This week started off huge, then I trimmed it down, then it got huge again. So it goes. A hugely anticipated first issue amidst a cacophony of masterpieces and a couple not so masterful pieces. Either way the good always stay around, even if a few get the boot. Check it out!
Amazing X-Men #14 (Marvel)
Christopher Yost (W) Carlo Barberi (A)
So far some of these Axis Tie-Ins have been pretty, well, meh. Unfortunately, my expectations have been lowered for some of these, this is no exception. I was following this series up to the point where Yost jumped on, and I jumped off. Either way, I’ve been wrong before.
Axis: Carnage #3 of 3 (Marvel)
Rick Spears (W) German Peralta (A)
So this series, while not the best, is far from the worst in my opinion. Really digging this new Carnage character we are getting a taste of and part of me really hopes he stays cannon, at least long enough to get retcon’d.
The Empty Man #6 of 6 (Boom!)
Cullen Bunn (W) Vanesa Del Ray (A)
I had extremely high hopes for this series and I really hope that this last issue can fulfill those hopes, because so far it’s been a pretty mediocre journey. There were some pretty cool things here and there to keep me in the game, but now that I have all the cards, I’m banking on a pretty lackluster hand.
Deadpool’s Art of War #3 of 4 (Marvel)
Peter David (W) Scott Koblish (A)
Another of those series that I wish had more in it. I honestly think this comic could have been condensed into a one-shot. That being said, there are still two more issues and a lot can happen in that amount of time. We shall see.
Avengers World #16 (Marvel)
Nick Spencer (W) Marco Checchetto (A)
This series is one of the few that tie-in to Axis that is actually pretty cool and actually continues the story of Axis directly off the page, instead of dealing with characters outside of the Axis story. Also Doctor Doom, I mean come on. Everyone loves some Doom.
Empire of the Dead: Act Two #4 of 5 (Marvel)
George A Romero (W) Dalibor Talajic (A)
I love how this series manages to evolve the zombie genre whilst keeping Romero’s iconic voice, something I was always afraid of with not only the medium but the timing, what with all the zombie hysteria. A great story that always has something interesting to say.
Spider-verse Team Up #2 of 3 (Marvel)
Christos Gage/ Gerry Conway (W) Dave Williams/ Steven Sanders (A)
When the first issue of this came out, I was actually pretty against the idea. Saying that it should just be contained to the Spider-Verse mini-series. Now I learned the error of my ways. See I told you I’ve been wrong before, I follow through. It was a great issue and I am anticipating this one as well, especially Miles Morales meeting The Ultimate Spider-Man from the animated series, before they meet ’67 Spider-Man from the meme inspiring animated show.
Astro City #18 (Vertigo)
Kurt Busiek (W) Brent Eric Anderson (A)
Really excited about this one. A new arc that centers around the character Cracker-jack and his sidekick Quarrel as they deal with his aging. The story of what happens to a non-super-human super-hero when they get old. Really digging the idea!
Amazing Spider-Man #11 (Marvel)
Dan Slott (W) Olivier Coipel (A)
So, you know that thing that happened with that crazy octopus man and spidey’s brain? Well, now we get the pay off we’ve all wanted. Amazing Spider-Man vs. Superior Spider-Man. The slapfest to rule them all. My money is on Peter Parker…
Justice League United #7 (DC)
Jeff Lemire (W) Neil Edwards (A)
I am really interested in what Lemire is doing with this series. It’s not the typical Justice League story that we all know, but the story of a team being brought together through necessity. Every member is struggling to find their place in the team, while working alongside people they hardly know, for the most part. A great super-hero story.
Batman Eternal #36 (DC)
James Tynion IV (W) Fernando Blanco (A)
Tynion is back with a vengeance. I can’t say a whole lot without spoilers, but lets just say, Tynion has completely screwed Batman. Everything is falling apart for the Dark Knight and only his old teammates can help him, unless, it’s too late……
Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1 (Marvel)
Brian Michael Bendis (W) Frank Cho (A)
I have this thing, you see. If an annual comes out, I won’t buy it unless it’s by the same writer that the ongoing is focusing on, with rare exceptions. That being said, those bastards! I will buy your little picture book Marvel, but I do not appreciate the game you are playing with my heart.
