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Here are five comics we’re really digging this month.
Richard Stark Parker’s The Score adapted and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke
The third in Darwyn Cooke’s series of crime novel adaptations, The Score sees Parker teaming up with a whole mess of criminals, for the sake of taking down an entire city. From the police force to the telephone operator, Parker and his squad treat crime like an occupation, and they carry it out like a demonic machine.
God and Science: Return of the Ti Girls by Jaime Hernandez
Collecting Jaime’s “super-hero stuff” from the last few years of Love and Rockets New Stories as well as incorporating 30 totally new pages, this oversized hardcover is one of the best looking comics you’ll find this summer. (And you’d be hard pressed to find one as clever, either.) Mixing characters you’ve never forgotten with ones you’ll barely remember, God and Science is both an excellent installment in the Love and Rockets canon as well as a great introduction to the more offbeat pleasures the series traffics in.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009 by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill
The concluding chapter in the League’s Century trilogy sees the return of Voldermort, the arrival of Malcolm Tucker, and if you know where to look, a character from Basic Instinct 2 as welland that’s not even getting into who shows up in the comic’s final showdown. The Century trilogy wasn’t without its up and downs, but if you’ve got any taste at all for Moore and O’Neil when they start cracking jokes, you won’t be disappointed. This is the funniest the League has ever been.
The Furry Trap by Josh Simmons
This isn’t a comic I’d recommend lightlyit can be very unsettling, with graphic violence and a pitch black sense of humor that won’t work for every readerbut its hard to imagine a more visceral experience coming out of comics anytime soon. Any fan of Simmons will be aware of some of the stories contained in this anthology, but few will have seen all of them, and there isn’t a misstep to be found. Is bone-curdling a phrase people use? If not, coin it here.
Fatale: Death Chases Me by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
Writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips have been working together off and (mostly) on for the better part of the last decade, producing a string of well received and award winning noir and pulp influenced comics under the Criminal and Incognito titles, but Fatale is their first official stab at the sort of Cthulu-tinged horror usually seen in the comics work of Mike Mignola or, of course, Richard Corben. They’re keeping one foot firmly planted in the crime noir that they’re known for, but Fatale so far has been a genuinely exciting step in a new direction.
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