Each and every week, I, “Lawful Neutral” Henchman21 read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. Naturally, I look forward to some more than others. I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of my pull list, grab some comics, and I’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of February 20, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
It is a big week this time and I’m making up for taking last week off. Hey, I get vacations from time to time, but there are just too many books to talk about. We’ve got a couple of high profile first issues, a sad farewell to a classic series, a new issue for my favorite series currently running, and some other stuff. Let’s not waste anymore time, it’s GoD List time!
G.I. Joe #1 (IDW Publishing – $3.99) This will be the third G.I. Joe series launched by IDW Publishing and I’m kind of glad they are shaking things up. The first change is bringing in writer Fred Van Lente (The Incredible Hercules). Van Lente is a writer who automatically brings a sense of fun to everything he writes. If you’ve ever read anything by him, I am sure you have read an enjoyable comic. I have every confidence that he will bring that same sense of fun to a series that has been a bit too serious in recent times. The next change is in art, as Steve Kurth joins the series. The previous series has been plagued by inconsistent art that was never my cup of tea, but Kurth brings a brighter, more dynamic style to the series that should mix well with Van Lente’s writing. The last change is the general tone of the series. As I said, the last run of issues was plagued by a seriousness that I didn’t enjoy, as well as being tied up in a couple of crossovers that sapped the life out of the series. Kurth describes the series as “G.I. Joe with a superhero spin,” which sounds good to me. I’m excited to see what Van Lente does with the property. My concern for new readers is how they will get caught up with everything that has happened in the previous series. There’s a fair bit to get caught up on, as well setting up the new status quo. If Van Lente can handle that, then readers should be in for an exciting ride.
The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun #1 (of 5) (Oni Press – $3.99) The Sixth Gun remains one of my favorite series, with its mix of western action and the supernatural. Well, now we get a spinoff from writer Cullen Bunn along with artists Brian Hurtt and Brian Churilla. The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun delves into the further adventures of the men who had the titular guns when the series started. I’ll take as much Sixth Gun action as I can get and it’s good to know that the series has enough life to sustain some extra issues. I wouldn’t want the main series to get sidetracked too much, but a miniseries is just the place for this kind of story. I don’t know if this is going to be the best place for new readers to get hooked on the series, but you should definitely pick up the first trade if you’ve never read the series before. Fans of the series will be sure to get a lot of enjoyment out of this issue.
Locke & Key: Omega #3 (of 7) (IDW Publishing – $3.99) I’ve said plenty about Locke and Key: Omega already, and I will keep talking about it every time there is a new issue out. As with the first two issues, I expect this issue to both keep in suspense and bring me to tears. There is no better human drama than what you will find in Locke and Key, and there is no better horror story than Locke and Key. Buy the first trade, buy the other trades, get caught up already. Then thank me.
Hellblazer #300 (DC/Vertigo Comics – $4.99) DC/Vertigo brings its longest running series, Hellblazer, to a close with Hellblazer #300 and I’m sad to see this series go. If you’ve been reading Hellblazer, by all means, pick up this final issue; if you’ve never read one of these stories, definitely track down anything from the Garth Ennis run. (Here’s my formal farewell to the series.)
Nova #1 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) Finally, we get an answer to the question that has been bothering dozens of people since Avengers Vs. X-Men: Who is the new Nova? All kidding aside, it was a bit confusing to readers when a guy in a Nova costume showed up at the start of the event, and it’s only now that Marvel is going to tell us who the new Nova is. The answers will be brought to us courtesy of writer Jeph Loeb and artist Ed McGuinness. Loeb and McGuinness have worked together numerous times on books like Superman/Batman, Red Hulk, and Avengers X-Sanction, so you know the two are comfortable together. Their modus operandi has been to tell over the top action perfectly suited for McGuinness’s bright, cartoony style, and it’s easy to expect a similar series with Nova. If you’ve enjoyed the Loeb/McGuinness pairing in the past, this is sure to be a slam dunk. Me? I’m a little leery, but I’m willing to check it out, if only for McGuinness’s art, which I’ve always enjoyed. I wish I was more of a fan of Loeb’s writing, but hopefully he can come up with something that holds my attention.
JLA’s Vibe #1 (DC Comics – $2.99) I only ask for one thing from this comic: that there is a scene where Vibe both pops and locks. If there is a scene featuring that in this issue, it will be a success. This issue will of course appeal largely to fans of the Detroit-era JLA team of the 80s. Vibe seems a weird choice of character to be given an ongoing series, but I’m willing to give writers Geoff Johns and Andrew Kreisberg a shot to impress me. Vibe is a bad ass character, and with art by Pete Woods, there’s room here for a fun, off-beat series. The number of DC books I’m reading is steadily declining, so it’s time for them to impress me. This may be their best chance.
Justice League of America #1 (DC Comics – $3.99) Oh, and I guess this is out this week, but I don’t really care. This is a comic with 51 (slightly) different covers; a regular version and a different version for each U.S. state. If that’s what DC is going to use to sell a comic, I already don’t care. DC has given readers a new team featuring the likes of Green Arrow, Katana, Stargirl, Hawkman, and Catwoman. It’s an odd grouping to say the least, but there’s been room for multiple Justice League books in the past. If you like what Geoff Johns has been doing with the Justice League and want to see more, go nuts. Me, I’m going to check out other stuff. Tell me if it’s any good.