ADVANCE SCOUT: Fear and Loathing in Space, the Old West, and England

SITUATION:

When it comes to looking through the massive list of exciting new series and excellent ongoings, no one does it better than the crew here at Capeless Crusader. This week I reached out to our tremendous team of staff writers for their ideas on what merited inclusion, and they turned in a great line-up that runs the gamut from terrifying science fiction horror to quirky magical team-ups.

So, without further ado, here are the ADVANCE SCOUT picks for April 1, 2014!

"Angel & Faith Season 10 #1" (w) Victor Gischler (a) Will Conrad Dark Horse Comics $3.50
“Angel & Faith Season 10 #1”
(w) Victor Gischler
(a) Will Conrad
Dark Horse Comics
$3.50

1. “Angel and Faith Season 10 #1”

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise is one of the most lauded in modern pop culture history. Born from a delightfully campy B-list film of the same name, the original television series ran seven full seasons and spawned the spin-off series Angel, which ran five seasons and developed a sizable following of its own. Dark Horse comics has been responsible for expanding that canon beyond the television series, with additional seasons of Buffy coming in comic form as well as a continuation of Angel’s adventures.

Pairing Angel with the often-maligned “dark” Slayer, Faith, has worked brilliantly thus far. The series has touched on the fascinating themes of self-reliance and discrimination while maintaining the quirky tone which made Joss Whedon’s original work so endearing to fans.

Victor Gischler is one of the best horror writers in comics today, and with him at the helm this book is sure to be a delight to long-time fans and new readers alike.

"Starlight #2" (w) Mark Millar (a) Goran Parlov Image Comics  $2.99
“Starlight #2”
(w) Mark Millar
(a) Goran Parlov
Image Comics
$2.99

2. “Starlight #2”

The first issue of Starlight was a raging success. Mark Millar has managed to find the proverbial sweet spot, crafting something which is a fantastic blend of Flash Gordon and family drama.

Mike Sains raved about it in his review, and expectations couldn’t be higher for the second installment. If it’s anywhere near as heartfelt and artistically beautiful as the first then readers shouldn’t be disappointed.

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"Black Science #5" (w) Rick Remender  (a) Matteo Scalera (a) Dean White Image Comics  $3.50
“Black Science #5”
(w) Rick Remender
(a) Matteo Scalera
(a) Dean White
Image Comics
$3.50

3. “Black Science #5”

This series is always fast-paced and never lets me down. It’s the kind of story where you never learn too much about any given character but you’re not put off by it.

In this week’s Black Science the installment concentrates on the lies we all feed each other—big lies, white lies, comforting lies, etc.—all while racing the clock to see if they’ll get to the pillar in time before it takes them to a new dimension.
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"Pretty Deadly #5"  (w) Kelly Sue DeConnick (a) Emma Rios (c) Jordie Bellaire Image Comics  $3.50
“Pretty Deadly #5”
(w) Kelly Sue DeConnick
(a) Emma Rios
(c) Jordie Bellaire
Image Comics
$3.50

4. “Pretty Deadly #5”

A conclusion to at least one part of this story. Heavy-handed and beautifully written, you’ll walk away from this issue feeling like you’ve accomplished something until you notice that there is “to be continued” written on the last page. How can it go any farther than it already has? I don’t know, but I’m excited to find out.
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"Caliban #1" (w) Garth Ennis (a) Facundo Percio Avatar Press $3.99
“Caliban #1”
(w) Garth Ennis
(a) Facundo Percio
Avatar Press
$3.99

5. “Caliban #1”

When Garth Ennis decides to pen a science-fiction tale that mixes elements of Alien and Heinlein’s Orphans of the Sky, readers better sit up and take notice. Ennis’s ability to show the dark side of humanity should make a story where the last remnants of man have been trapped inside a metal shell for centuries one to remember. Place them up against the horrifying spectre of attack by horrific alien monsters and it should be downright unforgettable.
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ANALYSIS:

There are big names on this list. Millar, Ennis, and Remender are old hands whose names are familiar to anyone who’s been around comics for very long. DeConnick and Gischler are among the rising stars of a new generation. Between them, they’re expanding the horizons of the form into the myriad genres noted above.

These are the best pros in the biz at the top of their game.

Enjoy.

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Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. 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.

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