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Four Comics to Pick Up This Week (12/09/15)!

Every week we’re going to be spotlighting a few new comics and graphic novels we think you should check out. For a full list of what you can find at your local comics shops head right this way!

New Romancer #1 (Vertigo/DC) $3.99

Mainstream romance comics are a rare breed, and generally involve some sort of sci-fi/superhero bend to try and sell them to general comic-reading audiences (36 year old men, i.e. me). This book is no exception, as you’ll see from the solicitation. However, author Peter Milligan is pretty adept, so it did actually get the desired effect; my interest is piqued. Add in artist Brett Parson, and I think this new 12-issue series might be the antithesis/replacement I’ve been looking for to cure my post Alex+Ada blues. CBR has an interview with Milligan, and an exclusive preview.

“Fired from a cushy job in Silicon Valley, Lexy becomes a coder for New Romancer, an Internet-dating app that’s seen better days. To create fake profiles, she plunders characteristics from history’s most notorious lovers. Using little-known writings by Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, Lexy pushes the boundaries of coding and accidentally unleashes history’s greatest lover: Lord Byron. Online dating meets courtly love in this paranormal rom-com by Vertigo veteran writer Peter Milligan and rising art-star Brett Parson (Tank Girl). “

Brooklyn Animal Control (IDW) $7.99

“Brooklyn Animal Control is not your run-of-the-mill social services agency, and the officers assigned to it are not your average caseworkers; they are a breed apart. These street-hardened veterans negotiate a dangerous secret world in the heart of New York City, one inhabited by werewolves that roam the streets by night, and infest the hidden back rooms of the criminal elite in their human alter-egos by day. Which of their forms is more viscous is open to debate, but both are equally deadly!”

You can check out a preview of this one-shot over on CBR. From writer J.T. Petty, with art by Stephen Thompson, it looks to be an interesting spin on the procedural, adding a touch of the supernatural. So much so that USA has already optioned a pilot based on the book. Pick it up now, while you can get it for $8.

Eighth Seal #1 (IDW) $3.99

The fact that the solicitation for this book is only two sentences long might be disconcerting if it weren’t for the fact that James Tynion IV is writing it. His recent output over at Boom! Studios includes Cognetic, The Woods and Memetic, three books I can’t recommend enough. His ability to tell both long and short form stories, with unique spins on interesting ideas has put him on the short list of writers whose work I’ll always investigate. Jeremy Rock, the artist on the book, is unfamiliar to me, but based on the exclusive preview over at 13th Dimension, I’m pretty sure I’ll be horrified, in all the best ways. Oh, here are those enticing sentences by the way:

“One woman’s visceral nightmares bleed into reality as she struggles to live in the political spotlight. Is she losing her mind, or do these visions hold some darker truth?”

Snow Blind #1 (Boom!) $3.99

“What happens when you discover your dad isn’t the man you thought he was? For high school teen Teddy, life in a sleepy suburb in Alaska turns upside-down when he innocently posts a photo of his dad on Facebook, only to learn he and his family are in the Witness Protection Program. A man seeking revenge invades their town, and soon FBI agents arrive, too. But what if his dad’s reasons for going into the program aren’t as innocent as he says?”

CBR put up a preview of Ollie Masters & Tyler Jenkins new four issue mini, which immediately brings to mind comics noir like Road to Perdition. That’s a good thing.

Have some comics you’d like to recommend? Any books you think aren’t getting their fair shake? Think I’m completely wrong? (You might be right on that one.) Send us an email, loosestaples@gmail.com, and let me know. You can also find us on Twitter, @loose_staples, or on Facebook at our community page or our podcast page!. If you need to find the closes comics retailer to you, head on over to The Comic Shop Locator, punch in your zip code, and viola! Or visit our affiliates over at MyComicShop.com! They stock all the latest and greatest, and tons of back issues, trades and collections! That’s it for this week, we’ll see you in the funny papers!

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