Neil The Geek Father’s Weekly #1 Picks for 20th September 2017

Humble apologies for the complete lack of posts this month. Family holiday, a lack of new number ones due to “the 5th week” curse, plus work on a new project for Comic Black Book, have all taken up my spare time.

Speaking of that new project. Geeks n’ Booze will be a new fortnightly LIVE show streamed on Comic Black Book’s Twitch channel, hosted by myself. Wednesday evenings from 9pm GMT, myself and fellow members of the CBB community will be discussing a main subject and also giving our recommendations on what you should be reading and watching.

The show should of started tonight (20th September) but with me constantly coughing my guts up we’ve decided to postpone till next Wednesday (27th September). So please come and join us for some banter and booze.

The previous post picks

The Hard Place (I keep saying The Hard Way) is a comic that oozes street. Rummel’s art and Kirchoff’s colours hit your eyes so hard that you would believe you’re literally in Detroit. Not much action takes place within the first issue but Wagner knows how to introduce you to the main protagonist. Like with Plastic, Wagner has a way of really making you feel for the lead and with A.J Gurney you truly want him to get on the straight and narrow. Something you know is not going to be quite so easy.

Generations: The Unworthy Thor and The Mighty Thor. Listen I’ll be honest, I wasn’t overly impressed with this at all. Yes, I ranted on about event comics and how Jason Aaron is one of best writers around at the moment. But no. Odinson just came across as a dick and the ending just left it open to ANOTHER event that I will not be purchasing.

This Week’s Picks

Dark Ark (Aftershock Comics)

Story: Cullen Bunn, Art: Juan Doe, Letterer: Ryane Hill

Cullen Bunn is recognized by most readers for his work with the big 2 of Marvel and DC. For me, it’s his comics on BOOM, Oni Press, Dark Horse and now Aftershock.

Bunn’s horror stories are regularly missed by the masses and that’s something that has to change. Seek out titles like Regression (Image Comics), Harrow County (Dark Horse Comics) and the incredibly creepy The Unsound (BOOM! Studios). The latter being a comic that is currently riding high on my top ten of 2017.

The moment I saw the cover for Dark Ark I was instantly pulled in, blood red sky, tentacled beast and demonic looking figurehead. Bunn seems to be delivering us a reverse Noah’s ark story, where the unnatural beasts of the earth are being saved from an imminent flood. I love me some biblical stories that are twisted in a different direction, see Clive Barker and Mark Miller’s Next Testament and Jason Aaron’s The Goddamned to get the same obsession.

“The wickedness of mankind has moved the Creator to destroy the world by way of the flood. Noah has been tasked with building an ark to save his family and the animals of the world. But this is not Noah’s story. For darker powers have commanded the sorcerer Shrae to build his own ark and save the unnatural creatures of the world—such as the vampires, the dragons, the naga, and the manticore. But what will happen on a vessel crawling with monsters, where insidious intrigue and horrific violence are the rule of law?”

Also, is it just me or is Bunn churning out a tonne of comics lately? The guy must be a machine. X-Men: Blue, The Unsound, RegressionUnholy Grail and that’s just a select few from this year, there’s more!!

A final reason to pick this one up is the art. Juan Doe is the artist and his previous work was on the sci-fi epic World Reader. A comic that I still need to catch up on but if you haven’t seen the art then feast your eyes on the below image.

Due to how much I love Cullen Bunn’s horror stories and Juan Doe’s art, I am making Dark Ark my top pick of the new #1 comics this week.


Gasolina (Skybound/Image Comics)

Story: Sean Mackiewicz, Artist: Niko Walter, Colorist: Mat Lopes

Horror comics… lots and lots of horror comics. That was something I was close to complaining about a few months back. But in all honesty I can’t, because the quality of horror themed comics hitting the shelves lately is exceptional.

The Belfry, Aliens: Dead Orbit, Harrow County, The Unsound and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Yes that’s right, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is haunting as hell!

From reading an interview with writer Sean Mackiewicz, Gasolina for once doesn’t make a play of the vampire mythos which seems to be doing the rounds currently. Instead it mixes a grounded human story involving a Mexican drug cartel, while adding a supernatural twist to bring out the horror theme.

Niko Walter heading up the art is a relative newcomer to me. But seeing his art in early previews of the comic Demonic he definitely has the skill for some incredibly gruesome art.

“Fugitives. Rebels. Newlyweds. In their journey south from El Norte, Amalia and Randy have played many roles in order to survive. Now, they must become unlikely leaders in the fight against a new cartel who uses inhuman tactics to ignite the most monstrous war Mexico – and the world – has ever seen.”

Well that’s it for another week, let me know in the comments below what you picked up this week.

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