Let’s just dive in to this week’s new and noteworthy titles!
- AVENGERS #22 and NEW AVENGERS #21 – Now that my pull list experiment is over, I must confess that none of the Avengers titles have impressed me that much, other than Warren Ellis’ Secret Avengers. These guys get the drop.
- DAREDEVIL #9 –I’m really hoping this is a good jumping-on point. It should be, since the Spider-Man crossover is wrapped upand it’s been killing me that I haven’t been able to find a good spot to start this title yet.
- GLORY #23 – Based on how much I liked Prophet #21, the first of the Extreme relaunch, and the Extreme 2012 preview, this looks to be a good, funny read. And I say that even having hated the Alan Moore issues…
- GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #12
- ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #5
- THUNDERBOLTS #170 – I think Thunderbolts is the first series I’m completely up-to-date with buying, if not reading. Jeff Parker’s worked in a ton of twists and turns and it stays amazing. This is probably my favorite superhero book right now.
- VENOM #13.2 – Wait, now there are POINT TWO books?!?!?! Is this part of Circle of Four, too? I’m all confused! I wonder if Rick Rememder isn’t writing this one, too…
That’s it for this week, folks. What looks good to you?
Man, there’s only one book for me out this week! I can’t remember the last time that happened.
- VENOM #13.1 – I don’t understand what’s going on here at all. Venom #13 just shipped with a new story (the New New Fantastic Four) a couple weeks ago, and now here comes a “new jumping-on point”? Marvel, time to all get on the same page!
I suppose it’s good that this is a light week, as I’ve completed a few important runs this week. I’m now current (on finding, not reading…yet) Jeff Parker’s Thunderbolts. Every single issue is just a joy to read. I’ve also been trying to figure out who Kev Walker’s Juggernaut reminds me of, and it’s Marv from Sin City. I’ve also found all of the issues of Flashpoint, the end of my DC’s incarnation. The most expensive issue was #1, at $3.25. I hadn’t really been looking forward to it, but I imagine it will be a bittersweet read as it signifies my drifting away from DC.
Sorry for such a light report, but the books are what the books are. What’s looking good to you this week? It’s the perfect chance for me to jump in on something new.
It’s an especially light week, what with my not getting an New 52 titles and not padding my pull list with Marvel titles I wouldn’t ordinarily pick up (like this week’s Avengers). So this week’s This Week’s Comics is what I’ll actually drive home with, which is nice.
It was great to pick up Jeff Parker’s Hulk and Thunderbolts fresh, though.
Anyway, here are this week’s new and noteworthy titles.
- PIGS #5 – The mystery gets deeper and Nate Cosby — an editor for Marvel — shows he knows how to build it right. I’ve complained some recently about aimless mysteries that exist for their own sake, and this is not one of those examples.*
- ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #4 – We’ve spoken at length about this title and writer/artist Roger Langridge. We are fans of both.
- STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE #4 (OF 6) – What if the characters Mark Millar came up with weren’t completely sociopathic shitheads? If that idea appeals to you, so will this.
That’s it for me this week. What looks good to you?
* Matt asked then if Morning Glories was one of those titles and at the time it wasn’t, but I’ve just finished the second trade and we still have absolutely no idea what this school is, what it’s trying to do or why it’s so evil. Twelve issues in. I’m enjoying the book but that’s still a big FAIL.
A new year, a new batch of comics, but at least they’re still shipping on time! (That’s tomorrow, kids.) Expect more mainstream titles to appear now that my experiment is over, but I’m still putting a halt to $4 books not released by independent publishers. Marvel and DC should know better. That out of the way, here are this week’s new and noteworth titles.
- AVENGERS ANNUAL #1
- AVENGERS X-SANCTION #2 (OF 4) – The event sucker in me is all over this even as the fiscally responsible side doesn’t care. This is one I won’t pick up this week but will wait until I can find cheaper.
- GODZILLA LEGENDS #3 (OF 5) – I’ve spoken somewhat in depth about this title, and how it’s essentially horrible but still finds certain redeeming qualities. Still, I’m over it unless there’s an absolutely insane cover.
- GOON #37
- HULK #47 – Hello, Jeff Parker!
- PUNISHER #7 – I should be caught up on Rucka’s Punisher very soon, and I’m looking forward to continuing the run in real time. I never thought I would say that about a non-Ennis Punisher.
- THUNDERBOLTS #168 – See also HULK #47.
- UNCANNY X-FORCE #19.1 – I’m about 8 issues behind on UXF, but these .1 issues are supposed to be good jumping-on points for titles, right? In I jump, and it will determine whether or not I stay on the…trampoline? What a weird metaphor.
- VILLAINS FOR HIRE #2 (OF 4)
That’s it for this week. What looks good to you?
What a great week for new comics! Two Hulk books, two Jason Aaron books, two Jeff Parker books, and a new Kupperman! Marvel and DC sure are working hard to get me back when my embargo ends, that’s for sure. Here’s this week’s noteworthy titles.
