Each and every week, I, “All-New,” and “Afterlife with” 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 January 8, 2014. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
After a slow couple of weeks, comic book publishers everywhere have chosen this week to make up for lost time. There is a plethora of amazing new series and great new issues to ongoing titles out this week that there is sure to be something that every reader will be looking forward to. And if you’re living in a part of the country going through a deep freeze, there’s nothing better on a cold day than curling up with some nice new comics. So get out there, brave the low temperatures, and don’t miss out on a single book on this week’s GoD List!
Detective Comics #27 (DC Comics – $7.99) DC celebrates a kind of milestone/anniversary/throwback with Detective Comics #27. The original Detective Comics #27 was the first appearance of Batman as created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, so DC has rolled out an oversized issue filled with stories by some of their biggest creators. Brad Meltzer and Bryan Hitch present a new version of Batman’s origin. Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy take you to the far future for a look at Bruce Wayne’s legacy. Plus, you get stories by Peter J. Tomasi and Guillem March, Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen, Gregg Hurwitz, Neal Adams, and art by Frank Miller. The price may have changed quite a bit since that first issue featuring the Batman, but you’re still getting a whole lot of story here.
All-New X-Factor #1 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) It’s back, it’s back, IT’S BACK!!! To say I’m excited for the return of Peter David‘s to X-Factor with All New X-Factor is a bit of an understatement. His previous run was one of the most underrated comics of the last decade, mixing tons of action with deep characterization. David has mixed up the team quite a bit, keeping Polaris around from before, bringing Quicksilver back into the mix, and adding Gambit into the group. Polaris and Quicksilver already have an interesting dynamic for David to work with, them being half-siblings and all, and I can’t wait to see what he does with Gambit, and whoever else he has on the team. If you’ve never read X-Factor before, you’ve missed out on one of the best team books out there. David knows how to write fascinating group dynamics, and he has proven himself more than capable of crafting some damn fine comic books. Joining him on art is rising star Carmine Di Giandomenico, and hopefully this new version of X-Factor won’t have the same problem keeping a regular artist that the last version did. I can’t urge you enough to give this title a shot.
Black Widow #1 (Marvel Comics – #3.99) It’s a big week for new series from Marvel, with the aforementioned X-Factor, Avengers World, the All New Marvel special, Revolutionary War Alpha (which features a number of Marvel’s British heroes), and this one, Black Widow #1. The easiest thing to do with a Black Widow series is to focus on her part-time job as a spy and an assassin, and if you want someone to write a hard-boiled spy story, Nathan Edmonson is one of the best writers to tap for this kind of story. Edmonson cut his teeth on series like Who is Jake Ellis?, Dancer, and The Activity, all of which dealt with spies in one way or another. And if you want someone to draw attractive women and intense action, than you can’t go wrong with Phil Noto, who brings his prodigious talents to the art on this book. The plot of the series follows Black Widow as she tries to atone for her past actions as a spy, but really, you’ll want to pick this up for the creative team.
Star Trek: Khan #4 (IDW Publishing – $3.99) IDW gives us the penultimate issue this week in their Star Trek: Khan miniseries, which provides a Star Trek Into Darkness reinterpretation of how the villainous superhuman Khan Noonien Singh came to power. The likeness of Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who starred in Into Darkness, is used to anchor each issue, but in the flashbacks, we see a Khan we’re more familiar with. The series teases the question of how the South Asian Khan became the blue-eyed British John Harrison persona. Writer Mike Johnson once again does a great job with a Star Trek expanded universe story. If you’re not reading this series, be sure to pick up Star Trek: Khan #1 and get on it! You can also get the first two issues on your Kindle for only $1.99 each issue: Khan #1; Khan #2.