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Comic Book Day: Pull List for January 29, 2014

In case those X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire covers didn’t get you excited for the veritable bounty of this week’s Comic Book Day, allow me to assuage your fears by telling you that there’s so much great stuff dropping this week. From a brilliant (and long overdue) collection of war comics curated by Garth Ennis to the long-awaited debut of Zack Whedon’s new Serenity comic to the latest from indie darling Michael DeForge, there’s a metric ton of awesome titles at your local comic book shop this week. So, read on, and say goodbye to your hard-earned cash, which will soon be lost like tears in the rain.

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Ant Colony | Drawn & Quarterly | Michael DeForge 

Every so often a book comes along that knocks you flat on your ass and makes you wonder where the hell you’ve been and why you haven’t seen anything like it sooner. Ant Colony is exactly that kind of book. The new hardcover tome from Drawn & Quarterly by celebrated cartoonist Michael DeForge began as a one-page color strip in quarterly comics anthology Smoke Signal. DeForge quickly fell in love with the weird, wacky world he’d created, and soon he published a long, overarching story online one page at a time, resulting in the longest finished narrative he’s put out to date. Now, Drawn & Quarterly has collected those strips in one comprehensive package and the results are glorious.

At its core, Ant Colony focuses on the day-to-day lives of, well, ants living in a colony. Black ants, to be precise. There are red ants too, but they are rude, violent creatures and eventually there’s going to be a civil war between the two factions, but I don’t want to spoil anything here. DeForge’s writing has sort of a Tao Lin-meets-A Bug’s Life quality to it, which is to say that these are still very much insects, but they still suffer the same sort of existential ennui and workaday malaise that we do. This feeling of intense relatability juxtaposed with the minutiae of being a drone in a sprawling ant colony makes for an incredibly gripping and often laugh-out-loud funny reading experience that isn’t like any other book I’ve read in recent memory.

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What elevates Ant Colony from good to great, though, is DeForge’s singular design sense, which presents us with a sort of psychedelic, trippy vision of what the world of insects are really like. Spiders look like giant eight-legged dogs as seen by someone in the throes of an acid trip. Meanwhile, centipedes are depicted as long, limousine-like creatures hurtling across the landscape with wanton disregard for their surroundings, laughing and shouting things like “Beep beep!” or “Life rules!”. It’s an intensely charismatic, thoughtful, evocative little world that DeForge has filled with memorable characters, burning philosophical questions, and moments of true humanity that shine through the stylized thoraxes and angled antennae of his kooky creations. The year may be young, but I am confident when I say that this may just be the best graphic novel of 2014.

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Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 | Dark Horse Comics | Zack Whedon and Georges Jeanty

Excerpted from Eric Diaz’s full review:

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind picks up nine months after the events of the 2005 movie; we find that the galaxy is teetering on the brink of another civil war, much like the one the Browncoats like Malcolm Reynolds and Zoe fought in before the events of the Firefly television series. Although Joss Whedon himself didn’t write this, you might have heard of one or two of his current projects in development), he entrusted his brother Zack to do the honors this time, with former Buffy the Vampire Slayer seasons eight and nine artist Georges Jeanty doing the pencils. Joss still gets an “executive producer” credit, so I’m guessing a lot of the story’s broad strokes came from him. Zack is certainly a talented writer, and if anything, he gets the “voice” of these characters just right. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Joss wrote this himself, and that’s the highest compliment I can give.

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind is the first of six issues, and if you love the Firefly universe then you’d be a fool to miss what might be the only sequel or continuation it is ever going to get, so I’d recommend getting this one when it hits on January 29th. (And if you’re not a fan, I’d suggest you watch the entire series and the movie and then pick this up. There are only fourteen episodes, you marathoned through Breaking Bad on Netflix, you can probably marathon through all of Firefly in a week.)  Whether you are a hardcore or casual fan, be prepared to get totally emotionally invested in this crew all over again. Highly recommended.

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Garth Ennis Presents – Battle Classics | Titan Comics | John Wagner, Cam Kennedy, Alan Hebden, Mike Western, John Cooper, Garth Ennis

There’s plenty of phenomenal single-issue comics coming out this week, but one of the best bangs for your buck is the brand new, mammoth Garth Ennis Presents – Battle Classics collection from Titan Comics, which as you may have inferred is a collection of some of the best war comics from seminal British anthology Battle curated by none other than veteran comics writer Garth Ennis. Containing stories from HMS Nightshade, The General Dies at Dawn, and a host of short stories, this is a breathtaking look at some of the best British comics to come out between 1975 and 1988. Harrowing, heartfelt tales of true war abound and thoughtful essays by Ennis provide much-needed context and insight into the era that helped define a generation of writers. Whether you’re a hardcore history buff, a fan of gritty adventure stories, or simply a student of the medium, this impressive hardcover is a must-buy.

For more from Dan Casey on his top pick of the week, check out Nerdist News:

Pull List

DARK HORSE COMICS

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DC COMICS

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DC COMICS/DC COLLECTIBLES

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IMAGE COMICS

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IMAGE COMICS/MCFARLANE TOYS

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MARVEL COMICS

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COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

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What’s on your pull list this week? Let us know in the comments below or whisper it to me softly on Twitter.

Additional reporting by Eric Diaz.

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