Each and every week, I, “Football!!!!!!!!!” Henchman21, and “Shut Up!!!!!!!!!” 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 September 4, 2013. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
It’s event madness time in the world of comics this week, with the second issue of Marvel’s Infinity, the launch of DC’s Forever Evil and Villains Month events, and a new X-Men event all coming out this week. Comics companies love crossovers, comic readers say they hate them but buy the crap out of them anyway, so it should come as no surprise that we keep getting them. However, if you don’t like comic stories that force you to buy a bunch of comics you may or may not normally, there’s still plenty of new issues to keep you occupied. Don’t worry, we have something for everyone on this week’s GoD List!
The Star Wars #1 (Dark Horse Comics – $3.99) File this under the oddball book of the week as Dark Horse brings us a comic adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough draft of Star Wars. Some of the names may be the same, but they are changed in a lot of ways. Han Solo is an alien, Luke Skywalker is the old Jedi warrior, and the lead hero is now Annikin Starkiller. Then you’ve got a C-3P0 that looks even more like the robot from Metropolis and the X-Wings look goofy as hell. So, what you’re getting here is a totally unique new take on a story and a set of characters that you probably know all too well. At the very least this is going to be an interesting series that Star Wars fans are going to be very curious to see. I’ve always heard lots of bits and pieces about the original script, but I’ve never read it myself, so I count myself in that curious crowd. Hopefully it is a fun little curio in the Star Wars mythos, but I’m sure it’s not going to replace the filmed version of the world that we all know and love.
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #3 (Marvel Comics – $2.99) While looking at the list of books coming out this week, I saw that a new issue of Superior Foes of Spider-Man was coming out, and I wanted to include it on the list, despite having not read an issue of it. I had heard a lot of good things about the series from people whose opinions I trust, but I knew I would have to read the first two issues before recommending it. Well, I picked up the first two issues and gave them a read, and yes, this is an awesome series. Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Secret Avengers) is giving us a great series about five of Spider-Man’s minor villains (Boomerang, The Shocker, Speed Demon, The Beetle, and Overdrive) and how they are just trying to make their way through life as minor villains. We’ve seen stories like this before, but Spencer is just telling a very funny story and filling it with characters you can identify with, even if they wear goofy costumes and steal stuff. I’ve tired of the main Spider-Man series for the time being, but I still want to keep a toe in that corner of the Spider-Man universe, and this is the perfect series for me right now.
X-Men: Battle for the Atom #1 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) Awww yeah! A good old-fashioned line-wide X-Men crossover like we used to have is just what I likes in my comics. The big old event launches here with X-Men from the future coming to warn the X-Men of the present about the dangers presented by the X-Men of the past. Confused yet? Good, because line-wide crossovers are supposed to be confusing. All joking aside, X-Men crossovers are a grand comic tradition and we haven’t seen one like this since the Second Coming crossover in 2010, so I’m excited to see what this one brings. This one will certainly be helped by the fact that Brian Michael Bendis is writing the set-up issue and also two of the series involved in the crossover. The bummer is that this throws off Brian Wood’s X-Men series just as it is starting, but I’m sure he knew this was coming when he started writing the series, and it may help bring in readers who may have passed over it. I’m excited for this, but keep in mind that I’m already reading most of the series this is tying together so I don’t feel like I’m being forced to buy much extra, and I am as always a sucker for the X-Men. I can’t blame you if you want to wait till this is collected, but if you want to stay up on the X-Men universe, you won’t want to miss this.
– Infinity #2 (of 6)
– Fairest #19
– Forever Evil #1 (of 7)
– Baltimore: The Infernal Train #1
– American Vampire TPB Vol. 04
– Army of Darkness vs. Hack Slash #2
– Batman Black & White #1 (of 6)
– Danger Girl: The Chase #1
Recommendations from the Doom Crew
– Chew #36: …the premise is pretty unique and it allows for a very interesting world. – discordia77 [Review]
– Invincible Universe #6: I would recommend this comic book, just like I would every other Invincible comic. – TheRawrMonster [Review]
– Invincible #105: [Robert] Kirkman’s writing in this particular issue is great, flows well, and is easy to understand, even without having read previous issues. – TheRawrMonster [Review]
– Sheltered #3: I’m curious to see where the creative team brings the heroes and villains of the story… – Maximus Prime [Review]