So, as I write this, I still haven’t finished last weeks reading list. I know, shame on me, but I’ve been busy, you know. Doing things, things that will be released very soon. HA! I see, so now that I have a secret you need to know, well tough nuts. Here is the Top of the Stack!
Spider-Woman #3 (Marvel)
Dennis Hopeless (W) Greg Land (A)
This series is definitely on my chopping block (along with a few others this week). It has failed to keep me invested in the character. My plan is to follow the series into the next arc, and subsequently into the next wardrobe change, and see if it gets any better.
Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #4 (Marvel)
Ales Kot (W) Langdon Foss (W)
This series managed to pull my attention a bit more at the end of the last issue, but not enough to save it. I give this series to the end of the first arc, if it doesn’t do something to impress me, it’s toast. It’s sad because I’m really liking a lot of what Ales Kot has been putting out recently.
Deadpool’s Art of War #4 of 4 (Marvel)
Peter David (W) Scott Koblish (A)
If this weren’t already over, it too would be heading for a swift exhile. It’s by no means my favorite limited Deadpool series. The last two issues felt as if they should have really just been one issue. Very drawn out, and nothings worse than drawn out comedy. Am I right?
Haden Blackman (W) Michael Del Mundo (A)
So this series is heading for it’s ending and I think it knew it was coming. The issues seem to be rushing to a conclusion, and because of that everything seems, well, rushed. It’s sad to see this series go, but with so many more on the horizon, it isn’t necessarily a sad goodbye.
Spider-Verse Team-Up #3 of 3 (Marvel)
Christos Gage/ Tom DeFalco/ Ron Frenz (W) Dave Williams/ Tom DeFalco/ Ron Frenz (A)
This series is a shocker for me. Usually these series that capitalize on the ongoing events tend to fall flat for me, but this one doesn’t try to be something it isn’t. Short, sweet, and to the point. A bit sad to see this go.
Tom Taylor (W) Yildiray Cinar (A)
I could have seen the Daredevil reveal a mile away, but I think this series is also destined for an early defeat. I like it so far, don’t get me wrong, but the recent revelation that not everyone will make it out of The Secret Wars leads me to believe this version of Tony is not long for this universe. It’s a fun comic while it last though.
Scarlet Spiders #3 of 3 (Marvel)
Mike Costa (W) Paco Diaz (A)
This series it truly something to be sad about. Not in a bad way, I mean it as a compliment. I am very sad this is ending. It was my favorite tie in to Spider-Verse, yes even counting the ongoings, I’m looking at you Spider-Woman. One of our Scarlet Spiders is going to die. I wonder who? (I totally called this, just saying)
Brian Wood (W) Greg Smallwood (A)
Last issue was the first issue that has actually lent itself to a larger narrative. Not to say that a world wasn’t being sculpted, but each issue has been solid as a stand-alone issue. I’m interested to see what they do with the first linear arc of this series.
Nathan Edmondson (W) Phil Noto (A)
This series is a great analysis of the character. When it begins she is a victim, someone we are rooting for, but now that someone close to her has been hurt, she is out for blood. She is questionable and the darker side of her, the side she has tried to escape from, is back in control. Fantastic series.
Ivar Timewalker #1 of 4 (Valiant)
Fred Van Lente (W) Clayton Henry (A)
Super-dee-duper excited about this one. I saw the preview and was laughing out loud. Imagine if you took The Doctor, Tony Stark, and some other snarky personality and combined them. I know! I like vague descriptions too!
Kyle Higgins (W) Jed Dougherty./ Goran Sudzuka/ Roger Robinson (A)
While this last issue left me a little wanting, it did do some very important things, one being introduce a player we have been waiting for for a long time. Finally Blue Bird joins the fray, I’m excited to see her in action this week
Guardians of the Galaxy #23 (Marvel)
Brian Michael Bendis (W) Valerio Schiti (A)
Well, just when you thought Venom couldn’t get more intimidating, you were slapped, then appologized to, then hit in the back of the head with a tire iron. Sometimes a good story is a little abusive. That isn’t a commentary, don’t look into that last statement.
The Amazing Spider-Man #13 (Marvel)
Dan Slott (W) Giuseppe Camuncoli (A)
So this event has been really satisfying. I mean all around, this is the kind of event I love. The synergy alone is really cool, speaking of, if you haven’t played Spider-Man Unlimited for Android and IOS then go do it. Seriously, very cool series and I’m excited to see the kind of things that spin out of this.
Ivan Brandon (W) Nic Klein (A)
This is shaping up to be a very dark series and It’s just what the doctor ordered. It’s really really good and anyone who isn’t reading it should grab it now while you still can. Everything about this series screams potential. Can’t wait to see this odd planet again.
Jeff Lemire (W) Paolo Rivera (A)
I really really liked the first installment of this series and as I said when that came out, this would be the perfect time to jump on if you are unfamiliar with Valiant. Written by the always impressive Jeff Lemire and Penciled by the, again, always impressive Paolo Rivera, this is definitely a high point for Valiant.
John Arcudi (W) James Harren (A)
I can’t begin to tell you how kickass the first issue of this comic was. It set up the main character and his struggle and then gave you nothing else. I am begging for more information about this story, please give me your knowledge of great and wise Arcudi.
James Robinson (W) Leonard Kirk (A)
I write this with a heavy heart. You may have noticed the numbering has changed on this comic. This is because they have reverted to the numbering of the series pre-All-new Marvel Now. The reasoning is why my heart pumps thick with passion. It is the end of the Fantastic Four. The series is ending, the group is ending, it is the end. While this is ultimately depressing, I cannot wait to see how the First Family of comics go out.
The Autumnlands: Tooth & Nail #3 (Image)
Kurt Busiek (W) Ben Dewey (A)
I love this comic. It is beyond fantastic. If you light high fantasy, or even low fantasy (Badumdum) this is the comic for you. It has shaped a rich and beautiful world in only two issues and I need to see more of it. It is everything anyone would want from a comic and you really need to read this thing before it bites you in the butt. This series is wonderful, there isn’t a better word.
There you go you guys. Seriously, creator owned content is getting super hot right now. I suggest going to your local comic book shop and telling them you want to subscribe to every Image comic in the next two years. I’m doing you a favor. Until next week, stay smart.