Two dead schoolboys wander out of Sandman and into their own series, Aquaman starts a new story arc among geological disturbances, and giants roam the earth in this week’s selection of new digital comics.
The Dead Boy Detectives #1: This is a new series featuring two characters who have been around for a while: The Dead Boy Detectives first showed up in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and wandered through various other Vertigo comics over the years; now they are returning to their school, St. Hilarion’s, to investigate their own deaths. According to Vertigo, “DEAD BOY DETECTIVES is a fast-paced adventure series that takes us from the bustling streets of contemporary London to Japanese-inspired video games and dangerous worlds perched somewhere between the now and nevermore.” The creative team includes Mark Buckingham, of Fables fame, who gets both writing and art credits on this series, which should clinch the deal.
Aquaman #26: This issue kicks off a new story arc, “Sea of Storms,” by a new writer, Jeff Parker, whose other works include the first issue of the digital-first Adventures of Superman. Here’s DC’s description:
The Earth’s crust is grinding to life, releasing deadly volcanoes and bizarre creatures…so humanity’s first instinct is to blame Atlantis! And as the plates pull apart, the pressures of ruling a kingdom under siege are weighing on Aquaman and Mera as well!
Reviewer Jesse Scheeden says this issue is a good pick for longtime fans as well as newcomers, who will find it an easy jumping-on point. Here’s a preview.
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #7: It’s a quiet week for Marvel, but this series is a lot of fun. It’s a lighter take on the superhero genre, featuring the Sinister Six (of whom there are only five at the moment) bungling their way through the underworld of New York City. If you’re new to this series, check out Brian Truitt’s article from last summer in which he interviews the creators and explains how it fits in with the main Superior Spider-Man series.
Legenderry #1: Bill Willingham does for pulp characters in Legenderry what he did with fairy tale characters in Fables: Mixes and matches them into a new story. The first issue kicks off with a mysterious woman in scarlet dashing into a bar, chased by assassins, and the first two characters to appear are Vampirella and Green Hornet. This seven-issue steampunk comic will ultimately bring together a number of other heroes, including The Phantom and Red Sonja, who have just one thing in common—all are licensed by publisher Dynamite Entertainment. If the idea tickles your fancy, check out this interview with Willingham.
Attack on Titan, vol. 10: This manga series is a monster hit in every sense of the word: It’s about a group of teenagers fighting people-eating giants. Propelled by the popularity of the anime on Crunchyroll, it is one of the top selling print manga, and you can get each volume on Kindle, Nook, and iBooks. You can also read the most recent chapters on Crunchyroll’s manga service—and the newest one is free.
A former book editor and newspaper reporter, Brigid Alverson started MangaBlog to keep track of her daughters¹ reading habits and now covers comics and graphic novels for Comic Book Resources , School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Robot 6, and MTV Geek. She also edits the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. Brigid was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards. Send her an email to firstname.lastname@example.org