Welcome to “Cheat Sheet,” ROBOT 6′s guide to the week ahead. Between a release party at Bergen Street Comics for the collections of Change and Strange Attractors and (deep breath) Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience, New York City appears to be the place for comics events this week.
But before you start packing your bags, there’s a healthy list of new releases arriving in stores Wednesday, ranging from the aforementioned Change, by Ales Kot and Morgan Jeske, to the debut of Lazarus, which reunites Greg Rucka and Michael Lark. But that barely scratches the surface.
‘Change’ and ‘Strange Attractors’ release party and Wizard World NYC Experience
Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn plays host Wednesday evening to a release party for the collections of Change and Strange Attractors, featuring their respective writers Ales Kot and Charles Soule. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., will include a book signing and discussion, accompanied by drinks. Bergen Street Comics is located at 470 Bergen St., Brooklyn.
It was much simpler when each of the Wizard World stable of shows was simply called “Wizard World” followed by the name of the city. But each year, the titles seem to get a little longer, so that we’re left with events like Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience, which is either a laser light show or another way to say Wizard World New York.
Whatever they, and you, choose to call it, the three-day convention — it’s held Friday through Sunday at Pier 36 in New York City — is still what you’ve come to expect from the Wizard World brand, namely a mix of comics and media guests (though significantly heavier on the latter than the former).
On the comics front, it features the likes of Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Mike Zeck, Carlos Pacheco, Humberto Ramos, Neal Adams, Greg Pak, Michael Golden, Rich Buckler, J.G. Jones and Greg Horn. Television and movie guests include Patrick Stewart, Norman Reedus, Ralph Macchio, Whil Wheaton, Parm Grier, James Marsters, Laurie Holden, Michael Rooker, Anthony Michael Hall, Henry Winkler, Dennis O’Hare and Chandler Riggs.
ROBOT 6 contributors name their top choices from among the comic books, and comics-related books, scheduled to arrive in stores this week. We welcome readers to highlight their picks in the comments below.
Age of Ultron #10 A.I.
After being disappointed in the great black-bagged ending of Age of Ultron #10, I’m hoping that Age of Ultron #10 A.I. will be the conclusion I so crave. Why did the Age of Ultron happen? What were we supposed to learn? What’s next for Hank Pym, the deus ex machina of the whole affair? If anyone’s going to bring me some closure and character development to this event, it’s going to be Mark Waid, and while this will mostly focus on our reluctant hero and (sigh) another redemptive arc to wash at his sins, at least it will be something to hang on to. — Carla Hoffman
Atomic Robo and the Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur #1
Even though the concept of a supervillainous dromaeosaur is inarguably awesome, Dr. Dinosaur has never been the main adversary in an official Atomic Robo miniseries. Instead, he’s made a series of appearances in Free Comic Book Day one-shots and a back-up story or two. That’s all about to change with this newest story that will finally settle whether the Thinking Theropod is threat enough to keep Robo & Co. hopping for five issues. Though based on the previous work of Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener, I’m 100 percent confident we already know the answer to that. — Michael May
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 #1
This week kicks off a new series of anthology comics set in the world of David Petersen’s Mouse Guard. It’s a chance to enjoy Petersen’s beautiful art (in the framing tale) and several other creative talents in a series of short, self-contained stories that can be read without any knowledge of the larger series. Contributors to this first issue include Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Ben Caldwell (The Dare Detectives), and Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn (The Awakening). There is quite a bit of variation in both the art and the tone of the stories; you can see samples on the catalog page. This looks like a promising follow-up to the first Legends of the Guard, which won an Eisner Award for best anthology. — Brigid Alverson
If you ever read Gotham Central when Greg Rucka and Michael Lark were part of the all-star creative team, then you probably don’t need me to tell you anything about their latest collaboration, Lazarus. I imagine it’s already on your “to buy” list. For everyone else, Rucka and Lark have teamed up on a new Image book set in a post-financial meltdown world, where countries and states have given way to territories ruled by families. Each family has a Lazarus, a champion to settle disputes and take out their enemies. The Lazarus for the Carlyle family, which runs the American West Coast, is Forever, who believes she’s the family’s youngest daughter, and her “father” keeps her under control by maintaining that illusion. No doubt that will change at some point. — JK Parkin
Bringing immediacy through bold, thick lines and select use of colors, Dash Shaw’s next big release tells the story of a boy struggling with isolation and alienation after being moved to a new country. Anyone who has had to be the new kid in school or had to adjust to a new culture will probably relate and Shaw’s expressionistic art is bound to capture the emotional experience unlike any other artist. Also watch for ’90s pop-culture references throughout. Shaw drawing the X-Men could be worth the price alone. — Corey Blake
Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire reunite this October for Justice League 3000, but Giffen and DeMatteis launch a new ongoing series (alongside artist Scott Kolins) with this week’s Larfleeze. I’m curious to see how this is received, because the last time the Orange Lantern headlined a book was 2010’s Christmas Special, and his backup series apparently wasn’t enough to bolster sales of Threshold. Still, I’ll be checking out the new series because it’s Giffen, DeMatteis and Kolins, each of whom knows how to make worthwhile superhero comics. — Tom Bondurant
Change, Vol. 1
A lot of people whose opinions I trust have been raving about this comic, telling me it’s just up my street, and I’ve been patiently trade-waiting to find out for myself. It has a fairly pulpy-sounding plot: Lovecraftian creatures bring about the end of the world (or as writer Ales Kot expands, “Los Angeles is going to die in two days and the only people who can save it are a screenwriter turned car thief, a rapper turned producer, an astronaut on his way back from one of Jupiter’s moons, and a little boy hidden inside a bigger boy”), but Kot is too interesting a writer for the story to play out in anything other than an original manner, and the auteurs of the far-out he’s claimed as influencing the piece (Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Philip K. Dick and Richard Kelly, amongst others) are definitely my kind of freaks. — Mark Kardwell