Each and every week “No! No! No!” MK2Fac3 and “Lord Mackleroy” 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 August 29, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
While off at wrestling bootcamp, I learned a many things. I learned the art of the double turn, how to properly hip toss my opponents, while transitioning into the “No Lock.” Yes, I learned a lot of things, but the one think I didn’t learn was how to manage my time properly. Still working on that, but until then, let’s talk about some comic books since that’s what you’re all here for. Ladies and gentlemen, this ain’t ballet! This… is… THE GoD LIST!!!
There’s a lot of stuff coming out this week that I’m super interested in. Firstly, I wanted to just mention that Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens #1 is getting a new printing and like a million variants. So, if you dig Adventure Time, you’re going to want to pick this up for sure. Also, a sleeper for the week may just be Avenging Spider-Man #11 by Zeb Wells and Stefano Caselli, in which Spider-Man teams up with Aunt May! Anyway, let’s get to the artichoke hearts of these picks…
Axe Cop: President of the World #2 (of 3) (Dark Horse Comics – $3.50): I hope all this money I’m giving to 8 year old writer of the series, Malachai Nicolle is going to a good place like Pokemon games or something. Axe Cop is a force to be reckoned with, seriously. As a web comic, it’s one of the best. It’s crazy, fits the idea of web comics perfectly with its completely insane, ADD inspired pacing, while also providing a ridiculous over-arching story. When the original mini-series from Dark Horse, Bad Guy Earth, hit, it too fit perfectly. It was approached differently, but still managed to keep the high energy and creative mind of a child and translate it to the page with help from Malachai’s brother Ethan, who is the artist on all things Axe Cop. Well, things haven’t slowed down with President of the World, other than the fact that it’s possibly even crazier. Crazier in the best way possible. With one issue out, it’s been established that heroes were sent through time, bad guys left Earth for a million years, Axe Cop can heal others, but not himself, and that Axe Cop is now president of the world. On a surface level, it’s just a fun book, which is seriously lacking in current comics. But on a deeper level, it’s a fascinating look into the mind of an eight year old, while also providing a nostalgic trip to the make believe land where we all played as kids.
Captain Marvel #3 (Marvel Comics – $2.99): Kelly Sue Deconnick, in my opinion, has done a wonderful job with the former Ms. Marvel. She’s telling a really fun story moving from self discovery to caring and inspired while also including time travel! And anything with time travel is something I’ll give a shot. I think they’re ultimately leading to Captain Marvel running into, and ultimately teaming up with her pilot idol in WWII. If they keep with that storyline and feeling, I’ll really enjoy it because I typically enjoy comics like that, but if it gets changed up a little bit, that’s okay, too because it’ll take me by surprise, which is rare. Either way, I’m really liking how this story is shaping up, I like Deconnick and I’m enjoying Dexter Soy’s art, as well. This is going to be a fun ride.
The Infernal Man-Thing #3 (of 3) (Marvel Comics – $3.99): There are loads of reasons to read this comic. 1.) it’s good, 2.) it’s one of the last things we’ll see from Steve Gerber, 3.) the art’s weird and trippy, 4.) it’s a continuation of an awesome Man-Thing story from Gerber, taking place decades after the original, which is also included as a back up spread across the three comics. It’s crazy, inventive, emotional, sad and exciting all at the same time. If you haven’t been reading this mini-series, you must pick up the first two issues and pick this up, as well. Really good comics going on here.
Return of the Dapper Men, Vol. 1 Leather Bound Hardcover (Archaia – $49.99): One of the most celebrated comics of recent time is getting a new, absolutely gorgeous, leather bound edition. Which, I mean, is completely awesome. If you’ve read and loved this comic, I think this is probably a a great time to get yourself another edition of the comic. But if you haven’t read it yet (or if you’re a vegan or something), you can either pick up the regular edition, or the special edition. So, get on with it and read a comic that’s pretty much universally praised.
Also, Locke & Key is friggin amazing. Hench?
Locke & Key Grindhouse One Shot (IDW Publishing – $3.99): We here at the GoD List have gone on and on about how good Locke & Key is, and if you haven’t picked it up yet, this issue is a great place to get a feel for the series. This one shot revolves around a couple of gangsters who pull a heist and then end up hiding out at the Keyhouse, which is the main setting for the regular series. It’s sure to be full of the same sense of mystery and suspense that the series is known for and hopefully gives a unique insight into the events in the main series. Writer Joe Hill is telling a masterful story with Locke & Key. The series is full of horror and drama and plenty of surprises at every turn. Likewise, artist Gabriel Rodriguez has turned in a lot of fantastic work, and if you’ve read the whole series, you’ve seen him experiment with different styles. If for some reason you haven’t checked this series out, I implore you to give this issue a look. I have no doubt that after reading this you will want to check out the rest of the series.
Gambit #2 (Marvel Comics – $2.99): I talked about the first issue of Gambit, and I was pleased to see that it lived up to my expectations and even exceeded them. The first issue of the series saw Gambit on his own, breaking into the home of a loan shark who bank rolls super-villains, and then repos all their gear when they can’t pay him back. So, this meant Gambit pulling out all his charm and breaking into the shark’s private vault. It was a classic heist story, with plenty of superhero action thrown in. Writer James Asmus has found the perfect tone for the series, and you can tell right away that he understands Gambit. He also did a smart thing of dropping the old Cajun accent which sometimes made reading Gambit’s dialog a pain. I love the tone of the series so far, and I can easily see this becoming one of my favorite series.
Wolverine and The X-Men #15 (Marvel Comics – $3.99): Is this still all tied-in to Avengers Vs. X-Men? I’m going to assume it is, because I am way behind on this series, which is pretty easy to do when it comes out every other week. Regardless, once I get caught up I’m just going to guess that I still enjoy this series, because it was one of my favorite series from Marvel. Jason Aaron was writing the crap out of this series, even with the series having to get bogged down in crossover-land. The last issue I remember reading had a great look at one of the background characters that has been in the series. The fill-in artist for this issue is Jorge Molina, and if I had anything bad to say about the series, it’s that Marvel’s double shipping hasn’t allowed the series to keep a regular artist, even with them switching between Chris Bachalo and Nick Bradshaw. I’m okay with the series coming out less often if it means we get a regular couple of artists. Anyway, it’s still a great series, or at least it was before I got so backed up, and I’ll just keep assuming that it’s still good.
Irredeemable, Volume 10 (Boom Studios – $16.99): Here we go with another series that I’m just a wee bit behind on. I’ve got volume 8 and 9 to read yet, and there’s one reason why I’ll be picking this up. That reason is that this is the final volume in Mark Waid’s series of a Superman-type super-powered individual named the Plutonian who ends up going over the edge and going on a rampage. This leads into a series of events where the Plutonian’s former teammates have to find a way to stop him before even more damage is done. I really enjoyed what I have read of the series and I can’t remember what people said about the end or what they said happened, which is good because I can be surprised by what happens. Waid has written a group of characters that are similar to other heroes we know and love, but which have their own flair and personalities. We’ve all read a Superman book and wondered what would happened if he just lost it, and this series has allowed Waid to go to some every dark places. I hope that the end lives up to the rest of the series and delivers an exciting conclusion. I know that Waid is more than up to the task.