A Voice in the Dark, Ales Kot, All-New X-Men, Avatar, Batman and Two-Face, Black Science, BOOM!, Brian Azzarello, Brian K. Vaughan, Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Wood, Bryce Carlson, Buzzkill, C.P. Smith, Cary Nord, Daredevil, Dark Horse, Dark Horse Presents, DC Comics, Department of Monsterology, Donny Cates, East of West, Eternal Warrior, Fiona Staples, Garry Brown, Greg Pak, Hit, Image, J. Michael Straczynski, Javier Rodriguez, Jim McCann, Jonathan Hickman, Kevin Eastman, Larime Taylor, Mark Reznicek, Mark Waid, Marvel, Matt Kindt, Matteo Scalera, Max Brooks, Mind MGMT, Mind the Gap, Nick Dragotta, P.J. Holden, Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi, Renegade Arts, Rick Remender, Robert Venditti, Rodin Esquejo, Ross Campbell, Ryan North, Saga, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ten Grand, Terry Dodson, The Extinction Parade, The Massive, The Midas Flesh, Trevor Hairsine, Vanesa Del Rey, Wonder Woman, X-Men, X-O Manowar, zero
Haven’t had back-to-back weeks like this. Yowza.
- Buzzkill #4 (Dark Horse): One of the best minis of the year comes to a close. No need to crack open a cold one to enjoy what Donny Cates and the crew have brewed up–but it certainly can’t hurt. In fact, let’s drink to what they’ve accomplished thus far and to the promise of a perfectly choreographed booze-fueled father-son throwdown.
- Dark Horse Presents #31 (Dark Horse): A hefty price to pay for a sliver of of the sublime Mind MGMT. Oh, I’ll be paying it, all right! Just like I paid…for…this…
- The Massive #18 (Dark Horse): Over the life of The Massive, Brian Wood has put on a clinic in understatement and tension–no single issue more successful than the revealing #17, which put Callum Israel’s hatred for Bors Bergsen in context. Brilliant.
- Batman and Two-Face #26 (DC): I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again: despite what you’ve been led to believe, this is the best Batman book going. Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason deserve far more credit for what they’ve been doing with Batman, particularly post-Robin.
- Wonder Woman #26 (DC): Still worth my $2.99. One of the few DC books worth my time.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #29 (IDW): I don’t know, maybe. I really enjoyed “City Fall”–and not only because of Mateus Santolouco’s artwork, surprisingly enough; so, I’m actually leaning toward yes. At least a flip-through, right?
- A Voice in the Dark #2 (Image): #1 was mostly tedious, but Taylor has twisted my arm with a pretty terrific plot twist. I want to–I have to!–see it play out. Man, it’s the same problem I have when it comes to watching any cop show: if I watch the first two minutes, I’m stuck for the full sixty–even if I’ve never seen an episode of that particular show before. Such a sucker!
- Black Science #2 (Image): Surprise! Remender’s playing with dimensions. Oh, sorry: Yay! If I end up buying it, it’ll be definitive proof that I have no self control.
- East of West #8 (Image): Hickman’s been east of efficient in his storytelling. That’s not a fault; in fact, I appreciate his frugality–especially considering how much reading I have to do!
- Mind the Gap #16 (Image): One of my favorites is back with Act II. I can’t wait to see how McCann and crew outdo themselves. It’ll be tough, though, especially after the brilliant dueling-artist dual-narrative that closed out Act I. Highest of expectations.
- Saga #17 (Image): Guaranteed goodness.
- Ten Grand #6 (Image): Dragged down–waaaaaaay down–by Templesmith’s departure. More than likely, I’ll pass on it. Sad, too, because I had finally gotten into it.
- Zero #4 (Image): An amazing three-issue run to kick off the series. Yeah, there’s a 0% chance of my missing this one; in fact, I’d give up my left arm for a copy! Can’t wait to drink up another 24 pages of Ales Kot’s creative juices.
- All-New X-Men #20 (Marvel): Hey, it is what it is.
- Daredevil #34 (Marvel): I’m looking forward to the end of the run–just not sure if it’s for the right reasons.
- X-Men #8 (Marvel): Bringing on the Dodsons was as genius a move as can be. They’re perfect for this book. It’s keeping me around, that’s for sure.
- Department of Monsterology #3 (Renegade Arts): I loved #2. Looking forward to seeing what they’ve got in store for us this time around.
- Eternal Warrior #4 (Valiant): So far, so good.
- The Extinction Parade #4 (Avatar): I’ve been picking it up for my wife. Yeah, well, she hasn’t read #2 yet. I’m caught up, though. Nothing special.
- Hit #4 (BOOM!): The solid hard-boiled crime drama from Bryce Carlson and Vanesa Del Rey comes to a close.
- The Midas Flesh #1 (BOOM!): Time for another adventure from Ryan North! Sounds fun! I mean, everything he’s touched so far has turned to gold, right?
- X-O Manowar #20 (Valiant): I was really surprised by–and really liked–Cary Nord’s artwork on #19. Hoping to get more of the same here.
What are you looking forward to this week?