This Week's Must-Have Comics: May 30, 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 May 30th.

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: Grim Leaper #1.

Animal Man Annual
Jeff Lemire (W), Timothy Green (A), DC Comics, $4.99

It is no secret that Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man stands head and shoulders above almost every superhero title on the stands.  In Animal Man Annual, however, Lemire finally gets the opportunity to develop the untold historic struggle between Buddy Baker’s “The Red,” Alec Holland’s “The Green,” and the life-devouring “Rot.”  Not only will this relationship have a major impact on the future of the DC Universe, but it also gives Lemire the opportunity to develop an interconnection between multiple titles that will make the DC U feel all the more interrelated.


Batman Annual
Scott Snyder (W), Jason Fabok (A), DC Comics, $4.99

Not only will this oversized issue give acclaimed writer Scott Snyder the chance to expand upon his Court of Owls themes, but this year’s Batman Annual more importantly finally reintroduces Mr. Freeze to DC’s New 52.  One of Batman’s most interesting and layered, though no less deadly, foes, Mr. Freeze’s new relationship with the Court will make his debut all the more exciting.  Will Freeze be an ally or enemy to the Court?  Only Snyder’s Batman Annual will reveal the truth.


BPRD Hell on Earth The Transformation of JH O’Donnel
Mike Mignola (W), Scott Allie (A), Dark Horse Comics, $3.50

Told through the eyes of Professor O’Donnel, BPRD Hell on Earth The Transformation of JH O’Donnel will divulge the secrets of the BPRD’s supernatural world from the start of Hellboy’s career began.  The kindly Professor has spent the last twenty-four years hidden away in the secret library of a deceased necromancer; what unspeakable horror could O’Donnel have learned over the past two and half decades?  Only Mike Mignola, acclaimed creator of Hellboy’s universe, could possibly spin this supernatural web together.


FF #18
Jonathan Hickman (W), Nick Dragotta (A), Marvel Comics, $2.99

Jonathan Hickman’s Future Foundation is one incredibly fun title.  In the upcoming 18th issue, the young Franklin and Valeria Richards take off to Africa for a safari of a lifetime, a true field trip unlike any other.  What they find, however, is a brand-new member to join the ranks of the Future Foundation, and just how this mysterious new character will impact the FF’s dynamic is all but unsure. 


Grim Leaper #1
Kurtis J. Wiebe (W), Aluisio Santos (A), Image Comics, $ 3.50

Imagine how bizarre life could be if you lived the lives, and deaths, of Lou Collins.  Caught in an unending cycle of violent and horrific deaths, only to be reborn in a new body, Grim Leaper chronicles Collins’ search for understanding, and a way to break out of his unceasing curse.   Much to Collins’ surprise, however, he is not the only tragic victim of circumstance, as he meets Ella who is similarly caught in an endless loop.  What kind of romance could be based on such morbid and strange things in common?  Pick up Grim Leaper to find out.


Lovely Horrible Stuff HC
Eddie Campbell (W and A), Top Shelf Productions, $14.95

Combining equal parts “research, anecdote, autobiography, and fantasy,” Eddie Campbell (From Hell, Alec) tackles the complex world of personal finance.  The premise alone is unique enough to warrant more than a fair amount of interest (no pun intended), yet Campbell aims to craft a story that is much more than an overview of economic ideas.  In Lovely Horrible Stuff HC, Campbell explores money’s impact on the world, through commerce, relationships, and more. Considering how our world has crashed, only to slowly pick up the pieces over the recent four years, Lovely Horrible Stuff could be the perfect companion for the curious reader.


The Ravagers #1
Howard Mackie (W), Ian Churchill (A), DC Comics, $2.99

DC Comics continues to release its Second Wave of New 52 titles with Howard Mackie and Ian Churchill’s, The Ravagers.  Building off of threads planted in Teen Titans, Superboy, Legion Lost, and The Culling, The Ravagers claims to have it all: action, characters, and far-off worlds.  More than most of the previous Second Wave offerings, The Ravagers seems to be fostering a cohesive connection within the DC Universe that will create a ton of new exciting opportunities for its cast of heroes.  With The Ravagers #1 readers will have a chance to jump-in to not only a brand-new title, but a new stepping stone into the DC Universe.


Ultimate Comics Ultimates #11
Jonathan Hickman (W), Sam Humphries (W), Luke Ross (A), Marvel Comics, $3.99

The possibilities are endless when the talents of Jonathan Hickman and Sam Humphries meet to pen a brand-new direction for Marvel’s Ultimates line.  Hickman’s brand of complex and fantastic stories should be well known by now, but rising star Sam Humphries (Our Love Is Real, Sacrifice, Higher Earth) may be relatively unknown to the Marvel’s fanbase.  Humphries’ knack for writing offbeat stories is a perfect match for Hickman’s style, and the continuity-free setting of Marvel’s Ultimate line could not be a better place for the two minds to run wild.  Ultimate Comics Ultimates #11 is well worth the investment to see just how big Hickman and Humphries’ story will become.

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  • Richard Boom

    Richard Boom May 28, 2012 at 3:27pm

    Ian Churchill is ROCKING those pages off Ravagers! Been seeing some online and wow wow WOW I say!!

    And Ultimate Comics Ultimates... I will have them all eventually!!

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