Saturday, October 19, 2013

SWEET AS: The Best From IDW Publishing's January 2014 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. From the Ghostbusters / X-Files crossover to the countdown to G.I. Joe Real American Hero #200, when I'm looking at the best and new releases from IDW for January 2014, these comics make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 COVER OF THE MONTH:  PAUL GULACY
 G.I. JOE: SPECIAL MISSIONS VOL2 

If I had a motorbike, I would look this cool. Everything about this cover hits the high grade, not just because it stars Zartan and the Dreadnoks but even the colouring is out of this world!

IDW says: When a COBRA satellite crashes into the Australian outback, Scarlett and the Special Missions team enters the race to retrieve it but the murderous, marauding, motorcycle maniacs who call themselves the Dreadnoks are in the neighborhood too, led by Zartan!

(W) Chuck Dixon (A) Will Rosado, S L Gallant, Jamal Igle

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME: 

JUDGE DREDD: MEGA-CITY TWO #1 (of 5)
(W) Douglas Wolk (A) Ulises Farinas
With hyper-detailed art by Ulises Farinas (Glory), Dredd is sent packing to Mega-City Two, a sprawling city covering 5,000 square miles of the Californian West Coast and centered in what was once known as Los Angeles, where he soon discovers that they do things differently there.

 THE NEWBIES:

PURGATORY #1 (of 5)
(W) Joe Halpin Sr. (A) Juan Francisco Guerrero
As night brings the terror of the Dark Souls, ex-cop Jake Ryan struggles to make sense of his surroundings as people vie for power in a world that rewards the bold and enslaves the weak.

THE X-FILES: CONSPIRACY #1 (of 2)
(W) Paul Crilley (A) John Stanisci
The event of the year begins here! When The Lone Gunmen discover files from future, they learn a plague will wipe out most of humanity. This leads the X-Files crew to investigate several urban legends: a group of ghost-hunters, mutant turtles, shape-changing alien robots, and a vengeful spirit from beyond the grave!

THE X-FILES: CONSPIRACY GHOSTBUSTERS
(W) Erik Burnham (A) Salvador Navarro
The Lone Gunmen investigate their first lead, the Ghostbusters. Are they frauds and charlatans, bilking unwitting clients out of money? Or do they have special insight into the afterlife?

MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDS FOREVER #1
(W) Alex de Campi (A) Carla Speed McNeil
A new ongoing, fun-filled team-up comic! Dedicated to exploring the magic that arises from friendship, this issue sees Applejack and Pinkie Pie enter a baking contest, with messy culinary hijinks!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: UTROM EMPIRE #1 (of 3)
(W) Paul Allor (A) Andy Kuhn
At the Technodrome, Krang’s plans to destroy the Earth are ramping up. Little does he know that Baxter Stockman plans to harness its power for himself! As the two villains scheme, one imprisoned robot holds the key to success—Fugitoid!

BASIL WOLVERTON'S WEIRD WORLDS: ARTIST'S EDITION 
(W and A) Basil Wolverton
With each page printed the same size as drawn, scanned from the original art, this edition showcases Basil Wolverton. One of the most unusual, innovative and influential cartoonists of all time. Featuring an incredible array of comics, zany characters and a selection of his classic end of the world illustrations!

BATMAN: THE SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER COMICS VOL1 1966 - 67
(W) Whitney Ellsworth (A) Shelly Moldoff, Joe Giella, Carmine Infantino
The original Batman newspaper strips collected for the first time!
The series boasted art by DC stalwarts Shelly Moldoff, Joe Giella, and Carmine Infantino. This volume, features Catwoman, the Penguin, the Joker, Poison Ivy, and Batgirl!

 What do you think?  For the full list of IDW's January 2014 solicitations, click the jump!

6 comments:

  1. The Dreadnok cover alone is enough to buy the issue. The artist has captured the essence of the doughnut eating, grape soda drinking hardheads perfectly.

    If the people at G.I.Joe would give these guys a little rope to move, truly individualize themselves without Zartan having to be present all the time we could get some stories that are Dreadnok jewels.

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  2. I'd like to add to Tiger's praise of the Special Missions cover, that to me, Zartan looks a lot like Alice Cooper, but with a brown hood.
    Maybe it's just me;)

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  3. I thought that too Dale so you're not alone there!

    Hey OA glad there's another Dreadnok fan out there! I always wanted Cobras best brother and sister duo to get more of the spotlight, but Destroy and Baroness always seemed to grab it first.

    There are so many almost could've been cool mercs in comics. Right now I'm re-reading issues of Night Thrasher featuring the Bengal Tiger. Man I thought he was wicked.

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  4. Fella's G.I.Joe is my collecting foundation. I can almost verbally give you every file card dossier verbatim. Retell every comic story from 1 thru about 58 in specific detail. I'm putting on for my city a little but not much. I know who these characters are and who they should be. I'm all in.

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  5. Oh, Dan, Bengal's first appearance is bad ass comics gold. I could never understand why he didn't pop up more in New Warriors and everywhere else.

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  6. I dug those file cards OA. Even for figures like The Vipers and henchmen, I kept them all in an ice cream container for ages so they wouldn't get damaged. I only had three joes, Stalker, Law and Order and Dialtone, so most of mine were Cobras but still just as sweet.

    Glad you like the joeness mate! As for Bengal I'm with you on that one. I always thought he'd at least pop up in Punisher a few times.

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