Each and every week “Phoenix Barbarian” MK2Fac3 and “Bulldog Barbarian” 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 April 25, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Nothing means nothing. Nothing means nothing, man. No more, I’m talking about all the way to the top, yeah. I’m justifiably in a position that I’d rather not be in, I’m in a position to tell all you readers, yeah, that there are a whole lot of comics coming out this week, yeah, and every comic site has their say. But the cream will rise to THE TOP, oh yeah, GoD Madness has got more to offer in the way of great comics, yeah, than any of those other comic sites think we have. Now, the card’s stacked against every book that we pick this week, yeah, but let me say it, let me say it OUT LOUD that MK2Fac3 and Henchman21 are not happy with your decision to not buy all of these books that we suggest, yeah. WE ARE THE CREAM in weekly comics suggestions and there is no doubt about it, yeah. You, dear reader, you know that The GoD List is the CREAM OF THE CROP!
The Goon #39 (Dark Horse Comics – $3.50): Ladies and gentlemen, you absolutely have to read this comic book. I’ve already gotten the chance to read this and it’s absolutely amazing. If you can stand to poke fun at both Marvel and DC, this book will make you laugh throughout the entire comic. And this is one of the greatest thing about The Goon and Eric Powell, the last issue was an incredibly poignant and emotional, while this comic is totally ridiculous and lampoons every kind of marketing gimmick applied to super heroes comics. The Goon #39 is seriously amazing and you need to read it, The Goon’s origins are changed on almost every page and it gets funnier each time. The details in the comic are hilarious and, seriously, this and The Goon #38 are two of my favorite comics of the year for completely different reasons and you’re life will not be as good as it could be if you read these two comics. [Read the GoD review here.]
I, Vampire #8/Justice League Dark #8 (DC Comics – $2.99/each): I, Vampire and Justice League Dark are two of my favorite comics of the DC Relaunch and when the two came together to provide a four-issue crossover that results in completely awesome comics. It’s a big vampire story when they’ve started their assault on the human race and the only ones standing between humanity and the end of the world are Andrew Bennett, the Justice League Dark, and of course, Batman. It’s not a serious event like what’s coming in the Batman titles, and it’s not quite as small as the O.M.A.C. and Frankenstein two-issue crossover, but as a mini-event, it’s a lot of fun on this level. Honestly, this is the way that I really like to see comics carry out crossovers, and with these two titles, I enjoy it even more.
Rich Johnston’s Captain American Idol #1 (Boom! Studios – $3.99): Okay, so if you’re not aware, Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool is writing a comic book series that parodies The Avengers in the same way that Marvel approached their film franchise. The first issue was a parody of Iron Man titled The Iron Muslim. This week we get Captain American Idol and ScienTHORlogy, which ultimately leads to The Avengefuls. Now, I’ve already read Iron Muslim, which honestly I didn’t enjoy so much, but I appreciate the parody aspect. I really don’t think these comics are for everyone because they’re in-in-your-face and extremely offensive. But with Captain American Idol, I’m legitimately excited for this comic because it features one of my favorite web comic artists — Chris Haley from Let’s Be Friends Again. I seriously love Chris’s art and this is his first majorly published work. So yeah, I don’t know that I’ll enjoy the entire thing, but I certainly will be purchasing it for the art, and you should, too so Chris Haley can buy us all Daniel Bryan YES! YES! YES! t-shirts.
There’s a handful of decent collections coming out this week, none of which are the reprint of Knightfall Vol. 1, because I cannot stand that comic. On the other hand, though, there are books like The Art of Amanda Conner, which is totally cool, but the one book that I cannot suggest enough is Gotham Central Book 4.
Gotham Central, Book 4: Corrigan TP (DC Comics – $19.99): Gotham Central was one of the best comic books of all time. No questions asked. Corrigan is the final volume of this reprinted series, so if you haven’t read all of these yet, do so now in trade paperback format. Sure, it doesn’t really matter at this point in a sense of continuity, but you really don’t need that to enjoy Gotham Central, unless you really love Renee Montoya because this will just remind you of better times and might make you depressed when you look at the current landscape of DC Comics. But I digress, Gotham Central, for those unaware, does not depend on Batman to tell a story of Gotham City. This book focuses on the drama and challenges facing the Gotham City Police Department, and it’s one of the best detective genre stories in comics ever. And that can’t be surprising when you look at the creators of this book. Seriously, Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker wrote this with Michael Lark doing the art. How could it go wrong? Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.
