Each and every week, I, “I work for Sphinx now” Henchman21, and “Sphinx!” Empress Eve read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. Naturally, we look forward to some more than others. I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of our pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of June 5, 2013. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
It’s been a couple of huge weeks, and we’re catching up from some time off last week with an extra-sized list this week. There are two books you need to buy this week, which I will list below. Sure, I suppose you can buy other books, but these are pretty much required reading for any comic book fan. We can’t just ignore the other books out this week, so we’ve got a fine collection of titles for you, including a couple of new series from last week and my favorite series. So let’s not waste a second more because it’s time once again for The GoD List!
Astro City #1 (DC/Vertigo Comics – $2.99) This is the first of the books that you absolutely must buy this week. Whatever bad thing may happen to you this week, just remember that there is a new issue of Astro City on the stands. Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Alex Ross have brought back their love letter to comics for the first time in three years. What do I love most about Astro City? It’s not cynical, it’s not trying to explore the concept of what it means to be a superhero in the 21st Century, it is neither grim nor gritty. Astro City is a breath of fresh air in a world of comics that sometimes take themselves too seriously. And that is not to say that it doesn’t take itself seriously, because it does. There are issues of Astro City that have left me in tears. There are other issues that have left me with a huge smile on my face. There is just so much that Astro City does right, and I’m so glad to see that it’s back. I hope it’s here to stay.
X-Men #1 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) What do you get when you add a writer who is known for writing strong female characters with a roster of some of the most powerful women in Marvel comics? Instant gold. Brian Wood brings us another new X-Men series, this time focusing on an all-female team featuring Storm, Rogue, Psylocke, Kitty Pryde, Jubilee and Rachel Grey. No one has ever put out an X-Book with a cast like this, and it’s pretty cool to see. I can’t wait to see what Wood does with these characters in this particular grouping. He’s worked with most of them before in one way or another, but not all together. And having read it now, I can say that Wood has turned in a fantastic first issue. He’s built on a lot of X-Men history and tied the whole thing into the current status quo. Add to that some great art from Olivier Coipel which was worth the wait. I’m already anticipating the next issue.
Locke & Key: Omega #5 (IDW Publishing – $3.99) Thanks to a bit of a change in the publishing schedule, this will be the last issue of Locke & Key: Omega, but it’s not the end of Locke & Key. No, the series will be wrapping up in a pair of oversized issues subtitled “Alpha.” So, I still have a bit more time to enjoy one of the best series out there. Once again, all I can say is that you should be buying Locke & Key.
The Wake #1 (of 10) (DC/Vertigo Comics – $2.99) Another great new series from last week. Scott Snyder branches into a different kind of story, while keeping a toe in his horror roots. In the first issue, we get introduced to a group of people sent to figure out what a mysterious undersea noise is. And then a monster shows up. What I’m really reading this for is the art of Sean Murphy. I love Murphy’s scratchy line art, and I’m glad to see it back in color after the black and white work of Punk Rock Jesus. He doesn’t disappoint in the first issue, turning in more solid work. The Wake should be another interesting series, we’ll just have to see where it goes.
And now here’s a list of other books from this week and last that you should be buying…
– Atomic Robo Real Science Adventure #8 (Red 5 Comics – $2.75)
– Chew #34 (Image Comics – $2.99)
– Morning Glories #27 (Image Comics – $3.99)
– B.P.R.D.: Vampire #3 (Dark Horse Comics – $3.50)
– Adventure Time Annual #1 (Boom! Studios – $4.99)
– G.I. Joe #4 (IDW Publishing – $3.99)
– Rachel Rising #17 (Abstract Studios – $3.99)
– Hero Bear and the Kid Special #1 (BOOM! Studios – $3.99)
– Empowered Special #4 – Animal Style (Dark Horse Comics – $3.99)
– East of West #3 (Image Comics – $3.50)
Lucifer Book One (DC/Vertigo Comics – $29.99) Can we talk about how awesome it is that we are in the age of the 12+ issue reprint? As many comics as I read, there’s always stuff that I have missed and I love getting big chunks of story in a single volume. And that is why I was so excited to see a new edition of Mike Carey’s Lucifer, which collects the first 13 issues and a bit more. Lucifer was spun out of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series and ran for 75 issues, but I didn’t buy it when it started and never picked it up over the years. Now I have the chance to read it from the beginning and I’m happy for the chance. I’m enjoying Carey and artist Peter Gross’ current series The Unwritten, so I already know a bit of what they’re capable of. The story follows the former lord of Hell as he tries to find a new life on Earth. He gets an offer from on high to get him out of day job as a club owner in Los Angeles. I don’t really know what happens from there, but it should be pretty good. You won’t find a better deal in comics than this.
