Each and every week “I Have Until Five!” MK2Fac3 and “Best In The World” Henchman21 read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. They look forward to some more than others, I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of their pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of May 9, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Everyone once in a while a man or woman looks at his or her floor and sees large amounts of comic books. This is when that man or woman knows that he or she has either a very unorganized system or a passion that overfloweth. Now, I may not be going anywhere with this, but I’m going to pretend like I am because comics are great, right? Well, yes they are, and some great comics are coming out this week. Oh you want to know what they are? Well we don’t give that information away for free! Oh no! This is The GoD List where you have to read the entire post before you realize all the comics that you should be reading, brohan, but you know what? I’m going to do you a favor, I’m going to give you a teaser! Here: Bats, Owls, Dragons, Mutants, Spiders, Students, Monsters, and Robots! Seriously, that is all you need in life.
Avenging Spider-Man #7 (Marvel Comics – $3.99): Now, I’m not the biggest Spider-Man fan simply because I haven’t read nearly enough to consider myself so. I am, however, a fan of this comic. In its essence, Avenging Spider-Man is like Marvel’s current era version of Brave and The Bold, only instead of Batman, it’s Spider-Man who the Marvel heroes are teaming up with. And I like that. I like that as much as I like Brave and The Bold, that’s for sure. This issue is pretty awesome, specifically, though, because it’s written by the wonderful Kathryn Immonen and drawn by her husband, the equally wonderful, Stuart Immonen. In this issue, it’s a team-up with Spidey and She Hulk, and with this creative tag team, this comic is surely going to be one of the best times you’ll have reading a comic this week.
Frankenstein Alive, Alive! #1 (IDW Publishing – $3.99): Dude. Dude, dude! Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson is gold. Bernie Wrightson adapting Frankenstein is gold. Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson teaming up to create new material in the same world as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein? Freaking platinum. Honestly, this comic is a dream come true for me, and I can’t wait to read it. I’m keeping this brief because this information is enough for you to convince you to buy the comic. [Check out Geeks Of Doom's review of the issue by RoughJustice.]
Skullkickers #14 (Image Comics – $3.50): Yeah, so, if you’re reading this comic, which you should be, all I have to say is “The Gun.” And if you’re not reading this comic, what’s wrong with you? Get your act together, this is an incredibly fun comic that everyone reading these words will enjoy. So go and pick up the Treasure Trove and get your business straight so you can enjoy this comic like the rest of us.
You also have to buy Morning Glories because it’s required reading.
Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls HC (DC Comics – $24.99): This is a fantastic comic book. Now, this collection doesn’t feel like it’s the entire story, but that’s only because it’s not. The problem with DC getting their collected editions’ attitudes together is that they’re releasing them before the comics are actually done with the entire story arcs. The story introduced in Court of Owls moves in to what’s currently going on in the Bat universe with the Night of The Owls crossover. And while that’s unfortunate, it doesn’t take away any of the great things about comics. If you’re only reading Batman comics in trade like I was for a really long time, this comic goes fine as a new installment to your awesomely shelved collection, but it also goes extremely well to those who are keeping up with the relaunch and all of the other DC books. So, get yourself in line and get caught up on this comic because you absolutely will not regret it.
And here you go:
Batman #9 (DC Comics – $3.99): Let’s not talk about Scott Snyder’s story, which has been excellent so far, and has completely lived up to the expectations set down by his equally excellent Detective Comics run from last year. No, let’s talk about artist Greg Capullo. Capullo has been doing some of the best work of his career, and unlike many of the other artists on DC’s New 52, he hasn’t missed a month. I’ve followed Capullo’s career since his days on X-Force back in the 90s, and I am thrilled to see him on one of the best books DC has, and also to see all the acclaim he is rightfully receiving for his run. Capullo’s art walks a fine line between the superhero action that Batman needs, and the dark grittiness that Snyder’s story requires. I’m guessing you’re already reading this book, and if you’re not, you really should be. Do it and see the killer work that Capullo is putting out every month.
Wolverine & the X-Men #10 (Marvel Comics – $3.99): And now, possibly my favorite book. Or at least top five. Easily top 50. All kidding aside, Wolverine & the X-Men is so much fun each and every month, and it hasn’t been thrown off by the Avengers Vs. X-men event so far (to be fair, there’s only been one tie-in issue so far). I’m going to tell you about something else that is awesome about the books, and that is the live twitter events that Marvel puts on every Wednesday when the book is released.The long and short of it is that Marvel has set up fake twitter accounts for all of the main characters in the book (except for Wolverine, because he don’t tweet). If you follow @JeanGreySchool, you can find all the students and a few of the teachers. And then follow them all on Wednesday as they have a whole event that ties into the action of the issue. It’s a neat little bit of interactivity that Marvel puts on free of charge. It’s just one more thing that makes this such a fun comic.
Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms #1 (IDW Publishing – $3.99): I tried the first Dungeons & Dragons book that IDW released, but I didn’t stick around that long, but I’m a big D&D fan and I’m willing to give this one a shot. This series, as the title tells us, is in the Forgotten Realms setting, which means high fantasy of the highest kind. The series is masterminded by Ed Greenwood, the original creator of the Forgotten Realms. I have Skullkickers to give me a fun D&D style adventure, but I’d enjoy a good book that told a straight story that actually takes itself a little seriously. I can’t guarantee that this will be a great book, but I’ll be happy if it’s a decent book that has the trappings of D&D.
Atomic Robo, Vol. 6 (Red 5 Comics – $18.95): There are a whole bunch of good books out this week, like the first collection of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman, Green Wake, Vol. 2, and Spider-Man Season One, but you won’t have more fun reading a trade than you will with Atomic Robo, Vol. 6. This is just another great entry in the best series that you’re not reading. I’ve said how great of a series this is more times than I care to remember, but I will keep repeating that refrain until this is the bestselling book out there. If you don’t believe me, I hope you were able to find the Free Comic Book Day issue last weekend. If you weren’t able to get that issue, go to this web page and check out the free stories that are available, and then go out and buy every volume of Atomic Robo that you can find. Volume 6 features more great art from Scott Wegener and a story that goes beyond just the humor that was one of the series trademarks. Oh, it’s still pretty funny, but the mystery in this series brought a whole new dimension to the series. It gives me a lot of hope in the future of this series, and I’m excited to read the next series. Believe me when I tell you that this series is a blast and you really should buy this collection.