Snake Eyes #12 (IDW Publishing – $3.99): It’s been a little while since I talked about any of the GI Joe books, and we can’t have that, so I present to you Snake Eyes #12. The Cobra Command storyline is over, and it has left Snake Eyes in an interesting place. The rest of the Joe team believe old Snake to have died in action, when in reality he has joined forces with Storm Shadow in a bid to take out Cobra. I haven’t been able to recommend the GI Joe books lately because they’ve been in the middle of a couple of long crossovers where you had to read every book, and that’s okay for someone like me who is doing that anyway, but I couldn’t exactly advise others to jump in. This seems like a good place for new readers, or at least as good as any. There’s a reason that Snake Eyes has been the most popular Joe for what seems like forever, and this book highlights all those reasons, with tons of action and adventure. Of all the Joe books, this is the easiest one to read on its own and has the least backstory.
Wolverine #305 (Marvel Comics – $3.99): Jason Aaron has now left the pages of Wolverine after a lengthy run, but now we get the start of Cullen Bunn’s run. Bunn has been doing great work recently on The Sixth Gun, but I haven’t read a lot of his Marvel work, and I’m excited to see what he does with the character. I wish I could give you a preview of what the story is, but the solicitations for this issue are a little light on the details beyond it being a good jumping-on point. From other info online, it looks like Bunn will be picking up on some threads left over from Aaron’s run involving the villain Dr. Rot, which probably means lots of running around inside Wolvie’s brain. Art is provided by Paul Pelletier, who has a clean superhero style, but whose work has never really knocked my socks off. I know that Pelletier can turn in a decent story, so I know I’ll at least be able to follow what’s going on. Aaron’s run was great, and hopefully Bunn will continue that greatness while putting his own stamp on the character.
Flash #8 (DC Comics – $2.99): I haven’t talked a lot about DC books recently, so I’m highlighting one of my favorite books of the re-launch, The Flash. Now, The Flash is not the best book that DC is putting out. There are at least a half dozen books that I like more and that I think are better. However, it may be DC’s best looking book. The art from Francis Manapul is a thing of sheer beauty. He brings a sense of motion to The Flash that is absolutely necessary to this book. I haven’t read that much of The Flash, so I’m not going to say no one has ever drawn the character the way Manapul has, but I highly doubt anyone has. The star of the book is not just Manapul’s pencils, but also the colors by Brian Buccellato (who also co-writes the book). The colors make everything stand out and give the book its unique look. I’m not in love with the story, but the art is enough to keep me coming back for more.
Chew, Vol. 5: Major League Chew (Image Comics – $12.99): Is there any better time than when a new trade of Chew comes out? Well, if you read the series in its monthly format, than there is a better time, and it’s when a new issue comes out. But anyway, I’m here to convince those out there who have never read Chew that they need to be buying this series. Chew is great. That’s not enough for you? Okay, Chew is funny, imaginative, unique, surprising, and exciting. Writer John Layman has created a world filled with memorable characters and situations that are unlike anything you’ve ever read before. After reading this book, you will believe that a man can get memories from eating a finger. See, the main character of Chew is Tony Chu, and he is a cibopath, which means he gets impressions of memories from whatever he eats. So, if he eats an apple, he can see the people who picked it and the bushel that it went to the store in. Or, he can eat a famous baseball players finger, and find out who that player slept with. This may sound crazy, but honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Chew just has so much going for it, and every issue shows us something we haven’t seen before. And all of this is before talking about the art of Rob Guillory. Guillory packs every page with tons of detail and jokes on every page. Seriously, look at one of the pages, and then look at the backgrounds or the walls or any sheets of paper and you will see any number of jokes. And this is to say nothing of his characters, which are cartoony and exaggerated and just as unique as every other element of the book. Chew is just a wildly enjoyable book, and even though this is the fifth volume, you’ll be crazy if you don’t give this series a shot.