I’m trying something a little different this time around with What Looks Good, so let me know what you think.
Behold, the pick of the week!
Omega Men #8, $2.99
Written by Tom King, art by Barnaby Bagenda
Sweet fancy Moses, am I glad that this series did not end with issue #7, because I would have been PISSED. That’s not to say that last issue wasn’t great, because it absolutely was, but that wasn’t so much an ending as it was the beginning of bigger things. It was also the most screen time given to the one known character in the book, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner. Has he become a full fledged member of the Omega Men now?
Here’s what you need to know about this book: It’s the story of the bad guys who are actually good guys who you want to believe are bad guys because the parallels to events in our world are uncomfortably close. The Omega Men are insurgents, there’s no other way to say it, and that is a word that most people associate with bad. Oh, and they also appear to be religious zealots. And they kidnap a superhero and put a bomb in his neck.
This book is complicated and dense and deserves a reread every time a new issue comes out. Everyone should be reading it.
And this conveniently dovetails into our Tom King Week here at CB! We’ll have a piece on The Vision later today, then check back every day this week for pieces on Grayson, the aforementioned Omega Men, and Sheriff of Babylon. That King guy can write!
Other Notable Releases This Week From the Big Two:
Grayson #16 (Mikel Janin Regular Cover), $3.99
It’s getting harder and harder for me to come up with new ways to praise this book, but let me try: it’s great. It’s also clearly moving to a big change in the status quo, which is exciting in its own right.
Superman Lois And Clark #4 (Lee Weeks Regular Cover), $3.99
I guess this was supposed to be a regular series and has now been cut down to six issues? I always thought it was a finite series because the idea of having a regular series featuring a different Superman doesn’t make much sense. Honestly, DC, just give us a pre-New 52 book and a pre-Crisis book and let us have our fun.
Superman Secret Identity Deluxe Edition HC, $29.99
I’ve never read this book, which is strange in that 1) I like Kurt Busiek’s writing and 2) I like Stuart Immonen’s art. If you like either of those things, you should give this a shot. I know I will.
Twilight Children #4 (Of 4), $4.99
The grand finale of what’s been an enjoyable, quirky series by two enjoyable, quirky creators. I’d love to see more from Hernandez and Cooke, although perhaps with another publisher as I guess this didn’t sell so well from Vertigo.
We Are Robin #8 (Lee Bermejo Regular Cover), $3.99
This issue we meet a new gang in Gotham, one modeling itself after the Jokers. This gives us a gang of Robins, a gang of Owls, and now a gang of Jokers. This would be easy to mock, but I actually kind of like this idea in that it’s exploring the social ramifications of super-types running around Gotham. This book has felt a bit disjointed so far, so maybe this will give it more focus.
Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #3 (Amy Reeder Regular Cover), $3.99
I really love this book. I love the new Moon Girl and I love Devil Dinosaur. I love how absurd it is that these cavemen are running around New York which is only moderately more ridiculous than Devil Dinosaur running around New York — neither of which as attracted the attention of the roughly 1.5 million superheroes that call NY their home. Go buy this, already. It’s fun.
Spider-Woman #3 (Javier Rodriguez Regular Cover), $3.99
I am not, by any means, a fan of Bendis’ work, but credit where credit is due: I love the Jessica/Carol relationship. And while not his doing, I love how both characters have evolved since he pulled them out of comic book limbo. Pregnant Jessica has made for two great issues so far, so I have no reason to believe that trend won’t continue.