Sometimes you look at the list of comics coming out from the Big Two and you think, what looks good? Allow me to help you with that.
Astro City #31, $3.99
This is another story presented from the “bad guy’s” point of view, something that Busiek has always done really well. Jesus Merino is the guest artist this issue and his work is always great. I don’t know. What do I have to say to get you to buy this? Every time a new issue comes out, I want to re-read the entire series, that’s how good this is.
Clean Room #4, $3.99
More messed up horror from Gail Simone and Jon-Davis Hunt. I think this book might be getting overlooked, which is a shame, because it’s everything I’ve always wanted from Simone and Hunt has blown me away.
Doctor Fate #8, $2.99
Geez, maybe it’s the whiskey talking, but I’ve got a lot of love for a lot of DC books this week. This is easily the best rebooted version of a DC character we’ve seen since the New 52 started. Not only does it pay homage to the past, but it takes the concept in a legitimately modern direction. Everyone should be supporting this book, not just because it’s good, but because we need more books like it.
Grayson Volume 1 Agents Of Spryal TP, $14.99
Grayson Volume 2 We All Die At Dawn TP, $14.99
Why are we getting two Grayson collections this week? Who cares, just buy them. This series is as good as you’ve heard. Is there beefcake? There’s beefcake, and it’s funny and endearing. I’ve said it before, the first half dozen issues or so remind me of “Global Frequency” and that’s a pretty big compliment.
Martian Manhunter #8 (Eric Canete Regular Cover), $2.99
Holy cow, who has an opening arc this long anymore? No one, that’s who. I mean, it’s great and all, but I’ve become so accustomed to the 5-6 issue opening story line that the fact that this one hasn’t ended yet seems so strange to me. But there’s a lot going on, including Martian Manhunter fighting with various aspects of himself while an army from the future on Mars tries to kill him. It’s great.
Poison Ivy Cycle Of Life And Death #1 (Of 6)(Clay Mann Regular Cover), $2.99
Word on the interwebs is that Poison Ivy is one of the few major Bat-villains to never get her own series, so this has been a long time coming. I really liked what was done with Ivy towards the end of the New 52, but I know virtually nothing about this version. Maybe this will be a good place to start.
Titans Hunt #4 (Of 12)(Ed Benes Regular Cover), $3.99
I really love how this series is playing out. It’s filled with mystery and weirdness and features a cast that, while I wish Wally could be back, is pretty great. It’s a nice meshing of the current versions while teasing the old ones. Sure, there’s no way this satisfies my desire for more pre-New 52 Titans stories, but just the fact that it might come close is amazing.
Captain Marvel #1 (Kris Anka Regular Cover), $3.99
You have to give Marvel credit for what they’ve done with Captain Marvel. It’s not just the overhaul in appearance, but the simple fact that she’s had multiple books over the last decade or so and none of them have sold particularly well. But they keep relaunching them in hopes that she’ll catch on because, honestly, she needs to. She’s an important character in the Marvel U and that was before she had her own movie coming out. So kudos to Marvel for not defining everything by money (for once).
Ms. Marvel #3 (Cliff Chiang Regular Cover), $3.99
The fact that this is coming out the same week as Captain Marvel #1 has got me thinking: where’s Marvel Boy these days? Because Ms. Marvel and Marvel Boy meeting would be an excellent story. Plus, I’d really love to see a story involving all the Marvel-titled Marvel characters. Hey, young Jean Grey aka Marvel Girl is running around these days — bring her on! Mrs. Marvel? Lady Marvel? Mr. Marvel? My mind is spinning.
Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat #2 (Brittney Williams Regular Cover), $3.99
I hated Hellcat #1…for about three minutes. It seems to me that often times books that revamp with the “all ages” goal in mind sometimes do so by dumbing down the character, and that’s what the first page of Hellcat felt like. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case, and Patsy was proven to be a smart, capable character, whose enthusiasm pulls you kicking and screaming through this comic. I love that her varied and storied history is being built in. And the art by Brittney Williams is perfect.
Thunderbolts Classic Volume 1 TP (New Printing), $34.99
This books was the bee’s knees when it first came out. The big reveal was epic and something you rarely see from comics anymore. Sure, you can blame internet spoilers for that, but I don’t think creators even really try to do things like this anymore. Thunderbolts came about during a perfect storm. The only problem I have with this collection is that I’m writing about it and writing about it makes me want to re-read the entire series, which I just do not have the time for.