This Week's Must-Have Comics: March 14, 2012

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It's almost Wednesday, and you know that means a fresh load of comics and graphic novels! With so much stuff hitting your local comics store or digital storefront, BF is here to lead you through the woods with our handy overview of books you can't afford to miss on March 14.

Make sure to check the site tomorrow too, as we take an in-depth look at another big release this week in our weekly Guiding Lines column: Saga #1.

Art of Molly Crabapple SC Vol.1 Week in Hell (IDW Publishing) $7.99

Artist Molly Crabapple, creator of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School and a sizeable catalogue of comics work, releases Art of Molly Crabapple SC Vol.1 Week in Hell this week, a chronicle of her Kickstarter birthday project

Locking herself in a rented hotel room for five days, Molly covered the walls in endless amounts of white-paper, and with a vast amount of Sharpie pens in hand, went to work pushing herself beyond her studio, tried-and-true characters, and her comfort zone.  With pages upon pages of photographs by Steve Prue, and a foreword by Warren Ellis, Art of Molly Crabapple SC Vol.1 Week in Hell is sure to be a once in a lifetime chance to see an amazing artist completely wrapped in her element.


Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures #1 (Red 5 Comics) $2.75

At long last, the lost and untold stories of Atomic Robo!  Brian Clevinger is sure to thrill and surprise long-time fans with brand new tales about Robo, Dr. Dinosaur, and Sparrow!  The always funny series known for uncanny science adventures, warring Nazis, and now The Last Stand of the Commie-Bots, is sure to pack each and every new page with gut-busting robotic exploits.  With the hint of a new guest star, moreover, what fan won’t find Real Science Adventures #1 enticing?


Conan the Barbarian #2 (Dark Horse Comics) $3.50

From Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan, co-creators of the highly acclaimed and much beloved Demo, comes issue two of their bold take on Conan the Barbarian.  In this second installment of the brand new series, Wood continues his swashbuckling adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s Queen of the Black Coast featuring a much leaner and brasher, though no less lethal, take on the famed Cimmerian. 

At the end of only one issue, alarms have been sounded and death is on the horizon breaking waves at full-sail, how will Conan escape the deathly grip of Tigress the Pirate Queen?


Crossed Badlands #1 (Avatar Press) $3.99

The original creative team behind one of the most horrifying and violent survivor-horror series of all time returns with the bi-weekly Crossed Badlands.  The first volume of Crossed, written by the amazing Garth Ennis and drawn by Jacen Burrows, offered an intense and dark look into a world where humanity is destroyed and quickly sinking into hell.  How the pair will be able to top those nightmares is difficult to imagine, but they will surely try in the first issue, guaranteed. 

Be prepared to witness the unthinkable and the horrific, “There is no help.  There is no hope.  There is no escape.  There is only the Crossed.”


Glory #24 (Image Comics) $2.99

Though Glory #23 was a rough start for the return of the famed female hero, with the necessary introductions out the way, writer Joe Keatinge will be free to study the character of Glory.  Glory is a rarity among an industry packed like sardines with every possible uber-masculine male hero making way onto the page. 

With her blood-splattered history carrying just as much value as her heroic feats, Glory is worth exploring on both an action-focused and character-based level.  Long time fans are sure to be bewildered by Glory’s predicament following the shocking conclusion of issue #23, making this week’s offering and imminent explanation a must read.  


Peter Panzerfaust #2 (Image Comics) $3.50

Peter Panzerfaust #1 was, without a doubt, February’s smash hit release.  Kurtis J. Wiebe’s magical story of a tight-knit brotherhood caught in between some of World War II’s most destructive battles was made all the more enticing with the addition of the mysterious Peter.  Peter’s almost miraculous arrival in the nick of time to save his newly adopted comrades surely left readers dying to know more about the heroic stranger. 

The stage has been set, the characters have taken their places, and Wiebe is sure to begin to explore the mystery behind Peter and his almost magical abilities.  According to Image Comics, Peter Panzerfaust #2 has already sold out, a testament to the amazing story to be sure, but also a great motivator to rush out and buy it!


Saucer Country #1 (Vertigo Comics) $2.99

Saucer Country, from Demon Knights and Action Comics scribe Paul Cornell, instantly sounds like the type of strange and unique tale readers would expect to find at Vertigo Comics.  Starring Arcadia Alvarado, a Mexican-American Democratic governor running for President, Saucer Country will mix the ruthless world of politics with the most alien of supernatural stories. 

Believing herself to be abducted by malignant extra-terrestrials, Arcadia carries a deadly secret that will affect not only her candidacy, but the fate of the world.  With artist Ryan Kelly bringing Arcadia’s political struggle and her UFO encounters to life against the backdrop of the haunting Southwest, Paul Cornell’s Saucer Country #1 without a doubt is the start of one weird and wonderful mystery.


The Secret History of DB Cooper #1 (Oni Press) $3.99

DB Cooper has spent the past 40 years at the top of the FBI’s most wanted list, accused of high-jacking an airliner that made him infamous across the United States.  The life that led Cooper to his final act of crime is about to be explored and revealed in The Secret History of DB Cooper#1

Written and drawn by Brian Churilla, Secret History promises to take readers on a high-octane Cold War rollercoaster, with the CIA and the Soviets waging psyching war against each other.  As Cooper’s mind and body deteriorates from the stresses of psyching warfare, however, will Churilla blur the line between friend and foe, home and enemy?  The mystery of DB Cooper’s life is sure to be too intense, and the stakes too high, not to follow.

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  • Richard Boom

    Richard Boom Mar 12, 2012 at 1:30pm

    nice ones! FOR ME

    Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eater Saga Volume 2 TP,
    Nancy In Hell On Earth #2,
    Warlord Of Mars #16

    and tradewaiting
    Fathom Kiani Volume 2 #0

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