Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item.
If I had $15, I’d first grab hold of my favorite of DC’s New 52, Batwoman #2 (DC, $2.99). J.H. Williams III has successfully kept up to the immense expectations he accumulated following his run with Greg Rucka, and the artwork seems to benefit even more by J.H.’s input into the story as co-writer. Next I’d dig down for two of my regular pulls, Northlanders #45 (DC/Vertigo, $2.99) and Uncanny X-Force #16 (Marvel, $3.99). For my final pick, I’d have to miss a bunch of other titles for the chance to get the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011 #4 (Image, $4.99). I love the anthology format, and having that plus the good cause plus the a-list talent makes it a must get; seriously, can you imagine one comic book containing new work by Frank Quitely, Williams, Mark Waid, J. Michael Straczynski, Matt Wagner AND Craig Thompson? BELIEVE IT!
Others in the series feature Dr. Tiny Cat pulling an all-nighter, catching a nap between rounds, and attending a lecture. That last one’s my favorite, but they’re all hilariously cute. I hope there’s more coming.
The folks at Marvel have had fans going ga-ga over pet incarnations of classic Marvel heroes and an all-animal squad of Avengers in Pet Avengers. Animals taking on human characteristics have been a staple of comics — look at Mickey Mouse — and that tradition is going on strong not only at Marvel but also in independent comics. Take a look at the webcomic Space Quint.
Launched in May 2010, Space Quint is a webcomic by artist Jessica Hickman. Updated every Tuesday, it follows a feline Flash Gordon of sorts, venturing across space and fighting against both humans and aliens to make his way in the world. The character of Space Quint appeared for years in various sketchbooks Hickman would put out, and reader support pushed her to give him his own comic.