Threat Level Wednesday - Dinosaurs vs Cowboys, Trinity vs Infinity and Man vs Machine ~ What'cha Reading?

Threat Level Wednesday – Dinosaurs vs Cowboys, Trinity vs Infinity and Man vs Machine

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Marvel:

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Avengers#18
$3.99
w. Jonathan Hickman
a. Lenil Francis Yu

Why?:
Because Hickman writes on a large-scale, and these Avengers and New Avengers tie-ins are the linchpins of the Infinity miniseries. Here we see the Avengers in space joining the Galactic Council’s Army, but so are the Skrulls. Bad Blood is bound too come out, even if there under the command of Warlord K’lrt( better known as SuperSkrull ) and part of a greater force of Shi’ar, Kree, Spatax and Annihilation forces. Lenil Francis Yu’s art is spectacular as always, and shows his storytelling growth and attention to detail.

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Indestructible Hulk#12
$3.99
w. Mark Waid
a. Matteo Scalera

Why?: Because the Hulk is fighting dinosaurs in 1873 alongside the Two Gun Kid, the Rawhide kid and Kid Colt.
The time stream is screwed thanks to the Age of Ultron, and Hulk, on behalf of S.H.I.E.L.D’s time division ( aptly named T.I.M.E ) , is going to do his best to stop Tok the Chronanarchist from permanently altering the time stream to his liking. Waid’s work on this title is just as cool as his Daredevil run, and Scalera’s artwork is a perfect match for the tone of the book.

D.C.

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Superman Unchained #3
$3.99
w. Scott Snyder
a. Jim Lee

Why?: Why wouldn’t you get this book: Snyder, Lee. Superman vs General Lane and the U.S. Army. Not to mention their super powered secret weapon: a being with powers even beyond those of Kal El, the Wraith… The first alien to land in the US (check the date he landed for some cool synchronicity).

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Justice League Dark #23
$3.99
w. Jeff Lemire
a. Mikel Janin

Why?:  Besides being a Trinity War chapter, besides being written by Lemire, who is definitely one of DCs top writers ( best Green Arrow run in decades ), and besides being drawn by series regular Mikel Janin, who’s ultra-realistic style still contains that fantasy element that lifts it above the rest, this book has a series game changer in it, after possessing Wonder Woman, Pandora’s Box falls into the hands of one of the most powerful magic based beings in the DCU, if only for a moment. As the box exerts its powers on all the leaguers, it  causes them all to vie for its possession. If only someone with the darkest heart can safely hold it, whose darker of heart than Lex Luthor, who failed to control it? Is that cigarette smoke I smell…..?

Independent:

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Bounce #4
Image Comics
w. Joe Casey
a. David Messina

Why?: well after last issues stoned comparison of superhero costume adventuring with gender identification and cross dressing by series star Jasper and his gay roommate, I can’t wait to see what next social commentary Mr. Casey decides to tackle in this issue. Whatever it may be, it’s sure to be trippingly presented in collaboration with Mr. Messina, who seamlessly flows from the mundane world, the super-heroic world, and the altered states of the inner mind. As the cast of characters and plot grow, so does the fun and intelligence of both the words and art.

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Bloodshot #0
Valiant Comics
$3.99
w. Matt Kindt
a. Chris Cross

Why?: Look at that cover and tell me you don’t want to read this book. No really loooook at it. It’s beautiful. And as usual for Valiant, you can judge a book by its cover. The definitive origin of Bloodshot is told here, as well as the whole process that led to his current incarnation ( what??? There was more than one Bloodshot?? Hey how long has this been going on ? ) Kindt has been popping up all over the place but seems to have found a home at Valiant, and Cross gives this story the polish and scope it needed. Kudos to you both on your inaugural Valiant work !

Last Weeks Surprise Pick:

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Avengers vs Thanos TPB.
Marvel
$34.99
w. Various
a. Various

Why?:
I normally wouldn’t put a trade on the list, but after getting all ganked up on Marvel cosmic history for my Infinity article ( insert link here ), I had my LCS order a copy of this for me. Entombed here are Thanos’ first adventures, his first attempt at gaining godhood, his first clash with the Avengers and his epic battle with Captain Marvel. Massive amounts of Starlin awesomeness pervade this tpb. I know the price tags a little steep, but its worth its weight in gold. And hundreds cheaper than getting the original issues!
If your digging Infinity or loving Thanos, this is the book for you!

About Author

Trained by the Four-Color wizard, Hagan, in all things comic-booky, young Robert took to the streets of New York, dragging his large bespectacled head from comic shop to comic shop, absorbing, learning… knowing…. Until a very delayed pubescent spurt in his early thirties when the tumescent lump of comic knowledge burst forth, rupturing into nonsensical rants about Jack Kirby, superhero related tattoos, questionable cosplay activities, worshiping Jim Starlin as a prophet, and courting the young lady working in his local comic shop. Now he is just mad…roaming the streets late at night while walking his dog, plotting and preparing to unleash more comic-booky goodness on an unsuspecting world. He likes bread. The food. He thinks the band is crap. *Hey wanna freak Bob out? Come follow him on twitter (@dyrewolf1218), he's totally new to it and suspects it may be black magic...* - Chuck the editor monkey

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