Light Week? Try THE ACTIVITY #14, COLLIDER #1 or OPTIC NERVE #13

You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek. But first… first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril. Mm-hmm. You shall see thangs, wonderful to tell. You shall see a… a cow… on the roof of a comics house, ha. And, oh, so many startlements. I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the obstacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward. Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation.

Josh Flanagan says try…


The Activity #14

By Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads

The other day on the Twitter, both Edmondson and Gerads said they believe this to be their best issue to date. After their impressive issue #11, that made me take note. The thing about this book is, you can start reading it whenever, so why wouldn’t you, 14 issues in, give the damn thing a shot? It’s tactical, it’s methodical, it’s realistic, and it doesn’t have one single supernatural element in the whole thing, which is good, because I would burn everything down if that happened.


Paul Montgomery says try…


Collider #1

By Simon Oliver, Robbi Rodriguez

Physics was always my worst subject. Math in the woolen guise of science. It sounds like the mayhem on display in Collider should prove an anarchist affront to physics and all its rigid systems. Listen to this: “temporary gravity failures, time reversal loops, entropy reversals.” I like the sound of those problems, all with a bubblegum sheen. We all need more Robbi Rodriguez in our lives anyway. My plan is to rent a bouncy castle and devour this one with some astronaut ice cream. I may throw up, but that’s life.


Paul Montgomery also says try…


Optic Nerve #13

By Adrian Tomine

It’s been a good while since Optic Nerve #12 hit the shelves. I believe I ranked it in 2011’s Best Covers of the Year. I did. Anyways, a sublime pleasure in slice of life comic bookery with just a hint of absurdist zest. This one’s got three yarns, one about drugs and twelve step programs, another about a young Japanese woman straddling several tectonic plates — new motherhood, a potential divorce, life in America — along with an autobiographical chapter in Tomine’s home life. There’s a glimpse of that there on the cover as Tomine grapples with advances in cartooning and the marketing thereof. Optic Nerve might be even more special because it arrives so infrequently. Like, I dunno, a Zapdos or Articuno.




  1. Optic Nerve should be bought, don’t miss out on the good stuff that Adrian Tomine does!

  2. So excited for Collider! Oliver has been missed since The Exterminators ended, and the Rodriguez work on Uncanny X-Force was really intriguing.

  3. Are you sure Activity & Chin Music are coming out this week? It’s not listed anywhere but on here it’s not even on image site.

  4. There appear to be some inconsistencies we need to sort out. Hell, either way, get them next week?

  5. Wow, all of these seem interesting! Optic Nerve especially caught my eye. But it’s not a light week for me. 🙁 I’ll see if I can still manage them.

  6. Yes, I can be won over with Pokemon references.

  7. “Colliander” sounds very appealling to me, as I love Sci-Fi. I just hope it’s not like “Nowhere Men”, because…y’know, I only have so much money (I buried all my gold in the backyard).

    PS, appreciate the “O, Brother Where Art Thou?” reference.