‘Throw one at me if you want, hash head. I’ve got all five senses and I slept last night, that puts me six up on the lot of you.’
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.