Simply put, Slayground is one of the best crime novels ever written. The 14th book in Donald Westlake's brilliant Parker series of novels, it might be the quintessential Parker tale. Westlake, who wrote the series under the name Richard Stark, shows Parker at his best: alone, nearly defenseless, hunted by two dozen men as he hides out in a snow covered, shut down amusement park with a sack full of money. He finds a way out, of course, because that's what he does. But reading it as it unfolds, and witnessing Parker and Westlake do what they do best, is an absolute treat.
If you're a fan of the novels, there's an excellent chance this installment ranks among your favorites. And if you've read the books and you've been collecting the award-winning graphic novel adaptations by Darwyn Cooke, this may be the book you've been looking forward to the most, and maybe the one Cooke was most looking forward to recreating.
I've read all 16 of the original run of Parker novels -- Westlake would return to the series 23 years after the 16th book -- and one of the many things that strikes me about Cooke's adaptations is the fact that he's created a Parker who looks and feels exactly like the one I imagined: cold, calm, and effortlessly terrifying. Cooke's latest graphic novel in the Parker series, on sale this week, will no doubt be a late entry for best comic of 2013.
IDW has provided ComicsAlliance with a 14 page preview of Slayground, which you can view below.
It's been a windy road for the ex-villains of Townsville, but Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are about to find out the true nature of their former foes turning good in this week's Powerpuff Girls #4 by Troy Little. With the Gangreen Gang, Sedusa, the Amoeba Boys, Princess Morbucks, Fuzzy Lumpkins and others all on their best behavior, the Powerpuff Girls have had to deal with their city's usual crimewaves, plus the sneaking suspicion that not all is as it seems. But who is missing from that villains list who could be capable of crafting such a situation? IDW's provided us with a first-look at the new issue, which you can sample for potentially spoiler-y clues after the cut.
Mad Rupert's Regular Show romp continues this Wednesday, December 11, with Regular Show: Skips #2 and things are about to get even more hectic for the book's immortal star. As hard as it is to watch the usually unflappable Skips succumb to stress, his crew of Mordecai, Rigby, Benson, Muscle Man, Pops and Hi-Five Ghost are going to be glad he's joined them on vacation as the strangeness plaguing their trip becomes more apparent. Or will they even be aware of his heroism? It's hard to say when Skips encounters a problem he can't say "I've seen this before" about.
The team that brought fans Adventure Time Original Graphic Novel Vol. 1 Playing With Fire is back with an all new tale that pits the royalty of Ooo against the most intense challenges of all: Video games from BMO's binary brain. This Wednesday writer Danielle Corsetto and artist Zack Sterling's Adventure Time Original Graphic Novel Vol. 2 Pixel Princesses from Boom! Studios arrives in comic shops, delivering 160 pages of black and white action as partying princesses are forced to work together if they hope to survive offending Finn and Jake's offended video game console/roommate. How did the team of Corsetto and Sterling work to put the princesses in just the right amount of peril on their second straight AT OGN team-up? ComicsAlliance got in touch with the duo to find out.
Marvel's occasional Point One specials are one-shot comics compiling short stories designed to provide clues to or otherwise tease Marvel Universe events to take place in the months or years to come. Sometimes these events turn out to be capital-E Events, sometimes they're new series. In every case, the Point One books feel maddeningly incomplete but do the job of building anticipation among fans of the characters and creators involved. Based on the preview images released by Marvel on Wednesday, this year's is likely no exception.
Since itss launch last fall, COPRA has been a favorite among the ComicsAlliance staff. Created, produced and distributed by cartoonist Michel Fiffe, the series is largely inspired by the work of John Ostrander, Kim Yale, Luke McDonnell and others on DC Comics' Suicide Squad in the 1980s. Like Suicide Squad, COPRA features a collection of one note villains that Fiffe makes you come to care about as the series progresses. But the title is much more than just an homage to the comics Fiffe grew up reading; with its tight scripts, fantastic page layouts, and incredibly well constructed fight scenes, interspersed with some deeply human moments, Fiffe's COPRA ranks among the best titles currently being published.
Fiffe has provided ComicsAlliance with a six page preview of COPRA#12, on sale this week. Additionally, he's revealed that the series, originally meant to conclude with this issue, will continue after a brief hiatus.
If you thought Mojo Jojo relinquishing his capacity for supervillainy in IDW's Powerpuff Girls #2 was a shocker, next weeks' Powerpuff Girls #3 by Troy Little and colorist Jeremy Colwell will continue to blow your mind. It turns out that nearly every villain Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup ever protected Townsville from has also turned over a new leaf and insist on honoring the once sole guardians of the city. IDW's provided us with an early look at the confounding events of the issue before it arrives on November 27, but we're still stumped as to Little's maniacal endgame for the PPGs.
As you can probably tell from the title, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is pretty heavily based around, well, friendship. Being nice to each other, supporting their fellow ponies through the tough times, sharing common interests and overall kindness. So, you know, what better way to express those ideas of friendship and togetherness than by ditching Ponyville and heading out to the high seas for a life of lawless pillaging under as pirates!
That's the premise of Heather Nuhfer and Brenda Hickey's story in MLP:FiM #13, where everyone's favorite Equestrians join up with Hoofbeard the Pirate for an all-new buccaneer adventure. We only have the first few pages, but from what I've seen so far, I'm fully expecting it to mirror the plot of Assassins Creed IV, right down to someone air-assassinating an ocelot. Check it out below!
If there's one thing Regular Show stars Mordecai and Rigby's boss Benson could use, it's a vacation. Fortunately, he just so happens to be going on one -- along with a motley crew from the park -- in the main Regular Show #6 story by Jeremy Lawson and letterer Kel McDonald, which is joined by backup story "Prank Most Foul" by Pranas Naujokaitis and Brad McGinty. What's not so fortunate is what happens while the team is away. Mild-mannered intern Thomas has been put up to the task of working on his "management skills" just as a familiar foe returns to wreak havoc. If anyone can help him out it's got to be Pops and Hi-Five ghost, though, right? Right?!
Courtesy of Marvel, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in February 2014 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s mainline Marvel Universe titles, Ultimate Comics, the mature readers MAX imprint and the creator-owned label Icon. All of the following books can be purchased at finer comic book shops, where you can also pre-order your selections to ensure you’ll get a copy before they sell out.
Highlights include the original graphic novel, Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business by Mark Waid & James Robinson and Gabriele Dell'Otto; the relaunch of Wolverine by Paul Cornell and Ryan Stegman; and Ms. Marvel #1 by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona.
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