Wondering what to pick up this week at the comic shop? What Looks Good picks out a few nuggets you should check out!
Pick of the Week
Transformers Vs G.I. JOE #11 (Cover A Tom Scioli), $3.99
Written by Tom Scioli and Jon Barber, art by Tom Scioli (he colors AND letters the book, too!)
This was a touch choice because there are a lot of excellent books coming out this week, from a new issue of Lumberjanes to a new collected edition of the Morrison/Case run on Doom Patrol. But in the end I went with a book that should be getting more attention from anyone who loves comics of any kind, the latest issue of Transformers Vs G.I. Joe.
Seriously, you don’t even know how good this book is. You really don’t. Or maybe you do because you read it and you’re shaking your head up and down right now like, “preach on, brother man, tell the people!” I hope it’s the latter, in part because I really want people to be saying “preach on, brother man” at their computer screen, hopefully while at work.
There is more story and more ideas packed into a single issue of this series than an entire year’s worth of comics from the Big Two. Even more impressive, it’s all in keeping with these properties: the Joes are very much the Joes and the Transformers are very much the Transformers.
Oh, did I mention this comic is bat shit insane? Because it is. The hyperactive 12 year old in me goes ballistic when a new issue comes out. It literally seems like IDW said “hey, go ahead and do whatever the fuck you want” and Scioli and Barber are, in fact, doing whatever the fuck they want. And it’s glorious.
Here’s hoping we eventually get a beautiful hardcover collection, because I will buy that in a hot minute.
Lumberjanes #23 (Cover A Rosemary Valero-O’Connell), $3.99
Honestly, I don’t know that there’s much to say about this series that hasn’t already been said. It’s consistently entertaining and full of energy.
Astro City #32, $3.99
This is easily one of my top 5 superhero comics of all time and it shows no sign of slowing down. Come for the homages, stay for the heartfelt characters and brilliantly realized world.
Clean Room #5, $3.99
This is some freaky shit, people. Get on it if you like horror and excellent art.
Doctor Fate #9, $2.99
I really hope DC finds a way to keep Khalid around. Hey, maybe that supposed new Justice Society book! That would be nice. I say this because I think he’s a great new character and because the writing is probably on the wall for this sadly unappreciated comic.
Doom Patrol Volume 1 TP, $29.99
The phrase “weird for the sake of being weird” has always bugged me, although I suppose I understand the concept behind it. Basically, it’s the suggestion that something is weird, but serves no purpose in the story — the weirdness isn’t a reflection of something going on in the comic, isn’t a plot point, it’s just there to be weird. I suppose people want meaning in their weirdness. So let’s just get this out of the way: Doom Patrol by Morrison and Case is filled with weird for the sake of being weird, but that’s the point. That’s the Doom Patrol.
Martian Manhunter #9 (Eric Canete Regular Cover), $2.99
Yet another book that will no doubt end with DC’s infamous “Rebirth,” and just as the Martian Manhunter enters the pop culture consciousness after his introduction on the Supergirl TV show. I absolutely love this title, but I have a weird soft spot for books about breaking a character down into his or her component personalities. Also, the Martian Manhunter is a badass and I’m glad he’s not in the Justice League anymore.
Midnighter Volume 1 Out TP, $14.99
Warren Ellis is a great writer. Sure, he writes a lot of bad ass characters who say bad ass things, but he also incorporates a lot of crazy science ideas, most of which have at least some basis in reality. Even if you never read Midnighter’s first appearance, you’d know he was co-created by Ellis. Here’s the thing: Steve Orlando gets Midnighter like no other writer but Ellis. Most writers get the badass part right, but they swing and miss on the crazy science. Orlando doesn’t. He gets that its important to who Midnighter is. And while Ellis got to create Midnighter with the larger than life Bryan Hitch, Orlando is (mostly) working with the phenomenal ACO, whose art is reason enough to buy this book.
Titans Hunt #5 (Of 12)(Neal Adams Variant Cover), $3.99
So apparently this book is going to do some table setting for the upcoming “Rebirth” in that we’ll see more and more characters start to remember things that supposedly never happened. It’s fine as a one off in this series, but expanding it seems bizarre, like DC had decided they want to bring back all the stories they recently erased, but only kind somewhat. Which, of course, has been there problem all along. Do or don’t, DC. Stop with this middle of the road business. Anyway, if you love the Titans of any era, you should be reading this book. If you don’t, I doubt you have any interest.
Bitch Planet #7, $3.99
Allow me to throw this out there as a response to nothing in particular: this book is supposed to feel claustrophobic. We aren’t supposed to have an idea of what the prison planet is like beyond what the main characters experience. That’s the point. And the men are supposed to look the same as every nameless male in every comic book we’ve ever seen. That is also the point. These are not mistakes, they are creative choices that, I must say, work really, really well. So go buy this.
Sex Criminals #14 (Cover A Chip Zdarsky), $3.50
The most honest comic on the stands today, I’m not even joking.
Avengers Standoff Welcome To Pleasant Hill #1 (Daniel Acuna Regular Cover), $4.99
Is this going to be a clusterfuck? Probably. Oh, but those sweet, sweet event dollars…
Power Man And Iron Fist #1 (Sanford Greene Regular Cover), $3.99
I love me some Power Man and Iron Fist.
Spider-Woman #4, $3.99
While I may have issues with the substance of the new Captain Marvel series, I love the setting, and that’s where we find Spider-woman, on the Alpha Flight space station. This book has actually handled it better than the Captain Marvel series, in fact, and Spider-woman is just a visitor. Anyway, this book is well written, looks great, and has a unique hook, so give it a shot.