- Posted by Giaco Furino
- On September 9, 2015
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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 Watch, and see what else is out there.
Week of September 9, 2015
The Bunker #14 (ONI Press)
At the brink of annihilation, in a future where the world is ending, a group of people send themselves back in time to warn their younger selves about their impending doom. In this issue, tempers flare, accusations are tossed around, and… The comic does a terrible job of catching the reader up. Before you read this, go back and read everything else if you want to have any idea what’s going on. The artwork is astounding, at times painstakingly detailed, at times emotively scribbled. But as for plot, well… you’re going to have to send yourself back in time and read the issues as they come out to catch up (or check out The Bunker Vol. 1 & 2, I guess).
Mirror’s Edge: Exordium #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
Fans of the classic parkour-inspired video game Mirror’s Edge take note! This new series charts the backstory of Faith, the famous runner, and shows how and why she got her start. Billed as leading up to the new video game, this comic’s very sleek. The artwork, especially in the chase scenes, is fast-paced and easy to get caught up in.
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #723
What type of story do you expect from a Disney comic? A little lighthearted romp, light on story, big on puns and gags, right? Well, that’s here in this issue in the form of a story called “Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing” from 1949. But that doesn’t make up the majority of this comic. The majority of this comic is the story “The Search for the Zodiac Stone: Chapter 3 of 12: A Fistful of Shillings.” It’s from a 1990 Italian Disney comic anthology Topolino, and it’s 29 pages long! Holy smokes! Here’s a brief rundown: Mickey and Goofy are looking for 12 Zodiac stones that, if put together, will allow the bearer of the stone to see into the future. Scrooge McDuck, his nephews, and Donald Duck are also looking for the stone. The story starts with them in the jungles, and then continues as Scrooge recounts how he came into possession of the stone in Scotland. It’s a long, awesome, weirdly plot-heavy story. Check it out!
*Pick of the Week*
Atomic Robo: The Ring of Fire #1 (IDW)
Atomic Robo makes its triumphant IDW debut! In this new series, Robo’s dead (or he’s gone missing, or he’s gone back in time) and the action scientists are disbanded. Meanwhile, a government agency is looking to further squeeze control from the world and our heroes. Can they find Robo, or Robo’s Dead Body, or… Robo from the past? Who knows! This comic combines comedy, action, and clever science, and it’s nice to see how much the work has matured over the years. This is legit action-science!