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 five items due out this week, with a little bit about why we like them. (NOTE: We use solicitation material for this, so if we miss creators, please talk to your publisher!) Sometimes we might only have a few items to share, other weeks, keeping it to five will make for hard choices. Here's what the team wanted to highlight this week...
Second Coming: Only Begotten Son #2 by Mark Russell, Richard Pace, Leonard Kirk, Andy Troy & Rob Steen, published by AhoyI really need to be honest here: I’m pretty sure this comic series was written with me specifically in mind. Russell & Co. join forces to tell the untold story of Christ alongside Sunstar in a world not too far removed of our own. The hilarious first season of the sacrilegious (is it though?) story originally rejected by a mainstream publisher has proven to have life beyond the controversy. Second Coming speaks to the hypocrisy of the modern religious, the blindly organized, and the corporate theological elite. While the first season spent most pages dissecting the eventual (?) second coming amid our current hyper religious tribalistic present, this second season focuses again on Christ’s predictable disappointment with human behaviors but also with God’s second go at divine offspring. This title is more than a story of Christ in a world similar to our own. It is instead criticism on a portion of society who deems themselves morally sovereign while everything about their existence proves otherwise. And all of this narrative comes from the creative team known for their satiric perspective. This one is no different. Followers of Christ who find this story offensive are either unwilling to self-reflect or were created in His image but lack the sense of humor He gave in abundance to those of us who know no limit for the rewatching of old episodes of The Office. Conversely, followers of Christ who find this series as a breath of fresh air... you and I are probably long lost bff’s and I look forward to better knowing you. Ahoy has a hit here, and I beg you all to read this series that has just begun.
Having decided that this year is the year I go fully trade and collected stories only, it’s a pleasure to find something I was reading in single issues in 2020. I read the first 2 issues of Bleed Them Dry and found it to be an interesting read but felt it would be better in collected form. Set so far in the future, the year 3333, that surely no-one can compare the actual year 3333 as we did in 2019 with both Blade Runner and Akira. Vampires now live alongside human beings in a Japanese mega-city called Asylum but when vampires start being targeted by a lone killer, Detective Halloway and her vampire partner Atticus Black must stem a growing worry from the vampire population. Bleed Them Dry looks to be a very strong detective story and yes vampire stories have been done to death but adding that they can now live happily alongside humans is a great addition. Oh and did I mention there is a fantastic limited cover by Yoshitaka Amano, the illustrator behind the Vampire Hunter D series
Immortal Hulk Flatline #1 by Declan Shalvey, published by Marvel Comics
There have been a few of these Immortal Hulk one-shots, and they've al been terrific. There was one written by Jeff Lemire and drawn by Mike Del Mundo that was excellent, and this new one is written and drawn by Declan Shalvey. I've loved Shalvey's work since I first encountered it in Moon Knight (written by Warren Ellis). Since then, I've loved his work as an artist (Injection) and also really been interested to see his development as a writer (Bog Bodies). I think he's an excellent, detailed storyteller, and I'm excited to see what he brings to the already-amazing Immortal Hulk mythos.