All Things Considered, All-New Ghost Rider, Astro City, Batman Eternal, Brent Eric Anderson, Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Claremont, Daredevil, DC Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, East of West, Evan Shaner, Flash Gordon, Fred Van Lente, Guiu Vilanova, Image, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon, J. Michael Straczynski, Jason Fabok, Jeff Parker, Jonathan Hickman, Kaare Andrews, Kurt Busiek, Magnus: Robot Fighter, Manifest Destiny, Mark Waid, Marvel, Matt Kindt, Nick Dragotta, Nightcrawler, Rob Williams, Royals: Masters of War, Scott Snyder, Shutter, Simon Coleby, Stuart Immonen, The Twilight Zone, Tradd Moore, Unity, Valiant, Vertigo
The lightest week in a long while swings around at the right time.
- Astro City #11 (DC/Vertigo): On to something new after the Winged Victory arc. Doesn’t matter what it is, really; it’s going to be a solid read. Kurt Busiek’s good like that.
- Royals: Masters of War #3 (DC/Vertigo): My problem with #2: the pacing. If Rob Williams were shooting for the fog of war, then he hit the target and caused plenty of collateral damage in the process. The art from Simin Colby, however, was just as strong.
- Batman Eternal #1 (DC): I have no faith in the value of this series–for a couple of reasons, really: the words “weekly” (more so “weakly’?) and “various” wail like a siren warning me away; and I’ve found no use for Snyder’s Batman since the penultimate issue of the Court of Owls storyline. Hard to imagine things’ll be different this time around. I’ll thumb through it and make the call from there.
- East of West #11 (Image): Still a slow death–even after an uncharacteristically busy #10–but still very good. Funny: Hickman’s plodding style plays well here but not so well on his hero books.
- Manifest Destiny #6 (Image): I swore to Derek that #5 was my last issue. Let’s see if I can stick to my muskets.
- Shutter #1 (Image): A “female Indiana Jones”? That promise doesn’t do much for me–mostly because I couldn’t care less about Indiana Jones. (Deep breath, Derek. It’ll be OK.) How about, maybe, a “classy Lara Croft”? Nah. Still nothin’. OK, how about an “Image #1”? Now we’re talkin’!
- All-New X-Men #25 (Marvel): Anniversary issues–and why not celebrate an anniversary at #25!–generally suck. My expectations? Already in the vacuum bag, boys and girls.
- All-New Ghost Rider #2 (Marvel): Will most assuredly pass. #1 was a disaster–save for Tradd Moore’s art, of course. Terrible transitions, head-scratching moments, and stomach-curling schmaltz add up to a missed opportunity.
- Daredevil #1.5 (Marvel): Leaning toward leaving it on the shelf. Again: anniversary issues never satisfy.
- Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1 (Marvel): I’ve always liked Iron Fist/Danny Rand. And I also like the idea of a singular creator–in this case, Kaare Andrews–taking him on. I’ll give it a try.
- Nightcrawler #1 (Marvel): The name Chirs Claremont carries a lot of weight. Unfortunately, Nightcrawler is my least favorite X-Man–ever. May have to BAMF! its way into my bag.
- Flash Gordon #1 (Dynamite): Not kidding: the main reason I’m leaning toward “yes” is because I’ve taken to Millar’s Starlight, a clear spin on the Flash Gordon story. Doesn’t hurt that Jeff Parker and Evan Shaner are attached to it.
- Magnus: Robot Fighter #2 (Dynamite): I enjoyed #1 enough. You down with FVL? Yeah, you know mehl.
- The Twilight Zone #4 (Dynamite): #2 was one of our top books of February. #3 didn’t quite reach that level, but it was still pretty good. #4 brings J. Michael Straczynski’s first arc to its face-melting final act. Will the real Trevor Richmond please stand up. Please stand up. Please stand up.
- Unity #6 (Valiant): I’m awfully close to passing on it. It’s no secret: I’m a Matt Kindt junkie. Thing is, #5 was pretty terrible. Arrgh! I don’t know what to do!
Which books are you looking forward to this week?