Pick Of The Week: Which Comics Should You Pick Up From The Past Week’s New Books?

by Olly MacNamee

As we head into the weekend, many of us may be contemplating picking up some comics for that all important “you time.” Here’s our three recommendations from the past week’s funny books:

Rai Book 1 (Valiant)
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Juan José Ryp
Colour art by Andrew Dalhouse
Letters by Dave Sharpe
In order to make sure Father never rises again, cyborg, Rai, and AI, Raijin, must destroy his twelve copies, or “offspring.” Raijin is the one who’s able to track the offspring down. What’s great about this series is Abnett doesn’t go for the obvious structure, of having Rai and Raijin find a new offspring every issue. It’s not that formulated. At the same time, each issue in this volume (barring issues #4 & 5, which work as a two-parter) takes place in a completely different setting. It gives an episodic feel to the story, while at the same time the plot is very serialized. My favorite issue is #2, where Ryp draws AI that can pass for human yet also come across as AI. Sharpe gives the offspring a voice in that issue. At the center of this series, though, is the relationship between Rai and Raijin. Sometimes brotherly, sometimes abusive, I love how Dalhouse creates turning points in some issues, where the colors suddenly change dramatically, or the panel in issue #1 where Raijin tells a joke, but the colors make him seem terrifying. – Rachel Bellwoar

Once and Future #11 (BOOM! Studios)
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Dan Mora
Colour art by Tamra Bonvillian
Lettering by Ed Dukeshire
Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Excalibur in this balls-to-the-wall goriest of an issue. Bridgette and Duncan take on the impressive might of the legendary Grendel with great gusto and grossly efficiency in this Arthur-light issue. You can read my full review here for more, but do yourselves a favour and go pick it up. – Olly MacNamee

Billionaire Island #6
Written by Mark Russell
Art by Steve Pugh
Colour art by Chris Chuckry
Lettering by Rob Steen
The concluding chapter in this wickedly satirical, but always spot-on, series is the happy ever after you’d want in this world, but we’ll never get. A modern day tale of excess, elitist detachment and class war -and a series that gave the world Business Dog – as well as a script and accompanying art that mercilessly, but humorously, shot and scored each and every time.
Of course, a comic book like this won’t be too everybody’s tastes, but as ever Mark Russell’s writing appeals to me and my own sensibilities. reuniting with his Flintstones‘ collaborator, Steve Pugh, was a great to witness once again. Much better than that Spice Girls reunion.
Fictional fun at the expense of the elite; now who doesn’t like that? – Olly MacNamee

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