Each and every week “Sweet Lou” Henchman21 reads a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. He looks forward to some more than others, I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of his pull lists, grab some comics, and he’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of October 10, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
It’s a big week of comics as Marvel NOW! kicks off and a the Joker returns to torture Batman, among many other things which I’m sure are also happening in any number of books. There are a ton of books to get this week, including one very special book. So find a paper clip, some chewing gum, and a couple of rubber bands, and make some kind of space ship to take you to your nearest comic retailer, because it’s time for the GoD List!
Uncanny Avengers #1 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) Here on the GoD List, it’s often hard to find books to talk about. I don’t want to recommend issues that are in the middle of an story arc, because then you, the fine reader, have to track down the other issues in the series, which you may or may not be able to do, and that makes me feel bad. Which is why I’m kind of excited about Marvel NOW! With Marvel NOW! I get to talk about a bunch of new series and it makes my job easier. Especially when you get a series like Uncanny Avengers, written by Rick Remender with art by John Cassaday. Uncanny Avengers picks up from the end of Avengers Vs. X-Men, with Captain America bringing together a new team designed to unite both Avengers and X-Men. The team features Cap, Wolverine, Rogue, Havok, Thor, and Scarlet Witch. Remender has killed it on his Uncanny X-Force run, and I fully expect this series to pick up where that one left off. The other selling point for me is John Cassaday, who hasn’t done a lot of comic work the last couple of years. His realistic characters and cinematic layouts have always been a crowd favorite, and I know I’m not alone in anticipating his return. This is the official start of the next phase of marvel stories, so get in on the ground floor.
Fantastic Four #611 (Marvel Comics – $2.99) Meanwhile, over in Fantastic Four, Jonathan Hickman brings his run to an end. This is sad news because Hickman’s run has been the bee’s knees from soup to nuts. Hickman did something no one else had done before; get me to buy multiple issues of a Fantastic Four series. Hickman proved that you can tell exciting, relevant stories with these characters. He took his brand of out-there craziness and centered it on characters that everyone knows but may not have loved. There will never be a run like Hickman’s again, at least not on this particular series. If you never gave this run a shot, I highly recommend going back and checking out the first trade. Fantastic Four remains the most human and grounded of any Marvel series, even with all the aliens and monsters and crazy science action.
MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet #1 (Image Comics – $3.50) I know people who would legitimately kill me if I did not include the first issue of MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet in this week’s GoD List, and since I don’t want a price on my head, I will tell you why you need to buy this issue: BECAUSE IT’S FRIGGIN’ MACGYVER!!! Do I need to say more? No, I don’t. Buy it of be made fun of forevermore. Movin’ on!
Batman #13 (DC Comics – $3.99) Not to be outdone by Marvel, DC Comics is happy to counter with an exciting book of their own, with the launch of “Death of the Family”, Scott Snyder’s second arc of Batman (well, not counting his Detective Comics run). “Death” promises to be Snyder’s big Joker story, and with his penchant for horror titles (American Vampire, Swamp Thing) readers are sure to get a very twisted take on an already twisted character. My fear for this story is that DC is too interested in tying all the other Batman titles into this story as they did for at least some of the “Court of Owls” story arc. As long as the story is contained enough within this one title, I’ll be okay though. I probably don’t need to tell you to pick this up, as it’s one of the best-selling titles out there, but it’s well worth the mention.
Smoke and Mirrors (IDW Publishing – $19.99) If you were expecting me to talk about the first volume of Brian K. Vaughn’s Saga, you’re in for some disappointment. You can buy that if you’d like, but your money is better spent buying Smoke and Mirrors from IDW. Smoke and Mirrors is the story of Terry Ward, a simple stage magician from our world who finds himself in a different dimension where real magic is the norm and is even used to power all modern technology. Terry finds his form of sleight of hand and parlor tricks to be scary to the powers that be, thinking that his skills are a threat to their traditions. Writer Mike Costa has created a very unique premise, weaving modern sci-fi with classic fantasy. Smoke and Mirrors is a totally unique mini-series and if I can get one more person to read it, I will be a very happy person. Make sure you check this one out.