Saturday, July 13, 2013

SWEET AS: The Best From IDW Publishing's October 2013 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's "Sweet as". From a new Samurai Jack series to the Transformers titles, when I'm looking at the best and new releases from IDW Publishing for October 2013, these comics make the 'Sweet As' grade:


Sure the modern main image is a bit of a contrast to the retro comic cover stylings - but I dig it! Corner box art is too absent from today's books if you ask me. Comics need to look like comics sometimes, and this is a masterclass in how strong that look still is!

IDW says: From bad to super bad. Exiled from the Community and on his own--can the most not-to-be-trifled-with man of international ass-kicking survive Guantanamo Bay? You can bet your sweet ass he can! And if The Man is going to force him back into the game then it's time for Black Dynamite to show them how its played. (W) Brian Ash (A) Jamal Igle and Sal Buscema


(W) Matt Smith (A) Simon Coleby
The Long Hard Road begins here, in an all-new adventure from Dredd's early days as a Mega City-One Judge.

(W and A) menton3 
Three jaded fetish models are unexpectedly thrown into a violent world full of hidden entities who feed on our memories, and decide to make the hunters the hunted.

(W and A) John Byrne 
A monster is rampant in the city, but will the mysterious Changelings of Triple Helix destroy it before they realize it's an old friend?

(W) Mike Johnson (A) Claudia Balboni 
The origin of Star Trek's greatest villain, overseen by Star Trek Into Darkness writer/producer Roberto Orci.

(W) Chris Ryall (A) Drew Moss 
A spaceship crashes into a separatist camp and reanimates the dead! Now, cut off from any military aid, it's Aliens vs. Zombies vs. Militiamen.

(W) Kevin Eastman and Tom Skulan (A) Eastman and Eric Talbot
Jina, a tough-as-nails fighter pilot sets about uncovering what reanimated the denizens of Earth's military cemeteries and more importantly, what will stop them?!

(W) Jim Zub (A) Andy Suriano
Cartoon Network's hit animated samurai 'Jack' is stranded in a strange future ruled by the demonic wizard, Aku. Can an ancient relic known as the Rope of Eons finally take him back to the past?

 What do you think?  For IDW Publishing's full October solicitations, click the jump!


  1. Gotta get back, back to the past Samurai Jack...
    Okay, now that's stuck in my head again.
    The Colonized looks right up my alley. I love straight up sci-fi comics, and there just aren't enough of them around.

  2. Triple Helix looks like a fold-out cover, so I can't be sure--but with the highlighted and enlarged "X" as well as the character on the cover being almost a dead ringer for Byrne's Cyclops (along with an odd design around the eye slits to draw our attention to the area), I'm guessing Byrne shamelessly has a few conspicuous resemblances to the X-Men in play. In a strictly business sense, I can't exactly damn the man for using his association with his old book to sell a new one; though as a reader, you naturally hope the issue's content gives the impression that he's bringing something new to the table.

  3. Thanks folks! Random, I'm glad I wasn't the only one who got an attack of theme tune-itis after reading that news. October looks to have quite a few all-ages books debut from various publishers, which is a great sign!

    Comicsfan, I think you are right. He even has ruby glasses! Mind you, Trio his last series had a sniff of the Fantastic Four to it, so maybe this series is x-panding away from that..

  4. Lovin Black Dynomite on adult swim, so it's so damn cool he has his own comic book now. He's what Luke Cage should be/should've been

  5. He sure is Dale. What I wouldn't do for a solo Luke Cage series!