Solo Deluxe Hardcover (DC Comics – $49.99) This is the second item of the week that should be an instant purchase for any comic book fan. DC’s Solo came out in 2004 and ran for 12 issues, with each issue coming in at 48 pages of various stories by a single artist. Which artists you say? Let’s run down the list: Tim Sale, Richard Corben, Paul Pope, Howard Chaykin, Darwyn Cooke, Jordi Bernet, Mike Allred, Teddy Kristiansen, Scott Hampton, Damion Scott, Sergio Aragones, Brendan McCarthy. That is a who’s who of some of the very best artists working in comics. Very few of these stories have ever been reprinted, so it’s great that they are back in print. Solo was one of the most interesting series of its time, and it’s a series that I wish would have lasted longer, but I guess we’ll take what we got. This is a book you’re going to want to open up and take your time with, pouring over every gorgeous page. My only complaint is that the pages could be even more oversized. Ah well.
Lucifer Book One (DC/Vertigo Comics – $29.99) While Henchman21 is a newbie to the series, I already own every volume of Lucifer, which is not surprising, as it’s a spin-off of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, my favorite comic book series of all time. The Lucifer solo title was my introduction to writer Mike Carey, who’s had me hooked ever since (his The Unwritten is a great book). This spin-off focuses on Lucifer Morningstar, as he walks the Earth and beyond after abandoning his post in Hell and opening a piano bar in Los Angeles, CA. Now, the big guy upstairs has a job for him with what seems like a sweet deal in return, but there’s consequences for every action. If you enjoyed Sandman, then you probably dug Gaiman’s take on the Lord of Hell, and Mike Carey does an amazing job continuing his story. This 392-page full-color reprint collects The Sandman Presents: Lucifer #1-3 and Lucifer #1-13.
The Wake #1 (of 10) (DC/Vertigo Comics – $2.99) Henchman21 picked this one and I can see why. This new title caught my attention for several reasons: 1) It’s a new series from Vertigo, so right there that’s enough to investigate; 2) art by Sean Murphy, whose fine pencils are awesome, and words by American Vampire‘s Scott Snyder; and 3) the story involves a Marine Biologist forced to help Homeland Security investigate something being described as “miraculous and terrifying…” (oh shit, an ellipsis!) at a secret, underwater oilrig Arctic Circle – the Arctic Circle, people! I’m in!
– Abe Sapien #3: Dark and Terrible: Part 3
– Colonized #3 (of 4)
– Sherlock Holmes Liverpool Demon #5 (of 5)
– Robert Jordan Eye Of The World TPB Vol. 01
Recommendations from the Doom Crew
– The Black Bat #2: [Writer Brian Buccellato] goes out of his way to make the character unique and independent and stand out on his own. – PS Hayes [Review]
– The Strain, Vol. 2: [Writer David] Lapham has done a wonderful job in building up a sense of impending doom. – Maximus Prime [Review]
– Lone Wolf 2100 Omnibus: [Writer Mike] Kennedy’s story throughout the omnibus is focused and rich with excitement. It is at times fast and when needed, steady…. [Artist Francisco Ruiz] Velasco’s art is awesome! – Maximus Prime [Review]
– East of West #3: [Writer Jonathan Hickman has] delivered a character-driven story with all of the right attributes: betrayal, action, and death — a whole lot of death…. The comic consecutively gets better with each new issue and continues to show much promise. – Maximus Prime [Review]