By Hunter Camp
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Each and every week “Americana Assassin” MK2Fac3 and “Midwest Marauder” Henchman21 read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible”¦ theoretically. They look forward to some more than others, I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of their pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of June 20, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Whhaaaaat?!!? You remember me, right? Well, I apologize for the lack of fac3 (faceless?) time on these here websites. A lot has changed recently and Tuesdays and Wednesdays have become even busier for me recently, what with the new job and all… (pausing for congratulatory high fives), so I’ve been away for like a week or something and some have said that I phoned in the previous week’s, but to those people (HENCHMAN!!!), I say this, “I’m back, BABAY!” And there have been some truly amazing comic books over the last few weeks. Did you guys read Creator Owned Heroes? I may be jumping the gun a little bit since it’s only been one issue, but I honestly think it could be a game changer. And while this week may not be jam packed full of potential game-changers, there’s some really good stuff to look forward to. So, follow me past the break, so that we can talk about all the great comics that are coming out this week. This is The GoD List, after all.
Really interesting comics coming this week. We get the follow up to the crazy events of Night of the Owls in the new Nightwing, an interesting take on the Phoenix Force in AvX, and some other great stuff which you can read about… NOW!
Adventure Time #5 (KaBOOM!/Boom! Studios – $3.99): So starteth the next chapter in the epic comic book journey of pals Finn, human, and Jake, a dog. If you’re unfamiliar with Adventure Time, you should really get yourself acquainted because it’s nerd paradise with hilarity oozing out of every theoretical pore in both comic book and televised form. It’s a post-apocalyptic world in which Kings and Princess rule a land full of penguins, ice, fire, and candy. There’s something for everyone who has a sense of humor. If you’re a fan of the show, but haven’t yet checked out the show, the time is now, my dear friends. Heck, there’s even a Marceline comic coming soon. Get your act together.
Chew #27 (Image Comics – $2.99): Last year, the creative (and I mean CREATIVE) team of John Layman and Rob Guillory took us to the future where we saw an injured Tony Chu, his sister as the focal point of the book and, as per, absolutely hilarious hijinks. Well, we’ve come to the point where that issue has come around in present time, so I’m incredibly intrigued to see how the story fits in and how they justify releasing the same comic twice. Don’t get me wrong, I have no doubt that they’ll justify it, I’m just interested to see how it all plays out. Chew is an incredible comic book, but if you’re not reading it by now, you should just be ashamed of yourself. SHAME! SHAME!
Mars Attacks #1 (IDW Publishing – $3.99): Speaking of John Layman, he will be the creative writing force behind the all new Mars Attacks comic which hits stores this week. There’s not much to say here other than the fact that it’s a freaking Mars Attacks comic in 2012, and that’s totally awesome. I expect all kinds of over the top science fiction inspired by mid-20th century science fiction films laced with the humor that only Layman can bring. If you’re looking for a nice retro-feel comic with modern sensibility, I don’t think you could go wrong with Mars Attacks.
Batman: The Black Glove, Deluxe Edition HC (DC Comics – $29.99): After years, the first story arc in Grant Morrison amazing run with the Batman characters is collected in an oversized format to match the deluxe edition sizing that started with Batman R.I.P. and ran until the recent Batman Incorporated collection. I know this is a minor thing to most, but format enthusiasts such as myself have been clamoring for the chance to have a complete collection in the same beautiful deluxe sizes. It’s a perfect way to breathe life into these amazing stories written by Grant Morrison featuring some of the finest names in art like J.H. Williams III, Andy Kubert, and Tony Daniel. I can’t express to you how much I love Morrison’s Batman run, but I can say that it gets better with each read and if you’ve started reading Incorporated since its new 52 relaunch, you owe it to yourself to start here and get completely caught up. As I said, this format is a wonderful way to appreciate the oversized art, while also being able to not get distracted by its beauty. It’s a must-have.
I’ve got digital comics on my mind this week, so I’m giving you a look at a couple of books that can only be found in the world of computers. But you don’t have to be Tron to read them, so don’t worry about that. You just need a stable internet connection and a couple bucks to check these out. But I’m not going to leave you print guys in the dark, as I’ve got an all-ages book and an awesome horror comic to check out as well. Here we go!
Adventure Time #5 (Boom! Studios – $3.99): I’ve come to appreciate the humor and brilliance of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, but I haven’t actually read any of the issues in the comic series based on the show yet. I originally ordered this issue just for the cover by Gabe from Penny Arcade, but now I learn that there’s a back-up story in this issue by Paul Pope. Now, Pope is mostly known for more, shall we say, adult material, so I can’t wait to see what he does with this story. Pope also has one of the most unique art styles in comics, which is just more reason to check this issue out. If the main story is good, I’ll just call that a bonus.
Avengers Vs. X-Men: Infinite #6 (Marvel Comics – $1.99): Don’t be confused by the numbering on this, you haven’t missed a bunch of Marvel Infinite issues, unless I completely missed them myself. This is the second in Marvel’s digital only series, and once again it gives more insight into the events going on in Avengers Vs. X-Men. The first Infinite story was a wonder to behold, using the iPad to tell a comic story in a completely new way. It is NOT a motion comic, please keep that in mind. The new storytelling techniques have more to do with the pacing of the story, presenting the next panel exactly when the reader needs it and exactly as the writer wants it. I can’t wait to see what Marvel does with this format and how others build off the fantastic first issue. Marvel Infinite may be the way we are reading comics in the not too distant future. By the way, that $1.99 price tag is a bit of a misnomer, as you should get a code for a free copy if you buy Avengers Vs. X-Men #6. The $1.99 is only if you buy it by itself. At least that’s how it worked with the first one.
Ame-Comi: Wonder Woman 1-3 (DC Comics – $.99 each): DC is doing a good job of releasing books digitally, although they’re not doing all that much “new” with their digital books. These are just normal comic stories told in a traditional way, with the exception that most of the pages are designed to be read landscape style. What DC has brought to the table is a couple of great writers in Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and a great artist in Amanda Conner (with Tony Akins on the third issue). There’s nothing overly fancy going on in this series. It’s a pretty standard retelling of Wonder Woman’s origin, using the design of DC Direct’s Ame-comi figures for the character. It’s more stellar work from Conner, even if there’s not a lot of manga-ness to the art. The price point is the big thing here. At 99 cents, it’s priced to move. The three issues comprising the Wonder Woman series are out now, with the first issue of Ame-comi Batgirl out this week (also written by Gray and Palmiotti, with art by Sanford Green).
Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar’s Remedy #1 (of 2) (Dark Horse Comics – $3.50): Just to change up my suggestions, I’m going with a beautiful horror story as well as the next entry in the Baltimore saga, all in one issue. You should be reading Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s alternate history series featuring the second best monster hunter in all of comics. Baltimore is on the track of his nemesis and ends up in Croatia where he runs afoul of a mad scientist and his beasts. It’s another great issue, featuring more dark, atmospheric art from Ben Stenbeck. There’s something about this series that I really enjoy. It’s easy to compare this series to Hellboy, but there is a different quality to this series. It’s a bit more serious. It’s more brutal. One of the things I like most about it is its alternate look at World War I, but that’s just one of the qualities I enjoy. This is a must-read for any horror fan, especially if you’re already a fan of Mignola’s other work.