This week sports some pretty big endings for fans of Batman and adds some new comics to the self sufficient ecosystem that is my pull list. With Secret Wars around the corner, prepare yourself for some pretty big bumps in the road in these next few weeks. The countdown has begun, sweat pours out of my body as I hold back any thoughts of the material world I may be leaving behind. My loving wife enters my head, but just as fast, she is forgotten. I am doing this for the good of humanity, I can’t allow my own ties to hold that back. The countdown has begun, it’s time to set forth into the great unknown that is Top of the Stack.
Amazing Spider-Man #17 (Marvel)
Dan Slott (W) Humberto Ramos (A)
It’s a little sad that this comic went from one of my favorite ongoings to this. I’m not even excited for what is going on right now, in the least. I really don’t feel for Peter’s plight with his new business. It’s unfortunate, really.
Return of the Living Deadpool #3 of 4 (Marvel)
Cullen Bunn (W) Nicole Virella (A)
This series is really pretty fun. The only reason it is so low on the list is because it is up against some pretty good stuff. Don’t let that deter you, this series is the reason Deadpool is so great.
Empire of the Dead Act Three #1 of 5 (Marvel)
George A. Romero (W) Andrea Mutti (A)
What I believe is the last act in Romero’s Zombie/Vampire saga. I am excited about this one, but some of the other acts have dragged on a little, so hopefully this one is better paced than the others. I trust in it though, all around this story has stayed pretty great.
The Punisher #17 (Marvel)
Nathan Edmondson (W) Mitch Gerads (A)
Very excited about this one. Captain America vs. The Punisher. What an amazingly symbolic fight. The culmination of The Punishers fight against the corrupt politicians in Washington. I can only imagine this one will go off incredibly.
Spider-Gwen #3 (Marvel)
Jason Latour (W) Robbi Rodriguez (A)
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series so far. It’s really cool getting a look into a completely new alternate dimension. Often times these things get restricted to the rules of the universe, but this comic gets the unique privaledge of living outside those restrictions. I mean come on, Daredevil is a bad guy and Frank Castle is a detective. That’s awesome.
Ufology #1 (BOOM!)
James Tynion IV (W) Matt Fox (A)
A new series from a writer who is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Tynion brings us a story close to my heart, aliens. Unlike The Woods (which Tynion also writes), this features good ole fashioned, UFO ridin’, big eye havin’, Grey aliens. Two teens come together to uncover the mysterious extraterrestrials, one has the mark of the abductors, while the other is still coming to terms with his mother’s mysterious disappearance. Sounds right up my alley.
Uncanny Avengers #3 (Marvel)
Rick Remender (W) Daniel Acuña (A)
In classic Remender fashion, this series is dark. Like hella dark. Not to ruin anything, but a whole society has been wiped to extinction and Sabertooth is currently being tortured slowly. Yeah, that kinda dark.
Uncanny Inhumans #0 (Marvel)
Charles Soule (W) Steve McNiven (A)
Super-dee-duper excited for this comic. Written by Charles Soule, who is also manning Inhuman. Whereas Inhuman is about New Attilan and Queen Medusa, this story is about Black Bolt. Charles Soule says that this story is darker and more focused on the individual actions of Black Bolt, as apposed to the actions in New Attilan. Very interested in this, I love me some Black Bolt.
The Woods #12 (BOOM!)
James Tynion IV (W) Michael Dialynas (A)
Insane things are happening in this comic right now. While it isn’t my favorite right now, being that my interest has waned in the last few issues, this comic is still incredible. It’s pacing is fast and it always leaves hints about the future that leave you craving more.
Nailbiter #11 (Image)
Joshua Williamson (W) Mike Henderson (A)
This series is mind blowing. Not in a Grant Morrison “I’m going to mind-fuck you into submission” sort of way, but in a “holy crap they managed to produce another amazing issue and still give us no answers as to what’s going on.” Okay so, that’s a pretty specific mind-blowing, but still. It isn’t a bad thing by any means. I love getting to know this evil town, and every issue is like a box of Turkish delights.
Batman Eternal #52 (DC)
James Tynion IV (W) Eduardo Pansica/ Julio Ferreira/Robson Rocha/Guillermo Ortego/David Lafuente/Tim Seeley/Ray Fawkes (A)
GAH! So the reversal was reversed then turned on it’s head then reversed then inverted then flipped and then caught on fire. Everything for the past year has been leading to this, and God dammit, I am excited. This series officially just threw me for a loop and I love it.
Southern Bastards #8 (Image)
Jason Aaron (W) Jason Latour (A)
This series is very sad. It seems that it only gets more sad. Not in the same way Low is sad, but in the way that the place that we were born and raised can have such a lasting effect on who we become. This is really about the toxicity of an environment corroding someone’s humanity. It’s a beautiful shame.
Black Science #13 (Image)
Rick Remender (W) Matteo Scalera (A)
The second issue in the next saga of this book, and I am more than ready to commit myself to this strange warped universe again. Just when everything looks hopeless, things can get better, if only for a moment.
The Dying and the Dead #2 (Image)
Jonathan Hickman (W) Ryan Bodenheim (A)
I absolutely loved the first issue of this comic. It was, quite possibly, the most straight forward story of Jonathan Hickman’s that I’ve ever read. Basically it goes like this, when you are from the greatest generation, and the love of your life is dying, what lengths do you go to save her?
Avengers #43 (Marvel)
Jonathan Hickman (W) Stefano Caselli (A)
Two more issue of Avengers before this saga, likely to go down in comic book history as one of the best, is over. Finito. Kaput. All things must come to an end, a phrase that has been a foundation for this story since day one. Even so, I am sad. Please don’t do this Hickman, my heart can’t handle this.
And there you go folks, until next time, stay smart.