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Back to business–big business:
- The Massive #23 (Dark Horse): Man, Brian Wood is at the top of his game. Proof: The Massive has earned Top 5 honors three months running, with #22 claiming the top spot for April.
- Mind MGMT #22 (Dark Horse): My love affair with Mind MGMT continues–despite the fact that #21 earned the most ignominious monthly distinction we have to offer: The Biggest Dis(appointment) of April. Say it ain’t so, Scott! Oh, I’ve said it and written it–right here.
- Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2 (Dark Horse): I’m not a big Star Wars guy. I was when I was a kid, though: had all the toys, put on plays based on Empire. I was always Luke; my cousin, Han. So, Star Wars-wise, this wasn’t a gimme; but it was–because of Kindt. He certainly brought his writing style to the cause, relying heavily on first person narration to sell Solo. I wasn’t particularly sold–again, ain’t my bag–until something struck me like a speeding yellow Rolls Royce! Once I saw Nick Carraway in Jan and Gatsby in Han, the story took a different shape for me. Turns out, this is the Star Wars series I’ve been looking for.
- Dead Boy Detectives #6 (DC/Vertigo): #5 took us through a looking glass, now didn’t it? I just keep falling for this series!
- C.O.W.L. #1 (Image): Gates of Gotham was my first experience with Kyle Higgins. I’m willing to try another–even if the Previews description does sound a bit like Watchmen.
- Sheltered #9 (Image): Hasn’t been hitting the same notes that really drew me to the book initially. And still I buy–because, I guess, I haven’t read Lord of the Flies in a while.
- Southern Bastards #2 (Image): #1 was easily one of our Top Books of April. Gosh! There was so much I liked about it, and I wrote it all down just for you right here.
- Trees #1 (Image): Warren Ellis is branching out all of a sudden, isn’t he? Moon Knight‘s been very good through three issues, which has served to grow expectations for this very different story, with its roots in… OK. I’ll stop; don’t want to get too sappy.
- Iron Patriot #3 (Image): Ales Kot hasn’t caught me yet, but Garry Brown’s been a sure bet. Says a lot if I’m buying a book for the art.
- Ms. Marvel #4 (Marvel): #3 was really, really good. C. Willow Wilson shines when she highlights Kamala Khan and her family, much in the same way Bendis made–and may still be making–magic with Miles Morales. If I had to guess, I’d say she’s following the Bendis formula, which is a pretty smart move. Biggest fear: the Inhuman connection will suck the life out of this book; it’s been a concern ever since the mist came a-rollin’ in.
- Brass Sun #1 (2000 AD): I lost interest in Hinterkind pretty quickly, so Ian Edginton isn’t a must buy or a must try; but the Previews description left me trying to picture “a clockwork solar system where planets whirl on vast metal arms and the sun of cogs is worshipped as a god”–and now I want to see what it looks like! We’ll see if I.N.J. Culbard can live up to the images in my nerdy mind.
- Doc Savage Anuual 2014 (Dynamite): Annuals rarely work out well–especially when a different creative team is in charge. Speaking of charge: $5.99? Really? I can’t imagine that that much value will be added to the book to warrant a two buck bump.
- Doctor Spektor #1 (Dynamite): I don’t know from Doctor Spektor; but, with faith as my friend, I’ll optimistically Waid into this one.
- Harbinger #23 (Valiant): Getting closer to the end. Sad, ain’t it?
- The Midas Flesh #6 (BOOM!): Has gotten heavy fingered–and seriously so. The damn heavy finger has flicked away all the fun! Don’t get me wrong: I’ve enjoyed the ethical dilemma at the heart of the book; the situation surrounding it is pure gold, after all. But the dialogue’s become a real drag, its being weighed down by wheel spinning and redundancies and all. I mean, what is this? The Republic? No: The Republic actually goes somewhere. Sad to say, Ryan North’s gone a bit south. But there are only two issues left, so…
- Rover Red Charlie #6 (Avatar): What a weird series, right? So many affective moments offset by the inevitable Avatar moments. You know the moments of which I speak. Which will win the day here in the finale? Hoping it’s the former. Please let it be the former.
- Shadowman: End Times #2 (Valiant): OK, so I’ve erased five blurbs. Thing is, I still don’t know why I’ve followed Shadowman this far. Yeah, that might explain why we’re in the End Times.
- The Twilight Zone #5 (Dynamite): The first arc was pretty sharp. Definitely Straczynski at his best. Hoping to get more of the same going forward.
What are you looking forward to this week?