New Comic Wednesday: November 16, 2011
Image Comics Mudman #1 with story, art and cover Paul Grist
November 16th, 2011
10:10 AM ET

New Comic Wednesday: November 16, 2011

This week we asked Daniel Dean, from "Titan Games and Comics" in Smyrna, Georgia, for an outside-the-box recommendation from the new comic books available on stands today.

He suggested the first issue of Image’s 'Mud Man,' by Paul Grist. It is an eagerly awaited epic about the second-moistest superhero ever, Dean said.

Actually, "Mud Man" is about a boy whose body is slowly turning into mud. The comic is cut from the troubled-young-hero-in-an-extraordinary-situation cloth, Dean said, which shows off Grist's straightforward style.

"This is a fresh start for Grist, free from the historical context that frames 'Jack Staff,' he said, explaining that it's an opportunity to get an introduction to Image Comic's superhero line without needing to know fifty years worth of story history. And there's no stunt marketing to avoid with this title, either.

Dean cited Grist's comic book "Kane" as one of the best crime comics from the 1990s and said his other comic book, "Jack Staff," is consistently one of the best superhero comic books available in stores - even if it's doesn't sell as well as other superhero titles.

But for those who think "Kane" is too esoteric (it's no "Scarface" or "Goodfellas," Dean said) or that "Jack Staff" is confusingly British, "Mud Man" should be far more approachable, Dean said.

Approachable, but unique. Grist's visual storytelling, "uses negatives, silhouettes, and the white space most artists take for granted as central components in establishing character and advancing plot," Dean said.

"His writing tends to be humorous but always comes from a place of character, rather than relying on one-liners and pop culture references," Dean said. It's a creative approach to the comic book medium that doesn't follow the traditional superhero book formula.

Is there a comic out there that you are really loving? If so let us know in the comments. We are always looking for tips on good comics!

DC COMICS

ASTRO CITY THE DARK AGE BOOK 02 BROTHERS IN ARMS $19.99
BATMAN #3 $2.99
BATMAN A DEATH IN THE FAMILY TP NEW ED $24.99
BATMAN AND ROBIN TP VOL 02 BATMAN VS ROBIN $17.99
BIRDS OF PREY #3 $2.99
BLUE BEETLE #3 $2.99
CAPTAIN ATOM #3 $2.99
CATWOMAN #3 $2.99
DC COMICS PRESENTS SUPERMAN THE KENTS #1 $7.99
DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #17 $2.99
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #3 $2.99
END OF NATIONS #1 (OF 4) (RES) $2.99
FLASH THE ROAD TO FLASHPOINT HC $22.99
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #3 $2.99
GREEN LANTERN WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS HC $29.99
IZOMBIE #19 (MR) $2.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE #3 $3.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE #3 COMBO PACK $4.99
LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT MARSHALL ROGERS HC $49.99
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #3 $2.99
MAD PRESENTS SPY VS SPY THE TOP SECRET FILES TP $9.99
MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #2 (OF 6) $3.99
NIGHTWING #3 $2.99
NORTHLANDERS #46 (MR) $2.99
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #3 $2.99
SCALPED TP VOL 08 YOU GOTTA SIN TO GET SAVED (MR) $17.99
SUPERGIRL #3 $2.99
TEEN TITANS TEAM BUILDING TP $17.99
WONDER WOMAN #3 $2.99
YOUNG JUSTICE #10 $2.99
ZATANNA TP VOL 02 SHADES OF THE PAST $19.99

MARVEL COMICS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #674 $3.99
AVENGERS #19 $3.99
AVENGERS ACADEMY #22 $2.99
AVENGERS ORIGINS LUKE CAGE #1 $3.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA #4 $3.99
DEADPOOL #46 $2.99
DEADPOOL TEAM-UP TP VOL 03 BFFS $15.99
DEADPOOL TP VOL 07 SPACE ODDITY $15.99
FEAR ITSELF #7 POINT THREE $3.99
FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #3 (OF 12) $2.99
GENERATION HOPE #13 XREGB $2.99
I AM CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 $3.99
INCREDIBLE HULK #2 $3.99
JOHN CARTER A PRINCESS OF MARS #3 (OF 5) $2.99
LEGION OF MONSTERS #2 (OF 4) $3.99
MARVEL ART OF JOHN ROMITA JR HC $49.99
MARVEL UNIVERSE VS WOLVERINE HC $19.99
MMW GOLDEN AGE ALL WINNERS HC VOL 04 $64.99
MMW GOLDEN AGE ALL WINNERS HC VOL 04 DM VAR ED 170 $64.99
NEW MUTANTS #34 XREGB $2.99
PUNISHER #5 $2.99
SIX GUNS #2 (OF 5) $2.99
SPIDER-MAN TORMENT TP NEW PTG $15.99
STAND NIGHT HAS COME #4 (OF 6) $3.99
SUPER HEROES #20 $2.99
THOR WORLD EATERS TP $19.99
THUNDERBOLTS #165 $2.99
ULTIMATE COMICS DOOMSDAY TP $34.99
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #3 $3.99
VENOM #9 $2.99
WOLVERINE AND BLACK CAT CLAWS 2 HC $19.99
WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS #11 $3.99
WOLVERINE PUNISHER GHOST RIDER OFF INDEX MU #4 $3.99
X-23 #17 $2.99
X-FACTOR #227 $2.99
X-MEN #21 XREGB $3.99
X-MEN SCHISM #1 (OF 5) X PTG VAR (PP #992) $4.99
X-MEN SCHISM #4 (OF 5) X PTG VAR (PP #992) $3.99

