Until Torchwood returns for its new season, Titan Comics will tide you over a Torchwood series, penned by none other than Jack Harkness a.k.a. John Barrowman! All this (and some angry metahuman gods) on this week's Comics We Crave.
Torchwood 1 includes a one-shot story by series star John Barrowman and his sister Carole. Their tale, "The Selkie," delves into Scottish mythology and a murder mystery. Turf's Tommy Lee Edwards is on pens. In the back-up story, Torchwood script editor Gary Russel delivers a five-part tale of Jack, Ianto, and Gwen stuck in a cosmic hotel. It's good to see at least some Torchwood projects hit print until the TV series debuts on Starz.
What other issues are on the stands?
Baltimore: The Plague Ships 1 (Dark Horse): Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden bring you a new miniseries starring vampire hunter Lord Henry Baltimore, who fights the undead in the wake of World War I.
BIG EVENT COMIC ROUND-UP: Neal Adams' Batman Odyssey 2 (DC), Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo's Hellboy: The Storm 2 (Dark Horse) , Shadowland 2 (Marvel), and S.H.I.E.L.D. 3 (Marvel)...starring "Issac" Newton.
Superman: The Last Family of Krypton 1 (DC): Long-time Superman scribe Cary Bates helms this Elseworld miniseries about Kal-el's entire Kryptonian family landing on Earth. Hopefully, the House of El will move next door to the House of Kent, and a heartwarming sitcom will ensue.
Marvel Universe vs The Punisher 1 (Marvel Knights): In this alternate reality miniseries, Frank Castle is the only non-infected man in the M.U. His quarry? The I Am Legend-esque superheroes running amok in New York.
Magnus Robot Fighter 1 (Dark Horse): Jim Shooter pens a new Magnus series, replete with miniskirts, bot-punching, 56 pages, and a back-up story showcasing Magnus' first adventure. Magnus = an anagram for "G, U MANS." Even Magnus' anagrams are manly.
Secret Six 24 (DC): Reason 1 to buy this comic: this is a consistently rock-solid series by Gail Simone. Reason 2: Deadshot in a cowboy hat.
Kane and Lynch 1 (DC/Wildstorm): Ian Edginton pens this miniseries starring the hitman duo of videogame fame.
Deadpool 1000 (Marvel): A whopping 104-page special issue featuring writers like Peter Bagge, Howard Chaykin, and David Lapham and artists including Philip Bond and Paco Medina.
New Mutants Forever 1 (Marvel): Chris Claremont gets the opportunity to tell his New Mutants arcs that never hit print circa the mid-1980s.
Nancy In Hell 1 (Image): A cheerleader takes on the underworld in this miniseries from Avatar stalwart illustrator Juan Jose Ryp and El Torres.
Doomwar 6 (Marvel): It's Victor Von Doom versus everybody else as this miniseries comes to a close.
In the collected volume department, we have a duo of espionage-themed trades starring resplendently dressed leads: Fables spin-off Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love DC/Vertigo) and the Essential Captain America Volume 1 (Marvel) trade paperback that features stories by Stan Lee and illustrations from Jack Kirby.
What's MY PICK OF THE WEEK? Supergod 4 (Avatar) by Warren Ellis (script) and Garrie Gastony (pens). Issues of Supergod comes out once in a blue moon, but this miniseries is a doozy. Every nation on Earth is engaged in a superhuman arms race. Their metahuman deities, the Supergods, square off against each other kaiju-style. In this issue, the British mycological Supergod Morrigan Lugus (who has the fungal power to make people spontaneously masturbate, not making this up) squares off against India's bio-computer Krishna. It's like Destroy All Monsters but with a little bit of highfalutin Warren Ellis hard science to make the anarchy go down. Insanely recommended.