Every week, Comics! The Blog goes through the list of new releases and we tell you which comics to plug into your mind hole. Your mileage may vary.
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #16 & DAREDEVIL #22 (Marvel Comics)
Two side series that will feature the Superior Spider-Man this week! Listen, I’m pretty excited for this. I love that Marvel is going full out with this, sending the Doc Ock Spider-Man out into their larger universe to see how he interacts with the people within. After all, if you’re going to do something like this, you might as well go all the way with it, and have the fake Pete going everwhere, just to show how fun that dynamic can be. And really, it’s going to be a fun dynamic, as evidenced by the tail end of Daredevil #21, which had Doc Spidey’s words cause a “wait, what?” escape Matt Murdock’s lips. It was pretty great, and I’m excited to see what other shenanigans are in store.
BATGIRL #16 & BATMAN #16 (DC Comics)
The big Death of the Family arc continues here with two of the biggest stories in the line. Batman, of course, features the next part of the main story, while Batgirl continues to focus on the Joker’s relationship with Barbara. Both have been fascinating in their own ways, the regular Bat book being a fantastic examination of the dynamic between Batman and the Joker while the pair relive some of their greatest hits, while Batgirl delves into some deep physical and psychological scars left within Barbara from that madman. No lies, I’m probably going to head straight to these issues first to find out just what happens next.
GREEN HORNET YEAR ONE SPECIAL #1 (Dynamite)
An odd choice for this list. We don’t normally pick Dynamite books, let alone any from the Green Hornet family – not because any of them are bad, mind you, but because they are generally Not For Us. However, this comic is being written by the amazing and wonderful Nate Cosby, the editor who championed books like Thor: The Mighty Avenger and the writer of Cow Boy. He’s tops, and having him write an issue of Green Hornet set “back in the day” seems like the perfect fit. Plus, it’ll be a good introduction to the spirit of the character to prep us all for Mark Waid’s impending run on the regular Green Hornet title.
MIGHTY THOR/JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY: EVERYTHING BURNS HC (Marvel Comics)
Oh hey, the best story from the last year is collected in full, and now you can cry your eyes out into a nice, expensive hardcover! Just in time for next week’s big return-of-Loki in the pages of Young Avengers #1!
ONE TRICK RIP OFF DEEP CUTS HC (Image Comics)
It’s a book filled to the brim with hard to find and sometimes never printed Paul Pope stories. I honestly have no idea what is all included in this collection, but at this point, I don’t really care. Paul Pope is just a guy you need to throw all the money at, and that’s it. No questions. Do this.
THRESHOLD #1 (DC Comics)
It’s always the strange titles that key me into the DC Universe, and this book will be no exception.
It’s been a while since I’ve travelled the DC spaceways. Every now and then, I check back in with the Green Lantern line, realize that they are not books designed for me, and then I trundle off elsewhere through the line. However, I was quite excited to read last week’s Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual, as it was the prelude to Keith Giffen’s exciting new space book Threshold. What I found inside the pages was exactly what I wanted: the perfect mix of humour and action, something that Giffen does better than anyone when left to his own devices. From the look of the series and the feel of the solicitations, this will be something that I can enjoy, much like when Giffen revitalized Marvel’s cosmic line with Annihilation before handing the keys to the cosmic kingdom to Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Let’s hope that magic continues into DC, and helps reshape their outer universe.
These are some of the many great books being released this week! You can find the full list of comics being released here. If you have any other recommendations, let us know in the comments below.