There’s a lot of books to check out this week – or today if you’re just a DC reader. With the return of DCeased, more Adventureman, and some neat titles from Scout, there’s something for everyone for those returning to “normal” after the holiday weekend.
Adventureman #2 (Image Comics)
(w) Matt Fraction (a) Terry Dodson (a) Rachel Dodson
Everything I read before picking up Adventureman #1 had me excited. Yet, when I finished it I was bored and had no interest going back. The thing is, I want to like the series, so I’ll give the second issue a chance and hope for the best. – Jason Jeffords Jr
The debut issue of Adventureman was enjoyable, despite some problems with pacing. Now that Matt Fraction and the Dodsons have set up the world and the main story, we can get down to business. This type of expansive world flush with characters is what we used to frequently get from Fraction, with titles like Casanova, Hawkeye and Sex Criminals. If this follows a similar trajectory, we could have a true great on our hands.
“The mysterious disappearance of the original Adventureman gets a little more complicated when, in the modern era, single mom Claire Connell stumbles into his legacy. But with the adventuremantle come untold dangers from those who would seek to destroy it!”
DCeased: Dead Planet #1 (DC Comics)
(w) Tom Taylor (a) Trevor Hairsine (i) Gigi Baldissini, Stefano Gaudiano (c) Rain Beredo (l) Saida Temofonte
DCeased was one of my favorite Events/Story Arcs last year, so it’s no surprise I’m excited about the follow-up! – Jason Jeffords Jr
People often say that Tom King’s books are must-read, but it’s Tom Taylor who continues to seemingly punch above his weight class with the books he’s given. A videogame tie-in? One of the best reads in a long time. A throwaway Spider-Man title? Spectacular. How about a zombie book when the popularity of that subgenre has seemingly run its course? Unbelievable. More DCeased is a great thing. At this point, if DC is willing to give anyone their own imprint to play in, how about revive Elseworlds and give it to Taylor? – Dan Gehen
“The original creative team of Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine reunite for the sequel to the 2019 blockbuster series DCeased!
After a corrupted Anti-Life Equation turned billions into monsters—including Earth’s Greatest Heroes—our planet was as good as dead.
Years later, a distress call brings Damian Wayne, Jon Kent, and Cassie Sandsmark—the Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman of Earth 2—back to a dead planet…but what will this new Justice League find waiting for them? If life still exists on Earth, who—or what—is lying in wait for these heroes?”
Getting It Together #1 (Image Comics)
(w) Omar Spah (w/a) Sina Grace (c) S. Steven Struble (ca) Jenny D. Fine
There needs to be more slice-of-life comics out there. Sure, they aren’t full of bombast or flashy visuals, but where they lack in pizzazz they make up often times with quality, heartfelt, and relatable storytelling. Getting It Together looks to satisfy the need for more books in that genre as it follows a group of 20-somethings as they deal with the trials and tribulations of adulthood. – Dan Gehen
SERIES PREMIERE! Newcomer artist JENNY D. FINE shines alongside Marvel Comics’ Iceman writer SINA GRACE and co-creator OMAR SPAHI in the all-new modern dramedy you didn’t know you needed! Sam and Jack are best friends, and Sam is dating Lauren, Jack’s indie rocker sister and roommate. When Sam and Lauren open up their long-term relationship, skyrocketing tensions send social shockwaves through their friend group and the entire Bay Area. And Jack, caught in the middle of it all, may be forced to take sides in a conflict he never wanted to be a part of. Life gets pretty messy when you’re in your 20s and your friends are your family.
The Green Lantern Season Two #5 (DC Comics)
(w) Grant Morrison (a) Liam Sharp
We already know that I love this series because of the talent on it. Nonetheless, the last issue was one of the weaker issues, granted we’ve only had one other “bad” issue in this series with it being the Annual. But, that cliffhanger ending, this issue’s cover, and the synopsis makes me “hyper” excited – Jason Jeffords Jr
“In the latest issue of this 12-part miniseries, Green Lantern Hal Jordan must test the limits of his ring’s capabilities when he must take down two ruthless killers, each with the powers of Superman! Defying the will of the New Guardians, Hal finally finds his fugitive alien murderers: the deadly husband/wife team of Hyperman and Hyperwoman—but the consequences will be devastating! These super-spouses have already murdered one GL who tried to thwart their lust for cosmic power…and they won’t hesitate to do it again!”
Money Shot #6 (Vault Comics)
(w) Tim Seeley, Sarah Beattie (a) Rebekah Isaacs (c) Kurt Michael Russell (l) Crank!
Money Shot is one of those (comic) books that you shouldn’t judge by the cover. The series is so heartfelt, human, and smart, and I absolutely love it. Plus the premise is amazing. – Jason Jeffords Jr
“The XXX-plorers embark on their second mission to a naughty world (that may have inspired the biblical Hell…or at the very least ripped it off). But whips, chains and spanks have nothing on the torture of STD testing! Meanwhile, a powerful romance rocks an alien empire to its core, with intimate consequences for our scientists-turned-porn-stars!
A great jumping on point for new readers — or a comfortable place to sit and rock for current fans.”
Finger Guns #3 (Vault Comics)
(w) Justin Richards (a) Val Halvorson (c) Rebecca Nalty (l) Taylor Esposito
We all know I love Vault Comics, and when I read the first two issues of Finger Guns I was astounded by the awesome idea and the great emotional execution. It’s felt like months since the last release, so I need to go back and read the previous issues! – Jason Jeffords Jr
“What in the world can make a brown-eyed girl turn blue?”