Each and every week “The Guy That Won’t Stop Tweeting About Felicity” MK2Fac3 and “Give Me An O!” Henchman21 read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. 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 November 16, 2011. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Okay, so Felicity is a really great show, you guys. It’s about a college-aged girl’s growth as a person when she goes to college in New York City, a long way away from her hometown of Palo Alto, California. In my humble opinion, it’s the spiritual follow up to one of my favorite shows of all time, My So-Called Life. I’m still in the first season, but I can’t stop watching it, nor can I stop talking about it. Hence, what I’m writing right now. It’s a J.J. Abrams show, and you can absolutely tell. It’s not science fiction, but there’s a lot of fun to be had. Also, it’s streaming on Netflix Instant Watch, so you should totally check it out. Oh wait, I’m not reviewing Felicity? I’m supposed to be talking about comics? This is The GoD List! Well, let’s get to it!
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Birds of Prey #3 (DC Comics – $2.99): There have been a few DC Relaunch books that I absolutely didn’t think I would enjoy. Whether it was a situation where I was incredibly attached to the previous series or if I was absolutely unfamiliar with the creative team, there were just some I was unfamiliar with. And Birds of Prey fit both of those categories. Sure, I knew Jesus Saiz was an incredible artist and I heard good things about Duane Swierczynski, but I had never read anything from him, you know? Also, I was absolutely in love with Gail Simone’s interpretation of the series, so I was worried. And while the first issue didn’t really get me everything I wanted out of the series, issue two pretty much set a tone and story in motion that I knew that I was going to love. And after that issue, it’s gotten this book to the top tier of books that I’m enjoying. I’m loving this book and can’t wait to get further and further into the story. It’s a completely different take on all the characters that have made their way into these pages, but I’m okay with that. More than I ever thought I would be. And from what I understand of Swierczynski, he’s going to take a swift, bold turn that’s going to catch readers completely off guard. And I can’t wait.
Key of Z #2 (BOOM! Studios/Evil Ink Comics – $3.99): Key of Z is a excellent book, so far. It’s a zombie comic, sure. And what comes with that territory is a lot of dead folks walking around and biting people. It also leads to reanimated corpses getting their heads blown off, and while that’s a cheap thrill, it’s still a thrill. So yes, this is a zombie book and all of those things are present. But what’s in this book that’s not inherent to a zombie comic is that, at it’s core, it’s a human moment book. The majority of the first issue was setting the landscape of a zombie ridden New York City while two people from rival survival camps (we’ll get into that later) met and came to an understanding for the other’s motivations in the post-apocalyptic world. It was all about human moments. To further this, though, the comic is not a book about survival, it is about finding revenge. And while that wasn’t wholly present over the entire first issue, the build up to the last pages of the comic were some of the best pages out of any first issue. And if the last pages of the first comic were at all indicative of the tone and story we’ll be seeing in issue two and beyond, this is going to be an amazing mini-series and will be permanently fixed on my most anticipated books for the next few months. I’m a fan of Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert, and Aaron Kuder’s previous work, so I have no doubt that I’ll continue to love this comic.
Morning Glories #14 (Image Comics – $2.99): Morning Glories is a wild ride. The first volume of the series was, in the immortal words of Sum 41, “All Killer, No Filler.” But in a comic series, sometimes you need some “filler” issues to set tone and allow your audience to get to know the characters within the book. And while I’d seriously reconsider labeling any comic in this series as “filler,” the second arc’s purpose was to let us learn more about the cast of characters. Which this comic absolutely needed. But issue #13, let me tell you about issue #13. This issue was the return to the mystery, excitement, and drama that we, as Morning Glories readers, were clamoring to get our hands on. Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma brought the series a new, fresh breath of a book that gives you answers to previous questions and then tops caps off the issues with twice as many questions that you had when you started. And I freaking love it. If Nick Spencer is writing high concept, you better believe that I’m right there with him. And no one should be drawing this book than Joe Eisma. His artwork is simply perfect. It’s one of the greatest comics on shelves, and I anticipate each and every issue with baited breath.
Skullkickers, Vol. 2: Five Funerals and A Bucket of Blood TP (Image Comics – $16.99): Skullkickers is one of my favorite ongoing comics. Jim Zubkavitch, Edwin Huang and Misty Coats are an absolutely perfect creative team. I’ve talked about this book every time a new issue comes out, and with the release of the second trade paperback, I absolutely have to have this on my list. Each page is loaded with a brilliant mixture of comedy, light hearted violence and fantasy. There’s goblin-like thieves, vegetable monsters, rad guns and battle axes. What more could you want? Seriously, what more? Everyone should be reading this book, especially the Geeks of Doom readership.
Jack Avarice is the Courier #3 (of 5) (IDW Publishing – $3.99): I checked out the first issue of this series on a lark and was surprised to find out how much I loved it. The story of the series is pretty simple. Jack is a simple guy with a dream of action and excitement, but he’s basically just a big loser. That is until a mysterious courier comes into his life and sets him on the path to the life he has longed for. Now, Jack is on a mission and must evade a horde of guys trying to kill him. The book is written and drawn by Chris Madden and has a great animated look to it. It reminds me a lot of J. Scott Campbell’s Danger Girls, and has that same sense of fun that I love in a lot of books these days. I want to have a good time while reading comics, and this book is a great example of a book that just wants to take the reader on for a good ride. This series is coming out weekly, so you should still be able to find the first two issues pretty easily.
Godzilla Legends #1 (IDW Publishing – $3.99): IDW sure does love their Godzilla comics, since this is the third one they have released. And who can blame them? Certainly not I, as I can’t get enough of giant monsters tearing through cities like a hot knife through butter. I didn’t need a lot of convincing, but the review on this here site convinced me. I’m not looking for the best story in the world here, I just want to see lots of destruction, and it sounds like that is what I will be getting. I know there are a lot of Godzilla fans out there, and they should be very excited to pick this book up.
Carbon Grey Origins #1 (Image Comics – $3.99): I’ll be checking out the world of Carbon Grey for the first time when I pick up the first trade, but from what I have seen, I’ll be wanting to pick up this anthology series set in the same world. Carbon Grey takes place in an alternate Europe and deals with a pair of noble sisters who are also deadly assassins. The original series featured some beautiful painted art filled with more girls, guns, and action than you shake a stick at. This series fills in some of the history of the world and tells more stories featuring the main cast of characters. This should be a good introduction to anyone who doesn’t know anything about the series and is looking to check out something new.
Who is Jake Ellis Vol. 1 (Image Comics – $16.99): There are lots of great trades out this week, between Skullkickers Vol. 2, Scalped Vol. 8, and the first volume of Carbon Grey, but the one I’m looking forward to most is Who is Jake Ellis. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book from a lot of different people, and I’m excited to see if it lives up to the hype. Who is Jake Ellis is about a super spy named Jon Moore, who happens to share some brain space with an entity that calls itself Jake Ellis. I love spy/action books and the trippy multiple personality twist has me even more intrigued. This trade collects the first five issues of the series and if this is as good as I’ve heard, I hope it’s not the last we’ll see of the series.