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WLG #401: Back to the Grind

A column article by: Matt Spatola

 

That was a short break wasn’t it? After last week’s jam column we are back on schedule and it’s my turn at the wheel of the good ship What Looks Good. Thanks for checking my choices out and seeing if what’s looking good to me in this week’s shipment of comics.

So let’s just get right to it shall we?

MARVEL

Avengers vs. X-Men #0 $3.99 (Bendis, Aaron & Cho)

“The Return Of The Scarlet Witch! What Does This Mean For The Mutant Messiah Hope? Three Of The Hottest Names In Comics Kick Off The Biggest Event In Marvel History! And Did We Mention Frank Cho On Art?”

Might as well start with what will most likely be the biggest selling book this week. 

It would be easy to say that Marvel has seemed to put all of their eggs into one basket with this series. DC has had a death grip on the Top Ten for a few months now. And even though Marvel is still beating them in dollars it has to be a bite in the ass.

They certainly are pushing the hell out of the book, both in print and digital. Preorders for issue 1 are over 200k as of right now.  There’s no denying this series is starting off big. But how will fans be buying the book over its 12 bi-weekly issues? That’s something new for one of these event series; a longer than recently normal series at a faster than normal publishing. I’m really curious about that business part of the book because with the trend being that readers are shying away from double shipping.

Back to the book itself then. As a fan I’m looking forward to it and hope it can deliver on its promise and premise. If it doesn’t, well Marvel might find itself in a position worse than it is in right now.

DC

Aquaman #7 $2.99 (Johns & Reis)

“Who destroyed Atlantis? In the start of a new storyline, we follow the hunter as he stalks and kills his prey, claiming their weapons and armor as trophies. A golden shield, a golden helm and the final prize is the most powerful of all: a golden trident. The only problem is, he's going to have to go through Aquaman to get it. Who is he? What is the secret of Aquaman's trident? And how does this all tie into the destruction of Atlantis?”

Ok so I have never, ever bought an issue of Aquaman in any of his series or minis or whatever. I just didn’t get him. He had no interest for me at all. But I’m not one to be stuck in past ideas though. So with that I’ve been intrigued by the New 52 version of the character I’ve been reading in the opening arc of Geoff John’ Justice League. He’s not lame anymore. He’s got stubble and an attitude!

So I’m picking up this issue, which is the start of a new storyline and a great place to jump in. There has to be a reason that one time joke but now sales miracle is selling more than any and every Marvel title.

IMAGE

Bloodstrike #26 $2.99 (Seeley & Gaston)

“Extreme's zombie-black op-superheroes return! Cabbot Stone is the last unliving Bloodstrike agent, an unstoppable weapon in America's war on terror! But being dead is a hell of way to make a living, and Cabbot is losing his faith. Will his latest mission be his last? Bloody horror-action with heart by Hack/Slash writer Tim Seeley and Artist Franchesco Gaston!”

Image has been on a publishing high for so long it seems. Just about every new series is a same day sellout. And that’s great news for the comic industry- which can always use some.

I’m eager to see how this Extreme relaunch does since Prophet has done so well since it came back. And it looks like Rob Liefeld has got a great creative team to handle this relaunch. Seeley can certainly write the type of stories that you would expect to see in this title. Gaston’s art has a nice animation feel that separates it enough from Liefeld’s look to help put the book out on its own two feet.

So there are my picks for What Looks Good this week. There are always several other books that I’m also curious about and will take a look at. Here are a few:

·         The Twelve #11- I know you are all curious if this does show up

·         Cobra #11- is it just me or does the guy on the cover look like Mirror Universe Nick Fury?

·         Superman #7- new writers Giffen/Jurgens start here, maybe they can make the New 52 Superman not boring

·         New Avengers #23- otherwise known as the issue with Daredevil’s butt on the cover

·         Atomic Robo Real Science Adventure #1- hey its Atomic Robo, everyone should be giving him a chance

There you have them, my choices for What Looks Good in all the glorious color your screen can handle. Please comment below with your thoughts on my picks or even your own. See you all in 3.

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