Best Comics in June: Harry Potter Is the Anti-Christ Who Shoots Magic from His Wiener

Once a month the amazing staff at 8th Dimension Comics selects a pile of the best new releases for us to peruse and judge.

The Guild: Fawkes
Best Comics in June: Harry Potter Is the Anti-Christ Who Shoots Magic from His Wiener

If you haven't caught any of the Guild created by and starring Felicia Day, it's on Netflix and you're an idiot. Dark Horse brings us a neat little one shot set in the universe centering on the king of all pretentious gits, Marion, leader of the Axis of Anarchy in the show's MMORPG. Day and Marion's live-action portrayer Wil Wheaton craft an incredibly hilarious look into the mind of someone who has taken philosophy just a little too far and become a cliché of such epic proportions it's like someone cast Rob Schneider in Waiting for Godot.

Rating: 8 of 10

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 2009
Best Comics in June: Harry Potter Is the Anti-Christ Who Shoots Magic from His Wiener

It's been a while since I checked in with Alan Moore's League, and I've just never been as into the modern adventures as the first two Victorian romps. I have to say though, seeing Harry Potter as the actual Anti-Christ, massacring everyone at Hogwarts and then trying to piss lightning all over the world to end it was something you don't see every day. Nonetheless, it's not a truly inspired story, and I think it's likely the League has run its course. That being said, Moore has conceived the most awesome version of God ever in the final showdown, and when you realize who she is bricks will be shat.

Rating: 6 of 10

Before Watchmen
Best Comics in June: Harry Potter Is the Anti-Christ Who Shoots Magic from His Wiener

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I'd been dreading the rebirth of Alan Moore's most famous creations that DC had dreamed up. I mean, how do you top Watchmen? You don't, but that's not the point of superhero comics and it never has been. You continue the stories because you have the characters, and they're meant to live on the page, not be cosigned to a vault marked "Holy, Do not touch." I picked up the Minutemen and Silk Spectre. The first is fantastic read along the lines of the Twelve, with all kinds of interesting new takes on the barely mentioned forefathers of the Watchmen universe and a particularly poignant expose on the Silhouette that brings her to life in a way Moore never did. Silk Spectre was slightly less dynamic, but still a fine book all around.

Rating: 7 of 10

 

Batman Incorporated # 2
Best Comics in June: Harry Potter Is the Anti-Christ Who Shoots Magic from His Wiener

Talia Al Ghul has always been a somewhat poorly defined character in my opinion. To many writers are just as quick to turn her damsel in distress as unstoppable badass equal of Batman. Grant Morrison walks us through the amazing history as the daughter of one of the most evil men on Earth, and the twisted fate she's walked in the name of love and power. This is the definitive look at the one woman who can match the Bat.

Rating: 7 of 10

Fatima: The Blood Spinners #1
Best Comics in June: Harry Potter Is the Anti-Christ Who Shoots Magic from His Wiener

Gilbert Hernandez of Love and Rockets fame is back with a brand new book about a new street drug that turns victims into zombies. Sounds tired and boring, and in the hands of a lesser man it would be, but the grim Fatima and her bald look at a dystopia full of willing ghouls carries just the kind of edgy, Jubilee-style weirdness that keeps the zombie genre from collapsing in on itself like a black hole of suck. Pop art at its best.

Rating: 8 of 10

Kiss: Dressed to Kill #1
Best Comics in June: Harry Potter Is the Anti-Christ Who Shoots Magic from His Wiener

I don't know what it is about KISS comics and me. Every time I read one I feel like I've been drinking for a few days straight and any moment I'm going to wake up in an alley with no money and a new tattoo. This latest adventure has four 1930s cops endowed with the cosmic power of the Elder and his four avatars... KISS. They take on a demonic gangster called Wicked Lester in a very, very strange battle for the soul of the world. The story is pretty good for a KISS comic, and Jamal Ingle's artwork is the best I've ever seen the quartet portrayed. Two kinds of people will like this book, fans, and people that collect complete, capitalistic insanity.

Rating: 6 of 10


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