We’ve got a nice little batch of books this week from the Big Two, so let’s dive right in to another installment of What Looks Good!
This is a delightful surprise! I read Flinch when it was originally published back in the day and, as with most anthologies, it could be a mixed bag, but by and large it was full of some excellent horror stories. I’m a sucker for anthologies, though, so your mileage may vary. Still, I’m thrilled to see it getting collected.
Wait, another issue of Gotham Academy already? I suppose this is a crossover issue and they needed to get it out. But the credits I see still claim Karl Kerschl as the artist even though he announced on Twitter that issue #12 was his last. So who’s drawing this? I’ll be checking it out regardless, both because this is an excellent series and because “Robin War” surprised me in that it was actually pretty good.
Another title I’d be reading regardless of the crossover, so I’m thankful that it doesn’t seem awful. I will say this much, though: stop bringing up Tim Drake’s new origin. It’s stupid and mentioning it just reminds everyone how stupid it is. There is literally no reason for it to be any different than it was before. None. So just let that horrible change die already.
Also, what are the odds on who the new Nightwing will be? I’d always hoped it was be Cass Cain, but she’s not involved in all of this. I’m guessing maybe it’s Duke Thomas.
DC is just killing it on surprising collections this week. Not only does this feature the “Grant Morrison resurrects bizarre old character” story we all know and love, it features some dynamite art from Duncan Fegredo.
If Peter Milligan’s name wasn’t enough for you to buy this, just read the description:
“Fired from a cushy job in Silicon Valley, Lexy becomes a coder for New Romancer, an Internet-dating app that’s seen better days. To create fake profiles, she plunders characteristics from history’s most notorious lovers. Using little-known writings by Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, Lexy pushes the boundaries of coding and accidentally unleashes history’s greatest lover: Lord Byron. Online dating meets courtly love in this paranormal rom-com by Vertigo veteran writer Peter Milligan and rising art-star Brett Parson (Tank Girl).”
This issue could be infuriating, I won’t lie. Any time DC does this “some things happened but not all of them and we basically fucked up our universe so we could get rid of Superman’s underwear” bit, it usually ends up annoying as hell. So bringing Dick Grayson into this book could be awful. That said, I have no real reason to believe that (aside from DC’s track record) given how great this series has been and well the creative team has crafted Kori’s solo title. I can even picture some nudge-nudge-wink-wink type comments that will surely make me smile.
What did I just say about DC and their collections? Good god. Oh, don’t even think about this one. You should already own the first volume and you should buy this one automatically. The original run of the Suicide Squad was as good as it gets. It will make you wonder why anyone thought publishing a Squad book not written by John Ostrander was a good idea. It will also make you miss the old DCU and the Cold War.
This has been a quirky, character driven series and the best thing I can say about it is that I don’t even really care if the supernatural elements are explained or not. I’m enjoying this world too much need answers. It will be interesting to see how it ends.
I honestly can’t imagine reading a Scarlet Witch book on a regular basis. Nothing about the character says “needs a solo book” to me. But I said the same thing about the Vision and I’ll be damned if that’s not one of the best new titles of the year. So you get a shot, Wanda.
Secret Wars #8 (Of 9)(Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
No, seriously: Does anyone even care anymore?
This series had easily one of the best #1’s of Marvel’s relaunch. The cast is great, the scope is epic, and the whole thing is just balls to the wall cool. This is exactly the kind of thing you want from a superhero team.