Each and every week, I, “Is this your favorite holiday?” Henchman 21 and “New Year’s” 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 December 31, 2014. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! There is hardly anything out today, what with the holiday and it being a fifth Wednesday of the month, but what is coming out is pretty cool so you should try to get to a store today and pick up some of the books being offered today. Besides, you’ll want something to do tomorrow while you rest off your hangover, and what better way to ring in the new year than read some comics. Let’s drop the ball on The GoD List!
All-New Miracleman Annual #1 (Marvel Comics – $4.99) For anyone out there who has ever dreamed of seeing Joe Quesada draw a story from a Grant Morrison script, your time has come. All-New Miracleman Annual #1 features a couple different stories, but probably the biggest one is seeing new art from Marvel’s numero uno honcho Quesada over a lost script from Grant Morrison’s early days. You also get a story reuniting the old X-Force team of Peter Milligan, Mike Allred, and Laura Allred, which is always cool to see. So, at the very least, this is going to be a very pretty book, and should serve as a good primer for Miracleman if you’ve never read anything about the character before. At 5 bucks for 32 pages, it might be a bit on the pricey side, but there’s not much else to buy today, so you may as well take a chance on it.
East of West #16 (Image Comics – $3.50) Have I told you how much I love East of West before? Yes, I have but you may have forgotten or just not listened for some reason. Well, listen up, East of West is one of the best books on the stand, with a fascinating apocalyptic story featuring a very cool and fully realized alternate United States and a host of intriguing characters. You’ve also got the brilliant art by Nick Dragotta and some of the best coloring on the stands from Frank Martin. East of West #16 is also a great jumping-on point as it marks the start of the next big story arc and it’s also an over-sized issue so you get more bang for your buck. If you haven’t been reading East of West, you owe it to yourself to start of the new year by checking it out.
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (Marvel Comics – $4.99) Chalk this one up to more of Marvel’s efforts to make the comic universe more like the film/TV universe. S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 is basically a comic version of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, focusing on Phil Coulson and his adventures, along with the rest of the team (who will be introduced as the comic series goes on). However, this is set in the current Marvel U, it’s not an expansion of the show, per se, which is all too confusing and my eyes have gone cross just trying to think about it. Look, if you like the show, this is more of the characters, and it’s written by Mark Waid, so at the very least it will be a well done comic, regardless of which “universe” it’s set in. S.H.I.E.L.D. also has the advantage of being drawn by Carlos Pacheco, who is usually a mark of quality, and I also like that this series looks like it will be a series of one and done issues, which always makes for a nice change of pace. Also there’s a monkey, which I can only hope gets put into the show.
Star Trek Planet Of The Apes #1 (of 5) (IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios – $3.99) Comics publishers IDW and BOOM! team up for this five-issue miniseries, subtitled “The Primate Directive,” where the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the original Star Trek series collides with the world of the original 1970s version of Planet Of The Apes. The publishers promise we’ll get to see Taylor, Nova, Dr. Zaius, and other characters from Apes as Captain Kirk and crew help protect Ape City from a coup led by a renegade gorilla general who’s backed by the Klingons! This is definitely an interesting crossover worth checking out. (Read the full review.)