Yup, snuck up and smacked me right in the back of the head. I haven’t even come close to reading, let alone reviewing, half of the books I have lined up! But as they say time and tide wait for no one, so on with the show.
This week is a pretty light one for me and as usual the indie’s outweigh the big two,
ARCHAIA: We’ve finally gotten Archaia to put us on their previews list! Yea! They sent us a copy of Cyborg 009 which both Roe and I found interesting but didn’t have a chance to write-up. Needless to say I found it interesting enough to buy didn’t I? Look for reviews of their book soon!
Boom! Studios: One of my favorite pubs, I usually have at least one book from them. This week? Suicide Risk from Mike Carey and Elena Casagrande. This is tied for my pick of the week! What a great book! Here’s the synopsis:
Heroes are dying, and cops are dying twofold. Humanity is underpowered in the face of their onslaught, and people are suffering untold casualties trying to stem the flow. After barely surviving a super-powered bank heist gone horribly wrong, beat cop Leo Winters vowed to try and find a way to stop them. Following a lead, he discovered two lowlifes who seemed to be able to grant a person powers…for the right price. Thing is: you don’t get to choose which power. It’s seemingly random, a crap-shoot, a risk. Will Leo decide to take that risk? And why is it that even the heroes in this world eventually break
Trust me, go get this one.
Dark Horse: A staple of mine, they never fail to get me to spend some cash, this week? Abe Sapien #2 and Dean Motter’s Mister X, expect something about Mister X from me soon.
DC: One title, Batman Detective Comics #20. I’ve read Detective forever, maybe it’s just a habit. I miss pre New 52 Detective from Scott Snyder.
Dynamite: (why do I always want to say DYNOMITE!, JJ get out of my brain!) Two titles made the cut this week, The Black Bat #1 which looks really cool (can’t wait to actually read it) and Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon #4 from Moore and Reppion. I’ve written about this series before as well, it only has one issue left and I’ll miss it. I hope Moore and Reppion team up for another soon!
Image Comics: This company is the future of comics. I can’t name another that has had as many great books in the last two years. If they keep it up they will give the big two a run for their money. This time around there was only one new title I picked up from them. J. Michael Straczynski and Ben Templesmith have a book entitled Ten Grand. Allow me this small indulgence J MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI AND BEN TEMLESMITH HAVE A BOOK OUT. Man I think I just broke something. Needless to say I’m excited about it. It was the first book I read today. It’s really really good. I’ve always loved Mr Templesmith’s art but this is beyond his best stuff and Straczynski’s writing is sublime. It’s being published by Image under the Joe’s Diner imprint (Straczynski’s) and, as he mentions in his column in the back of the book, the series under this imprint are scheduled to run as many issues as the creators feel there’s a story. No propping up boring books with badly manufactured cross-over events and cash grabs. Have I mentioned the book is great? Here:
Joe Fitzgerald was a mob enforcer until the day he met Laura, who convinced him to leave that world behind. Before quitting, Joe agreed to one last job, little realizing that the man he’d been sent to kill was deeply involved in demonlogy. He survived Joe’s attempt and came after him, fatally wounding Joe and killing Laura. As he lay dying, an angelic force (who may or may not be what she appears) pointed out that where she is going, he can’t follow, and where he is going, he wouldn’t want her to follow. But if he will agree to work for them as a different kind of enforcer, they will bring him to life and keep on bringing him to life every time he is killed in a righteous cause. The reward: for those five minutes of death, he will be with Laura again. Would you endure an eternity of pain and death, dying over and over, to be with the woman you love for just five minutes each time you died? Most people might say no. But Joe Fitzgerald isn’t most people.
Could you tell Ten Grand is my other pick of the week? Yea, thought so.
Marvel Comics: They got me for two this week, X-Factor #255 (the only book in the Marvel U I can actually say I love and follow religiously) and X-Men Legacy #10. Why those two? Well Peter David writes X-Factor and Simon Spurrier writes Legacy. ‘Nuff Said.
Well that’s all I wanted this week, I asked some of the other nut jobs around here what they were getting. Let’s check in shall we?
Damn, last week’s haul woulda been better. But here goes:
Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible #2 (Dark Horse), because I love Hellboy (in case my multiple C2E2 posts weren’t your first clue) and Abe.
Age of Ultron #7 (Marvel), because, you know. Marvel fangirl. And I can’t resist a post-apocalyptic ANYTHING.
All New X-Men #11 (Marvel), because, X-fangirl. But it’s SO GOOD. Honest.
Miss Fury #2 (Dynamite), because the first issue caught my eye. I do enjoy a good superheroine comic, and I have a weakness for Alex Ross covers.
I’m not planning on picking anything up until Saturday at Royal Collectibles despite being blocks away from Midtown Comics. And even then I don’t know what I’m getting until I browse the racks, plus I got a bunch of stuff in my pulls file. I’m loyal to Royal! Hey that should go on a t-shirt.
Well…I’m not waiting for much on the DC side…..ever since 52, nothing really draws my attention in except artwise. However, tomorrow both Avengers and X-men and All New X-Men are coming out. I like the recent development between Cyclop’s New School of Gifted Mutants and Xavier’s original school headed up by Kitty Pryde and Wolverine. I like entertaining the possibility that Cyclops has gone so far down the road that he’s what Magneto was 20 years ago to the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, even tho he doesn’t see it. And I like how Cap stepped down from the new Avengers team to hand over leadership duties to Havok to offset the bad press Scott has given mutants as a revolutionary threat to the status quo. I’m also looking forward to the Superior Spiderman title and how the battle between Otto Octavius and Peter plays out. Most people say the Green Goblin is Peter’s true arch-enemy, but Octavius resonates with me because he was the first superpowered menace Parker faced as well as being a great scientist Peter aspired to be, the first one he lost to, and having him walk in Spiderman’s shoes and assuming his responsibilities is an inspired turn from the creative team at Marvel. Also Thanos Rising which tells the origin of Thanos ( that I’m picking up for the Simone Bianchi artwork ) and Age of Ultron, which curiously I have to regard as a Marvel’s idea of an Elseworlds tale since it doesn’t fit anywhere into current Marvel continuity….
68 Jungle Jim
Age of Ultron
…looking forward to Hawkeye Cuz he’s awesome. Aqua Man and definitely both Valiant titles and checking out what the movement and ten grand are about…
And last but certainly not least this from our newest member of What’cha Reading!
It’s a light week for me, All New X-Men #11 which I enjoy far more than I should. I’m not a huge Bendis fan, mostly because I think he feels the more words filling the page the better, but this series I’m really enjoying. Hawkeye #10, I’m a Hawkeye fan from way back and I am loving this series. The writing is fun. The art takes some getting used to but I’ve come to like it. Mostly I just like spending time with my favorite archer. Abe Sapien Dark & Terrible #2, I liked the first issue of this series. I’m curious to see where it goes. Abe Sapien is a great character to explore although his mystery is part of the fun and taking that away may make him less enjoyable.
So there you have it comic book fans! What are you picking up this week? Let us know!