Welcome to another installment of the Jackson 5, your weekly dose of what’s good on your local comic shop’s shelves. Or at least, what’s worth buying on a budget. Click through for this week’s list!
East of West #18 for $3.50
Written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Nick Dragotta and Frank Martin
Though it already was the sci-fi biblical apocalypse book I wanted, East of West is quickly becoming the sci-fi biblical apocalypse book I need. 17 issues down so far and Hickman has managed to stuff each one with some kind of major reveal or turning point, piling on the tension with each issue. The recent atlas of the world marked a turning point, a sort of end to Act 1, and now all the parts are coming crashing together. I cannot recommend this series enough.
The Sixth Gun: Dust to Dust #1 for $3.99
Written by Cullen Bunn with art by Tyler Crook and Bill Crabtree
The newest Sixth Gun miniseries has arrived! The previous two have served as back-story to minor characters to flesh out the world of the Sixth Gun, and Dust to Dust is no exception. This series focuses on Billjohn O’Henry, a bounty hunter and friend of Drake Sinclair who (spoilers) died in the very first arc of the Sixth Gun. He’s been a staple character as a victim of the the Fourth Gun, which can call forth the spirits of those it has slain, but we’ll finally get a chance to see Billjohn during the time he was alive. Bunn has never missed a step when it comes to the Sixth Gun, and this series will be well worth buying.
Star Wars #3 for $3.99
Written by Jason Aaron with art by John Cassaday and Laura Martin
Are you a Star Wars fan? Do you have $4? Then what are you even doing reading this, go buy Star Wars #3. Same great author, same great artist, same great story as the last two issues.
Howard the Duck for $3.99
Written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Joe Quinones and Rico Renzi
Following off a certain surprise appearance in a Marvel film, Howard the Duck has a new series! Strangely enough it’s written by Chip Zdarsky, the artist of Sex Criminals. Although if you’ve ever seen him talk you’ll know how funny he is, so I’ve got faith he can do Howard justice. Quinones recently did some issues of Captain Marvel during and after the Infinity event, and he’s a solid artist. If you’re looking for what will undoubtedly be a weird, funny, and probably slightly depressing series, Howard the Duck might be your best bet. He’s a private detective from another reality, trapped on Earth and trying to make his way. Also, he’s a duck. What’s not to love?
Hellbreak #1 for $1.00
Written by Cullen Bunn with art by Brian Churilla and Dave Stewart
Before we go any further, I want you to look at that price. Yes, that says $1.00. Yes, Oni Press is awesome and puts out their first issues at $1.00. That being said, this comic is probably worth the price of any Marvel or DC book. Hellbreak has a very simple premise: Project Kerberos has developed technology to break into, and out of, any hell they need to with one goal – retrieve the lost souls wrongly put there. With Cullen Bunn at the helm this is bound to be wildly inventive, if the world he created in the Sixth Gun is any indication. Hellbreak looks like the next big hit from Oni, and it’s the #1 title I think you should grab this week.
This week’s (pre-tax) Jackson 5 total: $16.47
Thanks to Oni’s wonderful $1 first issue, we’re sitting at $6.58 under for the month of March. As always, check out next week’s podcast where I’ll be going in depth on Hellbreak and the rest of this week’s Jackson 5.