Each and every week, I, “Goblin Cleaver” Henchman 21 and “Foe Hammer” 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 April 9, 2014. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
What’s this? Batman books leading the list two weeks in a row? I know, I’m as surprised as you are, but when you’re hot you’re hot and Batman is freaking hot right now. Fortunately, there are enough books out there for you to check out if you don’t like the Caped Crusader, because life isn’t just about reading Batman comics. So, in addition to Batman, we’ve got a couple of new Marvel series, because it’s Wednesday and of course Marvel has a new series or three coming out today. We’ve also got a new series from BOOM! that should appeal to fans looking for something a little different. So, get some books, enjoy the warm weather, and feel the love of the week’s GoD List!
Batman Eternal #1 (DC Comics – $2.99) It’s been a while since DC had a weekly series in the vein of 52 or Countdown, but they’re going back to them big this year with three weekly series coming this year (although one of them won’t start till October). Batman Eternal is the first one to come out, which makes sense with it being Batman’s 75 anniversary and also if you want a DC book to be successful, you slap Batman on it. It’s certainly going to help the book that DC is putting some of its top talents on the book, with a writing team including Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, and Tim Seeley. The main artists on the book are going to be Jason Fabok, Dustin Nguyen, Andy Clarke, and Trevor McCarthy. If you read Batman #28 from a few months ago, you’ll have an idea of what the series will be like, with Batman back in the present day (as opposed to the current Year Zero story that Snyder is telling). He’s dealing with a very different Gotham City than we have ever seen before, with a new sidekick. I have found memories of some of DC’s old weekly series, especially 52, and I’m hopeful that Batman Eternal will catch my interest the way 52 did.
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) Come for the kung fu action. Stay for the Kaare Andrews art.
Nightcrawler #1 (Marvel Comics – $3.99) Nightcrawler has just recently made his return from the afterlife in the pages of Jason Aaron’s Amazing X-Men, and now Chris Claremont is here to take over his adventures. It just feels right to have Nightcrawler back on the team. Even if he wasn’t getting used much in the years leading up to his death a number of years ago. Now he’s back in the world of the living, but he had to pay a terrible price to return. Most of the good Nightcrawler stories were written by Claremont, and it makes a lot of sense for him to be the writer on this new series. Claremont understands the character perhaps more than anyone else, and this series is sure to be a hit with fans of Claremont’s legendary run on Uncanny X-Men. The only worry will be if Claremont has the same magic that made his X-Men run so successful. If he can bring that magic back, this could be a book perfect for old school fans.
Lumberjanes #1 (of 8) (BOOM! Studios – $3.99) Lumberjanes #1 comes to us courtesy of writers Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson and artist Brooke Allen. It’s about five best friends at the Lumberjanes scout camp; not your normal summer camp thanks to yetis, three-eyed foxes and other monsters. This is a fun all ages series, and the first issue does an excellent job of establishing the characters and their world. There’s a lot of humor here, and a fair bit of mystery, but it’s the characters that immediately jump out at you. It also helps that Allen’s art style captures the energy of the story and she’s got a very unique style. This is just the kind of fun that I was hoping for, and if you’re looking for a lighthearted comic this week, don’t pass this up.
All-New Doop #1 (of 5) (Marvel Comics – $3.99) Buy it because Doop freakin’ rules!!!!!!
Flash Gordon #1 ($3.99 – Dynamite Entertainment) This month marks the 80th anniversary of Flash Gordon! And to celebrate, Dynamite has launched a new ongoing series with Flash Gordon from writer Jeff Parker (Batman 66) and artist Evan Shaner (Deadpool). In this relaunch, the Earthling Flash Gordon finds himself on the planet Mongo, which is ruled by the evil Ming the Merciless. You can expect to see the usual Flash Gordon characters, like Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov, in this series. Also, there will be several covers for each issue, including an 80th Anniversary variant, as well as a Ken Haeser ‘Li’l Flash’ cover, so I suggest you pre-order Flash Gordon #2 to make sure you get the cover you want. Here’s some for Flash Gordon #1: Cover A, Cover B. Be sure to read our review of Flash Gordon #1.