There’s a lot of books that look good this week, which doesn’t look good for our wallets. Still, it’s better to have to decide between a bunch of (hopefully) good books than a bunch of crap.
House of X #2 (Marvel Comics)
If you’re like most readers, the first issue of HoX was either a welcome return to form for the X-Men, or a confusing garble of artwork and glorified Wikipedia articles. Either way, Jonathan Hickman’s relaunch has thrown a bunch of puzzle pieces on the table, and only time will show how the completed picture looks.
The Green Lantern #10 (DC Comics)
After being mostly comprised of bottle issues, the first “season” of Grant Morrison’s The Green Lantern looks to end on a multi-issue, multiverse-spanning arc. The book has been wonderfully weird, and Liam Sharp’s artwork has been phenomenal. Here’s to ratcheting up the cosmic crazy!
Absolute Carnage #1 (Marvel Comics)
Donny Cates has made Eddie Brock’s Venom one of the more compelling characters in Marvel, which is quite a departure from the character’s usual publications. Now, Cates takes the reins of Marvel’s less interesting symbiote character and is shaping an entire event around him. While some may be having flashbacks to the 1990s event Maximum Carnage, Cates has proved himself capable of making gold out of the most ridiculous and stupid-sounding concepts. And this event sounds really ridiculous and stupid.
Die #6 (Image Comics)
After a brief period in the early 2010s when every series announced was gold, the luster seems to have worn off of Image. Yes, there are still a few standout series, but the number of “must-read” titles seems to have dwindled. However, Die is absolutely one of those books. The Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans collaboration is smartly written and beautifully illustrated, a killer one-two punch of talent.
Lois Lane #2 (DC Comics)
Here’s a book that pisses off the “get politics out of my comics” crowd (even though the medium has always been political). Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins’s debut issue pitted Lois Lane against not-so-subtle stand-ins for the Trump Administration, and the criticism is likely to be even more heightened in the wake of this past weekend’s unfortunate acts of domestic terrorism. Art should reflect its era, and Lois Lane is like looking in a mirror.
Coffin Bound #1 (Image Comics)
Just from the cover art, Coffin Bound from Dan Watters and Dani looks like a high-octane, grungy action title in the vein of grindhouse cinema. The art by Dani in particular is alluring, while Brad Simpson’s colors set the tone for a wasteland adventure.
Dead End Kids #1 (Scout Comics)
Scout Comics may not get much fanfare, but they are slowly building a reputation as an alternative to superhero comics by producing quality stories on a consistent basis. Dead End Kids is their latest effort, a murder-mystery starring a bunch of kids from broken homes. Frank Gogol and Nenad Cvitcanin’s previous effort, Grief, was a fantastic, heart-wrenching anthology. If they can bring that level of craftsmanship to Dead End Kids, it could be something special.