Each and every week “YES! YES! YES!” MK2Fac3 and “Love Him or Hate Him” Henchman21 read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible”¦ theoretically. They look forward to some more than others, I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of their 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 4, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
Well, so a lot of things have happened over the past week. Most of them happened at WrestleMania. You see, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, and all of the fans got screwed out of a really good, fun match when WWE booked the match to end in 18 seconds. I know most of you don’t really care about wrestling (I actually don’t know that), but you should check out Daniel Bryan’s stuff on YouTube. Dude’s phenomenal! Anyway, now that the customary wrestling talk is out of the way, let’s address comics! Comics? Yes, comics, Hunter. There’s a whole lot of freaking books coming out this week that are newsworthy. Firstly, let’s address that this is the cancellation month for DC books, so if you’re one of the 50 people reading OMAC, you won’t be reading that anymore. Scott McDaniel and myself won’t be reading Static Shock anymore, and I’m pretty sure no one was still reading Mr. Terrific or Blackhawks anyway, but those books are gone as well. Along with these books, Men of War is getting cancelled, too, and it’s getting replaced with a war book in what I can only assume is a way to stop Viktor Kalvachev from making amazing covers for DC books. Nonetheless, this week’s Men of War features a guest appearance by Frankenstein and it’s written by Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt, so make sure that’s on your radar. Am I giving too much away in the intro? Maybe, but there’s still one more thing to hit on. What was it…? Hmm…. Oh yeah! Avengers vs. X-Men officially starts this week! So, if you want a complete rundown of this and all the other books you should be paying for and attention to, keep reading because that’s what The GoD List is all about, mother lovers.
Children fighting to the death and generally beating each other to pulp has never been as popular as it is now. With Mark Millar wrapping up Kick-Ass 2, and The Hunger Games movie in theaters, under-age battles are fresh in the public’s mind. Danger Club #1 introduces readers to a new brand of teen violence with super-powered youths dropping one another like a bag of rocks. However, at the moments that Danger Club #1 risks being gratuitous, the comic pulls back and shows restraint. Yes, this comic is not lacking in viciousness and, yes, it is graphic. But, while comics like Kick-Ass use violence for shock and awe, Danger Club #1 uses it to punctuate an idea.
I was supremely disappointed in Theory of Everything #1. It was a book that had so much potential, but like some of Top Cow’s other Pilot Season comics, quickly became very predictable and almost boring.
Writer Dan Casey tries to tell his story in an almost backwards fashion using flashbacks and referencing things that the reader doesn’t know about to try and convey some sort of mystery in the book, but it’s never really executed effectively. There’s groundwork here for a very interesting comic series, but this issue was too full of the standard run of the mill storytelling “tricks.”
Pilot Season: Anonymous #1 is a very interesting read that could have been a great one, if not for a few things. The thing that I don’t care for in the current Top Cow studios is that there’s really no Top Cow “style” anymore. It used to be, when you picked up a Top Cow book, you knew EXACTLY what you were getting. A certain art style, a familiar method of story telling, it felt like a cohesive universe. Unfortunately, that luxury is gone now.