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.
Our picks of the week:
The Wicked + The Divine #3
Story: Kieron Gillen
Art: Jamie McKelvie & Matt Wilson
Publisher: Image Comics
Laura has no choice. She has to go underground to find the goth-goth-gothity-goth of the Morrigan. Is this the most illadvised underworld-related decision since Orpheus decided to see how Eurydice was doing in the back seat? To find out, read the comic that people are literally calling “The one by GILLEN/MCKELVIE/WILSON with the very long title.”
Ms. Marvel #7
Story: G. Willow Wilson
Art: Jake Wyatt
Publisher: Marvel Comics
IT’S WOLVERINE! Kamala may be fan-girling out when her favorite (okay maybe Top Five) super hero shows up for some help, but that won’t stop her from protecting her hometown. Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with Kamala and all her friends? Maybe Wolvie can be of some help.
- The Wicked + The Divine #3: I think our love for this title has been adequately
- Elektra #5: As I’ve mentioned before, Elektra is elevated for me by the art alone. I’m so in love with Elektra under Del Mundo’s pen.
- Magneto #8: Rampage! Blood! Mutant rights! It’s all here.
- Ms. Marvel #7: Honestly, there isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been said. This is a wonderful title, and I love Kamala.
- Nova #20: How the heck have I not included this before? I’m really enjoying this little book, even though I feel a bit like a traitor for possibly enjoying Sam a little more than Richard Rider. Ssh, don’t tell anyone.
- Original Sins #5: In it just for my Young Avengers, despite how much I dislike the art.
- Storm #2: I was a little disappointed in #1, perhaps because my expectations were a little too high. I am looking forward to seeing where the story is going – or what the story will be, since not much happened in #1 other than introducing Storm.
- The Wicked + The Divine #3: I adore this book. Admittedly, issue #2 wasn’t as amazing for me as the debut of this title was, but I am still intrigued by the premise and can’t wait to see where Gillen goes with the story. One of my favorite things about this book has been unraveling which gods we’re going to see, and as became apparent at the end of the last issue, it’s not just the ones who have been name-dropped. Of course, there’s still the mystery lurking of who framed Luci too.
- All-New Ultimates #6: Still hanging in here, hoping for something great. The end of last issue showed promise.
- Ms. Marvel #7: This book continues to be a delight. I’m glad that Kamala got to team up with Logan before his highly publicized death, and this was surprisingly my favorite thing I read during its release week last month.
- Storm #2: I liked what Pak did with issue 1, and hope the quality continues.
- Fade Out #1: I am once again preparing for Ed Brubaker to break my heart/mind/soul and for me to love it. It’ll be a little different this time since I’m not already invested in the characters, but I’m pretty positive it’s going to happen.
- Multiversity #1: This title had me at ‘From Grant Morrison’ meaning I’ll read it, feel like I missed something awesome about it, reread it and then learn to love it about six months from now. For once, I’m going to see if I can keep a regular Grant Morrison/DC title on my pull list. We’ll see!
- Fables #143: SO. CLOSE. TO. OVER. This one is sticking around until the end, also I’m kind of back to liking Rose Red again after wanting to push her down a (not-so metaphorical) well.
- The Wicked + The Divine #3: I am so in it to the end with this series. I love the weird theories and the world building and refreshing Gillen’s blog until he puts out the writer’s notes. Then I reread. Issue one was fine, issue two was better, so I’m committed now. Plus I just love tropes that reinvent old mythologies (re: my adoration of Neil Gaiman). It’s the good kind of fun.
- Ms. Marvel #7: I am thirty seconds away from making this and Captain Marvel mandatory reading for my team at work. I’m not even kidding.
- New Avengers #23: I will always read stuff involving the Illuminati (got to update my conspiracy board!). Plus it’s all bad news, in a fun way.
- Original Sins #5: Cause the run is over and I’m in the mood for something so weird it just had to be binge-read. This is probably it.
- Best of Archie Comics Volume 4: 10 bucks for 400 pages of comics, with creator blurbs introducing and expounding on every single strip, these collections are about the best value out there.
- Fables #143: The countdown to the end continues, and what a long, strange ride it’s been.
- Judge Dredd #22: New arc! Over the last few months, through embracing its silly roots while still maintaining a high quality of storytelling, this has managed to become one of the books I most look forward to reading. Should be a good place to get onboard.
