- Posted by Giaco Furino
- On February 24, 2016
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This week – Dirk Gently, Witchfinder General, Futurama, and Founding Fathers Funnies.
Marvel’s got their cinematic universe set to take over our universe. DC’s got some of the most globally-recognizable hero brands in the world. So what about everyone else? Each week, I take a look at a few comics released by smaller publishers. From companies owned by the “big two” to the smallest of the small presses, check in with Indie Comics Watch, and see what else is out there.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: A Spoon Too Short #1 (IDW)
Based on the final story Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams worked on before his passing, Spoon Too Short tells the story of one of detective Gently’s strangest cases. The story, though adapted by Arvind Ethan David, is pure Adams. The artwork in this issue is so detailed and exacting that it’s impossible to ignore. If you’re anything like me, you’ll spend most of your time with this book just devouring all the tiny details in the panels.
The Witchfinder General #2 (Devil’s Due/1First Comics)
This comic has tons of elements I really love. First, it focuses on an intern who gets in over his head. As an intern for all sorts of new media companies in the mid-2000’s… I can sympathize. Second, it features all sorts of paranormal activity, like ghosts, hauntings, monsters, and secrets. What’s not to love? Don’t go into this comic expecting any connection to the 1968 film of the same name (because, duh), but do go into it expecting a damn good time!
Futurama Comics #78 (Bongo Comics)
I’m always so behind the times with Bongo Comics. I used to inhale all the Simpsons and Bart Simpson comics they put out as a kid, but I’ve slacked off severely. So imagine my surprise to stumble upon Futurama Comics #78. 78!? Whoa, go team Bongo! This issue sees Bender pretending to be an orphan so a rich off-planet Daddy Warbucks-type will adopt him. If you’re a fan of Futurama, you’ve got to tune in to this comic.
*Pick of the Week*
Founding Father Funnies (Dark Horse Comics)
Historian and cartoonist Peter Bagge’s amazing work Founding Father Funnies is finally collected with this release. These aren’t simple lambasts of famous historical figures, this isn’t just Jefferson slipping on a banana peel, these are historically-minded retellings of famous figures during the American Revolution. For the history-obsessed to the “casual fan of the past,” this collection is a must-have… and I’m so excited to see it finally getting a full run.