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.
AvX CONSEQUENCES #1 (Marvel Comics)
With the fighting concluded and the universe saved for another year, Marvel’s grand stable of characters regroup before their next big phase of adventures.
On the surface, this series could be dismissed as something ancillary. Many people will skip the “aftermath” series and instead dive right into the next thing. Here, I think skipping the aftermath would be a mistake. For one, there’s a rich vein of emotion still left to explore after the dust has settled on the big battle. For instance, Scott Summers just straight up murdered his mentor. How do people feel about that? How does Scott feel about that? And where do the X-Men go from here? Kieron Gillen will be handling all of those answers – and having just read the second issue of this up on Marvel’s swank retailer app, I have to say, we’re all in for a big treat. The entire issue was basically a conversation had between Wolverine and Cyclops after… well, everything and it was a stunning piece of work. Marvel have kept the events of this first issue under pretty tight lock and key (although that might have been to keep AvX #12 spoilers under wraps) so it’ll be interesting to see what exactly gets covered.
BATMAN #13 (DC Comics)
With this issue, Scott Snyder kicks off his second year of writing the Batman title by bringing back the Joker – who was last seen cutting his face off in the pages of Detective Comics #1 just over a year ago. This issue should be interesting to read. Up until this point, Snyder has been handling himself quite well on the title (and on his previous run on Detective) using new villains. Bringing in an old villain (and one as well known and dangerous as the Joker) should prove to be a treat. Can he nail the big story? And furthermore, what will that story feel like? After all this time, I have extreme faith in Snyder’s abilities, which are matched by artist Greg Capullo, who will be providing the visuals once again, for this issue. And if I remember things properly, this issue sees the return of Jock (one of Snyder’s Black Mirror collaborators) doing some art in the back-up pages. So all around, good reasons to check out this book.
CASTLE: RICHARD CASTLE’S STORM SEASON (Marvel Comics)
Fall is here once again, and we all know what that means: new Castle! For the past few years, not only have we been given new episodes of Castle, but the show has been doing amazing tie-ins like the Nikki Heat prose novels (which are fantastic reads) and these Derrick Storm graphic novels from Marvel. Once again, Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick are on writing duty, and they are joined by Emanuela Lupacchino, who is a super-star in her own right. Hopefully this will be the project that people really, really take notice of her fantastic artistic skills.
SAGA VOL. 1 (Image Comics)
It was one of the biggest bits of comic book news from last year: the return of Brian K. Vaughan to comics! And what’s more, he was bringing Alberta’s own Fiona Staples along for the ride. What resulted was Saga – a fantastic new sci-fi series from Image that’s been exploding off the shelves. It’s funny, smart, action packed, and gorgeous as hell, with some of those amazing, fantastic twists that Vaughan was once known for in the industry. (And yes, he’s still that good.)
This first collection covers the first 6 issues of Saga, including that nice double sized opening salvo. That means you’ll be getting seven issues worth of content for a thin $9.99 or cheaper, depending on where you buy your comics. Pretty awesome, yeah?
UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 (Marvel Comics)
And finally, the start of Uncanny Avengers! This is probably the book that I’m most excited to read this week, as it mixes the over-the-top craziness of Rick Remender with the fantastic art of John Cassaday, who hasn’t done monthly comic work since his run of Astonishing X-Men wrapped with Joss Whedon. If I had to guess at what this book will feel like, I’d probably point to Planetary. Remender definitely brings the big moments like Ellis, and still finds room for bouts of great humour. Although in this, there will probably be a touch less cussing and smoking. Ellis sure does love a cussing smoker. Regardless, this book will be a whole lot of fun, and again, I can not wait to read it.
These are five 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.