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:
Sex Criminals #8
Story: Matt Fraction
Art: Chip Zdarsky
Publisher: Image Comics
Jon and Suzie have had to deal with a whole lot in their time together but nothing can prepare them for…Robert Rainbow. Actually he’s a pretty cool guy. And that’s the problem. Come along and laff and love with the Eisner Award nominated SEX CRIMINALS by MATT FRACTION (SATELLITE SAM, HAWKEYE) and special guest artist CHIP ZDARSKY (SPAWN*, THE WALKING DEAD*)
*avid reader of
Story: Roberto-Aguirre Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Rachel Deering
Publisher: Archie Comics
Terror is born anew in this dark reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s origin. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey.
But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie Comic’s latest horror sensation starts here!
- Sabrina #1: Afterlife with Archie pretty much slayed, and anything following in those footsteps is something I’m absolutely checking out. Especially after reading that Sabrina-centric issue of Afterlife with Archie.
- Batgirl #35: Yeah, I’m really looking forward to this.
- Sex Criminals #8: Penises.
- Wytches #1: I’ve been looking forward to this for what seems like forever, and it’s finally here. I wasn’t too impressed with The Wake, but I still enjoy Scott Snyder’s writing enough to give this a good go.
- Avengers #36: I’m totally ignoring everything happening with AXIS unless someone says it’s mindblowingly amazing, but I’m interested in what’s going on with Avengers right now. I do kinda miss the whole black and white Avengers vs Evil storylines, though.
- Captain Marvel #8: My girl.
- Rocket Raccoon #4: This is one of the most fun comics out right now, and I’m enjoying it a lot.
This is probably the most overloaded week of the month for me, which seems appropriate, since it’s New York Comic Con Weekend. I’m hoping I actually have time to go pick up some of these titles in print.
- Sex Criminals #8: Last month there was an Iron Throne made of dildos. What’s in store this week? A dragon made of dildos? One can only hope. I’m so into this book, I might get it pregnant.
- Sabrina #1: I started reading Afterlife with Archie based on Leshia’s constant praise of the book, so I’m excited to give this one a shot too.
- Batgirl #35: Believing the hype! I’m really excited to actually look forward to a DC book again! This creative team seems super into it, and I know some people were a little put off by the preview, but I’m hoping that there’s a balance between what was there and more actual Barbara as Batgirl stuff. I can’t wait to read the rest of this title.
- Rocket Raccoon #4: This book is so much fun, and Skottie Young does a consistently great job. It’s always my favorite book of any week it’s released.
- Captain Marvel #8: The last issue was a lot of fun, I’m loving Marcio Takara’s art, and I’m still just super into this volume of Captain Marvel.
- All-New Ultimates #9: I mention this book only to say that I’m definitely not pulling it. I’ve talked about my frustration with both the direction of the art and the writing in this book, and after seeing this month’s previews, I’m officially done. Giannis Milonogiannis’s art might be good for some other kind of book, but it doesn’t fit here. Maybe I’ll be back if this title lasts long enough to get a new creative team.
- Fraggle Rock Journey to the Everyspring #1: As someone who once went as Red Fraggle for Halloween, the moment I saw this title I said “I want”. Out loud. In the middle of my office. I don’t think it can be more deliriously weird than the television series, but if it even comes close than I will probably read all four issues. And make Leshia review them with me. So prepare for that.
- Batgirl #35: I feel like I have been waiting for forever for this new take on Batgirl. I just want to bask in the fact that there’s a DC title I want to read again.
- Manhattan Projects #24: Everything is terrible in this version of history! How could be this? The early 1960s weren’t exactly awesome to start with. Who cares? I’m going with it.
- Sex Criminals #8: I blame Fraction & Zdarsky for the fact that my coworkers and I had a very loud, very public discussion about which orgasms and what kind of sex would lead to which kind of superpowers and what we’d do with them. I’d like to think they both would be okay with this fact, especially since we’ve got a Thursday gab session all lined up.
- Wytches #1: Blame the month of October for this pick. Throw in some adoration of history and the fact that Scott Snyder’s Batman run is one of the few that I’ve ever managed to get into and I’m going to hop on this train.
- Avengers and X-Men Axis #1: The world needs another Avengers and X-Men tie in title the same way I need another hole in my head, but whatever. I’m going to at least pick up the first issue and figure it out from there.
- Sabrina #1: I’m not entirely sure what to expect here, since it looks to have a completely different feel from Afterlife With Archie, AKA MY FAVOURITE BOOK OUT THERE. A lot of the appeal of Afterlife comes from seeing these familiar characters thrown into this brave new world, and narrowing the focus to one character in a ’60s period piece seems like it will necessarily come with a lessening of that, but even with the darker tone that looks to be on display here and Robert Hack’s moodier, lower-key artwork, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has proven he knows how to make great horror comics. Can’t wait to see how this new expansion of the Archie line shakes out.
- Sex Criminals #8: Is that SEX BATMAN? Will Matt Fraction and Sir Chetly Zippers do it again? ONLY TIME WILL TELL.
- Nightcrawler #7: Yep, still love this silly little comic.
- Sabrina #1: I think I’ve said before that “Sabrina Spellman, raiser of the dead, meddler with forces that should not be meddled with” is my favourite part of Afterlife With Archie. When I first heard about this I’d hoped it was a continuation of that. But this tack, this period horror piece on witches that they’re doing, is also pretty interesting, and Afterlife I think has earned the benefit of the doubt. I don’t really know what to expect, but I’m excited for the madness. And Salem is still in it, and Salem is basically the one thing that I remember loving about the TV series.
- Batgirl #35: I’m still torn about this one. I mean, I got as enthused as everyone else, and then saw a thing on tumblr that made me realize I’d gotten distracted by boss character design to the fact of this still taking Babs out of the chair, which I still think was a great mistake and loss. Especially since this character design screams Stephanie Brown. But we’ll see. I’ll possibly like it. But I’ll feel bad about liking it.
- Sex Criminals #8: It’s Sex Criminals. It’s gonna be rad.
- All-New Ultimates #9: A book I am reading because at this point I feel like I might as well have the whole first 12. (Which is looking like it’ll be the only 12, which, fine. I just hope that doesn’t mean the characters get stuck on a shelf, only to show up once every couple of years in USM.)
- Avengers #36: Avengers vs the Illuminati, months into continuity’s future! Thus granting my wish of being able to skip over the whole AXIS thing entirely. Thanks, Hickman!
- Miracleman #12: My saga of trying to follow this thing continues.
- Sabrina #1: While Sabrina the Teenage Witch was must-see TV for me growing up, (and I even followed the character to her animated adventures), I’ve never read her in her original comic book incarnation. Having thoroughly enjoyed Afterlife with Archie, I’m definitely looking forward to her spin-off series.
- Hexed #3: I picked up the first two issues the other week, and really dug it, so I think I’ll follow this book for a little while, though I’m unfamiliar with the character’s history.
- Batgirl #35: Given how much I loved Batgirl on the old Batman ’66 series, I’ve always been disappointed that I’ve never found a comic book take on Barbara!Batgirl that I could get into. This soft reboot might be just the ticket.
- Birthright #1: I’ve been intrigued by the premise of this book since it was first solicited, and while I’m not overly familiar with the creators involved, I want to give it a look.
- Sex Criminals #8: I love this book and everything it chooses to be.
- Wytches #1: This book’s been getting great buzz and I’ve been making a point of checking out most of Image’s new books for at least an issue.
- Avengers #36: My pick of the week. I might not be on board with Remender’s AXIS, but I’m in for the long-haul when it comes to Hickman.