Each and every week “The Second City Saint” Henchman21 and “The Murfreesboro Madman” MK2FAC3 read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible. They look forward to some more than others, I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of their pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of July 27, 2011. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
On last week’s The GoD List, the evil Henchman21 messed up his death trap when he mistakenly put boiling hot voile into a pit that was to fill with boiling hot oil, but this week he has developed another dastardly plan to destroy the dynamic MK2FAC3. This week, “Two Ton Twenty-One” tries to abolish “THE FAC3” when he’s strapped into an egg chair and is forced to listen to nothing but 70’s and 80’s prog rock until he sinks into a Floyd Hole. Will “THE FAC3” be able to escape the demented deathtrap of “THE HENCH”? Or will “THE SECOND CITY SAINT” finally be able to exact revenge for “THE WEEK OF TWO FAC3S”?
You can give this edition of The GoD List a CGC rating of 9.6, as long as you promise not to read it.
Detective Comics #880 (DC Comics – $2.99): Like my main man Hank Venture, I love me some Batman, but unlike some French assassins that shall remain nameless, I don’t love The Bat because he has the best villains. But you know what? Scott Snyder has been doing an amazing job with the villains of Gotham City. And with the addition of Francesco Francavilla’s modern day pulp comic artwork, this team is creating one of the most amazingly haunting runs on Detective in a very long time. Especially with their new interpretation of The Joker. I know I keep putting this comic on my most anticipated list, but that’s with a damn good reason. Aside from the lack of death traps, this comic is perfect. I mean, look at that cover! After reading this, I know your going to want to dress up like Batman and jump off the top of your dad’s science compound, but DON’T DO IT!
Kirby: Genesis #2 (Dynamite Entertainment – $3.99): I may have been buried alive 5, maybe 6 times in my life, but missing an issue of Kirby: Genesis would be worse. Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross have created a wonderfully vibrant universe based on the unused and in some cases, unnamed characters from Jack Kirby’s catalog by having some of these characters invade Earth, while others are on Earth to try and protect it. The story is told from the eyes of two college students that are witnessing all of this firsthand. The story is enjoyable, and above all else, the creative team pays tribute to Kirby in the best way possible. There’s a lot of galactic atmosphere in the book, and it is quite complex. But if you’ve ever wanted to science, then this book should be right up your ally, especially if you’re a Kirby fan.
Skullkickers #9 (Image Comics – $2.99): It’s a regular addition to The GoD List, I know. But this book is so much fun. Two mercenaries set in The Middle Ages in a fantasy world much like that of World of Warcraft, but with humor. It’s basically a power metal comic book, and that’s the best thing ever. Jim Zubkavitch and company continue to put out a consistently fun romp with each release. Seriously, when you introduce a gun into a land of orcs, dwarves, and battle axes, the hilarity that ensues can’t be missed. I mean, the gun doesn’t even have a handkerchief shoved in it, and it’s still hilarious! Much like Gary and The Orchard Street Wolfpack, Skullkickers blends the world of fantasy and humor in a perfect way. If the Geeks of Doom readership doesn’t enjoy reading Skullkickers, then there is no hope for any of us. The only thing missing? Next door neighbor necromancers.
Avengers Academy, Vol. 1: Permanent Record TPB (Marvel Comics – $19.99): Collecting Avengers Academy #1-6 and some material from Enter The Heroic Age, this Marvel comics release of teenaged superheroes comes from writer Christos Cage and artists Mike McKone and Jorge Molina. And that’s the main reason to pick this up. This creative team is one of the best out there, and although I didn’t read the entire run in single issues, I did pick up a couple. You see, where I live, comics sell out pretty quickly, so if you don’t put a book on your order list, you’re pretty much screwed. That’s why I made the bold decision to wait for this book in trade, as I do with most Marvel books. But, this series was able to do some magical work along the lines of giving us a really fun group of teens with a group of emotionally damaged and interesting leaders/professors that are told with the greatest of care. If you get this book, I promise you, you won’t want to go back in your bag.
Also, go buy Xombi and Supergods.
Now behold, dear readers, as “Silent Sally” speaks!
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 3 Century #2: 1969 (Top Shelf – $9.95): Can you remember what happened in the last volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? Yeah, I can’t either. The fact that LoEG doesn’t come out more regularly is damn depressing. It’s like, The Notebook sad. It’s like coming home from school and finding out that your old man ran over you cat sad. But I digress. Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s epic returns, jumping forward to the year 1969 where Mina Murray’s beleaguered team is back to fight a magical threat that they last fought in 1910. I’m not sure if this book is going to make sense to anyone who doesn’t have a master’s degree in English literature, but that’s never stopped me from enjoying all of the previous LoEG stories. Alan Moore remains a master of the comic book form and the art by O’Neill is sure to be spectacular. At ten dollars, it’s a little bit more expensive than a standard issue, but it does clock in at 80 pages, and even though it doesn’t come out nearly as often as it should, it’s still going to be worth the money.
The Cape #1 (of 4) (IDW Publishing – $3.99): One of the most surprising single issues of the year has returned into an all-new mini-series to pick up the story of a loser who finds out he has a cape that allows him to fly. The Cape (based on a short story by Locke & Key writer Joe Hill) was a great one-shot that ended on a perfect shock ending, so I’m curious to see where writer Jason Ciaramella takes the story from here. The art is by Zach Howard, and is not your standard super-hero style, but sets up the world perfectly and sets the tone of the series. The one shot was a big surprise for me, and I’m hoping for more of the same in the mini-series, but I’m a little worried that it may not be able to capture the same magic. Here’s hoping it does.
Amazing Spider-Man #666 (Marvel Comics – $3.99): The next great Spider-Man event starts here. Or does it? I don’t know. I can’t tell you because I haven’t read it yet. What I can tell you is that the next Spider-Man event does start here, as Spider Island launches in this issue. The story has been getting built up for the last few months in back up stories, as the Jackal has returned and has been giving ordinary people strange spider powers. What does this mean for Spider-Man? Who knows, but hopefully it means a good read for us. So come with us to Spider Skull, wait, no, just Spider Island, and we’ll see if writer Dan Slott and artist Stefano Caselli can bring a little more excitement into the Spider-Man universe.
Atomic Robo and the Deadly Art of Science (Red 5 Comics – $19.95): You want a pull quote, I’ve got a pull quote for you: Atomic Robo is the best series you’re not reading. Atomic Robo is constantly fun and action packed and if you’re not reading it, you are missing out. This is the fifth trade in the series, but don’t let that stop you from picking this up if you haven’t read the first four. Each story stands on its own but long term fans will see the character build up over time. This mini goes back to Robo’s early days, as he trains with a pulp action hero and learns how to be a hero himself. Writer Brian Clevinger has created a universe filled with interesting characters and enough humor and action to keep anyone entertained. Artist Scott Wegener is a master at pacing a joke on page while still filling the book with tons of excitement. Seriously, pick up any Atomic Robo trade, and you’re going to be hooked.