Each and every week, I, “Quicksilver!” Henchman 21 and “Scarlet Witch!” 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 April 29, 2015. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Yes, there are comics out this week, but there are also events this week, with a certain big movie coming out and Free Comic Book Day on Saturday. But let’s not let all that distract us from the actual comics that are out this week, because there wouldn’t be movies or veritable holidays without the books. There are a bunch of titles out this week that mark the endings of big stories or miniseries, but we’re going to start off with one of the best new series of the past year. So, it’s time to assemble The GoD List!
Wayward #7 (Image Comics – $3.50) Wayward has quickly become one of my favorite comics, with its mix of exotic setting, interesting characters, and an unfolding mystery that makes me want to come back each issue to find out the next part of the story. Wayward is the story of a group of teens in Japan who are dealing with a wide collection of oni, and yokai, and a host of other creatures. The first arc introduced us to Rori Lane, this second arc is fleshing out the world and the other characters that Rori has already influenced. Writer Jim Zub has come up with a world that has a lot of mystical elements, but still feels like it could be really happening. This is largely thanks to his characters and also thanks to the art by Steve Cummings. Cummings art does an excellent job of making the characters look real while still pulling off all of the weirder creatures in the series. Wayward is great for fans of Buffy or people who just like a good adventure story.
Batman #40 (DC Comics – $4.99) There’s a do’ins transpiring as Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and team bring Endgame to a close in Batman #40. It sounds like this story has a big surprise that will be followed up on in DC’s Free Comic Book Day offering, Divergence. So beware spoilers boys and girls, unless you like spoilers for some reason. It’s the next final battle between Batman and The Joker. Two men enter, one man leaves, and then comes back at a later point, because that’s how these things work. Let’s see what fans think of how this ends and what comes next.
Avengers #44 (Marvel Comics – $4.99) Jonathan Hickman brings his run on The Avengers to close in the lead up to Secret Wars. The final incursion is here, and it all ends a showdown between the Avengers and the Illuminati. I have loved Hickman’s Avengers run for the sprawling story that it is. When it started, you knew that Hickman was building towards something big, even if you didn’t know what that something was. Secret Wars looks fun and exciting and I know I won’t be the only one looking forward to the start of the next big party.
The Multiversity #2 (DC Comics – $5.99) And now we come to the end of Grant Morrison‘s The Multiversity epic, and the end of Morrison’s time at DC for the foreseeable future. I’ve been waiting for a collection of Multiversity so I can read it all in one go, so I’m glad to see it all wrap up in a timely manner. The Multiversity has seen Morrison and a team of some of comics greatest artists take readers on a tour of all the worlds of the DC universe. Now we come to Earth 13, a world where all of DC’s mystical characters are the main heroes. So, we get Etrigan the Superdemon, Hellblazer, Enchantress, and the League of Shadows. I can’t wait to dive into all the crazy versions of DC’s pantheon that Morrison has come up with as well as checking out art by Ivan Reis, Jim Lee, Frank Quitely, Doug Mahnke, and others.
Scarlett Couture #1 (Titan Comics – $3.99) Scarlett Couture #1 marks the launch of a new series from Titan Comics from creator Des Taylor, who does everything on this title – words, art, cover. This issue comes highly recommended by our own PS Hayes, who, in his review of issue #1, said that it is one of the most unique comics he’s ready in a while and that it’s a “great tale of espionage and high fashion, with action, comedy, adventure, mystery, and a great big dash of fun thrown in for good measure.” The artwork on this one is really beautiful, as is the title character, who’s a spy working undercover for the CIA while using her mother’s world-renowned fashion company as a cover. Lots of action in this one.
Conan/Red Sonja #4 (Dark Horse Comics – $3.99) The crossover miniseries that brought Conan and Red Sonja together comes to a close today with issue #4. A great story by the amazing Gail Simone and great art by Randy Green, so definitely pick up Conan/Red Sonja #4 to see how it all ends. (And check out our full review of this final issue as well.)