A little bit of something for everyone this week!Christy Blanch, Alter Ego Comics, Muncie, Ind.
Superior Spider-Man Team Up #9, Marvel. I still say this is one of the most underrated books out there. I have enjoyed every issue of this and would love to see more people pick it up and give it a chance. Every time someone takes my recommendation on it, they always add it to their pull list. And this issue has the Punisher and Daredevil. Yes, please!
Pretty Deadly #4, Image. I must first admit that I am a huge Kelly Sue fan. Additionally, Emma Rios is one of my favorite artists and I will buy anything she draws. But regardless of being a fan of both the artist and writer (and colorist — Jordie Bellaire is amazing!!), this book never fails to satisfy. There were a few confused customers after the second issue came out, but when they read #3 and it was all tied together, they were amazed at how wonderful and unique this book is. I can’t wait to read the new issue every month.
Empire of the Dead Act One #1, Marvel. Two words. George Romero. OK, OK. I’m a sucker for anything zombie — I always have been. And with this being written by George Romero, please. Just take my money. I’ll probably spring for the variant cover, too, something I rarely do but it’s by Arthur Suydam. The money is well spent. Besides, the kids don’t need to eat dinner every night, right?!?
Menachem Luchins, owner, Escape Pod Comics, Huntington, L.I.
My Little Pony: Friends Forever #1, IDW. With the end of the Micro-Series, which showcased individual characters each month, IDW has moved on to this new limited series, each issue of which will feature a pairing of two of the show’s characters and explore how their particular friendship works. This month’s will explore how Applejack and Pinkie Pie get along. Did I mention it was written by Alex DeCampi and drawn by Carla Speed McNeil?! Did I also point out that DeCampi lettered it as well and did an AMAZING job, making the book even more fun to read? Yeah, I did now.
Zero #5, Image. This book by Ales Kot and a different artist each month (this time it’s Jordie Bellaire AND Will Tempest) has explored identity, responsibility, and consequence while also telling a compelling stand-alone story each time, but one that contributes to the overarching themes and plot. This is all, of course, wrapped and delivered as an espionage book chock full of violence, action and intrigue! It’s a tricky sort of thing to pull off but Kot has been doing it superbly.
Mega City 2 #1, IDW. In this series, everyone’s favorite Judge is sent on an exchange program to Mega City 2 — the 5,000 mile sprawl that takes up the West Coast of what was once the USA. Remember when Woody Allen followed Annie Hall to LA and he just couldn’t come to grips with how bizarre the whole place and all the people living there are? Yeah, it’s like that, only with Judge Freakin’ Dredd! Written by the hilarious Douglas Wolk and the crazy-talented Ulises Farinas (Whose Gamma flies off our shelves whenever we restock it) this mini-series is going to be as fun as it gets. Don’t miss out!
Ted Alexander, manager, Midtown Comics’ Downtown location, Manhattan
Elfquest: Final Quest #1, Dark Horse. A personal favorite series of mine starts another run with Dark Horse. If you enjoy comics that have a more fantasy element, you should check out Elfquest. Later this year, Dark Horse will be reprinting all the original stories so you’ll be able to see for yourself what I’m talking about.
All-New Invaders #1, Marvel. I doubt they will be fighting Nazis this time around, but the old band is getting back together. Captain America, Namor, Winter Soldier and the original Human Torch (Jim Hammond!) head out to fight the Kree. What makes this team more exciting now is how the characters have all changed over the years and their motives might be different. We know Cap is still straight and arrow, but Namor has become more unpredictable, Bucky isn’t the same kid he was, and last we saw Hammond he was feeling awful about being tricked into attacking New York.
Batman #27, DC Comics. No list this week would be complete with what I like to call Scott Snyder’s love letter to Batman. If you love Batman, you should be reading this.
Aimee LoSecco, JHU Comic Books, Manhattan
Elfquest: Final Quest #1, Dark Horse. Continuing from the one-shot that came out last year, this series by Richard and Wendy Pini will strive to unite all the elf tribes. This issue focuses on Cutter and Ember’s tribes dealing with a new human threat.
Marvel Toon Tumblers Mini Glasses. Shots! Shots! Shots! You’ve got your pint glasses, now get your car bombs going with these awesome shot glasses! Hulk and Silver Surfer are coming out this week sporting some sweet retro art. Get your Patron Silver on with Silver Surfer!
All-New Invaders #1, Marvel. Cap, Winter Soldier, Namor and Human Torch are the lineup. The Kree plan to get an army of Norse gods (will Thor make an appearance?) and it’s up to these four heavy hitters to knock ’em down.
Dimitrios Fragiskatos, manager, Midtown Comics’ Grand Central location, Manhattan
Eternal Warrior #5, Valiant. The future is here. What Valiant was known for in the 90s is back. Debuting in Eternal Warrior is the 4001 A.D. continuity. It’s a whole new landscape so I doubt we’ll se Space Tokyo in this universe like we did in the 90s but I nonetheless can’t wait to see what we’ll be getting. Brought to you by Greg Pak and Diego Bernard.
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