Brain Waves hosts Katie and Dan Merritt help you climb the mountain of weekly new comic book releases and point out a few shiny gems along the way. Features include picks of the week, interviews with comic creators, and events listing for Green Brain Comics in East Downtown Dearborn, Michigan
DAN’S PICKS OF THE WEEK
WEIRDWORLD TP VOL 00 WARZONES
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Mike Del Mundo
Sure, Weirdworld was the best thing to come out of Secret Wars.
Why, mostly cuz it was fun. But it also had wild ideas, crazy throwback ideas from a bygone era of bronze age Marvel. A frantic tour de force of the patchwork realm floating over (or under) a patchwork world. The big event spin-off Weirdworld was the kind of thing that didn’t seem like it would work, but it did. Writer Jason Aaron channeled the finer points of Doug Moench’s expansive world building ethos to create a fever dream adventure combining tossed aside and forgotten ideas with just enough story to engage and entertain.
And it had eyeball bending art by Mike Del Mundo.
(W) Sam Humphries (A/CA) Mike Del Mundo
From the pages of SECRET WARS, now in the ALL-NEW MARVEL U!
Imagine, being trapped in a world of sword and sorcery.
With no sword and sorcery experience to speak of.
This is the story of BECCA, a girl stuck in WEIRDWORLD, with only one mission: get home alive!
Marvel’s own twisted fantasy realm comes alive before your eyes! Barbarians! Wizards! And tricked out sports cars!
CHEECH WIZARDS BOOK OF ME HC (RES) (MR) (C: 0-1-2)
(W/A/CA) Vaughn Bode
Vaughn Bodé created Cheech in 1956 and remained a constant companion for the rest of Bodé’s life, surfacing in underground comix, the National Lampoon, and into the world of graffii and Hip Hop. Cheech Wizard is a lascivious conman who nevertheless possesses some degree of cosmic insight. But just who is Cheech Wizard? Cheech Wizard’s Big Book of Me brings Bodé’s essential transcendent art to the masses collecting all of the Cheech Wizard comics in a single volume.
WEIRD LOVE THAT IS THE WAY I LIKE IT HC VOL 02 (SEP150488)
(W) Various (A) Bob Powell & Various (CA) Iger
“Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics,” provides a fascinating introduction to “Weird Love: That’s The Way I Like It!”, the second sleazy and stupefying volume in the series that “Wired” magazine calls “deranged genius!”
You’ll love, you’ll hate these lurid stories: “Too Fat to Frug,” “Men You Shouldn’t Marry,” “Leader of the Pack,” “Love Slaves,” “Stay Away From Married Men,” “Trailer Park Girl: Flirtation on Wheels,” “Mail-Order Marriage,” “Thrill Crazy!,” and much more cringe-worthy, laugh-riot comic book kitsch!
KATIE’S PICK OF THE WEEK
CLEAN ROOM #3
(W) Gail Simone (A) Jon Davis-Hunt, Jenny Frison
Self-help guru Astrid Mueller faces some unexpected personal consequences in her latest trip into the Clean Room, where dirty secrets and demons come to life. Meanwhile, intrepid journalist Chloe encounters an unexpected, otherworldly visitor, and assassin Killian gets a good rubdown in “Good Things and Celebrity Deaths.”
(W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Dan Mora
Synopsis: As the downtrodden people of Grimsvig struggle under totalitarian rule, Klaus stealthily evades the guard and slips magical, living toys into the poorest of homes to lift their spirits.
(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Dustin Nguyen
Bestselling creators JEFF LEMIRE and DUSTIN NGUYEN launch their sci-fi epic into bold new territory. TIM-21 and his companions are taken to the mind bending home world of the Robot resistance while a long lost figure from Tim’s past emerges but will he be friend or foe?
MAJOR PLOT POINT
Major revealed about TIM-21’s past and the Harvesters
RED THORN #2
(W) David Baillie (A) Meghan Hetrick-Murante (CA) Choong Yoon
It’s Halloween night, and something wicked and powerful is stirring beneath the streets of Glasgow. Join Isla on the day she meets a bloodthirsty army she thought was a myth and breaks the heart of the only man she ever loved. Innocents are slaughtered, a demigod is crowned king, and history is rewritten in the second issue of this new series!
MS MARVEL #2
(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Takeshi Miyagawa (CA) Cliff Chiang
On the Avengers and on a roll! All Kamala needs to do next is take down the evil suits destroying her city without ruining her personal life!
Too bad all of Jersey City thinks Ms. Marvel is the real enemy!
Bad guys and bad hair days. (Also the title of Ms. Marvel’s next album.)
(W) James TynionIV (A/CA) Eryk Donovan
Synopsis: Final issue! Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #3
(W) Ryan North (A/CA) Erica Henderson
Squirrel Girl has woken up, only to find she’s been hurled back in time to the 1960s!
ALL AGES PICK:
GRAMPA SIMPSONS CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE #1
OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD
Deleted Rudolph scene that almost redeems Donner and definitely explains Yukon Cornelius’ pickaxe fixation.
STAR WARS at the Edge