5 Comics To Watch
Batman Annual #2 (D.C.) – Last year’s Annual was a great extra-sized one-shot detailing Mr. Freeze’s new origin. This years looks to be a Zero Year tie in book that may or may not be essential reading. However, at this point, anything by Scott Snyder is essential reading. And if that’s not enough…you’ve got a Jock cover to boot!
Batman Inc. #13 (D.C.) – It all ends here. Grant Morrison’s nearly decade long on again, off again run on Batman comes to a close with his final issue of Batman Inc. In this issue ‘Batman saves the world and loses everything’. That sounds about right.
Guardians of the Galaxy #5 (Marvel) – If this series wasn’t good enough…Brian Michael Bendis is joined by none other than Neil Gaiman on this issue of Guardians of the Galaxy. Billed as aftermath from the Age of Ultron series, just the fact that Neil freaking Gaiman is chipping in on this series immediately elevates this book from solid pull material to ‘what-the-heck-are-you-thinking-if-you-don’t-pick-this-up’ territory.
The Wake #3 (Vertigo) – Scott Snyder’s Abyss-meets-The Thing series has been stellar so far, and I for one can’t wait to see what’s next. Issue #2 in particular really added a level of science fiction/alternate history to the proceedings that made the story that much creepier. There’s still time to jump on this book, but trust me, by about the midway point, you’re going to wish you had…trust me.
X-Men #3 (Marvel) – Another solid new series…as if we needed another great X-Book…but the female centric X-(Wo)Men book has a great story, interesting character dynamics and a kick-ass cast of characters rounding out the group. Throw in some great art, and the potential for some top notch action in coming issues, and you’ve got yourself a contender for best X-Men book period…along with All New X-Men of course!
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Indestructible Hulk #9 (Marvel) – While I’ve been impressed with Indestructible Hulk so far, I haven’t fully jumped on the bandwagon. However, if we keep getting awesome 3-4 issue stories like this Waid/Simonson Hulk/Thor team up, I’m in for the long term. Seriously, if you can, grab issues #7, 8 & 9 and relive the good old days of superhero comics…only it looks 10 times better than it did back then. Hulk Smash indeed!
Justice League of America #4 (D.C.) – For some reason, when I think of the new JSA book, I think of X-Men. I know its D.C. and these aren’t ‘mutants’, but this team books has a freshness and energy about it, not unlike that of Earth 2, but an energy in a team book that feels very much what I expect to get out of an X-Men book. Maybe Justice League is D.C.’s Avengers and JLA is the X-Men? Mutant or no, this series has been great right out of the gates, and looks to build on an already solid Geoff-Johns-laid foundation.
New Avengers #6 (Marvel) – Speaking of foundation builders, the wunderkid himself Jonathan Hickman has been building his Avengers brand slowly but surely, and we’re about to get to some of the really juicy parts of his story with the build-up to Infinity this Summer. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how Cap finally puts the pieces together, and how far down this unknown road the Illuminati will travel before they mess things up in a big way. You can just sense it coming. You had plenty of warning with this book…so if you find yourself on the outside looking in this Summer, complaining that you don’t ‘get’ the latest Marvel Event that is happening…you only really have yourself to blame.
The Wake #1 (Vertigo) – As a Batman fan, Scott Snyder has already punched his ticket to comic book immortality with his run on Batman (and pre-New 52 Detective Comics). He’s also responsible for the fantastic Vertigo series American Vampire, as well as the great Swamp Thing NEW 52 series, the Image horror series Severed, and the upcoming Superman Unchained book with artist Jim Lee. Yes. He’s on fire! So the fact that he’s got another creator inspired series on Vertigo called The Wake coming out this week, you better believe people are talking about it. This deep sea/horror/historical fiction book looks like it could be a real sleeper hit, not to mention the cool Sean Murphy art. I highly recommend checking this series out and picking up the #1!
X-Men #1 (Marvel) – Another book getting its start is the all-female led X-Men book. I for one am a huge fan of female centric books, be they solo or team books. Uncanny X-Force, to Batwoman and Batgirl, to X-23, I just enjoy strong female characters and the dynamic they bring a superhero story . So it’s kind of surprising its taken this long for Marvel to find a reason to have a team book with only female X-Men, as there are a number of strong, interesting and diverse female characters who have been on the team at one point or another. And with Hope being a central figure in most of Marvel’s recent history, it only makes sense that more of the female heroes ‘stepping up’ to fill the leadership void now that Professor X is out of the picture. So why not an all-girl X-Men team? Maybe they can do it better? Uncanny X-Force NOW! got the ball rolling, but now it’s the big team’s turn. I think this could be an awesome series if done right.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #22 (IDW) – I was a pretty big TMNT fan back in the day, so to see IDW do such a great job with this series since issue #1 (along with the sweet Micro Series and History of the Foot Clan Mini’s) has been nice to see. The turtles feel both retro and modern at the same time, and the combination of the slow build approach and the focus on characters has really helped push this series to where it is today. And that would be at the beginning of a pretty big ‘event’ in TMNT called ‘City Fall’. I think it was the teaser shot of Leonardo in Foot Clan gear that did it for me.
