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The GoD List: Comics For May 1, 2013
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Each and every week, I, “It’s Playoff Time, Baby!” Henchman21, and “I Don’t Care” Empress Eve read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible”¦ theoretically. Naturally, we look forward to some more than others. I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of our pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of May 1, 2013. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.

It’s Free Comic Book Day this week, so you may be planning to hold off on picking up your new books till Saturday, but I’m here to tell you right now that is a mistake, because there is too much good stuff to pass up. You can get your free books on Saturday, and you can pick up a metric ton of cheap books on Wednesday. That, and you can pick up an exciting new series, and the next issue in one of the hottest series out there. So you’ve got that, and so much more. Oh, and I guess there’s a little movie coming out this week you may be excited to see. And just like FCBD, The GoD List is always free, free, free!

Henchman 21

Issues

One Dollar Comics – (Image/Valiant Comics – $1.00) Not only is Free Comic Book Day this Saturday, May 4th, but a couple of publishers have seen fit to offer the first issues for many of their series at the low, low price of one dollar. From Image Comics, we have the following issues:

Bedlam #1
Great Pacific #1
Mind the Gap #1
Morning Glories #1
Peter Panzerfaust #1
Super Dinosaur #1

And then from Valiant, we get these issues:

Archer & Armstrong #1
Bloodshot #1
Harbinger #1
Shadowman #1
X-O Manowar #1

If you’ve been curious about any of these series, this is a great chance to check out the first issues and see if they interest you. If you end up liking them, give your friendly local comic shop some help by buying some of the other issues in the series or picking up the first trades, most of which are available now for these series. It’s kind of important to buy some comics when you venture out for Free Comic Book Day, because you have to remember that stores take a loss on all those free books their handing out. So, be nice and let your local store know that you appreciate what they do.

Hawkeye #10 (Marvel Comics – $2.99) There’s a reason I haven’t talked that much about Hawkeye on the GoD List before now, and it’s because I don’t really like Hawkeye. Sure, the art by regular artist David Aja is pretty good, but I’ve never connected with writer Matt Fraction’s take on the character. There is a reason I’ll be checking out this issue though; Francesco Francavilla. Once again, readers get a chance to see Francavilla’s unique style. His style is quite different from Aja’s, but it should still fit in well with the urban setting of Hawkeye. If this is your first time seeing Francavilla’s art, you are in for a treat.

Ten Grand #1 (Image Comics – $2.99) Sometimes it’s easiest if I just let a comic’s solicitation speak for itself: “Joe Fitzgerald was a mob enforcer until the day he met Laura, who convinced him to leave that world behind. Before quitting, Joe agreed to one last job, little realizing that the man he’d been sent to kill was deeply involved in demonlogy. He survived Joe’s attempt and came after him, fatally wounding Joe and killing Laura. As he lay dying, an angelic force (who may or may not be what she appears) pointed out that where she is going, he can’t follow, and where he is going, he wouldn’t want her to follow. But if he will agree to work for them as a different kind of enforcer, they will bring him to life and keep on bringing him to life every time he is killed in a righteous cause. The reward: for those five minutes of death, he will be with Laura again. Would you endure an eternity of pain and death, dying over and over, to be with the woman you love for just five minutes each time you died? Most people might say no. But Joe Fitzgerald isn’t most people.” How awesome does that sound? I’m pretty much sold just from seeing that description. It helps knowing that the series comes to us from writer J. Michael Stracynzski (Babylon 5, Amazing Spider-Man) and artist Ben Templesmith (Fell, 30 Days of Night). This could be another big hit for Image Comics, and here’s hoping it lives up to the awesome possibilities presented in its concept.

Empress Eve

Issues

Ten Grand #1 (Image Comics – $2.99) Here’s the first tip-off that you should check out Ten Grand #1: it’s written by J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man) and illustrated by Ben Templesmith (30 Days Of Night). And it looks like I’m not the only one who’s recommending this title this week! The series revolves around Joe, a mob enforcer who agrees to take on “one last job” without realizing that this supposed final gig will change the course of his life, leading him to take on another type of enforcer role offered to him by an angelic force. Ten Grand appears to be much darker than we’re used to from JMS, which is why having the art done by Templesmith is spot-on. Jump onto issue #1 this week!

The Colonized #2 (of 4) (IDW Publishing – $3.99) I fell head over heels for The Colonized #1, a tale of aliens meet zombies in the middle of a separatist militia town, so it’s a no-brainer that I’d recommend the next issue. Aliens land in Montana and inadvertently reanimated the dead, while the separatists deal with a traitor among them. Writer Chris Ryall knows how to tell this tale, that’s for sure, and the art, oh I love it!!! This is a 4-issue miniseries, so if you haven’t already started on this title, then grab issue #1 as well.

Trades

Superman Earth One TPB Vol. 01 (DC Comics – $12.99)
Superman: Earth One takes everyone’s favorite superhero – Superman – and gives him a modern twist where he’s not a goodie two-shoes. Writer J. Michael Straczynski gives us a young Clark Kent and shows us his first year as the Man of Steel. This release is for the paperback edition, but you can also get this graphic novel, which was originally released in 2010, for the Kindle. If you haven’t read this one already, definitely check it out now at the lower price.

Quick Picks

Sherlock Holmes Liverpool Demon #4 (of 5)
Black Bat #1
Abe Sapien #2
Mister X: Eviction #1
Dungeons & Dragons Cutter #2 (of 5)
Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter Tales: The Legend Of Drizzt (TPB)

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