Each and every week, I, “Wing Zero” Henchman21, and “Deathscythe Hell Custom” 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 July 10, 2013. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
It’s one of the weeks where I’m not that impressed with the issues that are out, but there are a slew of trades and hardcovers out this week worth checking out. Sure, there are plenty of good issues out, such as East of West #4, Helheim #5, Star Wars #7, Astro City #2, and many more. However, it’s the trades I’m focusing on this week, so let’s not waste any more time with the chitting and the chatting, give me The GoD List, baby!
FF, Vol. 1: Fantastic Faux (Marvel Comics – $15.99) Writer Matt Fraction had big shoes to fill when he took over both Fantastic Four books after Jonathan Hickman’s spectacular run. Hickman took what many thought was a book whose time had passed and infused it with fresh ideas and a grandiosity that had not been brought to the series in years. Fraction has put his own stamp on both the main Fantastic Four book as well as the FF spin-off, and while I haven’t enjoyed Fantastic Four’s story, I am loving FF’s story of a back-up team left on Earth while the Richards’ family has their family vacation. FF follows Ant-Man (Scott Lang), She-Hulk, Medusa of the Inhumans, and Miss Thing (one of Johnny Storms girlfriends). FF has the kind of attitude that I enjoy most in Fractions work. It is at time goofy, touching, and exciting. None of these characters should work together, but Fraction finds a unique angle for all of them and quickly makes them feel like a different kind of family. And then there’s the art by Mike Allred that perfectly captures what Fraction is going for. Allred’s throwback style is bright and clear and just has that right feel that is needed for the book. Very few artists could do what Allred can do in establishing a certain mood with every line. If comic books are supposed to be fun, then FF is exactly what comics are supposed to be.
Gambit, Vol. 2: Tombstone Blues (Marvel Comics – $15.99) Speaking of fun comics, we have Gambit, which feels like it was pulled out of the mid-90’s and brought into the modern world. Now for some, that will sound like an insult, but to others this will be a boon. I am the first to admit that I am a little loony for 90’s comics. It’s when I first started reading and anything that harkens back to the period tickles my nostalgia bone. I’ll be the first to admit that there was a lot of bad in that period of comics, but there was also a particular sense of fun in those books. Gambit speaks to that era, with a fairly simple story of everyone’s favorite mutant thief working to unravel the mystery of who his new partner actually is and what she’s trying to do. Gambit is just a fun, inconsequential comic. It doesn’t tie into any massive events and it doesn’t concern itself with anything more than telling an exciting story. I love a massive crossover, but I also love a well told action story featuring one of my favorite characters. Don’t be thrown off because it “doesn’t matter”; embrace it.
Locke & Key, Vol. 5: Clockworks (IDW Publishing – $19.99) This is just the softcover version of the previously released hardcover collection of the fifth Locke & Key mini-series, but it’s the perfect excuse to pick up the series again or give it to a friend who hasn’t experienced the story yet. Same great story from Joe Hill, same great art by Gabriel Rodriguez. If you already own these issues, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t own this already, now is the perfect time.
Skullkickers, Vol. 4: Eighty Eyes on an Evil Island (Image Comics – $16.99) I feel like I just talked about the last issue of this storyline last week and that’s because I did. Talk about a quick turnaround on the collected edition. Anyway, just go back and see what I said about the individual issues to see what is so great about this ode to fantasy tropes of all kinds, and then buy this collection.
Dawn: The Swordmaster’s Daughter & Other Stories (Image Comics – $3.99) Joseph Michael Linsner returns with an all-new Dawn offering with this issue from Image Comics. Dawn is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful female comic book characters and Linsner’s rendering of the goddess is always stellar, so that alone makes Dawn: The Swordmaster’s Daughter an automatic add to the pull list this week. This issue has three new stories, two of which are based on separate folklore, and one on The Bhagavad Gita.
– Quantum & Woody #1
– Astro City #2
– Helheim #5
– East Of West #4
– Genius (graphic novel)
– Saga Of The Swamp Thing TPB Book 04
Recommendations from the Doom Crew
– Star Wars #7: Star Wars #7 is worth the read, and I think general comic fans might enjoy this one, though the Star Wars geeks are going to get the most value from it. – cGt2099 [Review]
– Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem #2: Steve Niles and Dave Watcher pack even more punch into Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem #2 than they did with their breathtaking series launch. – Doc Brown [Review]
– Porcelain: A Gothic Fairytale: This graphic novel will leave you unnerved and engrossed in its humanity, honesty, and peculiarity. – Maximus Prime [Review]
– Eerie #3: Dark Horse has kept its promise to satisfy horror fans by packing new Eerie issues with only the best of the best! – Doc Brown [Review]