Baltimore, Dr. Leskovar’s Remedy 1: Baltimore is one of the darkest creations by a writer known for his horror-work, Mike Mignola. Baltimore is a veteran of World War 1 who encountered a vampire in the trenches near the war’s end (for that story, look for Baltimore The Plague Ships). After being bested by Baltimore, the vampire actually murdered the protagonist’s wife, sending Baltimore on a long quest for revenge. While searching for the vampire, he finds a small town with a terrible secret.
The artwork is provided by Ben Stenbeck and colorist Dave Stewart.
Bottom Line: Baltimore: Doctor Leskovar’s Remedy is a fun, monster infused tale; if you buy this, make sure to get part 2 also.
Batwoman 10: So far, the entire Batwoman series by J.H. Williams III and co-writer W. Haden Blackman has been excellent, and issue 10 takes it to a new level of hushed melodrama and frenetic action–just the sort of thing I look for in a superhero book. The plot involves Batwoman trying to maintain a romantic relationship with a police officer while her own sister–a former-villain–lingers between life and death in a hospice bed. To make matters worse, Batwoman has been pitted against a bizarre coterie of baddies, including an apparently immortal woman, Killer Croc, and a ghost.
Bottom Line: The slick, stylish artwork by Trevor McCarthy is reason enough to buy Batwoman #10.
Liberty Meadows 3: Liberty Meadows is a top-notch comic strip by Frank Cho about a nerdy and nervous young man who works at a clinic for neurotic animals. He yearns for his co-worker Brandy, whose optimism is infectious. Did I mention the animals talk? Since he started Liberty Meadows, Frank Cho has moved on to being one of the most popular artists at Marvel. Still, I wish he’d return to the funny books. Liberty Meadows is constantly amusing and very well-drawn. This issue features the gang going camping.
Bottom Line: Liberty Meadows might take some effort to find, but it’s worth it.
Wonder Woman 4: Brian Azzarello’s take on the Wonder Woman mythos is all about shaking things up. Issue 4 goes out of its way to point out how the new Hippolyta (Wonder Woman’s mother) is quite different from how she was before the New 52 reboot. The most obvious difference: she now sports long, straight blonde hair (how many Greeks can really claim that?). She also does something the previous Hippolyta almost never did: apologizes. Here, she apologizes to Hera for her indiscretion with her husband Zeus–with disastrous results. The artwork by penciler/inker Cliff Chang and colorist Matthew Wilson is more stylish than anything I’ve ever seen from the Wonder Woman franchise.
Wolverine 309: The Wolverine series has definitely had its ups-and-downs, but this extra-large issue helped restore my faith. The story involves Wolverine reconnecting with former ally Elixir, a mutant with healing powers who is always at odds with Wolvie’s frugal use of violence. They thent team up to rout out a mutant charlatan who is claiming to cure mutants who have lost their powers, while in reality he is slowly draining them, leading to eventual death. The artwork duty is divided between Rafael Albuquerque (Dejah Thoris) and Jason Latour.
Bottom Line: What’s so refreshing about Wolverine 309 is that the story begins and ends in one issue–highly recommended.
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