The Punisher #13 (Marvel)
Nathan Edmondson (W) Mitch Gerads (A)
The last issue of this comic literally had me say “Oh, shit” when I read the last page. In case you needed any reminder of how badass Frank Castle is, read this comic. If you already know how badass Frank Castle is, read this comic.
The Valiant #1 of 4 (Valiant)
Jeff Lemire (W) Raolo Rivera (A)
Hey! It’s that time! I actually got to preview this comic, so I can say without a doubt, pick this up! It is so good, and it’s a perfect jumping on point for anyone not familiar with Valiant’s other works. Fantastic team, pretty pictures, fancy words. All around top notch.
Thor #3 (Marvel)
Jason Aaron (W) Russell Dauterman (A)
Look what made it to the pull list! I’ve been following this since Thor: God of Thunder, and I absolutely love the changes. It’s a great story and I’m really looking forward to this series, gotta love me some Thor.
Wild’s End #4 (Boom!)
Dan Abnett (W) I.N.J. Culbard (A)
This series really shocked me. I mean I was expecting an alright story, don’t get me wrong, it’s just I wasn’t expecting such a human story. Which is you know, somewhat ironic seeing as all the characters are anthropomorphic creatures.
Copperhead #4 (Image)
Jay Faerber (W) Scott Godlewski (A)
Copperhead is on a roll man. After selling out the first couple issues, they had a lot of pressure on them to maintain such an anticipated title and I can say, so far, I am absolutely thrilled with this story. Don’t be a lame Lucy and go and pick this one up.
Bitch Planet #1 (Image)
Kelly Sue DeConnick (W) Valentine De Landro (A)
Grind-house saga about a planet dedicated as a womans only prison. I mean I don’t really have much else for you, besides the talent of course. This comic is going to be awesome, don’t regret missing out on this one. Seriously.
Afterlife With Archie #7 (Archie)
Roberto Aguirre Sacasa (W) Francesco Francavilla (A)
I am in love with this story. Brilliant pacing and a no hold barred take at the Riverdale gang. This issue marks the start of the second arc, Riverdale long behind them, they search for safety any where they can.
Axis #7 of 9 (Marvel)
Rick Remender (W) Adam Kubert (A)
I am super excited for the final chapter of this event. With the Avengers Now! around the corner, I can only imagine that this will be a very nice lead in to the new status quo for our heroes, or villains as they seem to be leaning more towards the dark side these days.
Avengers #39 (Marvel)
Jonathan Hickman (W) Mike Deodato (A)
Thrilled with the last few issues of this series. Hickman’s conclusion is coming swiftly. Things that have been up in the air since the beginning are being wrapped up and the scope of this colossal story he has been telling is really beginning to come into view. I couldn’t be more giddy.
Southern Bastards #6 (Image)
Jason Aaron (W) Jason Latour (A)
Gah! I LOVE this story. I know a few of my friends don’t hold the same passion I do about this story, but to them I say phooey. I think the simplistic shape of this story can be a bit misleading, but makes it all that much more real. I have fallen in love with the shitty little town in Alabama.
East of West: World
Jonathan Hickman (W) Nick Dragotta (A)
This is the part where they explain the world. No, really. In this one shot, they illuminate a bit more about the mysterious world of East of West. Not sure what else this has in store, but I’m excited for it!
Sex Criminals #9 (Image)
Matt Fraction (W) Chip Zdarsky (A)
This story is one of the most heartfelt, human, sexy stories I have ever read. One of those descriptions is not like the others. Honestly, this comic captures the beauty, raw emotion, regret, depression, lust and humor of life like no story I have ever read. The relationship between the two main characters is like something from my own life and it’s wholly absorbing. Love it.