DARK HORSE COMICS

CONAN ROAD OF KINGS #10 $3.50
DRAWING DOWN THE MOON SC $29.99
MASS EFFECT INVASION #2 (OF 4) CARNEVALE CVR $3.50
MASS EFFECT SSV NORMANDY SHIP REPLICA $34.99
STAR WARS INVASION REVELATIONS #5 (OF 5) $3.50
VALVE PRESENTS SACRIFICE & OTHER STEAM POWERED STORIES HC $24.99

IMAGE COMICS

68 HARDSHIP ONE SHOT CVR A $3.99
68 HARDSHIP ONE SHOT CVR B $3.99
BLUE ESTATE #7 (MR) $2.99
CARBON GREY ORIGINS #1 (OF 2) (MR) $3.99
CHEW #19 SDCC GLOW IN THE DARK VAR (MR) $10.00
DARKNESS ACCURSED TP VOL 05 $16.99
ELEPHANTMEN #36 (MR) $3.99
EPOCH #3 (OF 5) $3.99
GLADSTONES SCHOOL FOR WORLD CONQUERORS TP VOL 01 $15.99
HAUNT #18 $2.99
MORNING GLORIES #14 (MR) $2.99
MUDMAN #1 $3.50
PILOT SEASON SERAPH #1 $3.99
SEVERED #4 (OF 7) (MR) $2.99
SKULLKICKERS TP VOL 02 FIVE FUNERALS & A BUCKET OF BLOOD $16.99
ULTRA SEVEN DAYS DELUXE HC (MR) $74.99
ULTRA SEVEN DAYS DELUXE S&N LTD ED HC (MR) $99.99
WALKING DEAD #91 (MR) $2.99
WALKING DEAD WEEKLY #46 (MR) $2.99
WHO IS JAKE ELLIS TP VOL 01 $16.99
XENOHOLICS #2 (MR) $3.50

IDW PUBLISHING

ANGEL PORTRAITS 100 PAGE SPECTACULAR $7.99
ANNE RICE SERVANT OF THE BONES #4 (OF 6) $3.99
ARCHIE BEST OF SAMM SCHWARTZ HC VOL 01 $24.99
BLOOM COUNTY COMPLETE LIBRARY HC VOL 04 LTD SGN ED $50.00
BOB POWELL TERROR HC $24.99
CLASSIC NEXT MEN TP VOL 02 $29.99
DOCTOR WHO A FAIRYTALE LIFE TP $17.99
DREAMER TP VOL 02 $19.99
FELIX THE CAT GREATEST COMIC BOOK TAILS SC $27.99
GHOSTBUSTERS ONGOING #3 $3.99
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #172 $3.99
GODZILLA LEGENDS #1 (OF 5) $3.99
HAWKEN #1 (OF 6) $3.99
JACK AVARICE IS THE COURIER #3 (OF 5) $3.99
MONSTROUS COLL STEVE NILES & BERNIE WRIGHTSON HC $50.00
NEXT MEN HC VOL 02 $24.99
SNAKE EYES (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 $17.99
SNAKE EYES ONGOING (IDW) #7 $3.99
STAR TREK 100 PAGE SPECTACULAR $7.99
TRANSFORMERS ONGOING #30 $3.99

List is via Previews World

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. CR

    Just got Mud Man, read it, and loved it

    November 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  2. Astro

    Avengers Academy is excellent right now. Definitely something to check out, i'll have to get Mud Man. Didn't know it was Grist.

    November 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  3. Red Door

    Excellent article on Mud Man! Couldn't agree more with what Dean says

    November 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  4. Emperor Norton

    A lot of good Marvel books are on the cancellation bubble right now. Avengers Academy, Thunderbolts, and Black Panther are all in danger of being pulled if the sales don't pick up, so check 'em out!

    November 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm |