Each and every week, I, “Going Through Game of Thrones Withdrawal” Henchman 21 and “Likewise” 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 June 18, 2014. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Whew, back from a short hiatus with a whole new set of picks for this week. We’ve got books hot off the press so watch out because I’m not kidding when I say they’re hot! The books this week are figuratively on fire, with new and returning series to get the blood boiling. Okay, so maybe the early summer heat is already starting to get to me, so before I melt let’s get The GoD List cooking!
The Wicked + The Divine #1 (Image Comics – $3.50) Remember when Kieron Gillen and Jaime McKelvie were just a couple of lesser-know British creators making a weird little book about magic and music? If you were a fan of their early work on Phonogram, you have seen the pair go from Image comics to big time work on a lot of books at Marvel like Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, X-Men: Season One, and of course their celebrated run together on Young Avengers. Now the pair, along with colorist Matt Wilson, are back at Image for The Wicked + The Divine, a tale about 12 gods who come to Earth every 90 years to do the things gods do among humans. It looks to be a return to the days of Phonogram, mixing the supernatural and music as only Gillen and McKelvie can. You can just feel that this is something the creators have been waiting to do for years, and now that more people are fans of the team, they should have many more people reading their work this time.
Sex Criminals #6 (Image Comics – $3.50) After being away for a while, Sex Criminals is back, which will make a whole lot of readers happy. For me, I’m less interested in reading about the weird supernatural elements of the story, as much as I’m interested in the simple relationship between the main characters, Suzie and Jon. I don’t care about why they can do the strange things they can do, but I do care about the morality issues that writer Matt Fraction is exploring with each issue. There is a lot about the series that is a bit silly, but there is a lot going on under the surface. It’s been a while, but Sex Criminals is back, so let’s get busy already.
Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night #1 (of 4) (IDW Publishing – $3.99) Kill Shakespeare is back for another go around of theatrical action, staring a who’s who of the Bards most well-known characters. Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, and Shakespeare himself continue their adventures on the high seas as they join Viola from Twelfth Night as they fight Titus Andronicus. English majors are going to love all the references but there is an interesting story going on here that anyone can enjoy. There has always been a deep story going on in Kill Shakespeare, and I’m glad to see the story continue.
Eye Of Newt #1 (Dark Horse – $3.99) Ooh yes, I’ve been looking forward to this one! Eye of Newt #1 launches a new miniseries from Dark Horse Comics and Michael Hague, who’s known for his illustrations on illustrations for Houghton Mifflin’s 1984 edition of The Hobbit. The series is about a young apprentice wizard who “embarks on a perilous quest, he encounters marvelous creatures of all shapes and sizes, and learns a dark secret that could shape his entire destiny!” Sounds pretty good to me! Check out a preview of the issue.
Red Sonja #10 (Dynamite – $3.99) Of course, I have to pick this one, Gail Simone’s take on the She-Devil With a Sword is always on my pull-list. In Red Sonja #10, Sonja will face the world’s deadliest swordsman — someone who’s skill is far beyond hers — in an effort to save hundreds of strangers.
Turok Dinosaur Hunter #5 (Dynamite – $3.99) I’ve been enjoying this series from Greg Pak. Turok Dinosaur Hunter #5 not only starts a new arc, but promises to take the series in a new direction, so now’s the time to jump on if you haven’t already.
Henchmen, Inc. #1 (MonkeyBrain Comics – $.99) Here’s a fun new indie comic to check out for only 99 cents for a digital copy. You know how super-villains always have henchmen who ended up getting punched in the face by Batman or left hanging by Spider-Man’s web for the police to pick up? Well, Henchmen, Inc. gives us the perspective of just that kind of henchman.
Meet Michael Finch, a two-time loser and expectant father, who is discovering that going legit is tough with a life long rap sheet. Luckily for Finch, there’s an outfit in town handing out gigs to goons– health benefits included! It’s exactly what he needs, but Finch quickly discovers there is much more to being a Henchman than taking punches from a cape…