Light Week? Try STRANGE ATTRACTORS, THE AUTHORITY VOL 1, & EDGAR ALLAN POE’S THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER #1

In the parlance of the twentieth century, this is an oddball. Its name is Light Week, and its tastes lean toward stuffed animals, zither music, professional football, Charles Dickens, moose heads, carnivals, dogs, children, and young ladies. Light Weeks are accident prone, a little vague, a little discombobulated, with a life that possesses all the security of a floating crap game. But this can be said of our Light Week: without him, without his warmth, without his kindness, the world would be a considerably poorer place, albeit perhaps a little saner.

Josh Flanagan says try…

Strange Attractors

Strange Attractors HC

 By Charles Soule & Greg Scott

If you’ve ever loved a city, but especially New York City, this is the book for you. Charles Soule, who is just becoming known to a lot of new readers through DC Comics, but this is the book you need to read. I happen to know that Soule loves the city, and this is his fantastical mathematical imagination at work, trying to explain the machinations that take place and keep it all ticking. More than any of that though, it’s a book that makes you feel good about the city, and the people who live in it. Also Greg Scott turns in one hell of a performance for a guy most of you probably haven’t heard of. Trust me on this one.

 

Conor Kilpatrick says try….

The Authority_Vol1_HC

The Authority, Vol. 1 HC

By Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary, Laura DePuy, & Robbie Robbins

When the new century rolled around, this was the most influential comic book on the stands. It popularized the terms “wide screen comics” and “decompressed storytelling” in the comic book word and spawned a host of imitators. But as with most things, the original was still the best. Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch’s story of a new breed of badass interventionist superheroes was the most exciting breath of fresh air at a time when comic book companies were trying a lot of new and exciting things before they, inevitably, slipped back into safe complacency.

 

Paul Montgomery says try…

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Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher #1

By Richard Corben

It’s May of 2013, and this boy is fed up to the gills with Poe and Lovecraft. I’m instituting a no pits and pendulum diet, waving off tentacles and mind-altering mountains. Enough already! But then, there are always exceptions. Richard Corben doesn’t beat dead horses, he animates them, ushers them to unnerving new life. Or undeath. Don’t pass this over like another regurgitation. This is the classic tale of Gothic undoing as realized by one of horror’s great stewards.


Comments

  1. Rory426 says:

    Not a light week for me, but partially because I’m getting two of these three! I decided to pre-order STRANGE ATTRACTORS off the back of Josh’s chat with Charles Soule on the splode there and I’ve been loving the Corben Poe stuff so yeah, looking forward to all this.

  2. martinNL martinNL says:

    My pull list is similar to the books you guys recommend here. Just replace this DH book with Conan and there you have it. Excellent choice! Really looking forward to reading both hardcovers. Pre-ordered Strange Attractors when I first heard about it, since it sounded very promising.

  3. IthoSapien IthoSapien says:

    I’m interested in “Strange Attractors” but I’d have to read alittle bit of it first since $20 is basically my monthly comic budget. I read volume 1 of “The Authority” and it didn’t grab me so I stopped after that. I’m intrigued by the House of Usher, but Richard Corben’s art just looks the same to me (hey I admit, he draws a 1000 times better than I ever could!) and I’d be more excited if it was Duncan Fegredo. Still, can’t hurt to flip thru it.

  4. crcomics says:

    I love this feature. Don’t ever stop. I’d never have known about the Poe book unless you’d mentioned it. So, thanks.

  5. lifesend lifesend says:

    I picked up Strange Attractors last month at MOCCA Fest and loved it. It’s probably Soule’s best work so far. I can’t believe it’s only $20, because the presentation is really nice.

  6. J-Nel J-Nel says:

    Oh yeah, gotta get that Corben…

  7. zombie67 says:

    Any book that gets a review with the phrase “badass interventionist superheroes” is going to be a must-read.

  8. I love, love, love Ellis/Hitch on The Authority. No matter how many times and ways they reboot it, it will never reach those heights, unfortunately.