Stock up on comics before you see the fireworks! Here’s Mark Waid and the rest of our experts with their weekly recommendations!
Mark Waid, Alter Ego Comics, Muncie, Ind.
A Voice in the Dark, Vol. 1, Image. This series doesn’t sell gangbusters, but it has a loyal following in our store and MASSIVE word-of-mouth — it’s so magnificently accomplished and such a triumph that we’re all in awe and recommend it to everyone.
Rocket Raccoon #1, Marvel. Yeah, like this needs our help. None of my partners has the guts to look me in the eye and tell me that we’re going to sell more of these than we do of Daredevil. But (he said, humbly) that’s cool. Skottie Young is awesome.
The Fox: Freak Magnet, Red Circle/Archie. The collected trade of the fun, wacky, all-ages superhero series I did earlier this year with artist/writer Dean Haspiel. I never plug my own stuff on this site, but (a) Dino did ALL of the heavy lifting and he deserves every accolade, and (b) I’m jealous of Skottie Young. (Note from Dan: He’s right — that’s the first time he’s done that!)
Aimee LoSecco, JHU Comic Books, Manhattan
Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #1, Marvel. Can’t get enough Guardians? Now with 100% more Rocket and Groot! Also reprints Thor #314: Thor vs. Drax!
Rocket Raccoon #1, Marvel. STILL can’t get enough Guardians?! Here’s the answer to your prayers: ALL Rocket, ALL Skottie Young, ALL WITHIN CONTINUITY! Did I mention the variants? Yeah, there’re variants. And they’re awesome!
DKW Ditko Kirby Wood, Fantagraphics. Need a little classic to balance out your cosmic? Sergio Ponchione presents a one-shot tribute book for three of our favorite heavy hitters. A chapter is dedicated to each master with dead-on-balls accurate stylings. Represent!
Tim Finn, Hub Comics, Somerville, Mass.
Robocop Vs Terminator hardcover, Dark Horse. Many franchise cross-overs aren’t great. And sometimes either the art or the story can’t keep up with the other. This is not such a case. Frank Miller and Walt Simonson delivered a story that works as both a Robocop tale and a Terminator adventure, as well as a comic book, rather than a movie-wannabe-on-paper. So happy this is back in print, although I’m a little nervous about the new coloring. I love the original hues, and haven’t been thrilled by Steve Ollif’s new colors on Marvel’s “Thor by Walt Simonson” books. But either way we’re thrilled this is back in print.
Wonton Soup Collected Edition, trade paperback, Oni Press. Early work by the singular James Stokoe. We loved his “Godzilla” story (shame about that being out of print right now) at Hub, and his “Orc Stain” (and the one-dollar preview) are slow but steady sellers.
Legendary Star Lord #1 or Rocket Raccoon #1, Marvel. Movie movie movie movie. The monthly “Guardians of the Galaxy” is solid, and we’re happy to see a variety of talent on these two ongoing series. That they look distinct is a plus. Interested in seeing if this franchise can carry three titles, but I’m happy to give it a whirl.
Menachem Luchins, owner, Escape Pod Comics, Huntington, L.I.
A Voice in the Dark, Vol. 1, Image. Laramie Taylor’s tale of a young woman’s struggle to deny the serial killer inside her is one of the most compelling reads within the mass murder genre since the first Dexter book and shouldn’t be missed. The second chapter comes out in 2 months, so catch up now!
Cosplayers #2, Fantagraphics. Dash Shaw’s latest is a major departure from the majority of his work, telling a straightforward tale (mostly) about people embracing their own oddness and love of geekiness. Think Eight Ball meets Steadman and you’re beginning to get the idea.
DKW Ditko Kirby Wood, Fantagraphics. Sergio Ponchione’s ode to three of the greatest comic creators of all time is divided into three chapters, one for each, drawn in each master’s style. Besides exploring their works and styles, the book makes a definitive argument for their importance in the medium. A great place for lovers of the Golden Age, Silver Age and comics in general.
Ted Alexander, manager, Midtown Comics’ Downtown location, Manhattan
Scooby-Doo Team Up #5, DC. Picking this one just based on the concept. Wonder Woman’s homeland is under attack by supernatural beings. Fortunately for Wonder Woman, Mystery Inc. is there to help. With Velma and Daphne being pushed into more of a leadership position. This issue will be full of fun for young and old.
Superman Unchained #7, DC. The wait is over! Jim Lee has a knack for not being on time on a monthly book, but the wait is always worth it. Last issue things were really starting heat up between Kal and Wraith. It looks like Superman must get the help of Wonder Woman and Batman to continue with the fight. Here’s your bonus Scott Snyder Batman title of the month.
Legendary Star-Lord #1 and Rocket Raccoon #1, Marvel. Here come the tie-ins! Two character-specific titles debut this week to help you get to know the stars of one of this summer’s most anticipated movies. The two popular characters from the Guardians of The Galaxy come just in time. Midtown Comics has two exclusive covers for it too. Terry Dodson draws Star-Lord while J. Scott Campbell has duties on the Rocket Raccoon cover. Skottie Young gets double duty as writer and artist on Rocket so that means it’ll be crazy fun to see and read. Sam Humphries takes on Star-Lord with guest appearance by Kitty Pryde.