview of To Drink and To Eat here.
Jan: Laurel and Hardy Meet The Three Stooges #1
Two titans of classic Hollywood comedy combine in this comic book from American Mythology! Larry, Moe, Curly, Stan and Ollie! It’s the dream pairing of Slapstick and vaudeville you’ve always wished for!
Writer: S.A. Check, James Kuhoric
Artist: Deigo Tapie
Two of the most beloved comedy troupes of all time meet in a once in a lifetime special event! Laurel and Hardy meet The Three Stooges in an incredible story combining their unique comedic stylings into one blockbuster tale. In “Movers & Shakers” Larry, Moe, and Curly are knucklehead handymen that run headfirst into movers Stan and Ollie in a no holds barred laugh-a-minute riot! These five funnymen are going to solve our homeowner’s problems or bring the house down on top of them. Paying homage to the unique comedy stylings of both beloved groups. Laurel & Hardy Meet The Three Stooges #1 is available with three covers – Main Cover by Eisner Award Winning artist Eric Shanower, Laugh Time Cvr by Jorge Pacheco, and a Deluxe Limited Edition 1/350 Classic Cartoons Cvr!
Publisher: American Mythology
Rating: All Ages
Don: Hidden Society #1
Since I wrote a preview about it, I’ll go with Hidden Society #1 (Dark Horse). The Hidden Society #1 is an ancient group of wizards who have pledged to protect the world. You can never go wrong with wizards and magic. It has action and adventure, plus mystery and intrigue. This series should be an ongoing for years to come.
Writer: Rafael Scavone
Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
A new series from Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone, the team behind Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald! Hidden from ordinary eyes, there is a world alongside our own full of deities, demons, and danger-where magic wins out over science and dark secrets lie in wait. Ulloo, the last wizard from the Hidden Society, enlists the aid of a blind girl and her demon, a young magician, and a cursed bounty hunter in order to stop a group of nihilist warlocks from waking the Society’s greatest nemesis: a primeval force that, unchecked, will scorch the planet bare of all life.
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Joe: Swamp Thing Giant #3
The Giant series of comics from DC offer a great deal, both in value and in entertainment. Readers get an installment of new serial stories, reprints of classic tales, and original stand alone shorts. The last 2 Swamp Thing installments have been really enjoyable. I’ve been enjoying Mark Russell’s take on Swampy immensely. My favorite part of Swamp Thing Giant is the Zatanna story. The best thing about these Giant books is that although the main stories are serial in nature, each is also it’s own self contained narrative that builds on the previous issue. So even if you missed the last two, you’ll be able to jump right in with #3.
Writer: Mark Russell, Various
Artist: Tom Mandrake, Various
- “Gods of the Abyss,” a 16-page story written by Mark Russell with art by Marco Santucci
Word has gotten out about the existence of Swamp Thing — and now tourists are swamping the swamp looking for a glimpse of the bigfoot of the bayou. The sudden popularity only accelerates Sunderland Corporation’s plans to destroy him, but Swamp Thing finds help from an unexpected quarter…whether he wants it or not.
- “The Courser,” an 8-page story written by Phil Hester with art by Tom Mandrake
As a hurricane threatens the Louisiana coast, Swamp Thing is led to an archaeological dig where a young professor studies the wreck of a sunken slave ship. But her mysterious benefactor has his own reasons for funding the endeavor, and they may be far more dangerous than the oncoming storm.
Plus, these reprint tales:
- “Fateful Reunion,” from Swamp Thing #3 (2016)
- “The Poison Truth Part 3,” from John Constantine: The Hellblazer #3 (2016)
- “Night on Devil Mountain,” from Zatanna #3 (2010)
Publisher: DC Comics
Zack: The Complete Elfquest Volume 7
The Dark Horse collection of Wendy and Richard Pini’s fantasy epic returns, collecting the deeply emotional conclusion to the series. Join Leetah, Cutter, and the rest one last time.
