[Editor’s Note: This was posted late, so technically it’s not this week’s picks. However, it’s still an awesome post.- Grim]
After the last Supah-Special, it has been decided that less would be more in my space here at ZGOnline. This week I picked 10 titles that I really want to discuss as well as a quick idea of what I think you should look out for. Before I go into my top picks, I want to talk about two things both Marvel and DC are doing lately.
DC launched its Villains month and we have seen a surge of one shot titles that focus on a small origin of the villain in particular. This all has led to the Forever Evil Crossover Story that was recently released. At first I wasn’t going to bother with any of the titles, but their use of 3D images for the covers of each book was a nice idea to draw in collectors. I ended up getting several titles including Joker, Man-Bat, Relic, and a few others.
Most of the titles I picked up were a bit of a bore; surprisingly the Joker’s books felt timid and filler-like. There were however a gem or two that I liked, mainly Man-Bat, Cyborg Superman, and Black Hand’s. As far as story goes, they provide a nice build-up towards the other main titles they are related to. However, I would only recommend these to a collector who likes the different covers DC came up with.
Next I want to talk about the latest mini-series going on in the X-Men universe: Battle of the Atom. Battle of the Atom encompasses almost every X-Title and involves the biggest fallback storyline in any form of fantasy and sci-fi writing– time travel. While the Age of Ultron story arc allowed time travel to be a main theme with a few other Marvel titles like Indestructible Hulk and X-Men, I feel it becomes a cop-out to do anything different, not to say that there is much that hasn’t been done in comics yet.
Here’s what I don’t like about this arc: once again, Marvel is recycling the same characters where there is potential for new characters. Sure, there is relevance to having two or three of them as older versions of their current selves, but I feel there should be new characters dominating the field in a story like this. Aside from that, at chapter 5 of this arc I find the story interesting enough to continue as I still am a huge X-Men fan.
Now, on to the main event. Here’s my picks for this week:
Written and created by Joshua Ortega and Digger T Mesch, art by Qing Ping Mui, Blond, and Cover art by Reynir Hauksson. What a great concept! I have never seen or heard about any story written in the Zombie genre that included animal zombies! To ME, that sounds a lot more dangerous than the normal human kind we read about. It’s a 5 chapter series so I’ll definitely be following this.
Written by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Costa, art by Di Amorim. Cover art by Jonathan Hickman as well. So what if the Old Gods were real and returned after a long hiatus from Earth? How would modern times be affected? This book tells the story of that actually happening and it’s an interesting read at that. I’ll keep you all updated on this one as I get more issues. However, I feel I’ll be dropping this one if something doesn’t happen soon.
Written by Marc Guggenheim, with art and cover art by Leinil Francis Yu and Sunny Gho. The title says it all. The Punisher is on trial for a murder, (big fucking surprise there right?). Right off the bat, I got a sense of nostalgia from this book. It reminded me of the classic Punisher stories not involving Super Powered beings or turning into a version of a classic Hollywood Monster. No this is tried and true Punisher at his best and something hardcore Punisher fans have been waiting for for a while.
Written by Fred Van Lente with art and cover art by Max Dunbar. This book seems like a straight up comedy which is a nice break from all the serious stories I have read. I won’t give away the premise, but I will say it made me laugh a bit. I’ll have more as the book develops.
Written by Keith Griff, art by Dexter Say, and Cover art by Ed Benes and Randy Mayor. The battle for Eternia crosses over to a new world as He-Man hunts down Skeletor in the DC Universe. As we all know from crossover series of the past, misunderstandings will occur and fights between heroes will happen. Frankly, I’m in this to see He-Man punch the hell out of Superman.
Wonder Man and The Beast story written by Christos Gage with art by David Williams and Veronica. Captain America and Jubilee story written by Justin Jordan with art by Angel Unzueta and Thomas Mason. This was a decent read. I especially liked the first story with Wonder Man and The Beast as it brought up a few topics within the original story arcs.
The first story was written by Charles Soule with art by Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque and Ross Campbell. The second story was written by James L. Sutter with art by Sean Izaakse and Thomas Bonvillain. Cover art was made by Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque. Another set of funny short stories featuring fantasy roleplaying’s most versatile monsters. It is nice having books like this to cut through all the seriousness in all the other stories I’m reading. One of the many books I look forward to each month now.
Written by Max Brooks with art and cover art by Raulo Caceres and Digikore Studios. The story continues as vampires blindly ignore the threat to their lifestyles with the zombie apocalypse happening right in front of them. The buildup has begun with this book and I am looking forward to see where Max Brooks takes us with his story. Vampire and Zombie genre fans alike will enjoy this read along with the solid artwork.
Written by Al Ewing with art by Greg Land, Jay Leisten, and Frank D’Amarta. Cover art by Greg land and Lee Duhig. OK it sounds like someone heard me when I said about using different characters of the same team to tell different stories. It’s my hope that this book does well enough to survive after the Infinity story arc. The team is well rounded and has a lot of potential. It also adheres to a few Latin and African-American characters that don’t get enough face time in comics.
Written by Brian Clevinger, with art and cover art by Scott Wegener, and Nick Filardi. Now I know you’ve read about how much I enjoy Atomic Robo, but I gotta tell you, it only gets better when Robo’s arch nemesis Dr. Dinosaur is involved. Of course when I say nemesis, I mean royal pain in the ass, but it makes for a hilarious read.
Now that our top picks are done, here’s a quick list of some other stories you should keep an eye on.
Godzilla: Rulers of Earth
Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters
Thor: God of Thunder
Cable and X-Force