Each and every week, I, “Uncanny” 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 27, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
It’s an uncanny week of comics this week, as five series bearing a certain adjective show up on stands, and we look at them in this installment. All that plus, I beat a dead horse, avoid some spoilers, and examine the crazy. Let’s not waste any of your uncanny time, let’s get right to this week’s uncanny GoD List!
Uncanny Skullkickers #1 (Image Comics – $3.50) As the banner on this comic proudly proclaims “We Figured Out What Our Series Was Missing: Adjectives!” And so it is that we begin a new volume of Skullkickers, a series that has become one of my favorites. Skullkickers is just your ordinary action/adventure story set in a pretty traditional fantasy world full of elves, dwarves, and all manner of monsters. So far readers have followed the adventures of two mercenaries and the elf that has gotten caught up in their antics. This new volume continues their adventures, so fans of the series have nothing to worry about. They’re still going to get the same great writing from Jim Zub and the same bright, animated art from Edwin Huang. New readers will be treated to a great series with some gorgeous art and a lot of laughter. Hey, and if you don’t like this issue, there’ll be a whole new number 1 issue next month.
Uncanny X-Force #2 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) Since like everyone else, I haven’t read the second issue yet, I’m still not quite sure what to make of this series. The first issue was solid, bringing together a new team, continuing some of the plot points from the previous Uncanny X-Force series, while establishing its own tone. The team now features the somewhat oddball mix of Psylocke, Storm, Puck, Spiral, and the female Fantomex, and it looks like they will be tracking down a newly returned Bishop. In this issue we get to see some of Bishop’s plan and why he has returned. When Rick Remender was writing Uncanny X-Force, it was a special series that I always looked forward to. New writer Sam Humphries has big shoes to fill with this. I enjoyed the first issue enough, but it may take a few issues for me to decide if this. One thing I can say that will keep me interested in the series is the art of Ron Garney. Garney has had a long career, and he keeps getting better and better. He turned in some great work on the first issue, and I’m sure the second issue will be no different. I have faith, but I’m going to keep it on a short leash until I get a better sense of how the series is going.
Uncanny Avengers #4 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) If you like your Avengers stories to feature big heroes fighting big threats, then Rick Remender’s Uncanny Avengers is the book for you. Uncanny Avengers has Cap, Thor, Scarlet Witch, Havok, and Rogue facing off against a Red Skull who now has the mental powers of Professor X, and now it’s up to the team to take him down. They have faced the worst the Skull has to offer, and with this issue, we should start to see them fight back. I like what Remender has done with the series so far, filling the book with tons of action and some outstanding art from John Cassaday. It’s totally different from Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers series, but that may be what I like most. I like having two different kinds of superhero stories, so I am more than happy to keep buying this series.
Uncanny X-Men #2 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) Look, it’s a theme. Of course I was going to have this on the list. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. Move along, move along.
Uncanny.. oops, sorry… Batman Incorporated #8 (DC Comics – $2.99) Apparently something happens in this issue. I don’t know what it is because I don’t read USA Today or hang around with jerks that spoil stuff. And if you try to spoil this, so help me…. I guess I’ll find out eventually.
MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet #5 (of 5) (Image Comics – $3.50) If you didn’t buy this series and that’s the reason the rest of us actually cool people don’t get another MacGyver comic series, I just don’t think I’ll be able to speak with you again. There, I laid down the ultimatum. So buy it already.
FF #4 (Marvel Comics – $2.99) For whatever reason, there are many books that Matt Fraction has written for Marvel that have just not hit with me. FF, however, is not one of those. I am loving the crap out of FF so far. In fact, I find it a little odd how much more I am enjoying this series over its sister series, Fantastic Four. Perhaps it’s just the art by Mike Allred that is elevating this series, but I think the writing on this is just more fun and exciting. This is the kind of crazy that I enjoyed most about Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four, and it’s good to see Fraction continuing the same tone, even if it has some new faces. If you can only read one of the Fantastic Four series, this is the one you should be buying.
Nemo: Heart of Ice (Top Shelf Productions – $14.95) I debated whether I should list this as an issue or a trade since it’s only 56 pages, but it is a hardcover, so it goes down as a trade. Deal with it. If you don’t know, this is the next in Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen epic saga. This particular story follows the exploits of Captain Nemo’s daughter as she sets out to surpass her father’s legacy by traveling to Antarctica. The story mixes in elements of H.P. Lovecraft, along with Moore’s trademark literary references that I probably won’t even notice. Holding it all together is the art of Kevin O’Neill, who will always turn in fantastic work. Moore’s League stories are always enjoyable, even if I don’t always know what’s going on. This one seems to be more of an adventure story than the last few stories have been, and hopefully this gets the series back to its roots. The cover price is a little expensive for the amount of pages, but it is only $8.21 at Amazon right now. Or if you prefer, just pick up the digital version for Kindle which is only 5 bucks, and is a great value.