Writer: Wendi Pini, Richard Pini
Artist: Wendi Pini, Sonny Strait
The Wolfriders embark on their final quest! Generation after generation, for thousands of years, the elves of the World of Two Moons sought refuge from the savagery of their primitive planet. For a while, it seemed they had found it in the legendary Palace of the High Ones. Within, Chief Cutter and his tribe of Wolfriders avoid nature’s wrath and the threat of an ever-expanding human population. Yet comfort comes at a price. The seductive magical influence of the Palace may lead to the feral elves’ undoing and Cutter realizes he must embark upon the most important quest of all! Collects ElfQuest: The Final Quest volumes 1-4.
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
John: The Flash of Two Worlds Deluxe Hardcover
I’m a sucker for nostalgia, & this is it! There’s just not that much extra to say, this one speaks for itself. If you have to go the cheap route, the Facsimile 123 would be an acceptable substitute.
Writer: Gardner Fox, John Broome
Artist: Carmine Infantino, Various
Learn how police scientist Barry Allen, the Flash of the 1960s, first crossed paths with Jay Garrick, the Flash of the 1940s, in this hardcover collecting The Flash #123, #129, #137, #151, #170 and #173. These are the stories that first established the science fiction concept of parallel universes in DC Comics, as the Fastest Man Alive learned to use his super-speed to travel across dimensions to Earth-2!
Publisher: DC Comics
Thomas: The Flash #123 Facsimile Edition
I went the cheap route!
Writer: Gardner Fox
Artist: Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella
The classic tale from 1961 that introduced the concept of the Multiverse to the pages of DC Comics is reprinted here! There’s a crimewave in Central City, and the Flash will need help to stop the villains’ spree-fortunately, help is on the way in the form of the Golden Age Fastest Man Alive, Jay Garrick!
Publisher: DC Comics
Gaumer: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika #1
My New Year’s Resolution this year was to read more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and that’s exactly what I’m doing. The newest member of the team is Jennika, she’s getting her own solo series this week, and it’s on the very top of my stack this week.
Writer: Brahm Revel
Artist: Brahm Revel
Trying to acclimate to life as a mutant, the newest Turtle Jennika embarks on a solo adventure that will force her to come to terms with both her troubled past and conflicted present. Not to mention a brand new villain! Brahm Revel (Guerrillas) returns to reveal more of Jennika’s backstory from his acclaimed TMNT Universe tale “What is Ninja?”!
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Brian: Batman Beyond #41
Ever since I started reading this run at issue 24, I have been a firm believer that this is the most underrated title DC is putting out. After the major reveal of the Neo Batwoman, aka Batwoman Beyond, the stakes have gotten even jucier, finally giving this book a little attention. I can only hope that those that grabbed this book actually took the time to read, and didn’t just do so for speculation’s sake. Dick’s daughter has just made herself a huge part of the Neo-universe and I cannot wait to read more of what Jurgens has in store for her, and us as readers.
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Sean Chen, Sean Parsens
In her pursuit of Blight, Batwoman finally discovers the fate of Batman, but doing so leaves her with a choice: take the villain into custody or free her friend and take him home. That is, if enough of Batman’s mind is left that he’ll even know what “home” means. Also, how will all of Batman’s allies react when they discover the Batwoman’s true identity?
Publisher: DC Comics
Eli: Punisher: Soviet #4
Noone understands the Punisher more than Garth Ennis. Whenever he writes the character, the reader is in for a wild ride. Blending campy over-the- top violence with real world events, Ennis creates another fast paced gritty Frank Castle yarn. This time, the Punisher teams up with an Ex-Soviet Special Forces soldier as they take down a Russian mob boss. With sensational art by Jacen Burrows, this comic is just action-packed fun from one of the character’s best writers.
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Jacen Burrows
- Valery Stefanovich has put himself on a collision course with The Punisher.
