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Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Flashpoint #1

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday 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.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList if you’d like to play along in our comments section.

Graeme McMillan

If I had $15 this week, I’d immediately go for Flashpoint #1 (DC Comics, $3.99) – I am very, very unsure about the number of tie-ins DC are pushing out for the new crossover event, but with Geoff Johns in charge, I’m suspecting that the main book will be worth a look at least. I’d also grab the relaunched GI Joe #1 (IDW, $3.99), if only to follow up on the “Cobra Civil War” storyline that I admit has completely caught my attention unexpectedly. Curiosity would also get me to pick up both Moriarty #1 (Image, $2.99) and Total Recall #1 (Dynamite, $1.99), two new launches that will hopefully take familiar ideas and characters in directions I wouldn’t expect…

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Hey Comics, meet Matthew Woodson

Every week it seems, we see someone new on the comic book shelves. It could be a new writer, a new artist, or perhaps someone starting out in coloring or lettering. Unless they’ve made their name elsewhere like movie writers Kevin Smith or J. Michael Straczynski, it’s a long slog to recognition… but there might be one name that jumps to the top of your pull list in 2011.

Matthew Woodson.

Although Woodson’s never been published in comics before, he’s done several comics in non-comics publications like Spin and fashion magazines. He’s best known as an illustrator for magazines — right after he finished college, he was hired to illustrate Perry Ellis’s Fall/Winter 2006 campaign. But he’s stepping off the catwalk and off the reservation completely as he makes his proper comics debut in an upcoming issue of Brian Wood’s Northlanders from Vertigo.

According to a blogpost over the weekend by Wood himself, the story arc with Woodson is titled “The Hunt” and will hit shelves later this year. Wood’s always had a keen eye for talent and nurtures the artists he works with (akin to Jeph Loeb), and says Woodson has “superhuman talent.” The pair almost worked together several years ago — Woodson was the original artist on Wood’s Top Shelf OGN Dogs Day End, which eventually fell by the wayside.

Although no art is available yet from Wood and Woodson’s Northlanders, visit Woodson’s website to get up to speed and see some of the comics work he’s done outside of comics.

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