Abstract Studio, Ales Kot, Ant-Man, Astro City, Avatar, Cullen Bunn, Dan Slott, Dynamite, East of West, Ed Brisson, Fred Van Lente, Garth Ennis, Hellbreak, Image, J. Michael Straczynski, Jason Aaron, John Cassaday, Johnnie Christmas, Jonathan Hickman, Kurt Busiek, Magnus: Robot Fighter, Marvel, Matt Kindt, Mike Allred, Nick Dragotta, Nick Spencer, Ninjak, Oni, Rachel Rising, Sheltered, Sidekick, Silver Surfer, Star Wars, Terry Moore, The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood, The Sixth Gun: Dust to Dust, The Surface, Thor, Vertigo, War Stories
A real conversation I overheard in my head:
What are you looking forward to most this week?
Me? Without a doubt: Thaw.
Oh, wow, OK. I was expecting you to say something else. You know, with Kindt and Kot and Slott and whatnot.
Hmm? I said thaw. Right? Thaw. Especially after all of the ice and snow.
Yeah, no, I know. Frost giants are bad-ass. But whoever the hell it is under that helmet is all business. Girl power, baby!
Thaw. Not Thor. Thaw.
That is the question, isn’t it?
No, it isn’t. You’re just not getting it, are you?
Are you kidding me? Of course, I am! I mean, Aaron’s hammering home a relevant point about gender, about identity–it’s almost Shakespearean if you think about it!
Just did. And, no, it isn’t.
I’m so confused right now. Doesn’t really sound like you’re really all that interested in Thor. I mean–I don’t know.
- Astro City #21 (DC/Vertigo): This Quarrel-centric arc’s been a drag. Wondering if Astro City‘s suffering from Busiek’s attention to his excellent–and anthropomorphically-fresh–The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw.
- East of West #18 (Image) I&N Demand I always look forward to getting lost in Hickman’s fatal vision, particularly now with the increasingly-intriguing boy with the A.I. balloon. Alas, Babylon: I wish you well on your journey!
- Sheltered #15 (Image): Wait a sec. This is the end? Oh, well. I guess the volcano’s gonna blow after all. Kinda glad it’s over.
- Sidekick #10 (Image): I’ve liked Sidekick a lot. Hard to imagine I almost quit after the first one! Oh, and then there was the time I accused J.M.S. of plagiarizing–his own material, for goodness sake! (In an odd twist, Straczynski employed a plot device in The Twilight Zone [our #10 book of 2014, by the way] that just so happened to be an integral part of fellow shelf-sitter Sidekick.) All blood under the bridge. Can’t wait to see how this wraps up.
- The Surface #1 (Image) Just I&N Ales Kot–love him (Change, Zero) or hate him (Suicide Squad, Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier)–demands attention with his off-beat, oft-rhythmic writing style. He definitely does “mind-bending” well, so I’m definitely down with discovering what lies beneath The Surface.
- Ant-Man #3 (Marvel) I&N Demand Never in my life–or at least in the last couple of months–did I expect to find myself excited about Ant-Man. Ant-Man for God’s sake! It’s mostly promotional material, isn’t it? And what about Secret Wars? I mean, is this series gonna get stepped on after #5? But Spencer’s having a good time and it shows! (See Darth Vader and Princess Leia for very much the opposite feeling.) And, then, of course, there’s the promise of the Taskmaster, one of my all-time faves.
- Silver Surfer #10 (Marvel) I&N Demand Any regular reader–or occasional clicker–worth his power cosmic knows that we love Slott and Allred’s Silver Surfer, our #4 book of 2014. What you don’t know–no matter your status–is that #8 was a Top 5 Pick of January and #9 was a Top Five Pick of February. (Yeah, no links. Sorry: we’re kind of behind. It happens. A lot.) It’s been the perfect balance of humor and huge moments–none huger than the coming of Galactus.
- Star Wars #3 (Marvel): Of the three newly relaunched Star Wars books, this one’s the only one that seems to care. How much do I care? Not as much as I had hoped. We’ll see if this one helps.
- Thor #6 (Marvel): OK, so I’m intrigued. Sure, there have been some terrible moments (#5, for example: What is that nonsense between Thor and Titiana? Is it The Sisterhood of the Traveling Spandex?); but they’ve been generally tempered by the well-developed mystery and the emergence of the Odinson as a superior supporting character.
- The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #5 (Dynamite): A decent Twilight Zone-ish story with some literary notes comes to close.
- Magnus: Robot Fighter #12 (Dynamite): Yet another series comes to a close–a merciful, merciful close.
- Ninjak #1 (Valiant) I&N Demand Matt Kindt’s proving that Valiant picked the right guy to power up their universe–especially with his latest wave of books (The Valiant, Divinity) Ninjak promises to be further proof.
- Rachel Rising #32 (Abstract Studio): I had this book written off for dead after #29. #30 found Terry Moore resurrecting everything that made Rachel rise above the rest–and into our Top Ten Books of 2013. Pretty glad I kept it on my pull list. Thing is, I know that Moore can slip to less–and that knowledge is going to linger, maybe even spoil. Rats.
- The Sixth Gun: Dust to Dust #1 (Oni): If it’s The Sixth Gun, it’s going to find its way into my bag.
- War Stories #6 (Avatar): Garth Ennis and Tomas Aria are telling the harrowing story of the Children of Israel, and I’m on the edge of my seat to find out how it ends.
What are you looking forward to this week?