Each and every week, I, “The Hunter” Henchman21, and “The Score” 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 August 14, 2013. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Who doesn’t love a big crossover? Well, lots of people I guess, but just because some comic events don’t live up to the hype, it doesn’t stop us from buying them for whatever reason, which is good news for Marvel Comics as they launch yet another big old hootenanny of a comic. But, if you don’t like you comics on a big scale, there’s plenty else out there for you this week, including another Marvel series that doesn’t have time for your fancy crossover. Oh, and I guess there’s a new issue of Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga. But you’re probably buying that anyway. And Gail Simone’s next installment of Red Sonja. So, let’s shoot for the stars in an absolutely cosmic edition of The GoD List!
Infinity #1 (Marvel Comics – $4.99) Well, it’s time again for another big old event comic in the Merry Marvel Manner, as Infinity launches this week. Infinity brings together elements from Jonathan Hickman‘s Avengers and New Avengers runs and throws in a heaping helping of Thanos to up the ante. I haven’t been reading New Avengers, but I have been enjoying Hickman’s Avengers run, mostly based on knowing that it was building towards this. Past experience has told me that Hickman plays the long game when it comes to his work. He sets up stories and sometimes it takes a while to get to the point, but he hasn’t disappointed me with his payoffs so far. The last year or so has been all about Hickman building up to this, and he’s finally breaking out the big guns and going full cosmic. Thanos is of course a big deal at Marvel right now, between a big presence in the comics and his upcoming role in the movies, so of course Marvel is going to put him dead and center. I’m excited to see what Thanos is going to get up to in this series and I’m excited to see Hickman let us in on what he has been planning all along.
Deadpool #14 (Marvel Comics – $2.99) If you asked me what I thought the biggest surprise that has come out of the Marvel NOW! publishing initiative, I would point to Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan as the biggest, with Avengers Arena as a close second. A few years ago, Deadpool was one of the least “hip” books that marvel was putting out. There seemed to be too many series coming out, each with a ridiculous side cast that took the character away from the core of what made him work. Posehn and Duggan have taken the elements that have worked in the past (fourth wall breaking, over the top violence, lots of humor) and they have distilled it down and introduced enough new elements to make everything feel fresh again. Deadpool is awesome again. Some would say he’s awesome for the first time, although I think they’re writing off some good stories from the past. Regardless, Deadpool is back to being the light-hearted but sometimes very dark book that it should be. Posehn and Duggan aren’t afraid to inject plenty of Marvel comics in-jokes into the book, and while there is a lot of laugh out loud moments in every issue, they’re also finding a way to add elements to Deadpool. If your opinion of the character was that he was just a one dimensional throw back to 90’s excess, you may be surprised to see what is going on now. Don’t let your preconceived notions about Deadpool scare you off. This is the start of a new arc (although you may want to pick up the last issue, since it was a prologue to this one) so now’s a great time to jump on board.
Star Wars #8 (Dark Horse Comics – $2.99) Well, eight months in and Brian Wood is still kicking ass on Star Wars. Wood has found the perfect way to tell stories within the original timeline of the movies and not make them feel trite or out of place. This is just a great Star Wars story with every element that you are looking for. There are aliens and spaceships and Jedi, and this is exactly what I was hoping for when Wood was announced as the writer. I can’t wait for every issue of this series, and adding Ryan Kelly on the art has only made the series better. I’m so glad this series is living up to what I wanted it to be, and I hope you’re enjoying this as much as I am.
Red Sonja #2: (Dynamite Entertainment – $3.99) A new installment of Gail Simone’s Red Sonja #2 is here, so that’s an automatic add to my pull-list. I absolutely loved the first issue, which sets up this reboot of the title, and reintroduces us to the She-Devil With A Sword, but there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding her. How did she get where she was? How did she survive? What happened to the other known survivor she was with? In this second issue, she’s about to face the Zamorans who have a ruthless general leading the army through cities, burning everyone and everything as they go, so Sonja must train a group of underdogs and lead them into battle, where they surely won’t survive. I’m so looking forward to finding out all these answers and how Sonja is going to get around all these obstacles.
– Absolute Superman Batman HC Vol. 01
– Ghosted #2 (Ghosted #1 – 2nd printing)
– Half Past Danger #4 (of 6)
– Saga #13
– Star Trek #1 – 100 Penny Press
– Superman Unchained #3
– Wolverine #8
Recommendations from the Doom Crew
– Vampirella: Southern Gothic #1: There are some original plot devices here from Nate Cosby that hopefully will become larger pieces as we go forward in the series… – Waerloga69 [Review]
– Battlestar Galactica #3: [Dan] Abnett and [Andy] Lanning have crafted a compelling drama with just enough action and led by a cast of fallible heroes that I want to root for. – Maximus Prime [Review]
– March, Book One: [Nate] Powell’s art bleeds from the page with all of the pain and hope of the Civil Rights Movement; if given the opportunity I would want to have many of these pages enlarged, framed, and displayed for all time in an art museum. It is just that good. – BAADASSSSS! [Review]
– Red Sonja #2: Gail Simone’s writing is riveting. – discordia77 [Review]
– The Walking Dead #113: This story is definitely a fun read and the ending will get your pulse up. – discordia77 [Review]
– Saucer Country, Vol. 2: [Writer Paul] Cornell has fashioned together a superbly paced tale from start to finish…. Saucer Country, Vol. 2 is full of rich dialogue, excellent character development… – Maximus Prime [Review]