The “It Feels Good to Be Back” edition:
- Lady Killer 2 #1 (Dark Horse) I&N Demand Of course it’s I&N Demand! The first go-round was a rip-roaring retro romp with enough blood to satisfy even the most finicky phlebotomist. Let me further express my excitement for this Joëlle Jones joint by murdering some classic Styx lyrics: “Lady Killer, [cheesy bell] when you’re on my pull list I’m smiling/Give me wa-wa-wall your love–for your family and for killin’ folks!”
- Batman #4 (DC) I&N Demand Tom King is delivering the Gotham City goods, particularly by crafting a meticulous and curt Caped Crusader–one who acts and sounds like the Bat that’s been beating about my belfry for the better part of three decades. No surprise really: in The Vision and The Sheriff of Babylon, Mr. King has wisely knighted concision and has mastered merciless moods–all of it perfect practice for this, the grandest stage of all: the rooftops of Gotham.
- Justice League #2 (DC)
- Nightwing #2 (DC)
- The Sheriff of Babylon #9 (DC/Vertigo) I&N Demand Re: #8: “Pow! Pow! Pow!” Indeed. How much can one man take? King and Gerads tore my heart out and placed it right next to Nassir’s, where, bodiless, they beat in time for twenty-two pages of pain. I still can’t get over the juxtaposition of Nassir and his wife: the former–in a fateful flashback–floating in the water while at the beach with his family; and the latter’s dead body being washed by her husband before being buried in an empty swimming pool. Promises, mistakes, apologies–like eating and shitting and flushing. Truth, period: as sad as this book makes me on a monthly basis, I always look forward to the next one.
- Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 (DC)
- Superman #4 (DC)
- Unfollow #10 (DC/Vertigo) I&N Demand Tweet about twists, eh? Should’ve seen that coming: a bald-faced–hmm, more so bald-headed, s’pose–set up, masked by grisly distractions as the number ticks down. Brutal and totally believable: Unfollow is Williams’ big F.U. to, well, everything–everything that makes us us.
- Kill or Be Killed #1 (Image) Just I&N On the heels of the glowingly dismal The Fade Out, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips offer up another sullen joyride–this time, through the twisted streets of vigilantism. My knuckles are already white–a dingy white, no doubt.
- Low #15 (Image)
- Paper Girls #8 (Image)
- Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #17 (Image)
- Tokyo Ghost #9 (Image)
- Civil War II: Kingpin #2 (Marvel) I&N Demand Matthew Rosenberg’s the new Tom King–wait for it–pin! We Can Never Go Home was the wake up call; 4 Kids Walk into a Bank is the clarion call. Marvel heeded–and it’s just what they needed: a bright new talent who’s ready to rule the roster. Just hope this doesn’t mean that he’s going to remove the Black Mask. It fits him so very well.
- Doctor Strange #10 (Marvel)
- 4001 A.D.: War Mother #1 (Valiant)
- Animosity #1 (Aftershock)
- Cinema Purgatorio #4 (Avatar)
- Giant Days #17 (BOOM!)
- Hillbilly #2 (Albatross)
Avery’s Pick of the Week
- Marvel’s Tsum Tsum #1 (Marvel)
What are you looking forward to this week?