Also Out This Week
D.C. has Adventures of Superman #1, Batman Dark Knight Annual #1, Catwoman Annual #1, Earth 2 Annual #1 and Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #1.
Marvel also has Avenging Spider-Man #21, Captain America #7 NOW!, Fury MAX #12, Gambit #13, Iron Man #258.4, Uncanny X-Force #5 NOW!, Savage Wolverine #5 NOW!, Wolverine and the X-Men #30 and Venom #35.
There’s also B.P.R.D. Vampire #3, My Little Pony Micro Series #4, Star Trek #21, GI Joe #4, Chew #34, Five Weapons #4 and Thief of Thieves #14.
There are some popular series coming to trade this week. Fan favourite Deadpool NOW! Vol 1 TP, personal favourite Thor: God of Thunder NOW! Vol 1 HC, the hit series Superior Spider-Man NOW! Vol 1 TP and All-New X-Men NOW! Vol 2 HC, as well as the underrated Superboy Vol 2 TP.
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5 Comics To Watch
Batman Inc. #10 (D.C.) – Grant Morrison’s Batman run continues to speed towards the finish line. We’ve had many memorable moments during his time working on The Batman, but it’s all coming to an end as of issue #13. Batman continues to deal with a death in the family…and its only a matter of time before he confronts Talia and Leviathan head on in an epic battle to end all battles. As someone who’s been reading since Batman and Robin #1 (pre NEW 52), I’m on pins and needles waiting to see how it all shakes out.
East of West #2 (Image) – If you weren’t all over this new Jonathan Hickman series last month, shame on you. Issue #1 blew my mind in all the ways Image Comics have been blowing my mind lately, and it debuted in the Top 40 on the Diamond Comics top 200 Charts, right behind cult favourite Saga. This series not only is going to be huge, it awesome in so many ways.
Guardians of the Galaxy #2 (Marvel NOW!) – I tried. I really, really tried. But curiosity got the better of me, and I picked up the .1 and #1 issue a couple of weeks ago, and thoroughly enjoyed what I read and saw. This series is already super hot, and no doubt there will be a lot of people wanting to jump on in the coming months. Beat ‘em to the punch…pick up #1 and #2 so you can claim you ‘read the comic’ as the hype around the movie continues to build.
Jupiter’s Legacy #1 (Image) – Mark Millar’s 10 Part story about a pair of ‘super’ siblings living in the shadow of their super famous super hero parents kicks off this week, and all I can say is…don’t sleep on the Image goodness. Heroes World has become the home to all things awesome when it comes to Image, and the boys have given this series its stamp of approval by bringing in a healthy quantity of first print #1’s. You may have slept on Manhattan Projects, Saga, Fatale and East of West…but its not too late folks. You can still be one of the cool kids! Oh yeah, Frank Quietly is on art. Don’t know who he is? Google him!
New Avengers #5 (Marvel NOW!) – You might think I’m Jonathan Hickman’s biggest fan by the way I carry on about him, but honestly, his crafting on this story about Marvel’s Illuminati has teased some pretty epic things ahead…and when it comes to building a story, there may not be a better writer in comics today. Iron Man, Namor, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and co. are attempting to stop the end of the world…while hoping that Captain America doesn’t ever find out what happened in issue #3. Problem is…its only a matter of time. And when he does…
Manhattan Projects #11 (Image) – Its at the top of my monthly Top 10, it just got nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series and Best Writer…but for whatever reason, it still qualifies as a Hidden Gem. I know…I don’t get it either. I look forward to this book coming out more than maybe any other book on the shelf. Why are you not reading this series already? I want answers!
Also Out This Week
D.C. has the white hot Talon #7, All Star Western #19, Batman Dark Knight #19, Flash #19 and the debut of Reverse Flash, Justice League Dark #19, Red Lanterns #19, Superman #19 and Teen Titans #19. There’s also Injustice: Gods Among Us #4, Katana #3 and Before Watchmen Comedian #6.
Marvel has A+X #7 NOW!, Avengers #10 NOW!, Avengers Arena #8 NOW!, Deadpool #8 NOW!, Fantastic Four #7 NOW!, FF #6 NOW!, Uncanny Avengers #7 NOW!, Uncanny X-Men #5 NOW!, Young Avengers #4 NOW!, Gambit #11, Fury MAX #11, Deadpool Killustrated #4, Scarlet Spider #16 and Wolverine and the X-Men #28.
There’s also Unwritten #48, Morning Glories #26, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #6, GI Joe #3 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #21.
If you hadn’t noticed already, it’s a HUGE week in comics! WOW!
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Age of Ultron #4 (Marvel) – It hasn’t taken long for this series to really catch on at the store. It might have something to do with its rapid release schedule, but if it wasn’t pretty great, it wouldn’t be selling either…and so far, this series has been pretty great! With a ton of hype around it, as well as some spoilers regarding upcoming appearances in the event, you’re running out of time if you’re on the fence about this one!
