(W/A/CA) Peter Bagge

Now in his 30s and married with child, Buddy shaves his head, dons an eyepatch and buys the local dump – because what better place to raise a toddler? Peter Bagge’s iconic character is a generation-defining slacker and perhaps the greatest comics character of his era. Featuring stories originally published in the Hate Annual series as well as an all-new 20-page conclusion to the story arc, this book marks the first new book of Buddy stories since the classics Buddy Does Seattle (2005) and Buddy Does Jersey (2007).

I have been waiting FOREVER for this collection! Peter Bagge’s series of HATE was one of the most influential Indy books back in the 90’s, and this book collects all of the HATE annuals from the 2000’s. It shows the natural evolution of the character Buddy, who grows with the times, but also stays relevant to the times around him, for good or bad.

Rai #1RAI #1
(W) Matt Kindt (A/CA) Clayton Crain

The year is 4001 A.D. – led by the artificial intelligence called “Father,” the island nation of Japan has expanded out of the Pacific and into geosynchronous orbit with the ravaged Earth below. With billions to feed and protect, it has fallen to one solitary guardian to enforce the law of Father’s empire – the mysterious folk hero known as Rai. They say he can appear out of nowhere. They say he is a spirit…the ghost of Japan. But when the first murder in a thousand years threatens to topple Father’s benevolent reign, Rai will be forced to confront the true face of a nation transformed…and his own long-lost humanity…

Valiant continues their streak of awesome books with the return of RAI, the hero of the future! Matt Kindt continues to show why he’s one of the best writers in the business by setting up an elegant beginning, one that gives off a sense of wonder and familiarity, but leaves you a bit of mystery. And let’s not forget the artwork by Clayton Crain, who is showing some of his best work in this book (and that is saying a lot!)

Southern Bastards #1SOUTHERN BASTARDS #1
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Jason Latour

Welcome to Craw County, Alabama, home of Boss BBQ, the state champion Runnin’ Rebs football team…and more bastards than you’ve ever seen. When you’re an angry old man like Earl Tubb, the only way to survive a place like this…is to carry a really big stick.

From the acclaimed team of JASON AARON and JASON LATOUR, the same bastards who brought you Scalped and Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted, comes a southern fried crime series that’s like the Dukes of Hazzard meets the Coen Brothers…on meth.

“I just come for the ribs.” Best. Line. Ever.

Of course, it’s the context in which makes that line so great in this book. I haven’t been this excited about a Jason Aaron book since SCALPED… and it did not disappoint. Oh, and the artwork of Jason Latour is phenomenal! This is easily going to be another in the long line of hits from Image.

Honorable Mentions

The next chapter in the continuing adventures of Peter Parker continues with a bang!

The Hulk vs the Abomination!

Dan Slott and Mike Allred continue their awesome BBC version of Silver Surfer!