We love comics. We eat, drink, breathe, and to the absolute utmost, we live comics. So what did the Comics Crux Crew pick up today and why? Lets find out!
Jess (@MadamComicBook)- Not a lot going on, comic-wise for me this week. Maybe that’s why I am going to be grabbing Justice League #12? Or, maybe it’s because DC earned my $3.99 by inciting me to rant about the Wonder Woman/Superman thing on a near daily basis before the issue was even in my hands? I haven’t really been a fan of the Justice League comic, and I’m even less of a fan of the new “Power Couple”, but I’m curious to see how this will correlate to Wonder Woman’s solo title. X-Treme X-Men #2 is getting a grab from me as well. I have become really endeared to Dazzler over the years and I would love to read a title where they have the chance to ruin her and they don’t. Since this is an alt-universe, I doubt they’ll be able to resist, but my fingers are crossed.
Jessica (@LadyGeeksUnite)- This week, comics are winding down; DC wraps up the last few story arcs before the zero issues begin in September. I can’t wait to read Aquaman #12 for the conclusion of the Black Manta storyline. We finally get to see who Black Manta is working for and who the traitor in The Others team is. Gasp! Plus, you’ve all probably seen the Robot Chicken variant cover for Aquaman #12, which I find cute, funny and disturbing all at once. My other DC comic isn’t an end, but a beginning to a new series called National Comics: Looker #1. It’s dubbed “a fresh, sexy take on a classic DC character”; an apt description for a vampire supermodel protagonist. I usually stray away from “sexy vampire” comics, but this one looks like a campy Gothic soap opera; in other words, True Blood in comic form. If the interior art is as beautiful as the cover, I’m willing to ease up on my more serious comics to give this fun one a try.
Nick (@nnniicckk)- While there isn’t much that I am excited for this week, Steed and Mrs. Peel #0 has been on my watch list for a while now. Maybe it’s because it’s being written by Mark Waid (at least 90% true) but I definitely am intrigued in a story about characters that have these really weird beginnings. If I’m lead to believe this correctly, then apparently there was this odd sort of UK tv series called The Avengers, which has nothing to do with the Marvel comic series, that ran for around six years in the 1960’s. It seemed like a sort of campy, spy thriller with Doctor Who-vian air involving Steed and his assistants. I never saw the program, but if the book falls between a goofy-semi serious spy book, I could totally get behind that. Conversely, Gambit #2 is a book that I will read cautiously. I wasn’t blown away by the first issue and am pretty reserved in getting excited for what this week’s book may have in store based on the ending for the last one. Gambit definitely has tons of style and all of his suave trick’s were on display in the opening issue, but the whole effort felt sort of soulless. Know what I mean mon ami? I really want this series to be something that I want to come back to each month, but it may be one of those series’ that I ultimately will wait for others too recommend and pick it up in trade form. Lastly, there is the ever solid Prophetwith issue 28, in which, I expect to be pretty confused and see super graphic meta-physical violence. What fun!
Tali (@TaliAdina)- This Wednesday I get to revisit some Marvel titles that I’ve lost track of. Both feature the character who’s very good at what he does but what he does isn’t very nice. That’s right, our favorite hairy Canadian Wolverine. In his own book, Logan continues to deal with his past coming back to haunt him as he deals with the return of Sabertooth. I don’t get how a dude who has his head cut off, gets sent to hell, becomes the devil’s bitch, gets his head cut off again is able to come back to life. But that’s just me. Why can’t they bring Nightcrawler back? Over in Uncanny X-Force, the Final Execution storyline continues and the focus isn’t on Wolverine but on Psylocke who has suffered an emotional breakdown after the many necessary killings that her and the team have committed. She’s lost her first love, Warren, she’s lost her brother, and she also lost Fantomex. How much loss can a lady go through? Guess I’ll have to read the book to find out. Plus, a future where The Punisher, Cable, Wolverine, and Beasty rule and if you don’t agree with them you die? Oh yes! MUST READ!
Tatiana (@parisianfeline)- I’m looking forward to getting Morning Glories #21 - and the guy at the comic book store I go to a lot totally knows me by name, so I requested a copy be held for me so that I can pick it up later this week (lest it sells out and I have to wait a week to get it). I’m also planning to get Batwoman: Hydrology and continuing to purchase Echo (which is super awesome). I’ve also discovered Secret (I’ve become an Image fan girl) and since it’s only 2 issues in, I may pick that up as well. I’m trying to narrow it down to what I REALLY want to read so that I can focus my attention on what I really want versus buying EVERYTHING.
Wesley (@geekwholanded)- Avenging Spider-Man #11 is a series I’m starting to slowly get back into in light of the fun team-up with Captain Marvel and Spider-Man the past two issues. This one is a quieter issue involving Aunt May and Peter Parker on a journey together. This could be a nice idea to play with and Zeb Wells is returning to the series after a short absence. Steve Dillion sounds like a good choice for this material, hopefully this will come together. Mudman #5 is just a true thing of beauty. Paul Grist is a writer/artist I’ve been recently getting into and I wish I would have found his work sooner. The silver age influences that surround this quirky character are glorious. While using those influences to build this up further into our world. You would never imagine that a character that uses Mud as a power would be this compelling, but trust me, the world Grist has built is truly rich. Debris surprised me immensely last issue, now #2 is released this week and I can’t help but be excited. A cool premise by Kurtis Wiebe and jaw dropping artwork by Riley Rossmo and it clicks wonderfully. A desolate world with the people left using whatever they have around them. The series has endless atmosphere for the story and I wish there was more than four issues on the way for this comic.