Each and every week, I, â€œThe Brave!,” and Empress Eve “The Bold” read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possibleâ€¦ theoretically. Naturally, we look forward to some more than others. I mean, who doesnâ€™t? So, letâ€™s take a look into the depths of our pull lists, grab some comics, and weâ€™ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of February 26, 2014. Single issues and trades, theyâ€™re all here.
Itâ€™s another jam-packed week, and the winner of the week is Image comics, who apparently decided to release 100 comics on the same day. Thatâ€™s great for fans, but could be bad for your pocketbook, so you may need to choose wisely. Thatâ€™s not really my problem though, because Iâ€™m here to recommend you buy everything. Because comics are awesome, and there are plenty of great comics out there, and you should buy a bunch of them. And if you donâ€™t want to buy anything from Image, not that I understand why you wouldnâ€™t, there are other options out there if youâ€™re interested. Plenty of options in fact, so go nuts today, support your local store, and enjoy this weekâ€™s GoD List!
Image Comics for this week (Image Comics â€“ Various prices) So itâ€™s easier for me to list all the comics that Image is releasing this week in one big list rather than to go on at length about each one individually. Here is a solid list of books you should pick up because apparently Image decided to release all their books this week. The list:
Black Science #4
Deadly Class #1 (2nd Printing) â€“ If you missed it.
Deadly Class #2
Five Weapons #7
Invincible, Volume 19
Manhattan Projects #18
One Hit Wonder #1 (of 5)
Rat Queens #5
Walking Dead #122
Is that all the books Image is putting out this week? No, but it is most of them, because most of their series are excellent, and the rest are generally merely very good. This is what you like to call an embarrassment of riches. If you canâ€™t find something good to read out of this list, you may as well just stop buying comics.
The Wake #6 (DC/Vertigo Comics – $2.99) The Wake is back after a short hiatus, which should make fans of the series very happy. The 5th issue ended with not much of a twist because it was foreshadowed in the first few pages of the first issue, but it certainly had a big change in the setting for the series. I donâ€™t want to say too much if youâ€™re waiting for the trade, but just know that writer Scott Snyder has a plan for the story. Beyond the writing by Snyder, the stand out for this series is the art by Sean Murphy, who over the last few years has become one of my favorite artists. Thereâ€™s a nice cheap collection of the first five issues of the series if you donâ€™t feel like waiting for the full trade.
Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Volume 1: Getting the Band Back Together (Marvel Comics – $16.99) You may have heard about this series before, possibly from me, but maybe you still havenâ€™t given the series a shot. Here is another chance to get caught up on the sleeper hit of last year. This trade collects the first six issues of Nick Spencerâ€™s series about a bunch of low rent Spider-Man villains trying to make it in this crazy world. Superior Foes of Spider-Man is tons of fun, and you should definitely pick this series up. If you like the off-kilter humor of Hawkeye, you will love this series.
Tomb Raider #1 (Dark Horse Comics â€“ $3.50) Gail Simone picks up the story of Lara Croft stemming off the events of her most recent video game, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. This is all about her younger years, but itâ€™s sure to keep the mix of action and adventure the series has always been known for. Tombs are sure to be raided, and Simone is sure to bring her trademark for strong characters to the book. Iâ€™m sure that Simoneâ€™s legion of fans will want to buy this.
Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) There are several things going for this comic. First, itâ€™s written by James Robinson, and if youâ€™ve read his run on DCâ€™s Starman, you know that he is a writer that excels at telling stories about family. And thatâ€™s good, because the Fantastic Four are most importantly Marvelâ€™s first family. Second, the issue is drawn by Leonard Kirk, who is an artist who has improved quite a bit as of late. Heâ€™s always been a very solid artist, but his work recently has taken a big step forward. Third, the issue features Fin Fang freakinâ€™ Foom, everybodyâ€™s favorite giant monster in big purple undies. Itâ€™s a shame that Matt Fractionâ€™s run on the Fantastic Four wasnâ€™t quite as satisfying as I would have liked it to be, although his FF book was very good. Hopefully Robinson can get off to a good start and can keep the run going for a while.
Wolverine and the X-Men #42 (Marvel Comics – $4.99) Remember a couple weeks ago when I was talking about the end of Wolverine and the X-Men? Well, yeah, issue 41 wasnâ€™t the last issue, this one is. I think. Anyway, everything I said then I mean now. Great series, sad to see it go, boo hoo hoo.
Since Henchman 21 chose every title coming out this week, I’m not sure what more there is for me to say. But, I did want to shine a spotlight on my own pick of the week, which is the aforementioned Tomb Raider #1 from Dark Horse Comics. Writer Gail Simone takes on a new female heroine in action-adventurer Lara Croft, who here is a younger version of the character we’re used to seeing. This comic book series picks up where the recently released Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition video game, a reboot of the Tomb Raider universe, left off. If you haven’t seen the 7-page preview of this issue, definitely check it out now, and be sure to snag this first issue this week.