Best Comics In October Part 2: Satan's Chili and Here Comes Skeletor
Once a month the folks at 8th Dimension comics select the best comics for us to review. We're splitting the round-up into two parts this month to accommodate some of the brilliant longer works that debuted in their own section, but here's the star single issues of the month.
Check out Part 1 of this month's roundup.
Vertigo put out a one-shot of spooky short stories that had some real gems in it. The collection opens with a bizarre, lighthearted tale called The Night After I Took the Data Entry Job I Was Visited By My Own Ghost by Al Ewing, drawn by Rufus Dayglo. It follows a man in his twenties who us haunted by the specter of his lost rock star dreams. The ghost eventually begins taking over his life in a humorous and surreal manner that plays like one of Harlan Ellison's brighter moments.
Even better is Neil Kleid and John McRea's A Bowl of Red, which is, and I'm not making this up, and epic story of faith and the human mind centered around a bowl of Lucifer's own chili. How on Earth such amazingly introspective stabs into a reader's very soul came from something you spread on hot dogs I'll never know, but it is unforgettable brilliance.
Plus, the book is worth the buy because it contains the last work by Joe Kubert before he died.
Rating: 9 of 10
The Avengers vs. X-Men storyline is finally over (Thank God), and now we deal with a world where Charles Xavier is dead and Scott Summer in prison for his murder and for bringing about the return of the Dark Phoenix. Now Captain America struggles to unite the Avengers with the mutant population in order to give the world a face of cooperation and unity. They manage to recruit Havok to their cause, but meanwhile the Red Skull has returned with a plan to use the brain of Professor X to bring an end to mutant-kind. It was worth putting up with that damned endless crossover just to get to this awesome new team book.
Rating: 7 of 10