Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Where were you when the first issue of East of West came out!?

 Okay, I'm going to do my roll call of some of the great stash of new comics out today on New Comics Wednesday, but first I want to put on my hyperbole hat and tell everyone how AWESOME the first issue of East of West is!:

I've been a fan of writer, Jonathan Hickman since he first came on the scene as he's a great thinking outside of the box writer with some BIG ideas. Most comic book readers probably know him from his Fantastic Four, FF, SHIELD, Avengers Now, and New Avengers, but he also does a great Image monthly called The Manhattan Projects, that shows that the creation of the atomic bomb was just a cover for what the great minds working on that project were really cooking up.

Here's the sound bite description of East of West: a Sci- Fi western featuring the four horsemen of the apocalypse, who are looking to kill the President (a future President). I was excited about this title when I first heard about it and my expectations for this title were met on every page, I was getting the same thrill I got when I read the first issue of Preacher by Garth Ennis and the better Grant Morrison comics that weren't just weird for weird's sake (not that there's anything really wrong with that kind of story, I just want something else with my weird). 

East of West wouldn't be half as great as it is without the fantastic art of Nick Dragotta and Frank Martin's colors, which makes Dragotta's art look better than it ever has  (Dragotta has worked with Hickman on Fantastic Four and FF previously).

I ordered what I think / thought will be a good supply of the first issue of East of West #1, and talked it up when I first had it on club sheet three months ago (in bold type, with the creative team next to the title listing, which means this is a title I think has a great chance to take off). As often happens when I put out the quarterly new club sheet reserve sheet for Alternate Reality Comics, not that many people sign up for new titles, even ones by creators they've liked on other titles. I do understand that there's a sea of titles to choose from and a lot of people want to pick up the first issue before committing to the series, but when I have less than a third of the amount of people signed up for a new title than the amount I've ordered, well when a title like East of West comes along with the buzz it's going to get, those shelf copies are going to be gobbled up pretty rapidly. Anyway, I should have enough to last for at least a week (people have been signing up for this title after my order was placed so the copies I (and other stores) have could go faster than that. But there will be second, third, and collection printings if people don't get on board right away. Sorry this section of my hyperbole blog entry went on long, I just wanted to give people a look at what goes on behind the scenes with new titles that are selling out.

And now back to the New Comics Wednesday title tease (and this week is one of those week's where you just want to mainline all of the titles at once because there's so many great ones!): The third fab issue of Young Avengers (probably my early favorite of the new Marvel Now titles), the 
 second first issue of Guardians of the Galaxy, the third Age of Ultron, Batman Incorporated (the follow up to last month's sad issue), Aquaman, Flash, FF, Fantastic Four, Superior Spider-Man, Uncanny Avengers, Fatale, Unwritten, The Massive, Luthor Stode, Morbius, and Powers! 

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