HOT PICKS! On Sale This Week (2/12/14)

Once again, we near a clean sweep, with She-Hulk a Hot Pick sensation! Plus! Mark Waid! Aimee LoSecco! Mike Zapcic! And the rest of the Hot Picks crew!

Aimee LoSecco, JHU Comic Books, Manhattan

This week is a Charles Soule-a-Thon! And not just because I owe him money! Catch the Soule Train signing both books at JHU Comic Books this Wednesday!  Exclamations!!!

She-Hulk #1, Marvel. Why is it that dudes like green chicks so much?  But I digress. … Jennifer Walters is back!  She’s just started a new practice and kicking bad-guy ass, but her caseload and rogues gallery are starting to pile up. But … in a good way …


Superman/Wonder Woman #5, DC. Faora and Zod team up for the ultimate match against our beloved Wondey and Supes!  Kneel before the awesomeness!

Mark Waid, Alter Ego Comics, Muncie, Ind.

Marvel Masterworks: Defenders Vol. 4, Marvel. Maybe my favorite run of comics ever. My old-school pick of the week. The late, great Steve Gerber at the top of his game. A super-team book where absolutely nothing is predictable and where the “rules” are being broken every three pages.

She-Hulk #1, Marvel. Charles Soule is apparently the busiest, hardest-working man in comics, and that’s COMING FROM ME. I’ve read this first issue and it’s great and has mass appeal; we can sell this to all our customers. My second-favorite lawyer in the Marvel Universe. (See also: DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID Vol. 2, also on sale this week!)


Coffin Hill #5, Vertigo. Punchy, clever, beautiful art and a favorite among Alter Ego shoppers. Numbers are holding for us, and we recommend it frequently.

Mike Zapcic, AMC’s “Comic Book Men” and Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, Red Bank, N.J.

Astro City #9, Vertigo. Kurt Busiek is at the top of his game, as is the stellar Brent Anderson. Do yourself a favor and grab the previous eight issues in this run.

She-Hulk #1, Marvel. I have ALWAYS been of fan, from John Byrne’s run in the ’90s to Dan Slott’s take not long ago. I am looking forward to Charles Soule’s glimpse into the life of Jennifer Walters, Esq.


Menachem Luchins, owner, Escape Pod Comics, Huntington, L.I. 

Insect Bath #1, Fantagraphics. A new anthology title focusing on “cosmic horror” sounds fun all on its own but when you add contributors like Matthew Thurber, Max Clotfelter, Sammy Harkham and more, you’re pretty much assuring a slam-bang amazing book. Pick it up!

“Fatale Vol. 4,” trade paperback, Image. Brubaker and Phillips have been doing an amazing job on this book and the storyline that wrapped up last month is now collected for all the trade-waiters. We’ve seen Jo and women like her all throughout time, but none of that will prepare you for her jaunt into mid-’90s Seattle, where she loses her memory and falls in with a grunge band on the rise. A great read within the confines of the series but also an amazingly rendered snap-shot of a time and place.

“Tippy & The Night Parade,” Toon Books. Lilli Carre is an amazing talent in the comics field and with this, her first children’s book, she has moved into the realm of master. Lushly drawn while being both endearing and scary, the book follows young Tippy into the night world of her dreams. Reminiscent of McCay’s Little Nemo but with a more straightforward “for kids” appeal, this is a book you’re not going to have any trouble reading to your little one over and over, as they are sure to demand!

Ted Alexander, manager, Midtown Comics’ Downtown location, Manhattan

She-Hulk #1, Marvel. I’m a casual fan of Jennifer Walters and really dug her in the FF book. The series looks like it could be the next Hawkeye. Like Hawkeye, it will show the day to day life of a hero. It looks like that unlike Hawkeye, it will have some superhero fights. But who would want to go up against Hulk’s little cousin? Charles Soule hasn’t let me down in anything I’ve read so I’m sure it won’t disappoint.


Robocop: To Live and Die in Detroit one-shot, Boom. Boom has been celebrating the return of Robocop to the theaters this month with a few one-shots.  Last week’s Hominem Ex Machina was pretty decent in my opinion. This shouldn’t be any different.

Batman #28, DC. I’m really looking forward to Batman: Eternal, the weekly Batman title that is coming soon. We take a break from the Zero Year storyline and have a flash forward to what happens in Eternal. I hear that there will be many changes in Gotham and I’m sure this will be a little confusing, but Scott Snyder and his team, including the awesome James Tynion, know what they’re doing.

Dimitrios Fragiskatos, manager, Midtown Comics’ Grand Central location, Manhattan.

She-Hulk #1, Marvel. In more ways than one, Jennifer Walters is Marvel’s strongest woman. She’s a fast-talking, well-educated lawyer with a fantastic sense of humor, an unforgettable group of friends, and confidence unlike anyone else. She’s also super strong and the Hulk’s cousin. I’m not a fan of characters who are derived from other characters (Batgirl, Supergirl, Spider-Woman, etc. ) but Jen is so different from the Hulk, in every way possible, that it’s easy to forget how closely related she is to him. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what angle this relaunch is going to take but I will always give any book she’s in a chance, no matter who’s on it. However, with Charles Soule and the amazing pencils of Javier Pulido, this book is a sure thing.


What are you most looking forward to? Leave a comment!

Author: 13th Dimension

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