Neil The Geek Father’s Weekly #1 Picks for 9th August 2017

Single comics have taken a step back for me over the past week. Since taking delivery of The Crow by James O’Barr, that has been the majority of my reading. Thanks to Mike The Mutant for the recommendation from a previous Your Mom’s Basement episode. Having only ever watched the film it’s great to get further insight into the background of this wonderful graphic novel.

Last Week’s Picks

Sadly I cannot comment on Spiritus as this hasn’t yet appeared on Comixology here in the UK. Reviews online state a “fantastic debut” which comes as no surprise when Tim Daniel is writing. Elsewhere had some fast paced story-telling that dropped you straight into the action and finished with one hell of a final page.

This Week’s Picks

Redlands – Image Comics
W: Jordie Bellaire, Vanesa Del Rey
A: Vanesa Del Rey

Jordie Bellaire is a two-time Eisner winning colourist who has worked on projects that include… well, just think of a big two project and she has more than likely been colourist for that project. Ones that pop to mind are Avengers, All-Star Batman, Captain Marvel, Star Wars, Superman and Spider-Man the list goes on and on. Jordie has teamed up with artist Vanesa Del Rey to bring us one of my most anticipated comics of 2017, Redlands.

From my knowledge, Jordie Bellaire has not penned much in the past. Looking through comicbookdb it would seem a Vertigo Quarterly and Dark Horse Presents are the only credits to her name. Do not be put off by this. For someone that’s highly acclaimed in her work, who has worked with some exceptional writers, she has the background to write something incredibly interesting.

I for one cannot wait to see what someone who has mostly dabbled in the superhero genre, brings to a horror indie title.

That is why I am making Redlands my top pick of the new #1 comics this week.

REDLANDS introduces readers to the sleepy, sunny town of Redlands, Florida where the police are failing to maintain control of their old-fashioned town and a coven of killer witches plan to take everything from them.





Mister Miracle
Mister Miracle – DC Comics
W: Tom King
A: Mitch Gerads

Another Eisner award makes the cut for picks this week. Tom King, who took the award at this years Eisner’s for his writing on Marvel’s The Vision in the Best Limited Series category. Again another highly acclaimed book that I still haven’t got round to reading. King has since gone on to take over Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s five year run on Batman, which is no easy task.

Mister Miracle may not be known to many readers, so let’s give you a brief overview.

Created by Jack Kirby in the early 70’s, Mister Miracle aka Scott Free is the son of the Highfather, ruler of a peaceful world known as New Genesis. As part of a diplomatic move to stop all out war with the planet Apokolips, Highfather agreed to exchange heirs with DC comics big bad, Darkseid. The exchange guaranteed that neither side would attack the other. As you can imagine Scott rebelled against Apokolips, escaped (he has Super Escape Artist abilities) and Darkseid took it upon himself to then revive the war against New Genesis.

King stated in an interview with Nerdist that he wanted to do a modern take on Mister Miracle, quoted as saying:

“Right now, it feels like there’s nowhere to run. And the rules that I once thought made sense don’t make sense anymore, and it just feels like we’re all in this together and there’s no way out, and we can’t escape. And what better way to write about that feeling than with the God of Escape? It seemed like a good fit.”

DC is a publisher that I never really got on board with. No fault of anyone but myself as I grew up a Marvel fan boy (not so much currently). Due to King writing and the amount of praise he gets from Comic Black Book community, I will surely pick this one up.

Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness’ gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, the former female fury known as Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, which counted him among its ranks.

You might say Scott Free has everything…so why isn’t it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick—except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out.

VERY quiet week for #1 comics this week hence only two picks.

What are you picking up? Something different? Let us know in the comments below.

Oh and I almost forgot … READ MORE COMICS!