Jack’s Stack: Weekly Comics Recommendations for the Week of 5-31-17

Welcome to another edition of Jack’s Stack! A weekly review/recommendation for new comics right here on Enthuse! Let’s jump into it:

Flintlock Vol. 1: Book One
Time Bomb Comics
Writer: Steve Tanner
Art: Ed Machiavello, Lorenzo Nicoletta & Anthony Summey

One of the most ambitious projects coming out of indie comics right now, Flintlock sets out to create its own internal shared universe and mythology, with interconnected characters and stories, set in the 1700’s. Featuring swashbuckling action and strong female characters, not to mention rich, thick-outlined inking, I hope this book takes off.

Heavy Metal #286
Heavy Metal
Various Writers and Artists

I’m a sucker for anything by Grant Morrison, and while being editor-in-chief of Heavy Metal has kept him busy these past years, that hasn’t stopped him from contributing. This issue includes not only another thrilling instalment of his and Gerhard’s “The Smile of the Absent Cat”, but also an entire article on Chaos Magick. Also, that “Atomahawk” opener by Donny Cates and Ian Bederman is a really fun and frenetic story.

Moon Knight #14
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Greg Smallwood

*Warning: Mild spoilers for this issue follow*

Jeff Lemire’s mind-bending run on Moon Knight concludes here, and man, what a journey. Greg Smallwood’s art continues to impress; his graduated tone shading is top notch, and nobody can draw the moon god Khonshu quite like him. It’s nice to see Marc Spector finally catch a break for once, and Lemire isn’t afraid of offering his characters that which almost no one else from the big two will: closure.

Aliens: Dead Orbit #2
Dark Horse Comics
Writer/Artist: James Stokoe

Beautiful art: check. Haunting atmosphere: double check. Sick chestburster action: check, check, check! I feel like James Stokoe has a better understanding of what makes the Alien franchise special than even Ridley Scott does. A simple yet compelling sci-fi premise with grounded characters and a horror twist. Stokoe does this in spades.

And there you have it folks, this week’s newest recommendations. Go out and pick these up at your local comic shop or on Comixology.com! Happy Reading!

(Featured photo by Jack Stewardson)

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