Each and every week, I, “Q!” Henchman 21 and “M!” 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 November 4, 2015. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Spys. Mutants. Santa. We’ve got a little bit of everything this week as we bring you a hot list of comics that you should be on the lookout for. As always, there are a ton of great comics out this week but if you can only buy a few comics you can do a lot worse than the books we have listed on The GoD List!
James Bond #1 (Dynamite Entertainment – $3.99) If there’s one writer you want for a new James Bond series, Warren Ellis is at the top of the list of names. Ellis is a quintessential British writer, and he is ideal for creating new adventures for the world’s most dangerous spy. Ellis isn’t writing the movie Bond, rather, he is taking his cues from the original Ian Fleming novels. That means dry martinis, international espionage, and not a lot of gadgets. James Bond #1 is the first part of Vargr, which sees Bond returning to London to finish the job left behind by a former 00 agent. I like that there is a different take on the character out there even with some very good movies. There’s space for more than one version of an iconic character like Bond, and it’s fun to compare how different creators examine Bond. Art on this series is by Jason Masters, who I don’t know very well, but looking at the preview pages tells me that he’s got some nice detail in his figures and that he brings a lot of realism to the art which is what you would want. If a new movie isn’t enough Bond for you this week, you’re definitely going to want to buy this.
Uncanny X-Men #600 (Marvel Comics – $5.99) It’s a big week for X-Men comics as Brian Bendis’ run comes to a close in Uncanny X-Men #600 and Jeff Lemire’s run starts in Extraordinary X-Men. Let’s talk about Uncanny X-Men #600. Bendis has brought a lot of change to the X-Men what with bringing back the original team, messing with various people’s powers, and adding more than a few new mutants. Love it or hate it, Bendis’ run had his fingerprints all over it and he certainly left a mark on Marvel’s merry band of mutants. This issue has been delayed quite a bit, which is sure to lessen its impact, but readers can still expect Bendis to go out in style, leaving plenty of threads for Lemire and the other X writers to pick up on.
Monstress #1 (Image Comics – $4.99) One way to get me interested in picking up a first issue of a series is to offer more bang for my buck, and Monstress #1 knows the way to open my pocket book with a triple-sized first issue. Yes, for 5 bucks you get 66 pages of story about a mysterious girl with psychic powers and a giant monster as she becomes embroiled in a war against a steampunk milieu. Monstress is written by Marjorie Liu, no stranger to either comics or dark fantasy and it sounds like this is a story that plays to all her strengths. Art for the series is by Sana Takeda who has a nice mixture of manga and western influences that looks fantastic. Monstress sounds like a solid comic and you can’t beat the value.
Klaus #1 (BOOM! Studios – $3.99) We know Santa Claus as the jolly, rotund gift-giver who rides a sleigh of reindeer through the sky on Christmas Eve to deliver presents to all the good children (and coal to the naughty boys and girls). But Old St. Nick has a very different past, and Grant Morrison is here to tell us about it with the new series, Klaus. Morrison, the mastermind behind All-Star Superman, Animal Man, The Invisibles, and much more, envisions a young Santa as more of a long-haired Viking with a wolf sidekick. In this first issue, we see Klaus come up against a town full of cruel, sadist people, and get a hint of how he became the world’s most famous magical toymaker. The art here is by Dan Mora (Hexed), and it looks great. The original solicitation for this series called it an “all-ages fantasy epic,” but this first issue seems a bit too violent for the young ones.