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Looking forward to a few HUGE number ones: DC’s Multiversity, Image’s The Fade Out, and Valiant’s The Delinquents. Also have my eye on the repriced DHP. Plenty of other good stuff, too–including an against-the-odds purchase that might bring down the walls of my LCS!
- Dark Horse Presents 2014 #1 (Dark Horse): I would buy Geoff Darrow and Frank Miller’s anything. I even would’ve paid $7.99! But the fellas at Dark Horse have decided to knock down the price of DHP with the “reboot.” So we’re talking $4.99 for Darrow and Miller and, among other anthological amuse-bouches, David Mack’s Kabuki! Yes, please!
- Batman and Robin #34 (DC): Robin is still rising. I hope he does a better job of it this time around–especially considering how awful the awfully disappointing Robin Rises: Omega was. That’s right: sad to say, my favorite Batman book earned the ignominious distinction of being the Biggest Dis(appointment) of July.
- The Multiversity #1 (DC): Grant Morrison is back–finally. He’s been missed–by us and, most assuredly, by the DC powers that be. (Marvel’s been cleaning their clocks for a while now; so it’s about time.) His name is synonymous with quality–even if it is an awkwardly incomprehensible quality.
- Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1 (IDW): I don’t have any experience with Little Nemo, but this looks too good to pass up.
- The Fade Out #1 (Image): Hot on the high heels of the Fatale finale comes this new series from Brubaker and Phillips. The description reminds of Fraction and Chaykin’s Satellite Sam–which is not a bad thing.
- Stray Bullets: Killers #6 (Image): The first new Amy Racecar issue brought a little horsepower back to Lapham’s Bullets, which has been grinding its gears a bit since a high-octane first issue–which Derek gushed over here.
- Supreme: Blue Rose #2 (Image): Re: #1: I felt kinda lost. Figure I’ll give it another issue, you know, ’cause it’s Ellis.
- Trees #4 (Image): #2 earned our Biggest Dis(appointment) of June. #3 didn’t necessarily wash the taste of #2 from our mouths, but, for the quality of the conversation, it certainly changed the flavor a bit. Just when I thought I’d be free of Trees, Ellis sucks me right back in.
- The Wicked & The Divine #3 (Image): I thought #2 was OK–certainly better than the first one. It didn’t make me want to call it quits, nor did it leave me inconsolable over the fact that I’d have to wait a month for #3. Damn thing reeks of arrogance–which suits the godly gang well. I still think the premise is kinda cool, and I’ve come to have more faith in Gillen thanks to Über; so I’m sticking around. We’ll see what happens. (Side note: anyone else seeing similarities between this and Azzarello’s Wonder Woman? A quick flip through just gave me that vibe.)
- Daredevil #7 (Marvel): The Original Sin tie-in was actually pretty good and included one of the best DD double-page spreads I’ve ever heard. On to another, more about Matt’s mother–and off to Wakanda.
- Magneto #8 (Marvel): Re: #7: not my favorite issue. More a carried note than a new one. Translation: the pattern that Bunn’s been following stood out more than the story itself. Hope that doesn’t carry forward.
- Ms. Marvel #7 (Marvel): I can’t believe I’m saying this: I didn’t care very much for #6. My secret crush–the marvelous Kamala Khan–was insufferable! Ugh! How did endearingly awkward twist to annoyingly annoying so darned quickly? And my concerns about the change in artist–well, they were well founded. Wyatt’s work may as well have been lined with metal, too. I’m not ready to quit Kamala, but I am, quite suddenly, anxious about our next meeting.
- Armor Hunters: Harbinger #2 (Valiant): The first one didn’t do much for me. Probably going to ride it out anyway.
- Black Market #2 (BOOM!): I’ve pretty much hated everything I’ve read from Frank Barbiere–until Black Market #1. Everything about it worked–especially the end. Definitely looking forward to my experience with #2–maybe more so than #2 itself. Is it possible that I’ll like another issue of a Barbiere book?
- The Delinquents #1 (Valiant): This has the potential of being the best thing ever, you know, with Van Lente and Asmus clinking their heads together like IPA-filled pint glasses. I couldn’t be hoppier–er, happier about this collaboration. Add to the toast the oft-amazing Kano, who blew us away with his work on Quantum and Woody #10, and, well, I’m willing to “Wow!” before I even read it!
- The Last Broadcast #4 (BOOM!/Archaia): We’ve loved the series thus far–and we’ve broadcasted it to all who’d listen. We made #2 one of our Top 5 Books of June and #3 just missed despite its being maybe even better than #2. (Yeah, July was a pretty stacked month. Top 5 to come.) Very much looking forward to this.
- The Life After #2 (Oni Press): Suicide certainly is a touchy subject–made even more so with the recent loss of Robin Williams. For some, the wound might be too fresh. For me, however, that wound calloused over a long time ago. A high school classmate of mine took her life during our junior year; it’s something I’ve never gotten over but have learned to live with. Fialkov is healing with the help of some famous figures. I’m willing to follow along.
Avery’s Pick of the Week
- Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination #8 (DC): Avery’s embrace of #7 went viral. OK, so it wasn’t Ebola; but it certainly infected writer Josh Elder. Odds are good she’s gonna hug this one, too!
What are you looking forward to this week?