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Blake Northcott’s 3 Hottest #NCBD Picks For June 25, 2014
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It’s been a rough week for fangirls and guys around the world: Han Solo broke his leg, possibly delaying the new Star Wars film. It is now a whopping 279 days until the next new episode of Game of Thrones (not that I’m counting). And to rub salt in our collective wounds, a new trailer for Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is circulating, which replaces our childhood icons with duck-lipped, CGI creations that look nothing like they did in their previous movies. And that’s just Megan Fox – the Turtles look even weirder.

But fear not, gentle reader – I come bearing glad tidings. This #NCBD is a veritable cornucopia of comic book riches, just waiting to be consumed by your eager eyeballs.

So dig into my top 3 picks of the week below, and then check out my new “rewind” section, where I tell you about a couple books you might’ve missed from last week.

First up is Saga #20 (Image Comics, $2.99), where writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples continue to knock it out of the park. If you aren’t reading this title yet – start. Like, right now.

If you have been following along, you know that our heroes Alana and Marko are trying (somewhat unsuccessfully) to adjust to life on the run, all while raising their daughter Hazel and bringing in a regular income. Stress is taking its toll, and judging by the tagline Image is teasing for this issue – “Something terrible happens” – I’m guessing the situation doesn’t improve.

This week from Detective Comics is Harley Quinn #7 (DC Comics, $2.99) which continues to tear up the sales charts month after month. The Joker’s main squeeze has quickly become even more of a fan favorite with her solo title, and in a lot of ways has become the answer to Marvel’s self-aware, wise-cracking sociopath, Deadpool.

This issue promises a team-up with Poison Ivy, and a roller derby scrap with Big Bertha.

And speaking of the Merc with the Mouth, Marvel’s Deadpool vs. Carnage #4 (of 4) (Marvel Comics, $3.99) wraps it’s four issue mini-series this week, and the description promises “˜the conclusion of the 2014 Insanity Cup’. These two will have to work hard to outdo the craziness we’ve seen in the World Cup (apparently you can bite in soccer now – who knew?) but I have faith that my countryman Wade Wilson is up to the task.

Rewind time!

If you didn’t make it to the comic book store last week, you missed some good ones: Mark Millar‘s MPH #2 (Of 5) ($2.99, Image Comics) was excellent, and had some bad-ass variant covers – try and grab both from Lenil Yu to form an super-sized MillarWorld collage.

Sex Criminals #6 ($3.50 Image Comics) is always on my pull list, and if you haven’t jumped into them yet, a couple of Marvel books are in their third printing (!) – She-Hulk #1 (Kevin Wada 3rd Printing Variant Cover) ($2.99) and Moon Knight #1 (Declan Shalvey 3rd Printing Variant Cover), ($3.99).

Blake Northcott is a Canadian writer, Twitter-er, and Vampire Slayer (only the ones that sparkle).

She’s a regular contributor at Comic Book Resources and CBS Man Cave Daily, and has written several Amazon Kindle bestsellers – including her recent novel Arena Mode.

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