Each and every week “Wrassly Smurf” MK2Fac3 and “Rummy Smurf” 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 September 5, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
With last week’s Blue Moon, MK had to return to his natural home of Smurf Village to welcome the newest member of Smurf Village. Wrassly Smurf has a lot of smurfberries to harvest, and Papa Smurf does not care fore slackers, so it is up to Rummy Smurf to pass on some comic picks for this week. However, he has work to do as well, so we just get a couple of suggestions this week. These smurfberries aren’t going to harvest themselves, so let’s get into The GoD List!
Smallville, Season 11 #5 (DC Comics – $3.99) I finally got caught up on the digital release of Smallville Season 11, so I’ve already read the bits that are in this issue and I can tell you that if you’re not up to date, then you really should get caught up. I’ve only seen a handful of episodes of Smallville, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying the series so far. Writer Bryan Q. Miller does a good job of catching the reader up on what’s happened in the past, and what sets this Superman apart from other versions of the character. It helps if you have a little knowledge of the show, but honestly, don’t be afraid to check out an issue if you haven’t seen the show. This issue is the start of the second arc, or maybe the second episode if you want to think of it that way, and it brings in someone that the TV series never did: Batman. The Batman here is pretty much what you would expect, but it’s still fun to see this version of Superman interact with him. I would say this is the only Superman comic worth reading these days, but then, I’m not reading any other Superman comics, so what do I know?
DC Comics #0 Issues (DC Comics – Mostly $2.99) Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned theme month? DC has decided to bring back the tradition by releasing #0 issues for all of their major titles, as well as launching a couple of new series. These issues are not quite origin issues for the characters in the New 52, but for the most part the issues each look into the past of each series. The notable issues this week are the launch of a new Phantom Stranger series, and Green Lantern #0 which introduces a new human GL. Now, I don’t think I’m going to pick up any of the titles out this week, but in the name of full disclosure, I felt like bringing these up. Buy them, don’t, I don’t care that much, but they’re here for your entertainment.
Incognito Classified Edition (Marvel Icon – $44.99) There are many things in this world that I love. Among them is any comic featuring the team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, and oversized hardcover editions of comics. Here we get a double whammy of joy for me, with this big honkin’ collection of Brubaker and Phillip’s Incognito. The Classified edition collects the first Incognito mini-series as well as its sequel, Bad Influences. Incognito tells the story of Zack Overkill, a former super-villain turned stool pigeon. Zack is now in the Witness Protection Program, until he gets bored with his current life style. Zack is drawn back into the world of organized villainy and has to deal with forces from both sides of the law trying to put him in the ground. The series is Brubaker’s ode to the Pulp heroes of the ’30s and ’40s. It shares a lot in common with Sleeper, an earlier comic also done by Brubaker and Phillips (also a superior series, in my opinion, I highly recommend reading that series). There was enough different to keep me interested, and I’m looking forward to reading the series again, if only to see if there were things that I missed. I’m also looking forward to seeing Phillip’s art in the larger page size of this edition. Phillip’s gritty style is perfectly suited for this series, and he has always done his best work when he is teamed up with Brubaker. It will also look nice next to my oversized edition of Criminal.