Welcome, my friends, to another edition of What Looks Good: The Big Two. Let’s get right to it.
Pick of the Week
Spider-Man #1 (Sara Pichelli Regular Cover), $3.99
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Art by Sara Pichelli
Okay, think about this: has there been a more important Marvel character introduced in the last 20 years than Miles Morales? I don’t think so. I think we often forget just how controversial and groundbreaking the debut of Miles was, or the simple fact that you can say “Miles” with regards to the Marvel universe and most comic book readers know exactly who you’re talking about. In a short amount of time, he’s become one of the best known characters Marvel has.
Am I disappointed that Marvel refuses to let Peter Parker grow up and just allow Miles to take on the mantle alone? Yeah, but I have to realistic: iconic superheroes will never go away, not forever. And while it might be weird to have two Spider-men running around in the the Marvel U proper, I’m just happy that he’s keeping the name.
BMB’s work is hit or miss with me, but Sara Pichelli’s artwork is always a hit. I don’t know where she came from or what pact Marvel made with the devil to find her, but she’s absolutely killed it on every title I’ve seen her work on. I’m thrilled that she’s sticking with Spider-man, although I don’t understand why she’s not a bigger star yet. Maybe this relaunch of Miles will do that.
Other Notable Releases from Marvel and DC
Midnighter #9, $2.99
Hey, it’s characters I used to care about (the Suicide Squad) vs. a character I care about a lot! I trust Steve Orlando to make this work and I trust ACO to make it look amazing.
Prez Volume 1 Corndog In Chief TP, $14.99
I mentioned once before that I think the DC logo on this book actually hurt it, because it’s not something that the average DC reader would probably enjoy. But it’s funny and painfully accurate and hopefully strong sales from this trade will justify more.
Sheriff Of Babylon #3 (Of 8), $3.99
Complex, nuanced story telling that feels real — this should be Vertigo’s next big hit.
Superman The Coming Of The Supermen #1 (Of 6)(Neal Adams Regular Cover), $3.99
I’m a sucker for a Superman with red trunks. I have no idea what to think of this aside from the fact that it will probably be bat shit insane and look amazing.
A-Force #2 (Jorge Molina Regular Cover), $3.99
The first issue was good enough to get a second try from me, but I really want to know how they’re going to explain the existence of this team. I kind of hope they’re just a group of friends who hang out and happen to fight bad guys. That actually seems to be a possibility based on this cover.
Captain Marvel #2 (Kris Anka Regular Cover), $3.99
The first issue of this series was solid as far as Carol went, but something of a disaster as far as Alpha Flight goes. Still, I like this new status quo for the character and really like the idea of a space station as the central focus for a bunch of Marvel titles.
Scarlet Witch #3 (David Aja Regular Cover), $3.99
I can’t believe I’m reading a Scarlet Witch book. But I really like the magic angle that’s going on here and the first two issues have been gorgeous…yet by two different artist. And this one is by a third! Does anyone know who the “regular” artist of this book is supposed to be?
Superior Foes Of Spider-Man Omnibus HC, $50.00
This will be the best $50 (and probably less from most places) you will spend this week. This series was fantastic. I read it as it was coming out and it was funny and inventive and really great. It’s a shame that it had to end.
Vision #4 (Mike Del Mundo Regular Cover), $3.99
I will let Chase Magnett say everything that needs to be said about this series, from last week’s Tom King week here at CB.