This Week’s Best Bets: ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’ Rides Into Town!

Last week’s flood of comics has receded, but there’s still some great issues with crossover appeal hitting shelves this week that you should add to your list. Here’s what’s looking good:

“THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY” #1 (Dynamite) — Clint Eastwood’s iconic “Man with No Name” rides again in this brand new story by writer Chuck Dixon and artist Esteve Polls. I don’t care what you say about “Dirty Harry,” folks — “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and the rest of the “Man With No Name” films were Eastwood at his cigar-chompin’, squinty-eyed best. This issue kicks off the five-part story “Dead Man’s Hand,” and I couldn’t be happier to see the character continue to be one of the premiere bad-asses in any medium.

“DRAFTED: ONE HUNDRED DAYS” (Devil’s Due) — This one-shot story promises to tell the story of “the President who could have been” — but it’s not just another Barack Obama biography. Writer Mark Powers explains what would’ve happened if, instead of being elected the U.S. President last year, Obama had suffered along with the rest of the Earth during an alien invasion. The story looks to offer an image of the current U.S. President as someone like everyone else, but still capable of rising above a challenge — even if that challenge is intergalactic war.

I’m not saying it’s going to be good, but it definitely piques the interest, eh?

“B.P.R.D. 1947″ #1 (Dark Horse) — This one takes readers back to 1947 with Hellboy and the original B.P.R.D. team, and promises to be a worthy sequel to the exceptionally good “1946” miniseries published earlier this year. The previous series featured demonic little girls, terrifying vampires and gigantic robotic monkeys, and there’s no reason returning writer Joshua Dysart and artist Paul Azaceta won’t up the ante this time. In fact, I’d bet on it.

Honorable Mention: “Chuck” (DC/Wildstorm) — Collecting the six-issue series based on the television series, “Chuck” is written by the program’s co-executive producer Peter Johnson and series writer Zev Borow. Fans of the show have told me this was a great tie-in that explored storylines network television simply couldn’t handle. Sounds like a good recommendation to me!

What are you planning to read this week? Let me know in the comment section!