All New X-Men #10 (Marvel NOW!) – The runaway hit of the Marvel NOW! line continues to hit the shelves fast and furiously…but so far, every issue has been a treat to read, and its reinvigorated the X-Men franchise in a way that I wasn’t expecting. New fans to comics are really gravitating to this series, as it’s probably our best seller with both newbies and our growing female customer base at Heroes World. Pretty much everyone agrees…this is a great book!
Earth 2 #11 (D.C.) – One of the surprise hits on the NEW 52, Earth 2 has really taken off over the past 2-3 issues. It sells out very quickly at the store, and with good reason. The alternate reality take on the DCU has been great, and the writing and art has continuously been top notch. This series is only going to get better folks!
Indestructible Hulk #6 (Marvel NOW!) – Legendary artist Walt Simonson joins Mark Waid’s great Hulk book, as Hulk takes on some Frost Giants with the help of a certain God of Thunder. If you’re a fan of this series so far, Simonson’s classic style art is sure to take it to another level of awesomeness.
Thanos Rising #1 (Marvel) – Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder/Wolverine and the X-Men) has been handed the keys to this important series focusing on one of the Marvel Universes most important villains. The hype around this book may not be as big as some of the other NOW! series, but I have a feeling that it won’t take long before people realize just how integral this book will be.
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5 Comics To Watch
Age of Ultron #3 (Marvel) – It didn’t take long for this series to catch on with readers. A lot of people, myself included, met this event with a lot of skepticism…and after issue #1 was slow to sell, my suspicions were confirmed. But it’s gotten to the meat of the story right away, and the condensed release schedule means it’s not a long term commitment…and now we’re running out of #1’s and #2’s. For me, the setting and the fact that you can’t really tell where it’s going are the main positives driving this event. One of those ‘oh, what the heck…I’m always up for a good yarn!’ books.
Aquaman #18 (D.C.) – Throne of Atlantis continued Geoff Johns winning streak in a big way on this book, and now it’s pretty much established that Aquaman is one of the coolest, most awesome characters in the DCU right now. The continuing re-imagining of the character takes him back underwater to claim his throne as King…only, it seems as if the personal turmoil of the events surrounding ‘Throne’ might have been too much for Atlantis’ prodigal son. Kudos for Dre getting behind this series from the start…the Aquaman challenge was a bold experiment that has been a complete success!
Batman Inc. #9 (D.C.) – Batman Inc. has been the talk of the industry since it dropped last month, and collectors and fans have been scrambling to scoop up back issues at a furious pace. Say what you will about Grant Morrison, but it’s almost inevitable that something at some point will happen in his books to spark a riot of fan interest. How will the Dark Knight pull himself off the mat this time? A must read for Batman fans and the curious alike. Awesome cover too!
East of West #1 (Image) – Hickman. Sci-Fi Western. Robot Dogs. Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It’s as if the comic gods can read my mind and wanted to create the perfect comic for yours truly! I know Image stuff gets a lot of love in TWIC, and with good reason, but honestly, I cannot wait to read the first issue of this new series! This one will no doubt sell out immediately, so come in early! The next HOT Image book!
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel NOW!) – I had a feeling this book would be pretty popular, but I’ve been blown away by not only the interest in the .1 issue, but the quality as well. This book has the potential to be a HUGE hit for Marvel, and could set the upcoming movie up to rake in Avengers type money. I’m dead serious…HUGE potential!
Fatale #12 (Image) – One of my Top 10 favourite books, the 3rd of 4 1-shot issues this month takes place in the old west. Sold!
Talon #6 (D.C.) – I’ve been singing this series’ praises since day one, and it’s gradually become a favourite at the store! We’re still in stock of back issues and first prints…but it’s only a matter of time before more people wise up and give this great series a shot. It’s a lot of fun, and yet another example of why Batman is just awesome! Fans of this series are really digging it!
Also Out This Week
D.C. has All-Star Western #18, The Flash #18, Batman Dark Knight #18, Red Lanterns #18, Superman #18 and Teen Titans #18. There’s also Arrow #5, Injustice Gods Among Us #3 and the always awesome Superman Family Adventures #11.
Marvel has A+X #6 NOW!, Fantastic Four AU #5 NOW!, FF #5 NOW!, Superior Spider-Man #6 AU NOW!, Thunderbolts #7 NOW, Uncanny Avengers #5 NOW!, Uncanny X-Force #3 NOW!, X-Men Legacy #8, NOW!, Young Avengers #3 NOW!, Wolverine and the X-Men #27, Deadpool Killustrated #3, Gambit #10, Scarlet Spider #15 and Ultimate Wolverine #2.
There’s also Unwritten #47, Doctor Who #7, Legend of Luther Strode #4, Savage Skullkickers #1, Think Tank #6, Hack Slash #25, Angel and Faith #20, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Prisoner of Bogan #4, Star Trek #19 and the hot selling My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #5.
The standout this week is the Avengers Vs. X-Men TP. For those who missed it, or newcomers to the Marvel Universe who want to find out what led to the shakeup we’ve seen since Marvel NOW, this was a Marvel Event that lived up to the hype! There’s also the fantastic Scott Snyder American Vampire Vol 5 TP which wraps up the first half of this series, the collected Kick Ass 2 TP, and Batwing Vol 2 TP.