We all know that no comics are shipping tomorrow, although some stores will be selling just one new book, Blackest Night #6 (which we will be discussing on NEXT week's comics page and podcast). I've heard varying opinions on how people feel about this week. Some are breathing a sigh of relief that this is a week they don't need to spend money on comics, while others are moaning that there are no comics to fill their free time that's usually spent reading. How do I feel about this week? I see it as an opportunity, and I'll tell you why.
This is the perfect week to go to your comic book store on Wednesday as you normally do, maybe pick up Blackest Night #6 if your store is involved in the special week promotion, and then stop and look around. Browse the racks. Find a comic book that is NEW TO YOU, buy it, read it and then come back to iFanboy, come back to this post, and write a review of it and/or tell everyone what you bought, why and what you thought.
It's the iFanboy Skip Week Challenge 2009!
We're all limited by our budgets and the amount of comics we can read in a single week, but think of all the books you could be missing out on. So give a new book a try. Don't worry about continuity or back story or jumping on points or anything. Just pick something up and see if you like it.
Here are some recommendations if you need a hand:
The Brave and The Bold (DC Comics) – J. Michael Straczynski has been writing one and done stories featuring unusual pairings of DC characters that have been pretty darn good. This features some fantastic art by Jesus Saiz.
Beasts of Burden (Dark Horse) – Jill Thompson and Evan Dorkin have been putting together what looks to be a great mini-series focusing on animals and the supernatural.
Agents of Atlas (Marvel Comics) – There have been various series, one shots and mini series around this group of characters that Jeff Parker has poured his heart into. Guaranteed you can walk into any comic store and find an issue.
The Sword (Image Comics) – The Luna Brothers story about a girl and a sword and some Greek gods has been a blast to read, with a story that has been full of action.
- Power Girl (DC Comics) – A funny, action-packed throwback style superhero book from writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray that is completely unconnected to any other event or story in the rest of the DC Universe. Amanda Conner should be one of the most popular artists in comics.
These are just a sampling of the wonderful comics you can find at your local comic book store tomorrow, so why not take the iFanboy Skip Week Challenge 2009 and in the process, help give your local comic store some business to celebrate the end of a great year of comics?
And while you're at the comic book store this week, keep your eye out for some local indy comics talent. A bunch of indy creators have banded together to take advantage of Diamond taking the week off. It is Indy Comic Book Week this week at the comic book store! Click on the link to see if your local store is particpating in the Indy Comic Book Week promotion.