Animal Man, Batman '66, Batman and Nightwing, Batwoman, Bloodshot, Brian Azzarello, Brian Hurtt, Brian Wood, Chin Music, Chris Cross, Chris Samnee, Cliff Chiang, Cullen Bunn, Daredevil, Dark Horse, DC Comics, Dream Thief, Image, Indestructible Hulk, J.H. Williams III, Jay Nitz, Jeff Lemire, Jeff Parker, Jim Lee, Lee Garbett, Mark Waid, Marvel, Matt Kindt, Matteo Scalera, Mike Norton, Numbercruncher, Olivier Coipel, Oni Press, P.J. Holden, Patrick Gleason, Peter Tomasi, Revival, Robert Venditti, Scott Snyder, Simon Spurrier, Steve Niles, Steve Pugh, Superman Unchained, The Sixth Gun, Tim Seeley, Titan, Tony Harris, Trevor McCarthy, Valiant, W. Haden Blackman, Wonder Woman, X-Men, X-O Manowar
- Dream Thief #4 (Dark Horse): We celebrated #1. Not so much the next two. I’m just going to grin and pick this one and then ride out the series.
- Animal Man #23 (DC): I can’t seem to find solid ground with this title. Ideas in a single issue can run the gamut from clever to terrible; and the dialogue–ugh!–is generally a disaster. As I am with Batman, I’m hanging on to Animal Man because I respect the writer; and, like Snyder, Lemire deserves the longest of leashes. (I mean, come on: he’s a home run hitter: his story in Adventures of Superman #1 was so, so good–so very reminiscent of the superior Essex County.) Thing is, with Trillium #1, I’m finally getting what I want from Lemire, and that makes Animal Man expendable. We’ll see what bubbles up with Brother Blood. Hope it’s not hepatitis.
- Batman ’66 #2 (DC): The first one was fun enough, though not quite funny enough. Here’s hoping that Jeff Parker ramps up the camp.
- Batman and Nightwing #23 (DC): With Batman Incorporated gone the way of the most recent Robin, this stands as the best Batman title on the shelf.
- Batwoman #23 (DC): And, wouldn’t you know, this one’s the best Batbook goin’.
- Superman Unchained #3 (DC): #2 was a vast improvement over #1. Still feels a little too Lobdellian for my taste, however.
- Wonder Woman #23 (DC): Azzarello’s plugging along, and I’m still reading along.
- Chin Music #2 (Image): Geez. I’m gonna hafta find #1 in order to get reacquainted with the Ness Niles and Harris left behind.
- Revival #13 (Image): Has had its moments, sure, but is starting to feel the slog of a large cast of characters.
- Daredevil #30 (Marvel): Not a big fan of the Silver Surfer. Never have been, really. Even the team-up with DD doesn’t do anything for me. Ah, but add Chris Samnee to the mix: this could be a good time.
- Indestructible Hulk #12 (Marvel): This one’s going to test my new-found tolerance for dinosaurs.
- X-Men #4 (Marvel): I had a bunch of problems with #3. Still, even in its infancy, X-Men is the cream of the mutant crop. Hey, check it out: the best Batbook stars a woman, and the best X-book is based on women.
- Bloodshot #0 (Valiant): Matt Kindt’s takeover of the industry continues here. Hoping with all my might that he doesn’t suffer the same fate as Snyder and Lemire, who have stumbled some outside of their creator-owned work.
- X-O Manowar #16 (Valiant): Not unlike Wonder Woman, really: always good but never quite great.
- Numbercruncher #2 (Titan): I enjoyed the first one a lot.
- The Sixth Gun #33 (Oni Press): Got a pretty impressive pile of post-Vol. 4 The Sixth Gun taunting me from the shelf to my left. Not to worry, though: Vol. 5 is almost here!
What are you looking forward to this week?