Wow another tough week! Let’s see what did I pick up this week? Action Lab’s Double Jumpers #1 (no it didn’t come out this week but my local shop just got it in), only one Dark Horse title this week (Buffy). DC was definitely the big winner this week six books coming home from their offerings, two which made it into my first five. Dynamite’s Flash Gordon Zeitgeist made an appearance. Two Image books; Planetoid #1 and Alpha Girl # 3. Only two Marvel books, X-Men Legacy and Deadpool (I loves me some ‘Pool!). Oni Press made a rare appearance with Bad Medicine #1, I think #2 came out this week but I hadn’t read number one yet. And last but certainly not least Vertigo’s American Vampire “Lord of Nightmares” #1.
So which five were the ones I had to read first? Let’s get going…
Batman and Robin #10
Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
Cover by: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason
Format: FC, COMIC
I think the cover shows why this was the first book I read off this week’s stack. And man was it the right one to read first! Any book that really tries to show the inner workings of the “Bat Family” is going to be fun but this one got every “Robin” together, yes all of them. I gotta tell you Damien is definitely nuts. Tomasi must be having a great time writing this! 4 out of 5!
By: Ken Garing
Diamond ID: APR120419
On Sale: June 13, 2012
I love this book. 5 out of 5. Read my full review here.
Alpha Girl #3
Story by:Jean-Paul Bonjour & Jeff Roenning
Art By:Robert Love, Dana Shukartsi, Diego Simone
Diamond ID: FEB120494
On Sale: June 13, 2012
Another Image book makes the First 5! Alpha Girl #3! So I missed issue two of this series but I didn’t really feel lost. Premise? All the women in the world have become zombies. Disease? Demonic possession? Don’t know. What I do know is our heroine Judith seems (seemed?) to be the only woman (girl) not affected. Is that about to change? This book is sick, twisted and violent in all the best ways. It’s got a great sophomoric sense of humor as well. Definitely worth taking a look at. 3 out of 5
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1
Written by: Darwyn Cooke & Various
Art by: Amanda Conner, John Higgins
Cover by: Amanda Conner
Format: LIMITED SERIES
I wasn’t looking forward to Before Watchmen. I kind of felt the original graphic novel and the movie gave us enough back story to make the characters interesting. This feels like a money grab. Don’t get me wrong the book is not bad. The story is about what you’d expect, Laurie’s broken home background, Sally’s bad relationship choices. Writing is good, art is good. Book just didn’t do it for me. Annoying considering I really enjoy Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner.
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #1 (of 5) (MR)
Writer Scott Snyder
Artist, Cover Artist Dustin Nguyen
Format: FC, LIMITED SERIES
Lord of Nightmares is the second mini series to spin off of this great series. Return to post-war Europe and The Vassals of the Morning Star! The vampire hunters have contacted Felicia Book and “requested” her help racking down the most dangerous and powerful vampire ever. Can she come out of hiding, leave the life she’s built?
This series has consistently been one of the best on the stands month after month. The world Scott Snyder has created is filled with interesting characters with rich back-stories. Even though the main series is at issue # 27 and a mini series has been published (Sean Murphy’s “Survival of the Fittest”) you can still pick up, read and enjoy any issue. That is the best recommendation I can give any comic. This series has a fresh and new take on vampire lore if you haven’t given it a try you really should. 5 out of 5, perfect first issue of a mini.
So that’s five, but to be honest there was a sixth this week. It was a tie when I was picking my five. Here…
Deadpool (vol. 3) #56
Writer: Daniel Way
Artist: Ale Garza
Cover Art: Dave Johnson
Format: FC, COMIC
I’ve been reading Deadpool for a loooonnnggg time. I got sucked into buying all the different titles, followed along with all the story lines. Watched as they started cancelling them. For once I can honestly say Marvel actually made really good choices. The main series has been a lot of fun, I wasn’t sure when it started if the character could really handle a series but he has, in spades.
The reason this months issue couldn’t wait was the cover. I’m a big Nick Fury fan and the homage paid by Dave Johnson was wonderful.
The death of Deadpool storyline is still chugging along with our favorite Merc with a Mouth is running around sans healing factor trying like hell NOT to get killed. His new lease on life is sending him down some seriously psychotic paths and this issue’s no different. The c lister who kicks his butt in this issue is the Trapster, yea the guy who shoots glue. What will our intrepid hero do? Perhaps enlist the aid of another merc? Someone tough enough to train our hero in the ways of non-healing factor supported warfare? Deadpool always worth a 3 out of 5. At least.