Without a major event release this week, readers may be forced to check out some books they’ve heard good things about, but haven’t actually read. In one instance, that means a book that most probably haven’t looked at for at least a decade. So let’s see what looks good for this week.
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #8
(w) Tom Taylor (a) Ken Lashley
While Nick Spencer is doing a lot to “fix” Spider-Man in Amazing, Tom Taylor has been given free reign to write what is currently the best Peter Parker book in the pages of Friendly Neighborhood. Though dealing with things like Aunt May being sick is far from groundbreaking, Taylor’s writing contains an earnestness that makes each issue as engrossing as it is affecting.
Justice League Dark #12
(w) James Tynion IV (a) Raul Fernandez & Alvaro Martinez Bueno
As good as Scott Snyder’s Justice League may be, DC’s best book featuring a team of heavy hitters comes from his protege James Tynion IV with Justice League Dark. Anchored by Wonder Woman, the JL Dark boasts an exciting cast of magical misfits and heavy hitters trying to take down an unlikely foe in Doctor Fate.
(w) Erik Burnham (a) Dan Schoening & Luis Antonio Delgado
Never one to shy away from crossovers, IDW is pitting two of its popular licensed properties against each other with Transformers/Ghostbusters #1. Why? Because why not? This makes little to no sense on paper, but given the history of IDW’s other crossovers, this will be thoroughly entertaining.
(w) Todd McFarlane (a) Jason Shawn Alexander
I feel like I’m taking crazy pills! Spawn has gone from shaking up the industry to becoming unreadable dreck, a parody of itself, and genuinely good. Maintaining a stable readership despite being far from top seller it was in the 1990s, Spawn has seen in uptick in sales and general interest in recent months as it approaches issue #300. So what the hell, this is the time to start checking out Spawn again.