Afterlife With Archie, Ales Kot, Alex De Campi, Ant-Man, Arcadia, Archie Horror, Black Mask, BOOM!, Dark Horse, Francesco Francavilla, Image, Marvel, Nick Spencer, No Mercy, Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, Scooby-Doo, We Can Never Go Home, zero
These are the books I will use to recover from the stress–and ultimate release of the same–of the week–stress months in the making–which will peak, appropriately enough, on Thank-God-It’s-Wednesday.
- Neverboy #3 (Dark Horse)
- No Mercy #2 (Image): I&N Demand With #1, Alex De Campi and Carla Speed McNeil have proven there’s no such thing as “too much Magic Bus.” What a surprise! I’ll not be caught off guard again.
- The Wicked & The Divine #10 (Image)
- Zero #16 (Image): I&N Demand #15 was pretty effing brilliant. It’s the kind of queer, out-of-nowhere story that burrows into your brain like an ill-advised bullet. So, so good. Oh yeah, it gave me a raging–well, it gave me a raging cover to #16.
- Ant-Man #5 (Marvel): I&N Demand Ant-Man: it’s more than a cheap movie tie-in, that’s for sure. It’s a book with a big funny bone and an even bigger heart. Nick Spencer’s found the perfect outlet in a seemingly irrelevant title–one that’d be easily overlooked, if not for our magnifying its unanticipated brilliance. Puns and self-aggrandizement completely intended.
- Secret Wars #1 (Marvel)
- Afterlife With Archie #8 (Archie Horror): I&N Demand A stunning Archievement! It’s a book fueled by the comfy couch of nostalgia–a book that drives you to the edge of your seat by burning the cushions, the fire started by exuberantly rubbing Riverdale-related expectations together. And zombies.
- Arcadia #1 (BOOM!) Just I&N Sounds Matrix-y. I’m down.
- Dead Drop #1 (Valiant)
- Rachel Rising #33 (Abstract Studio)
- Über #24 (Avatar)
- We Can Never Go Home #2 (Black Mask) I&N Demand #1 was really, really great. I know, right? Who knew? That’s why we try ’em, folks. Reminds of the solid They’re Not Like Us (Image), which is, ironically, still looking for its voice; and brings to mind the villainously heroic Dry Spell, which we just so happened to celebrate as our #3 book of 2014. Super-high praise for an out-of-nowhere title, no? If you missed it, don’t fret: Black Mask delivered a second printing this week. It may be that you can never go home, but luckily you can always go to your local comic shop. Do yourself a favor: grab that and this.
Avery’s Picks of the Week
- Scooby-Doo Team-Up #10 (DC): Of all the books I’ve bought Avery over the past couple of years, it’s the Scooby-Doo titles that reign as the most reread. Ruh-ray!
- Feathers #5 (BOOM!)
What are you looking forward to this week?