- AVENGERS #20 – One of the title’s I’m furthest behind on, due to some hard-to-find early issues. This is one I wouldn’t have added to the list if not for the experiment, but is a good case study.
- DAREDEVIL #7 – I’ve finally been able to find a few DD back issues, but man, has it been tough!
- FANTASTIC FOUR #601
- GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #10 – Issue 9 was JUST good enough to have me come back, but like Green Lantern back in the day, it’s on notice.
- HULK #46
- INCREDIBLE HULK #3 – Jason Aaron. Nuff said.
- TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE #7 – Two issues of TDtT and the Autobiography of Mark Twain, all in one year? It’s a Kupperman renaissance! Pick of the week!
- TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #5 – IDW is having an unfortunate run of books that start strong and go nowhere. TMNT isn’t as bad as Godzilla, but the end of the last issue, ostensibly the end of the first arc, felt like such a tacked on afterthought that it ruined the book for me. In the middle of all the action…suddenly it was all over. Poorly played. I’m still on-board for a little while, but I’ll be casting a suspicious eye on this one.
- THUNDERBOLTS #167
- UNCANNY X-FORCE #19
- VENOM #11
- WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #3
My new comic reading from last week has been somewhat abbreviated, as I spent most of my comic reading time plowing through the Ann Nocenti/John Romita, Jr. Daredevil run. I did read the second issue of Godzilla Legends, though, and despite an amazing cover the inside was a complete waste of time. You would think based just off the title, Godzilla Legends would feature stories showing what qualifies these characters as legends, but instead we just get a generic story about a dumb kid and his dad, and Rodan happens to show up. Vankin and Gane aren’t the same creative team as last issue, but they were IDW’s last chance to win me over.
That cover, though…wow. I spoke some last month about Art Adams’ _________ cover, how the roaming eye and the unhinged jaw made him look completely insane, to the point where I felt like Samuel L. Jackson explaining the asymmetry of villains in Unbreakable. This month Adams does the normal cover, leaving Chris Skalf to paint Rodan like a deranged Skeksis. This is the most insane cover I’ve seen this month, and I love it! While I may come back for more glimpses of madness, I will not buy buying any more Godzilla Legends.
That’s it for this week, my running pull list has been updated. What looks good to you?
Wednesday is only 2 days away! Here’s this week’s noteworthy titles.
- ARSENIC LULLABY DEVILS DECADE TP – I’ve been a big fan of this title since discovering it at SDCC in 2000. Even at its best the publishing scheudle is erratic, but if you’re a fan of incredibly wrong humor, it’s well worth looking up.
- AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #2
- HULK #45 – The best way to describe this book is “Jeff Parker makes the Hulk hit classic Marvel monsters.” Brother, if that doesn’t sell you, I don’t know what will.
- JACK KIRBYS FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 – Recently I’ve been curious if Jack Kirby’s Fourth World material had been all collected in one place in chronological order, then yesterday out of nowhere I was reading a five-year old issue of Birds of Prey and saw this book, offering just that. This will be the first of four volumes, starting a paperback release this very week.
- PUNISHER #6 – I’ve heard some great things about Rucka’s Punisher, but here’s where I stop adding it to the pull list until I can verify that firsthand.
- STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE #3 (OF 6)
- VENOM #10
- VILLAINS FOR HIRE #1 (OF 4) – FotB Andrew put Heroes for Hire in my hands and made me read it, and darned if he wasn’t right about its high-quality superheroics. I’m curious how it fares after the change.
A couple other things I wanted to mention:
- Our Twitter feed is still up and going strong. Hit us up: @LEMURComics
- I’ve been preaching Atomic Robo for some time now. Thwipster.com has all 5 of the trades on sale right now. Do yourself a favor and pick up an amazing title.
That’s it for this week, and my running pull list has been updated. What looks good to you?
A pretty light week for me this time around, and to be honest, not one I’m exceptionally fired up for. This week sees a huge batch of DC #2 issues, and in a rare display of good planning, the release of all the first issue reprints for this week’s titles.
- AXE COP BAD GUY EARTH TP – If you missed out on the Dark Horse mini series (all original material, not reprints from the webcomic) do yourself a favor and pick up this little burst of insanity. I snagged the mini when it came out and may still pick this up for the extra material.
- HULK #42 – Jeff Parker’s Hulk has been a revelation. You should be reading this, especially if you like giant monsters hitting each other (which I do).
- INFINITE #3
- ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #1 – I was very surprised that I didn’t love the Snarked zero issue, but I’ve been pleased with Langridge’s work so far to give a full issue a shot.
- SUPERIOR #5 (OF 6) – Mark Millar Presents Mark Millar’s Captain Marvel returns after a long absence…So long that I forgot it hadn’t been finished yet. Still, it’s a decent enough title to keep picking up, even if it sounds like I’m damning it with faint praise.
- THUNDERBOLTS #164
- X-MEN SCHISM #5 (OF 5) – I was up in the air about this one until I read Chris Sims’ review, which reaffirmed my Jason Aaron love.
That’s it for this week. My pull list has been updated and the back issue search continues. What are YOU looking at?