- Stray Bullets: Killers #6: Stray Bullets is finally back, and it’s as great as it ever was all those years ago. What a time to be alive.
- Supreme Blue Rose #2: I feel like I’m at a disadvantage with this title, being unfamiliar with the material it’s based off of, and had a really tough time completely parsing the first issue. I liked it enough to want to keep trying, though.
- Trees #4: Yeah, it’s a Warren Ellis two-fer this week. My head already hurts in anticipation.
- The Wicked + The Divine #3: I still think that 90% of my enjoyment of this comic isn’t the comic itself, but rather wildly speculating about the comic and dissecting it to truly silly degrees, but that doesn’t lessen it any in my eyes. Loving it.
- All-New X-Factor #12: Still at the top of my woefully-slim current Marvel reading list. PAD needs to write fringe X-books forever and ever, the end.
- Multiversity #1: Prediction: I will read an issue, say, ‘I don’t know what the heck is going on, you’ve done it again Grant Morrison’ and give up. When the whole run is out I will come back to it, read it, and say, ‘yeah I dunno.’
- The Wicked + The Divine #3: I got into #2 more than #1, maybe because at that point I’d been talking theories with Angel and Leshia, maybe because of the rug-pull at the end (I love a good rug-pull). Looking forward to seeing if there’s any further changes to the icon page beyond the one at the end of last issue. (In particular the icon for… well, spoilers.)
- All-New Ultimates #6: It’s the last issue of the first arc, so maybe it’ll tie together and feel like more than an empty series of punching panels. Maybe. I’d like it to be. I really do like the Ultimates line-up, I would like… to fully like the title.
- Ms Marvel #7: Like I fully like this title! Hitting exactly every note I want to see hit in a book. Love it.
- New Avengers #23: ILLUMINATI Y’ALL FUCKED UP
- Original Sins #5: haha just kidding I’m frog-man
- Batman and Robin #34: Having glanced at some future solicitations, I’m not sure
where this arc is going, but I’ve still got my fingers crossed that Damian will be alive by its end. I do hope the focus shifts back to the Bat-family proper, as I’m not well-versed enough in DC current events to know why or how Lex Luthor is now on the Justice League, but I still dig this title plenty.
- Fade Out #1: A new book from Brubaker? Sign me up.
- Wicked + The Divine #3: Real talk: I find Gillen and McKelvie a bit too cool for school half the time, so I often have a lot of difficulty connecting to their work. (Their Young Avengers run left me freezing cold, for example, despite an appreciation for McKelvie’s clean, uncluttered artwork and a lot of goodwill for Gillen built up from his time on Journey into Mystery.) I’m a sucker for stories about gods and demons and their ilk, so I’m sticking with this series through at least the first arc, but Gillen’s penchant for keeping the reader at arm’s length from the plot is already starting to bug—not to mention that everyone sounds like Kid Loki. Everyone else at GRC is so wild about this book, I’m giving it a chance, but I won’t be surprised if I drop off soon.
- Daredevil #7: In Waid I trust. The “arrested activist nun” angle is very reminiscent of a similar arc done on this past season of Orange is the New Black, but I know that it’s very likely this issue was penned long before the series dropped on Netflix. I’m not sure what my feelings are that Battlin’ Jack Murdock was now a wifebeater, either, but I’m looking forward to seeing how this story wraps up.
- Elektra #5: I haven’t talked much about this series, mostly because I’m not sure what to think of it just yet. The art is gorgeous and well worth the price of admission, but Elektra herself remains something of a cipher to me. Maybe that’s the point. I don’t know.
- Ms. Marvel #7: And here’s another book I just unequivocally love. My one hope for Kamala is that she’ll get better integrated into the Marvel Universe proper than some of her recent teenage peers, just because I want her to stick around forever.
- New Avengers #23: Hickman’s long game is paying off in a big way in this series, and I’m on the edge of my seat to see where things go next. (And a very big part of me is hoping it leads to a Black Panther solo series also written by Hickman, not gonna lie.)
- Nova #20: I just really love this book? And Sam’s trajectory is one I’d like to see copied for Kamala, since he’s also appearing in Yost’s New Warriors and has popped up in Original Sin a couple of times. So get on it, Marvel.
- Storm #2: I liked the first issue well-enough to keep reading, but I have no strong thoughts either way on this series just yet.