Alberto Alburquerque, Ales Kot, Avatar, Batman Eternal, Braden Lamb, Brian Wood, Canaan White, Charles Soule, Chris Samnee, Danijel Zezelj, Daredevil, Dark Horse, DC, Dead Boy Detectives, Ed Brisson, Elektra, Evil Empire, Gary Erskine, Greg Rucka, Harbinger, IDW, Image, Jeff Lemire, Joe Infunari, Johnnie Christmas, Jonathan Hickman, Joshua Dysart, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Justice League United, Kevin Eastman, Kieron Gillen, Lazarus, Letter 44, Mark Buckingham, Mark Waid, Marvel, Mateus Santolouco, Matt Kindt, Matt taylor, Max Bemis, Michael Lark, Mind MGMT, Nick Pitarra, Oni Press, Ransom Getty, Ryan North, Scott Snyder, Shelli Paroline, Sheltered, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Bunker, The Manhattan Projects, The Massive, The Midas Flesh, Toby Litt, Tom Waltz, Uber, Valiant, Vertigo, W. Haden Blackman, zero
Here’s what I’ll be stuffing in my bag this week:
- The Massive #22 (Dark Horse): Brian Wood and Danijel Zezelj follow up the very strong “Bloc” arc–which earned Wood and Garry Brown I&N top book status for February and March–with “Sahara,” which promises to slake our thirst for more Mary.
- Mind MGMT #21 (Dark Horse): Those of you who have been following our little blog for a while may have been surprised to see that #20 didn’t crack our Top 5 Books of March. Believe me: after hashing out the list, we were pretty surprised, too! Matt Kindt certainly didn’t disappoint: he drew out an issue highlighting a giant of Mind MGMT past, and did so using tall panels to accentuate, well, the agent’s giantness. Super clever–and, more important, super effective! Kindt’s artistic approach often results in impossibly long-limbed figures; #20 acts, then, as an ectomorphic celebration! This new offering promises to be a silent issue, which, in Kindt’s capable hands, promises to say plenty, as his art often tells most of the story anyway. On a nostalgic note: when I think “silent issue,” like you, I go right to G.I Joe #21. I also think of Martin Wagner’s Hepcats because, if memory serves, there was a stunning silent issue that focused on child abuse. Does anyone remember that?
- Batman Eternal #3 (DC): So, I gave #2 a shot despite my not being excited about #1. Wasn’t much of an improvement. Some storytelling yips persist–including the agonizing, issue-long reveal of the antagonist; and the dialogue’s nothing to talk about. And that said, I’ll probably pick this up.
- Dead Boy Detectives #5 (DC/Vertigo): Still like the vibe and the possibilities.
- Justice League United #0 (DC): Lemire on a hero book doesn’t excite, but I’m going to try it nevertheless.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #33 (IDW): Here’s something that does excite: Mateus Santolouco is back! Not kidding, folks: the Turtles aren’t a novelty anymore; they’re not simply a guilty pleasure; they’re a mainstay, I’m proud to say!
- Lazarus #8 (Image): Like The Massive, Lazarus has been one of our top books for February and March. Can’t help but think of Ginsberg’s “Howl” because that’s what I think of when I think of Denver: “who journeyed to Denver, who died in Denver, who came back to Denver & waited in vain, who watched over Denver & brooded & loned in Denver and finally went away to find out the Time, & now Denver is lonesome for her heroes.” Well, that and Dave Loggins’ “Please, Come to Boston.”
- The Manhattan Projects #20 (Image): #19 was a tad frivolous–I mean, did we really need to see the Oppenheimer civil war? The end presented an interesting twist, however. Oh, I’m definitely down with dueling Einsteins.
- Sheltered #8 (Image): Has become a bit “is what it is,” hasn’t it?
- Zero #7 (Image): We liked #1-#4 enough to celebrate Kot’s baby as a top title of 2013. #5 was OK, although the idea of aliens being thrust into the mix wasn’t all that thrilling. #6 wasn’t very good at all–writing-wise or art-wise. Yeah, unfortunately, we weren’t blown away by Vanesa Del Rey’s work, which was tough to follow at times. Expectations have fallen to just about, well, zero.
- Daredevil #2 (Marvel): The reboot/relaunch/rewhatever was underwhelming. I kinda dig the whole devil out of water device; but outside of that, #1 wasn’t much of anything, really.
- Elektra#1 (Marvel): I’ve been an Elektra junkie forever. I’m interested in seeing how half of the former Batwoman writing duo–W. Haden Blackman–handles the deadly sairen.
- The Bunker #3 (Oni Press): Has been very good. Fialkov’s handling the time-travel aspect as if it isn’t an obstacle to the storytelling process, when, in fact, it’s like skipping through a minefield. Impressive, indeed!
- Evil Empire #2 (BOOM!): #1 ended on a sharp note, that’s for sure. We’ll see if Bemis and Getty can keep the momentum going.
- Harbinger #22 (Valiant): Recently read that Harbinger‘s ending as of #25. A bit of a bummer, sure, but it does lighten the load without my having to be the one to make the dreaded decision.
- Letter 44 #6 (Oni Press): I was planning on dropping it, but with this being the arc ender and all…
- The Midas Flesh #5 (BOOM!): About as much fun as you’re bound to have with a finger. #4 suffered a bit from some strained development; but overall the series has been really good.
- Uber #11 (Avatar): Hoping for some fireworks, that’s for sure.
Which books are you looking forward to this week?