I bought a lot of comics at Legends on Wednesday. I mostly knew this going in but I ended up with even more than I planned. Let's start with the one I was most looking forward to...
"Adventure Time with Finn & Jake #1" by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
"My Cider the Mountain" by Aaron Renier
Adventure Time, created by Pendleton Ward
Adventure Time is one of my favorite cartoons on the air right now and this comic captures the spirit of the show perfectly. The main story was written by Ryan North, who was not only able to make a story about Jake the dog and Finn the human that could have been an episode of the show but it also read like one of his comics.
He has been writing Dinosaur Comics over here for nine years now and is one of my favorite webcomics. There's also a super secret "Dinosaur Comics" Easter egg in this issue of Adventure Time, which is pretty cool too.
All around, the Adventure Time comic is pretty great and the next issue can't come out fast enough. My only gripe was that it shipped with three different covers and I ended up standing at the shelves in the comic book store for a while trying to decide between the different, all pretty great, covers. I guess that isn't really a problem.
So if you like Adventure Time I urge you to go out and get the comic. If you don't like Adventure Time then what the heck, man?
"Avatar: The Last Airbender The Promise: Part One" by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru
Avatar: The Last Airbender created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino
I had no idea this was coming out when I went to the store and I'm pretty glad that I grabbed it. It also made for another comics based on a cartoon I really like.
This comic picks right up after the end of the series. The cartoon Avatar, which has nothing to do with that execrable movie about blue cat people with USB plugs in their ponytails, was on Nickelodeon a few years ago but I didn't get to watching it until after it was finished.
The show was about the Avatar, Aang, and his friends trying to end the long war the Fire Nation had waged on the rest of the world. The Avatar Aang was capable of manipulating all of the classical elements -- air, water, earth and fire -- and is supposed to maintain balance both between the elements and the four nations.
I'm wondering now if this comic and the second part, which is scheduled to come out in May, are supposed to be a bridge between the original series and the new series, "The Legend of Korra," which is supposed to premiere this year.
Like the show, this comic is able to go from serious issues about post-war reparations to silly jokes with exaggerated faces. All of the characters are portrayed well, it feels like a real continuation of Avatar and, most importantly, it made me impatient for part two.
I'm really giving this the same recommendation I gave to Adventure Time: If you're a fan of the show, then you'll be a fan of the comic.
And now for something not based on anything else...
"iZombie: Six Feet Under and Rising" by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred
I've talked about (his "Memorial #3" also came out this week and I'm still liking it) but not this series by him and Michael Allred.
iZombie is about a girl named Gwen who dies and comes back as a zombie but is able to keep her memories and doesn't become one of the mindless hordes of zombies who can't speak and only want to eat your brains. Not that she doesn't eat brains. She works in a cemetery so she can eat the brains of the recently deceased which causes her to absorb some of their memories.
Her best friends are a ghost named Ellie and a were-terrier named Spot. Gwen is also dating a man named Horatio who is also a monster hunter and unaware that she's a zombie. Meanwhile, there's a group of vampire ladies also living in town and an undead woman named Galatea who is performing some kind of mysterious experiment on the dead.
A lot of these things collide in this latest volume of the series and, even better, introduces the Dead Presidents. I love this team of monsters who work in secret for the government, are headquartered under the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and take orders from zombie Lincoln. I'm sort of hoping that they get their own spin-off or miniseries at some point.
This series has been a lot of fun and I was thrilled to see the new trade when I went to the comic book store because I didn't know it was coming out.
Mike Allred's art is outstanding on the book and Roberson has become one of those writers who I'm always keen to see what he's working on next.
If you're thinking that zombies and vampires are played out these days, and sometimes I would agree with you, iZombie is funny and clever about using those tired old tropes. If you run across the first volume, you should check it out.
And that should do it for this week. Would you look at that? Another week of comic reviews where I didn't talk about superheroes at all, although I did purchase all of these at . As for me, I can be found @BJDowd on Twitter.