Wednesday! Glorious comic book day! Check out our post to see what we’re looking forward to reading this week, and let us know what you’re picking up as well.
This is a surprisingly light week for me, as I’m pretty behind on a lot of books, or I’ve dropped a couple, like Fantastic Four. (Which kills me, because I love F4, but unless I read that the grimdark everything’s falling apart vibe from issue #1 lifts, I can’t do it.)
- Grayson #1: Solely checking this out just because it’s Dick Grayson. No other reason needed.
- New Suicide Squad #1: Just to see if it’s the train wreck I imagine it will be.
- Shutter #4: Loving this series so far. It’s a fun little adventure.
- Captain Marvel #5: If you know me at all, you know this is an obvious one.
It’s a super light week for me, and they’re both Marvel. I’m admittedly behind on a few books that I WOULD be pulling, if I were caught up, like Lumberjanes and Amazing Spider-Man (there’s a 1.3 out this week), but here’s my list of two:
- All-New X-Men #29: I’m not entirely sure I’m on board with what Bendis is doing with X-23, and I swear, he’s just been trolling his tumblr followers with preview pages of Laura and Warren, but this is a must-read for me. I’m totally up for giving him the benefit of the doubt, because overall, I’ve really enjoyed everything he’s done with the displaced teenage X-Men in this book and I’m super intrigued by the Future Brotherhood.
- Captain Marvel #5: I’m finally completely on board the Captain Marvel train and there’s no stopping me now.
- Amazing X-Men #9: Not much a fan of Craig Kyle’s stuff, I’m really just here for Alpha Flight. Last month had a lot of really neat, exciting action and mystery stuff going on, though, looking forward to the rest of World War Wendigo.
- Archie #657: When it comes to the “classic” Archie books, it’s usually the art that will make or break a comic for me, and while I’d normally shy away from something drawn by the Kennedys, any time Tom DeFalco returns to write a story, I’m in. Plus that Art Baltazar variant is too darn cute.
- Judge Dredd #20: This series probably isn’t ever going to be a must-read for me, but it’s wonderfully consistent.
- Lumberjanes #4: This comic. Is delightful. The cutesy hipster style would probably start to grate if I read more books like it, but it’s absolutely wonderful in small doses.
- Nightcrawler #4: Classic Claremont, Claremonting all over the place. I love it, but your mileage will certainly vary, he’ll never be everyone’s cuppa.
- Star Trek #35: I’ve enjoyed some of IDW’s NuTrek stuff, but mostly it leaves me cold. That said, it’s freaking Q, I just can’t resist this month.
- Walking Dead #129: After double-shipping a 12-issue arc, turning what could have been a long, dreary slog into a six-month gut punch, and then jumping ahead two years to make it all feel worth it, I am more jazzed about this book than I have been in years. Diggin’ it, long monologues about making ammo and baking bread and all.
I keep thinking it’s a Rat Queens week and then it turns out to not be a Rat Queens week, so immediately it’s a disappointing time. What’ve we got, though:
- Batman Eternal #14: I started following this for the promise of Stephanie Brown and although that’s intermittant, the rest of it’s grown on me; after you get past the contrived-as-heck way Commissioner Gordon is out of the way/on trial, the Jason Bard circumventing his corrupt higher-ups stuff is pretty fun.
- All-New X-Men #29: I share Angel’s eyebrow raisin’ at the X-23 stuff in the book, but I like everything else, particularly All-New Jean Grey and extra particularly Immonen’s art. It’s also kind of hilarious to watch Bendis adjust it so that certain characters don’t go as (brotherhood of) evil as it initially appeared in Battle of the Atom.
- Avengers #32: After a rash of issues that were mostly high concept Hickman jazz (which is fun) without necessarily a lot of character beats to go with, it’s all balancing out now that past actions are coming out and all hitting the fan. An event where the tie-ins work with the book they’re crashing into (sort of)? Man what nuttiness is that.
- Original Sins #3: Basically Original Sin is turning out real well, especially when it gives tie-ins like this, which is practically Strange Tales Redux. The last one had a Howard the Duck story! Howard the Goddamned Duck!
It’s a pretty typical week in comics for me, as my most anticipated books are from Marvel. Daredevil #5 by Waid, Samnee and Rodriguez is easily my frontrunner; I’ve loved every second of Waid’s run, and the second volume is proving as fun and unexpectedly twisty as the first. This week’s issue promises some developments (and, presumably, reveals!) for Foggy’s story, and I’m eager to see where this all-star creative team takes us next.
On the Spider-Man front, I have not one, not two, but three books that have piqued my interest. Peter David makes his return to Spideyverse with the new ongoing, Spider-Man 2099 #1. Spencer, Lieber and Rosenberg are back for another month of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, which is easily my favourite book to come out of this whole Ock-is-Spidey business. Equal parts Ocean’s Eleven and Fraction’s Hawkeye run, if you’re not picking up this title, you’re missing out on what has to be Marvel’s funniest book. Rounding out my three Spidey picks is 100th Anniversary: Spider-Man #1, a one-shot by Sean Ryan and In-Hyuk Lee that imagines what a Spider-Man comic published in 2061 might look like. Judging by the previews alone, the answer appears to be: stunning.
Lastly, Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #1 is my Original Sin tie-in of choice this week. As a big fan of both Aaron’s Thor: God of Thunder run and what Ewing’s doing over in Loki: Agent of Asgard, I’m excited to see how their story sensibilities mix and match.
Other anticipated books include: Avengers #32, Captain Marvel #5, Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #5, and X-Force #7. My lone DC pick is likewise Grayson #1, for much the same reason as Chantaal. Dick Grayson as a spy? Sign me up for at least one issue.