- The roots of this issue go back to Afghanistan in the 1980s where Valery spent time in the Russian Special Forces and some of the most horrific things you can imagine. Things that CHANGED him.
- Frank and Valery have so much in common, but that never bodes well, does it?
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating: Explicit Content
David: Finger Guns #1
I don’t know about the rest of you but this series has long been promoted by Vault Comics on my Twitter feed enough that my curiousity is piqued. Honestly, if you’re not reading titles from Vault, you are missing out on some good stuff. The premise, as follows, is teenagers are manipulating their emotions by firing finger guns. Sounds trippy, the artwork definitely suggests that. But what if these teens are actually shooting things with their fingers? A certain manga comes to mind… Anyways, I’m waiting to give Finger Guns #1 a shot (pun intended).
Writer: Sabs Cooper, Justin Richards
Artist: Val Halvorson
Two troubled teenagers discover they can manipulate emotions by firing finger guns. There will be laughs. There will be tears. There will be uncomfortable teen feelings and angst.
Oh yeah… and chaos.
So much chaos.
Publisher: Vault Comics
Eric and Joshua: Quantum & Woody #2
Eric: Issue 1 was a hilarious, nearly stand-alone story that felt both true to the characters and new reader friendly. Since we’re likely to get another comedic issue that tells its own story, I’m excited for this issue. Plus, I’ve heard it features the spectacled, tentacled skull Dr. Toilet. (It’s pronounced twah-ley!)
Joshua: The first issue brought the laughs and was a good story, too. Christopher Hastings & Ryan Browne seem to be a great team for the world’s worst super-heroes.
Writer: Christopher Hastings
Artist: Ryan Browne
The world’s worst superheroes unleash brand-new superpowers!
But can Woody’s new visions of the future be trusted when it leads the duo to face their arch-rival DOCTOR TOILET?!
(No, they most certainly cannot.)
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Raven: Gung-Ho #3
This amazing series is my pick for the week! A must read!
Writer: Benjamin Von Eckartsberg
Artist: Thomas von Kummant
After a rough start to their new life at Fort Apache, Zach and Archer are starting to make friends and fit in. But then a sudden, unexpected breach to the fort happens… white reapers penetrate the colony’s defenses with quick and deadly consequences. Both brothers make choices during the breach that will have lasting impacts on their lives and those around them…
Publisher: Ablaze Media
Tarah: Disney’s The Little Mermaid #3
This week I go back to another blast from my childhood past with DIsney’s The Little Mermaid . I can’t tell you how much this movie had an impact on my childhood growing up. I loved it so much and to see all these beloved Disney classics get comic releases is another plus. The good thing about this is that Dark Horse is releasing them not all at once but keeping them spread out. The cover design is also absolutely stunning. Ariel and Eric are one of my favorite Disney couples and this captures their love story beautifully. I can’t wait to read it.
Writer: Cecil Castellucci
Artist: Zulema Scotto Lavina
As Ariel and Eric’s relationship begins to blossom on land, the sea witch Ursula’s jealousy and spite are unleashed. The battle for true love begins . . . but at what price?
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
William: Detective Comics #1020
The best of the Bat Books since #1000 dropped and long before. (Yes I buy both main titles) City of Bane is finally over but from the ashes rises the familiar face of Two-Face! I usually scoff at the card stock covers since hey $1 extra it should both be cover price. But either way it’s so worth it this week for his art. I’ve always had a special place for Harvey his stories ( the good ones at least) can be so dark and gritty just like they were intended I think this one is going to get UGLY!
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy
As Gotham City continues its rise from the ashes of “City of Bane,” some familiar faces have returned to keep Gotham City exactly where they want it: Two-Face is back. But this time, he’s recruited some like-minded individuals to help him in his cause. With an elite team of split-personality special forces at his side, Two-Face and Batman square off in what could be their final battle, as a new ally arrives to help the Dark Knight…Harvey Dent?!
Publisher: DC Comics