The Best Comics of September

Once a month we'll be bringing you a summary of the best comics to hit the shelves courtesy of the staff at 8th Dimension Comics.

Catwoman #1

Here we are at the big DC reboot, our commentary of which got hurled at Jim Lee during an NPR interview. So far, Selina Kyle is the morally ambiguous femme fatale that we've always loved, and the comic wastes no time getting to the action as some skull-masked thugs she has royally pissed off torch her apartment. It's a good start for one of DC's most famous characters, and there's a brief appearance by Batman at the end. We'll quote the comic itself by way of a description: "Most of the costumes stay on."

Rating: 7 of 10.

Severed #1-2

Who knew that Twisted Sister Dee Snyder's son was an awesome comic talent? Not us, that's for sure. Severed from Image comics is truly a great start to a dark piece of work. So far the 1910s period piece follows both the story of an orphan on his way to meet his wandering musician dad and a cannibalistic child killer. We get the impression this is what HBO was trying to go for when they did Carnivale. The whole book is the color of rusted blood, trains and dark, desperate settings. Luckily, we picked up a reprint of issue 1 along with 2. So should you.

Rating: 8 of 10

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

Back to DC again with apparently the league of former sidekicks. We've got Roy Harper, who used to minion for Green Arrow, the second Robin Jason Todd (Joker "killed" him, long story), and Starfire, who aside from being a very pretty drawing is so boring we can barely recall anything about her.

Gritty violence from two of DC's most malcontented former child stars as well as the eye candy that is Starfire in a bikini moves the book at a furious pace. Breakouts, magical cabals, witty buddy cop banter and, seriously, Starfire is wearing almost nothing. Here's to hoping this is the next comic book movie.

Rating: 7 of 10.

Daredevil Vol. 3 #4

This is our only Marvel entry on the list, and frankly we haven't kept up much with Daredevil after the Frank Miller and Kevin Smith runs. Still, Mark Waid does good work. The art by Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente is much more lighthearted and Sunday comic-esque than the last time we checked in on the Man Without Fear.

It's an open secret now that lawyer Matt Murdoch is also Daredevil, and his law career has taken the unusual course of actually teaching people to defend themselves in court. While that may seem like it would be a huge pain in the ass, Murdoch seems to be utterly in his element playing both sides of the law towards his crime-fighting goal. Good to catch up, but we're going to have to wait and see if the story picks up some.

Rating: 5 of 10

Witch Doctor #3

We forgot how good Image comics can be when they've got a good story behind them. Witch Doctor was described to us as House meets Lovecraft, and that's better than anything we come up with. Dr. Vincent Morrow is an occult physician investigating a recent infestation of fish people. We don't know how exactly we got to this point, though you can bet we're going to go back and find issues 1 and 2 to find out, but luckily this issue has a whole exposition explaining the rise of the occult and the need of people like Dr. Morrow to stave off the return of the chaos gods.

Witch Doctor is easily the best of October's picks. You can't combine medical drama and the Cthulhu Mythos without getting Art Attack's vote. Morrow is an amazing character, and his monster-eating companion Penny is like something out of Gloom Cookie if Clive Barker had written it. Get it.

Rating: 9 of 10

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

You might know Michael Chabon as the author of the novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which won a Pulitizer in 2001. Awesome Man is his new children's graphic novel, and having been forced to read a LOT of children's books over the last two years, we were hesitant.

Rest assured, though, that Awesome Man is the perfect bedtime story for the average comic geek to read to his or her child. All the hallmarks of the superhero genre are lovingly detailed, right up until the end when the whole thing ends in a Where the Wild Things Are-worthy way. It's worth the buy if only for the line "I can hug mutant talking Jell-O from Beyond the Stars."

Rating: 6 out of 10

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