Each and every week, I, “Can’t Stop the Signal,” Henchman21 and “Aiming to Misbehave” 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 29, 2014. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
It’s another week full of great comics and every company is bringing their A game. With all these great books, there’s plenty of us to choose from. We’ve got some DC, some Marvel, some Dark Horse, some Image, and even some manga for you today, so let’s take another journey into the ‘verse on this week’s GoD List!
Aquaman #27 (DC Comics – $2.99) I missed issue 26, which was the official start of Jeff Parker‘s run on Aquaman, but fortunately there’s still time for me to get caught up and see if this is something I’d be interested in. Parker is a good writer, and I’ve liked a lot of his work in the past on series like Agents of Atlas and X-Men: First Class, so I think he’s more than capable of giving us an interesting series. I know it’s still popular to badmouth Aquaman as a character, but I’m a believer in the adage that there are no bad characters, just bad creators, so I’m willing to give Parker the benefit of the doubt and see if he can get a sustained run going.
Five Weapons #6 (Image Comics – $3.50) Here’s a pleasant surprise I found a couple weeks ago when I got the first trade of Jimmie Robinson’s Five Weapons. The series is about a teenager named Tyler who is sent to a secret school for assassins. The school is divided into five different weapon disciplines: knifes, guns, staves, archery, and exotic weapons. Each student is expected to choose one discipline to follow but, for reasons that are explained later, Tyler decides he doesn’t want to join any of the weapons clubs. From there, it’s a bit of a mystery/adventure/high school romance book that I just found to be a lot of fun. You might think a series about assassins would lend itself to a darker art style, but that’s just not who Robinson is. He has a bright style that keeps the series from getting too dark for its own good. Issue 6 is the first issue of a new story arc, which makes it a great jumping on point. If you like goofy high school dramas but want to see it with a little edge, give Five Weapons a shot. Wow, that was too many weapon puns.
Uncanny Avengers #16 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) Please let this be the end of the Apocalypse Twins storyline”¦(checks solicitations). Okay, this is the penultimate issue. I guess I can live with that. But seriously, it is time for this storyline to be over so we can move on. Issue 17 will bring this storyline to a full 12 issues long, and there could have been a good amount that could have been trimmed out of it. There are elements I certainly liked, they brought in Doom 2099 for crying out loud, but it’s dragged on way too long and it seems to have affected some reader’s enjoyment. It’s time to make this the premier Avengers series that marvel seemed to have wanted to make it when it first launched.
Dragon Ball Full Color Volume 1: Saiyan Arc (Viz Comic – $19.99 – Paperback | Kindle) I may have to check this one out just to see what it looks like. Viz has taken Akira Toriyama‘s classic fighting manga and given it the full-color treatment. Dragon Ball is a fun diversion of a comic, and I’m mostly just curious to see what the print version is like in full color. This may be something to give a look to if you’re already a massive Dragon Ball fan.
Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #1 (Dark Horse Comics – $3.50) Serenity: Leaves On The Wind is the long-awaited return to Joss Whedon’s Firefly universe, with Whedon himself executive producing this new Dark Horse series written by his brother Zack Whedon. If we can’t have more TV episodes or movies, then at least we can have a new comic to continue the story, which this one does. It picks up after the events of the film Serenity and the inside cover of the issue gives you the rundown of what’s happened in the ‘verse so far, so that you’re not lost. If you’re a Firefly fan, then this is a no-brainer: grab this! If you’re not already a fan, oh boy do you have a lot to look forward to. I’m so excited about this one that I’m including the [authorized] preview of the first few pages of the issue here below. And be sure to check out our review by RevN4.
Lil Sonja #1 (Dynamite Entertainment – $3.99) It’s a cutely0drawn diminutive She-Devil With a Sword! Make no mistake, Lil Sonja is NOT Red Sonja, the main book (which is awesome, by the way), which is heavy with adult themes; no, this is a kids version of the character, which means it’s for KIDS, so check it out for fun and then share it with your children.
Dead Boy Detectives #2 (DC Comics – $2.99) Charles and Edwin, The Dead Boy Detectives, are back and with their own series! These two little boys are characters from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series and they also happened to be ghosts who linger behind on Earth to solve crimes that are supernatural-based. In Dead Boy Detectives, the duo returns to the place of their murder to try and protect another youngster from harm. Artwork here is by British artist Mark Buckingham, who did art for The Sandman and its Death spin-offs, The High Cost of Living and The Time of Your Life, so it’s definitely worth checking out for that alone, but there’s the added bonus of the characters being part of the Sandman universe.