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ADVANCE SCOUT: Books for the People (5/22/13)


ADVANCE SCOUTWHAT IS ADVANCE SCOUT?

Each week, the Capeless Crew picks out those books that we think are most worthy of your dollars and attention. These books are chosen based on a variety of qualities, including relevance to real-world issues of the day, their sheer excellence as examples of the medium and often with an eye towards the importance of a given book within the context of the comics industry.

SITUATION:

This is the kind of week when I just love putting this column together. There are great mainstream super-hero books on the shelves, but this week we get to spotlight five books the represent exactly what we want to see out of comics, which is independence, risk-taking, and relevancy. This week’s list comes primarily from independent publishers, with DC’s “Green Team #1″ being the lone exception.

What’s more is that every ongoing title on this list is a first issue, making this a fantastic week to expand your horizons beyond your usual pull list.

Read on…

THIS WEEK’S SELECTIONS:

1. “Occupy Comics #1″

occupycomics#1There was no way that this title was not going to top the list for us this week.

Composed by some of the most talented and influential creators in the industry, from Art Spiegelman to Alan Moore, this anthology embraces the seemingly impossible task of conveying what the Occupy movement meant to its participants.

It possesses a varied aesthetic as a result of it’s vast array of contributors, from the simple kindness of J.M. DeMatteis’s “That Which is Most Needed” to the terrifying imagery put to paper by Ben Templesmith in his indictment of high finance.

From the beginning, Occupy Comics wages war on your expectations. It is exactly what you think it is, and you expect to be insulated from its intended message, but the razor-sharp delivery of focused bursts from some of the best creative minds in the industry make that that impossible.

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2. “The Bounce #1″

TheBounce#1The Bounce is super hero wish fulfillment on an acid trip.

Joe Casey and David Messina’s creation twists preconceptions of who can and can’t be a hero, all while raising intriguing questions about what constitutes reality.

The solicit by Image promotes this book as “The sensational debut of the new feel-good hero of the decade!”, something that will surely have readers chuckling when they delve into the pages of this mysterious title.

Whether the market will respond to this approach remains to be seen. Jetter has some strong opinions in his Advance Review, which will be up at midnight Wednesday when Image lifts the embargo.

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3. “Accelerators #1″

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Long story short, this does not feel like the first issue of an independent company’s first book.

The quality is on par with the offerings of the Big Two, and though Image seems a perfect home for a creator-owned original mini-series, Blue Juice is taking the independent spirit a step further by taking on their own publication as well.

Check out Thom’s Advance Review HERE.

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4. “Green Team #1″

DC’s latest experiment in capturing the spirit of social change is on shelves, as Balthazar and Franco give their take on a team that originally debuted in the 1970s and run around solving problems by throwing money at them. It has been considered a companion book to Gail Simone’s more populist The Movement.

This will be an interesting one to keep an eye on, and one hopes that the delivery matches the promise.

(Note: thanks to “TheGamerTribune” from r/comicbooks for correcting our earlier mistake crediting this title to Gail Simone)

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5. “Lobster Johnson: Satan Smells A Rat”

LobsterJohnson_SatanSmellsARatThe team of Mike Mignola and John Arcudi bring us another stand alone adventure of Lobster Johnson. While some of the previous stories have tested that delicate line between solid fun and a bit too cheesy character moments, this time around some interesting questions start bubbling to the surface for the reader. Check out the Jeff’s Advance Review HERE.
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ANALYSIS

As I said before, it’s weeks like this that make me love comics. These books showcase quality independent talent, often in pursuit of something more than simple entertainment. They represent a creative spirit and pushback against strictly mainstream comics that should bring smiles to the faces of readers who want to see the industry grow beyond the admittedly limited horizons of tried-and-true super-heroes.

Not a cape in the bunch.

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Thanks for checking out ADVANCE SCOUT! Be sure to check back next week for more recommendations, and don’t forget to share the link below!

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About Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He also hosts the weekly Infinite Crossover podcast in cooperation with Fanboys Inc. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville. contact: joshuadepstein@gmail.com Twitter: @CrusaderZero6

2 comments on “ADVANCE SCOUT: Books for the People (5/22/13)

  1. […] PICK OF THE WEEK “There was no way that this title was not going to top the list for us this week… Composed by some of the most talented and influential creators in the industry, from Art Spiegelman to Alan Moore, this anthology embraces the seemingly impossible task of conveying what the Occupy movement meant to its participants… Occupy Comics wages war on your expectations… you expect to be insulated from its intended message, but the razor-sharp delivery of focused bursts from some of the best creative minds in the industry make that impossible.” Capeless Crusader (Josh Epstein) http://capelesscrusader.org/2013/05/21/advance-scout-untitled-52213/ […]

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  2. […] PICK OF THE WEEK “There was no way that this title was not going to top the list for us this week… Composed by some of the most talented and influential creators in the industry, from Art Spiegelman to Alan Moore, this anthology embraces the seemingly impossible task of conveying what the Occupy movement meant to its participants… Occupy Comics wages war on your expectations… you expect to be insulated from its intended message, but the razor-sharp delivery of focused bursts from some of the best creative minds in the industry make that impossible.” Capeless Crusader (Josh Epstein) http://capelesscrusader.org/2013/05/21/advance-scout-untitled-52213/ […]

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