Wow. Pretty widespread love for The Fox, Saga and Sandman. No surprise there. (And no, Mark Waid did not pick The Fox — but check out what he DID pick!)
Mark Waid, Alter Ego Comics, Muncie, Ind.
SAGA NUMBER WHATEVER IT IS OH, GOD, EVERYONE ALWAYS SAYS THAT, OKAY! LIKE THEY NEED THE PLUG! Instead, let’s say the Revival Compendium Vol. 1 from Image. I’ll be absolutely straight–when I first paged through the first issue, I was dubious that it would be a story best told in the comics format, but I was mistaken. We’re proud to have this in our store and recommend it highly. By Tim Seeley and Mike Norton.
Aimee LoSecco, JHU Comic Books, Manhattan
Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 1 paperback, Fantagraphics.Stan Sakai’s ronin rabbit is back in print! For new readers it’s an excellent jumping on point. Cross Lone Wolf and Cub with Groo the Wanderer and you’ve got well-researched and well-written stories that are illustrated by a modern day master.
Dimitrios Fragiskatos, manager, Midtown Comics’ Grand Central location, Manhattan
DC One Million Omnibus HC, DC Comics. I consider the late 90’s to be the DC Universe’s greatest era, where they kept it together and produced the highest volume of quality comics. Nothing exemplified this more than DC One Million by Grant Morrison and Val Semeiks. This was an event that wasn’t born from a need to fix continuity but from a fun idea, namely, what will each book look like when it reaches issue #1,000,000. A JLA that patrols the solar system and Pluto becoming a giant Asylum are just some examples.
Thought Bubble Anthology #3, Image Comics. I picked the first issue up on a whim a couple of years ago, and now I look forward to each release of Thought Bubble, which is an anthology of stories from some of the best indie creators in comics, printed on a newspaper. The paper quality is off putting for collectors, but I’m confident the art will entice anyone who looks at it.
Ted Alexander, manager, Midtown Comics’ Downtown location, Manhattan
X-Men Battle of the Atom #2, Marvel. I’ve heard people call this latest X-Men crossover one of the best in recent memory. I couldn’t agree more. We finally get to see what Brian Michael Bendis has had planned for the original X-Men since the beginning of the Marvel Now launch. Do they stay or do they get sent back to the original timeline? Speaking of timelines, Bendis has crafted a story with three separate timelines that all make sense. That’s pretty rare these days.
The Sandman: Overture #1, Vertigo. The comic that we all wanted to happen, but never thought would happen, is finally here! Neil Gaiman returns to one of the most intriguing characters ever put on the page. We get to see more of Dream and and the rest of the Endless family, which is almost like a dream (no pun intended) come true.
Saga #15, Image. Any pick of the week column that doesn’t have the best series on the shelves isn’t that much of a best of the week column, is it? This is a must buy.
Menachem Luchins, owner, Escape Pod Comics, Huntington, L.I.
Saga #15, Image. This is the title that just keeps on giving, every issue reveals more and builds the reader’s interest to a degree almost unheard of in a monthly series. It’s no wonder this is the biggest book out there, and that Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughn are being lauded left and right.