Outside surging attention on the Nationals’ bullpen or the pre-seasonal outlook for Washington’s NFL omens or auspices, trending on the Metro area cycles on local and national. The excellence of local eateries about the District prefaces as a celebrative feature to dine over the news of a blockbuster’s casting call and a developing movie’s D.C. basis.
Amidst the dining festivities and entertainment news, these prime selections from the various new comics accentuates the interlude of Hump Day. Topping the time until more production crews and updates arrive as an Arlington founded burger restaurant tops a nation-wide survey.
Ides of Blood
Set in ancient Iron Age, Rome’s army extends the Empire in bloody battles. In this historical context from Wildstorm, ancient horrors are killed and enslaved by an expanding empire claiming ancient heritage and mythic origins. Screenwriter Stuart C. Paul debuts into sequential art with a comic book merges two frontrunner storytelling platforms of modern entertainment. Christian Duce, artist of Kade: Rising Sun, provides the pencils throughout the six-issue series.
Twenty-six years, twenty-four volumes and multiple awards later for concept and creator marks a second chance for a first look on an indelible, highly regarded series. As part of the One for One-dollar branding by Dark Horse Comics, the 1984 premiere of Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai renews for reacquainting and unfamiliar readers alike. The anthropomorphic ronin Usagi finds adventure amidst the Civil War era of Feudal Japan in his sojourn’s bid to regain his former status and, more, the title of Shogun.
The Last Phantom
Reviving the comics strip legend The Phantom in a reimagined limited series, Dynamite
Comics publishes a modernistic origin to the Shadow that Walks. The international sites and flavor of this classic hero is sustained within the comics script by Scott Beatty, author of the encyclopedic Ultimate Guide volumes. Beatty also has a writer’s portfolio for several comics issues under the DC Comics label as well as the publisher’s imprints.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Riley
In a one-shot story arc, the comic book adaptation of television’s top rated Cheerleader-become-Slayer program focuses on the short-lived character of Riley Finn. Once a leader in a secret soldier program against the supernatural that ended prior to his romantic relationship with Buffy in Seasons 3 to 5, Finn returned to Sunnydale with a cameo that introduced his new squad-partnered wife. Dark Horse boasts the return of Finn on the scribe talents of “Buffy” series writer Jane Espenson.
The original source for director Guillermo del Toro’s “Hellboy” and “Hellboy: The Golden Army” returns the very first issue as a partner edition under Dark Horse’s One for One-dollar series. Top ranked and award winning spinoffs root back to Mike Mignola’s signature founding introduction of an unlikely paranormal hero that has become a hard-bitten, vanguard favorite for the long-termed series’ large fandom.