I’m back you guys! Who missed me? It’s okay take your time, I can wait. Anyway, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do from last week so I guess it’s pretty good that this week is rather small wouldn’t you say? That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have some juicy nuggets in there. Some firsts as well. Would you like cake or Top of The Stack? Well, we’re out of cake! We only had three bits and we didn’t expect such a rush.
Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #6 (Marvel)
Ales Kot (W) Marco Rudy (A)
So this one got through by the skin of its teeth. An interesting cliff hanger at the end of the last issue left me curious, so I’ll bite. Still on parole though, we’ll see how it goes.
The Punisher #16 (Marvel)
Nathan Edmondson (W) Mitch Gerads (A)
This series started off so strong and the last arc makes me feel as if they put on the brakes. I mean the action is still there but it feels like the pacing is off somehow. I worry for the future of this comic.
Batman Eternal #50 (DC)
James Tynion IV (W) Raul Fernandez (A)
So this series is coming to an end very soon and Tynion is helming the last issues. I can say honestly that these last few issues have been some of the most intense, plot advancing issues in this series and it makes me really excited for the conclusion. That being said, it has been a trek across rough terrain for this series, with really good arcs leading into plain boring ones and then back. You can’t play with my emotions like that.
Black Widow #16 (Marvel)
Nathan Edmondson (W) Phil Noto (A)
Things are heating up again with this series as some major moves have been made. The reason I love this comic is just how artfully everything flows together, and recently it’s teetered off a little but not enough for me to lose hope. I’m optimism prone.
Moon Knight #13 (Marvel)
Cullen Bunn (W) Ron Ackins (A)
Another new creative team and this might be the one to finish me off. I am not the biggest Cullen Bunn fan, and I am not sure how he will handle the character. Then again I am always skeptical with team changes. After Ellis did his dirty work, it’s hard for anyone to fill those shoes and Woods did a great job, so we’ll see what comes of this.
All-New Captain America #5 (Marvel)
Rick Remender (W) Stuart Immonen (A)
I love this series. I really do, it’s the kind of story that Remender thrives in. A dark, evil tale about a character at the other side of, what seems to be, impossible odds. He isn’t afraid of breaking your heart, that’s why I love him.
Divinity #2 of 4 (Valiant)
Matt Kindt (W) Trevor Hairsine (A)
This series is intense. I really really enjoyed the first issue. It had a weird vibe, call it a mix between The Watchmen and Manhattan Projects. Both things I love. This series has tons of potential and it seems to be basking in it. Fantastic first issue.
Ivar, Timewalker #3 (Valiant)
Fred Van Lente (W) Clayton Henry (A)
This series is fantastic fun. It is one of those times that a trope that is often taken far too seriously, gets played with the way it should. It’s a cheeky thing, this comic. I think I like this one. Also this comic they don’t kill Hitler, or they do. I don’t know, you decide.
Chrononauts #1 (Image)
Mark Millar (W) Sean Murphy (A)
One of two first issues this week. I am super excited about this team up. I’ve read a few Millar stories in the past and to be quite honest they are very hit and miss. He has a lot of big picture ideas, and sometimes they work well, other times I feel he is too clever for his own good. Sean Murphy on the other hand is always brilliant. The end. Bromance through time. Done. Over. That’s the synopsis and my emotions, for your information.
Frankenstein Underground #1 of 5 (Dark Horse)
Mike Mignola (W) Ben Stenbeck (A)
Mignola on Frankenstein. Seriously, do I really have to convince you any more? I mean that’s like Michael Bay doing a film on slow-motion explosions, or Stanley Kubrick doing a biopic about a director who died. I need to workshop that one.
Outcast #7 (Image)
Robert Kirkman (W) Paul Azaceta (A)
This series has an eerie crawl about it. The way that the story progresses is slow and tedious but it makes the pay off that much more satisfying. After the last issue, I am excited for the chaos that has been forged.
Zero #15 (Image)
Ales Kot (W) Jordie Bellaire (A)
So we go from futuristic spy hyper-violence to, uh, William S. Burroughs. Yeah, can’t say I was expecting that. Well, either way, I trust Kot, as he’s managed to keep this series interesting from issue number one.
The Manhattan Projects: Sun Beyond the Stars #1 (Image)
Jonathan Hickman (W) Nick Pitarra (A)
So I’ve been waiting for this since the original series “ended”. Hickman took the less confusing route to his storytelling for this next endeavor. Instead of following four different stories within the pages of one comic, he is splitting their stories into smaller arcs. This series follows the Cosmonaut who was thrust into space whilst looking for his talking dog. I love this comic.