This Week’s Comics

There is just a huge amount of Marvel titles I’m looking at right now, both due to quality and an addiction the New 52 isn’t filling.  Here’s this week’s noteworthy titles.

  • AVENGERS #17
  • DAREDEVIL #4 – By all accounts, Mark Waid is knocking this one out of the park.
  • HULK #41
  • MARK TWAINS AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1910-2010 HC – Michael Kupperman’s new book finally makes it out this week!  Even though I miss Tales Designed To Thrizzle, getting a new OGN makes it all worthwhile.
  • RED WING #3 (OF 4) – I confess, Jonathan Hickman’s time travel epic hasn’t done a whole lot for me, but it’s still worth seeing where it goes.
  • TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #2 – I picked up the first issue last month and it was pretty solid.  I’m not entirely sure what’s going on here, but I’m 90% sure this is an entirely new continuity. Worth picking up if you’re a fan of the Turtles.
  • THUNDERBOLTS #163 POINT ONE
  • X-MEN SCHISM #4 (OF 5)

The Rob and Robert Kirkman’s Infinite #2 shows a marked improvement over the first issue, although Rob, whose work is improving, still needs to focus on his consistency, as the pouches, pockets, straps, and miscellanea change with characters from panel to panel.  Even worse, the inconsistency occasionally spreads to Hi-Fi Design’s colors.  Kirkman’s story, though not revelatory, is solid and serves the story.

One benefit to waiting until Saturday to get new comics is that you have the opportunity to review your pull list between Wednesday and the trip to your comic shop.  After reading several positive reviews I decided to pick up Pigs #1, by Nate Cosby (former Incredible Hercules editor and source of that titles amazing onomatopoeias), Ben McCool, and Breno Tamura.  It’s not a perfect start, but it is a very good start.  I could have done with less pages of an old man on a bicycle — who only exists to get killed off — and more explanation of who the talking heads are, especially the Cuban family.  The investigators also reminded me more of TV police officers rather than federal agents.  Still, the intrigue of a KGB Cuban sleeper cell in the US is intriguing enough to keep me coming back through the first arc.  I’m hoping this book turns into The Losers, though that may just be the influence of the beautiful cover by Jock.

That’s it for me. What are YOU looking at?

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