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Marvel:

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Infinity #4
w. Hickman
a. Opena & Weaver

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Why?: This is the best Marvel event book since Secret Wars and a classic in the making. Hickman continues to take the Avengers to new, cosmic-y heights and alters the entire Marvel Universe in this pivotal issue of the miniseries. Blackbolt’s scream not only destroyed Thanos’ army and the City of Attilan, it activated a weapon that will have far-reaching consequences for not just all of humanity, but a certain Son of Thanos, who sees his true heritage revealed. Meanwhile Cap’s big plan to save the space bound Avengers and their Galactic council allies is to have Thor….kneel and surrender????? WTF? Opena and Weaver don’t miss a beat alternating between the two plots, and its beautiful to watch, from the Thanos vs. Black Bolt super epic battle of the millennium, to the excellent reminder that the God of Thunder is never truly unarmed!

5 out of 5 Space Monkeys!

 

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w. Jason Aaron
a. Ron Garney

Why?:
Because Malekith is back! (just in time to see Dark World!) That and Ron Garney’s out of this nine worlds art draws me to this title like Volstagg to a pie. When the Dark Elf threatens the Nine Worlds, the Nine Worlds responds in kind. Who are Screwbeard, Ud, Oggy, Sir Ivory Honeyshot, and Lady Waziria?
Their Thor’s new teammates; the League of Realms, and there ready to take Malekith down, or die trying! Aaron’s Thor is one of the best Marvel Now! titles and continues to be as strong as it was in the start.

4 out of 5 Space Monkeys!

D.C.

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Forever Evil: Arkham War #1 w. Peter Tomasi a. Scott Eaton

Why?: Just look at the cover , every Bat-Villain is on the loose thanks to the Crime Syndicate releasing them from Arkham and Blackgate. And I do mean Every! With Gotham carved into sections by various villains, the GCPD overwhelmed and undermanned and Batman presumed dead, who will step in to maintain order? None other than Bane himself. With a deal from the Secret Society, he might just have the upper hand. I mean really, think what Bane can do with an army of Talons….. All that setting up in the Villain’s Month one shots reaches it climax here… War comes to Gotham..

3 out of 5 Space Monkeys!

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Superman/WonderWoman #1
w. Charles Soule
a. Tony Daniel

Why?: Look, say what you want about the New 52 relaunch, this one thing they definitely got right! The Supes/WW dating dynamic is a great one, with much more room for depth and stories than he could ever have with Lois. (c’mon we all saw Clerks! ) Soule does a nice balancing act of relationship/action, both of which are dramatically rendered by Daniel, showing his stint as a writer has only made him a better storyteller. With a spectacular wrap around cover and the return of Superman’s most deadly foe(I’ll give you a hint, he may have or might not have at sometime, someway , in the past 5 years killed Superman… We think) this is a great first issue to what promises to be a fun series.

5 out of 5 Space Monkeys!

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Independent:

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Three #1 Image Comics $3.99 w. Kieron Gillen a. Ryan Kelly

Why?: To prove to myself I was right that this book was going to rock! And I did. It’s great. An erstwhile sequel to Frank Miller’s 300.. well I guess I should say ancient Sparta’s 300, it serves two purposes:

1. Its a good action packed read, with Kelly’s art catching the time period, and a nice individual look to each character with a nice gritty style.

And more importantly …..

2. You learn stuff. Gillen did aloooott of research for this book and it shows. You learn about a whole class of people they never covered in school, and would have been a burden to Hollywood directors. A caste of people lower than slaves and their struggle to survive under Spartan rule is serious subject matter and it is treated so here.

4 out of 5 Space Monkeys!

 

Last Weeks Surprise Pick:

NO TIME!!!! Getting Ready for the ………………

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And be sure to visit my LCS for the past 20 years, Royal Collectibles at Booth #2922!

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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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