New comics today! The end of summer is near but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the latest gems waiting down at the local shop. Smurf has a few ideas what you may want to pick up or not overlook. I say don’t forget Venom and X-Men Gold this week and Old Man Logan is getting interesting. But that’s me. Here are Smurfs High Five.
Punisher #1> YOU CAN TAKE THE PUNISHER OUT OF THE WAR MACHINE…
Punisher no longer has the War Machine armor, but he retained his newly acquired taste for big game, and he’s hungry for more. However, the paths to such perilous pursuits are fraught with dangers bigger than any Frank has faced before, and this lone wolf could use otherworldly help on his way up to the world stage. MATTHEW ROSENBERG continues pushing the boundaries of the Punisher, and now joined by acclaimed artist RICCARDO BURCHIELLI (DMZ, Northlanders), this is the book Punisher fans will be talking about for years to come! (S) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) Greg Smallwood
Smurfs Take> Going to miss him not having the armor but to be honest it really didn’t feel like the Punisher with Frank in the suit. I’m not sure what it is but have been really gelling with the Punisher as of late. Maybe it’s just the very gritty story telling? Maybe it’s just Frank? This will be awesome I have no doubt.
Justice League Dark #2> Plagued by a rash of otherworldly resurrections, the new JLD team begins scouring the shadowy corners of the DCU looking for leads. Turns out, this latest mystery ties back to the Tree of Wonder, last seen laying down roots in JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE-and it bears poisoned fruit to boot. The Tree serves as a doorway from the Realm of Magic to our world, and the Upside Down Man is just the first of many all-powerful mystic entities looking for a new haunt. It’s gonna take a major twist of fate for our heroes to get out of this one… (S) James TynionIV (A/CA) Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez
Smurfs Take> I liked the first issue. Solid story and art. Characters I enjoy and know if they had their own book would be short lived on the shelf. But here they work and mesh together better than I had thought. Definitely worth the pick up and read.
West Cost Avengers #1> A NEW ERA DAWNS…AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!
HAWKEYE (KATE BISHOP). HAWKEYE (CLINT BARTON). A guy named FUSE. Never have they ever been called “the big three” of…anything. And now here they are, reunited for, okay, well, it’s only the second time ever. Thank god they also brought AMERICA CHAVEZ, GWENPOOL and KID OMEGA. Wait. What? That’s right, it’s the new West Coast Avengers, son. And you better hope they can figure out how to save the world because BIG things are headed for the West Coast. (S) Kelly Thompson (A/CA) Stefano Caselli
Smurfs Take> I am happy to see the return of this title after so many years. I remember the first limited series so well. The character’s? Well lets wait to see how they work out. I know the story style is very reminiscent of one of the Guardian of the Galaxy series but I can’t say I was a fan of that. At first it was great but as the series moved on it began to wear on my nerves.
Star Wars Darth Vader #20> “FORTRESS VADER,” PART TWO!
A thief faces the consequences for their crime. EMPEROR PALPATINE rewards DARTH VADER with three gifts. A thing, a choice and a voice. (S) Charles Soule (CA) Elia Bonetti (A/CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
Smurfs Take> God the Emperor is a twisted
Avengers #6> THE FINAL HOST concludes!
The final battle against the Dark Celestials. A battle unlike any the Avengers have ever experienced. A battle a million years in the making. The new team of heavy hitters assembles at last. But will the young, inexperienced Ghost Rider prove to be the most important and powerful member of all? (S) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness
Smurfs Take> The story has been spectacular and I love the art style of Ed already but fits so well with the assembled characters. There isn’t anything I would change…well except which Ghost Rider was driving but surprising it’s not annoying me as much as he did in his own title.
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