2000 AD, Armor Hunters: Harbinger, Avatar, Bodies, BOOM!, Brass Sun, Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Stelfreeze, Brian Wood, Caliban, Chris Bachalo, Chris Roberson, Dark Horse, David Aja, Day Men, DC, Dean Ormston, Doc Savage, Dynamite Entertainment, East of West, Ed Brubaker, Evil Empire, Facundo Percio, Fatale, Garry Brown, Garth Ennis, Greg Rucka, Hawkeye, Ian Edginton, Image, J.H. Williams III, Jonathan Hickman, Low, Marvel, Matt Fraction, Matt Gagnon, Matt Kindt, Max Bemis, Meghan Hetrick, Mind MGMT, Neil Gaiman, Nick Dragotta, Nick Pitarra, Outcast, Phil Winslade, Rick Remender, Robert Kirkman, Robert Venditti, Sandman: Overture, Scott Snyder, Sean Murphy, Sean Phillips, Si Spencer, Snowpiercer, Star Wars: Rebel Heist, The Manhattan Projects, The Massive, The Wake, Titan, Toni Fejzula, Tula Lotay, Uncanny X-Men, Valiant, Veil, Vertigo, X-O Manowar
A big week, top-heavy with top books.
Also, lots of lasts. Some creeping ever closer.
- The Massive #25 (Dark Horse): Since February, The Massive has been an I&N monthly Top 5 Book. That’s a record five months in a row! On the strength of that, I think it’s safe to say that Brian Wood’s book is headed for the Top Ten of 2014. For the most part, “Sahara” delivered its powerful feminist message in the understated manner–Women! Water! Life!–we’ve come to expect from Wood. (If I’m being fair, Part Three felt a bit preachy at times, but not to the detriment of the issue or of the arc.) The final arc–with its promise of Massive answers–begins here.
- Mind MGMT #24 (Dark Horse): The 2014 Innie Award-winning Mind MGMT has also had quite a run through the first half of the year and has probably reserved its spot in our Top Ten of 2014. (Proof: Mind MGMT has already been a Top 5 Book four times and, in April, earned a Biggest Dis(appointment) for Kindt’s being too clever for his own good.) Here, we get a look at “The Life and Times of Henry Lyme”–with a twist! Sounds juicy. And there’s also this cover:
- Star Wars: Rebel Heist #4 (Dark Horse): The series has been fun and feels plenty authentic. Now, it’s Luke’s turn!
- Veil #4 (Dark Horse): Has been somewhat disappointing–the last issue, in particular. I’m not caring too much about the femme ratale. There’s something all too familiar about her. Fejzula’s art’s been good, though. I’m riding it out because it’s a fiver.
- Bodies #1 (DC/Vertigo): Seems super ambitious: Writer Si Spencer employs four artists (Dean Ormston, Phil Winslade, Meghan Hetrick, and Tula Lotay) as he ties together four time-spanning storylines–in each issue! I’m definitely going to try it out.
- Sandman: Overture #3 (DC/Vertigo): Going to have to pull #2 to get reacclimated. (I bet you’re going to do the same.) Have missed me some J.H. Williams.
- The Wake #10 (DC/Vertigo): Inexplicably, The Wake was nominated for and, yes, won the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series. (Check out the 2014 Innie noms for Best Limited Series and the big winner to see where we’re coming from.) It ends here.
- East of West #14 (Image): Has been North of Excellent. Hickman and Dragotta certainly took their time building a big world–which is Hickman’s bag, ain’t it?; oh, but they’ve been hitting big–no, really big notes of late. (#12, in particular, was ridiculously good.) A dark robot horse for my personal pick for the Top Ten of 2014.
- Fatale #24 (Image): Lots of love for the poetic penultimate issue. I thought it was spectacular, really–visually (different for Phillips on Fatale that’s for sure) and in terms of revelations. Brubaker went Big Bang, man. As I’m remembering, I’m still kinda affected by the whole thing with Josephine’s son. Creepy as hell, but, in the end, necessary, no? Speaking of the end: this is the femme finale–and I have no doubt: “It’s going to hurt.” Yeah, it’s going to be tough to say goodbye to one of our favorite books.
- Low #1 (Image): I couldn’t be any lower on a creator than I am on Remender. Why would I do this to myself??
- The Manhattan Projects #22 (Image): Re: #21: Space Dog ain’t no Pizza Dog–the Eisner-winning Pizza Dog, mind you; but Laika’s adventure nevertheless exceeded expectations. Doggonit! I always look forward to TMP.
- Outcast #2 (Image): “Demons are the new zombies,” eh? The first issue was a decent set up. It’s no Thomas Alsop, that’s for sure; but I’ll give it a few, you know, to see where it goes. (If you’re not reading Thomas Alsop from BOOM! yet, get on that. You won’t be disappointed.)
- Hawkeye #19 (Marvel): Listen up! Apparently, it’s taken Aja a long time to master the art of sign language for this issue. That’s right: try to remember–or I’ll remind: Clint’s gone deaf. So…
- Uncanny X-Men #24 (Marvel): I missed the last issue. As a result, I have no idea what secrets Xavier’s will revealed. Now that’s a sin!
- Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 (Valiant): Harbinger is dead. Short live Armor Hunters: Harbinger! Don’t you just love crossovers?
- Brass Sun #3 (2000 AD): I have the first two. Haven’t read ’em yet.
- Caliban #5 (Avatar): Ennis is delivering dread at a measured pace that’s perfectly sci-fine. Never before has an apology been so terrifying.
- Day Men #4 (BOOM!): Hmm. I’m pretty sure I told myself that #3 wasn’t worth the wait and that I should just let it go. But that was so long ago. Maybe I’m misremembering. We’ll see.
- Doc Savage #8 (Dynamite): Another final issue. Kinda glad, if I’m being honest.
- Evil Empire #3 (BOOM!): Another book that’s been a long time coming. I vaguely remember that I liked #2 enough to continue. No doubt about this, however: another great cover from Jay Shaw:
- X-O Manowar #27 (Valiant): More with the Armor Hunters. I’m diggin’ ’em, so that’s good news.
- Snowpiercer GN (Titan): Watched the movie two weeks back. Good stuff. If I see it, I’ll definitely flip through it.
What are you looking forward to this week?