December 12, 2017

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Catch It at the Comic Shop December 13th, 2017

Welcome to Catch it at the Comic Shop, where the Panel Patter team looks at what's coming out at your favorite store or digital device this week. Each one of us that participates picks up to four single issues or trades for your consideration, with a little bit about why we like it. 

James' Picks:



Lady Killer vol. 2 by Joelle Jones and Michelle Madsen, published by Dark Horse Comics.
I loved the first volume of Lady Killer which was based around the general premise of "what if Betty Draper was secretly a mob hit-woman on the side?"  It had an engaging, violent story and sexy, stylish, terrifically detailed and period-accurate art from Joelle Jones. This time around Jones is writer and artist, and I'm very excited to check it out.


Rumble #1 by John Arcudi, David Rubin and Dave Stewart, published by Image Comics.
Rumble was a terrific series written by John Arcudi, with art from James Harren and colors from Dave Stewart. It was a terrific dark urban-set fantasy series, and was highly engaging. It looks like the series is being restarted, this time with David Rubin on art. I'll miss Harren's work but I absolutely love Rubin's work, so I think the series will continue to be in terrific artistic hands, particularly given that Stewart will be providing excellent colors.



Retcon #4 by Matt Nixon, Toby Cypress and Matt Kroetzer, published by Image Comics.
This has been a delightful and weird surprise this year. It appears to be wrapping up and I suggest getting it in trade. Retcon is a fantasy/sci-fi series, where each issue it becomes clear that there's more and more going on. It's an engagingly absurd story, and if you want to draw the weird and psychedelic, there's few better than Toby Cypress to take that on. He's a fantastic artist, and this is a fun book.


Dept. H by Matt and Sharlene Kindt, published by Dark Horse Comics.
I just really love this book. It's an engaging story that continues to build, as we've simultaneously followed a cast of characters trapped at the bottom of the ocean, and we've taken looks at the past of each of these characters. Everyone has a complicated history, and this book really is delving into each of their lives in a deep way. Matt Kindt's art (with terrific colors from Sharlene Kindt) has never been better, this is really worth a look.