Each and every week, I, “Muscle Man” Henchman21, and “High Five Ghost” Empress Eve read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. Naturally, we look forward to some more than others. I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of our pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of May 15, 2013. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
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X-Factor #256 (Marvel Comics – $2.99) You didn’t buy X-Factor after all the times I recommended it, and now they’re bringing it to an end in a few months. I hope you’re happy now. Unless you did buy X-Factor, in which case you’re probably as sad as I am. Anyway, this is the last issue of the Hell on Earth War, which will push us towards the End of X-Factor. I am going to be sad to see this title end. X-Factor had finally gotten a reliable artist in Leonard Kirk, and writer Peter David was still telling a good story. Who knows what would have needed to happen to help cover for David while he recovers from recent health issues, but they could have figured out something. I hope they find something to do with these characters and I look forward to reading what David does next.
Regular Show #1 (Boom! Studios – $3.99) Are you a Regular Show person or an Adventure Time person? Or are you someone who enjoys them both? Boom! Studios has been doing a fantastic job with their Adventure Time series, so it makes sense that Cartoon Network came to them when it came time to make a Regular Show series. Now we get to see the further adventures of Mordecai and Rigby, as they juggle their job at the park while trying to do as little as possible and trying to avoid the shenanigans that inevitably happen around them. I think Regular Show is great fodder for a comic, with all the craziness that goes on in each episode. This has the makings of another fun comic that everyone can enjoy.
Indestructible Hulk Hardcover Vol. 1 (Marvel Comics – $24.99) There are a couple of Marvel NOW! series that I skipped out on when they launched, mostly due to limited budget, but I swore that I would come back to them when they were collected. Indestructible Hulk is the first of these series to be collected, and from what I hear, I should be pretty excited. This is another new direction for the Hulk, who seems to collect status quos the way I collect comics. This new version has Bruce Banner working with S.H.I.E.L.D. in an effort to redeem himself and to put his big science brain to serving the betterment of mankind. It also means using Banner’s alter-ego in a more direct and focused manner. And apparently it means the Hulk needs armor, for some reason. I’m intrigued to see what Mark Waid does with the character and with this particular take on the Hulk. It will be good for the character if Marvel can figure out what to do with him and stick with that for a while, especially with all the attention the Hulk is getting from the movies. If they can stick with this for a while, Marvel can get a good string of stories of it. I love a good Hulk story, and this looks like another good one.
Doomsday.1 #1 (of 4) (IDW Publishing – $3.99) The 4-issue Doomsday.1 miniseries from IDW is a reimagining of one of John Byrne’s series from the 1970s, Doomsday +1, but this time around, Byrne ditches the more fantastical elements in favor of traditional scifi. Doomsday.1 sees seven astronauts aboard the International Space Station who witness the near-total destruction of Earth. Eventually, as their supplies dwindle, they must return to Earth, but what will they find when they get there?
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher #1 (Dark Horse – $3.99) Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite authors of all time, so any comic book adaptation of his tales of the macabre is going to get my attention. Here, Dark Horse and artist Richard Corben, the Will Eisner Award hall of famer, take on one of Poe’s most popular short stories, The Fall of the House of Usher. This issue is the first of a two-parter, which adapts the gothic horror about a haunted crumbling castle and the beleaguered family that resides in it.
– Battlestar Galactica #1
– Dream Thief #1
– Dream Merchant #1
– B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #107: Wasteland Part 1