Smurfs High Five

#NewComicsDay that magic time of the week that we all eagerly await and Smurf is here with his picks and take on the stand out issues. Sponsored by the All C’s Fan Expo, be sure not to miss the Victor Cook and Greg Guler panel Saturday discussing their work on Disney Cartoons and the new projects coming up.

joker harley 1Joker Harley Criminal Sanity #1> In Gotham City, where heinous acts of violence are a daily occurrence, the GCPD relies on Harley Quinn, a young forensic psychiatrist and profiler, to consult on their toughest cases. But Harley is haunted by one unsolved case-the night she discovered her roommate’s body marked with the signature of a notorious serial killer known as The Joker.
Five years later, the case remains unsolved and a new series of horrific murders occur throughout the city. As the murders escalate, Harley’s obsession with finding the depraved psychopath responsible leads her down a dangerous path. When the past and the present finally collide, Harley has to decide how far she is willing to go-and how many lines she is willing to cross-to solve these cases once and for all.
Written by #1 New York Times and international bestselling author Kami Garcia (co-author of Beautiful Creatures, author of Unbreakable and X-Files: Agents of Chaos) with art by Mico Suayan (Bloodshot: Reborn) and Mike Mayhew (The Star Wars), JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY introduces readers to a Joker and Harley Quinn unlike any they’ve seen before, utilizing forensic psychiatry, behavior analysis (profiling) and psychological profiles to create a true-to-life take on these iconic characters that is more terrifying than any psychotic fantasy. (S) Kami Garcia (A) Mico Suayan, Mike Mayhew (CA) Francesco Mattina

Smurfs Take> Everything is coming up Joker these last couple of weeks. I am excited with the whole Black Label idea DC has going on right now. I don’t know how true crime this is going to go but this could be the start of some fantastic stories if they hold true to the concept. Do not leave this one on the shelf!  

doom 1Doctor Doom #1> THE CRACK OF DOOM!
From Christopher Cantwell (HALT AND CATCH FIRE, SHE COULD FLY) comes a new monthly ongoing series…
Victor Von Doom – scientist, sorcerer, disfigured face, twisted soul – has been spending much of his time warning against a trillion-dollar global effort to create the first “artificial” black hole. Wrestling with visions of an entirely different life…a better future…DOCTOR DOOM finds himself at a crossroads. (what is he questioning?)
A catastrophic act of terrorism kills thousands, and the prime suspect is… DOOM? Victor will have to push his unexplained thoughts aside and focus on remaining alive as the title of “Most Wanted Man” is thrust upon him….
Left with no homeland, no armies, no allies, indeed, nothing at all, will the reign of Doctor Doom come to an abrupt halt? (S) Christopher Cantwell (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Aco

Smurfs Take> One of Marvels most complicated villains would be putting it mildly. Doom has always been the one character you don’t know if you should cheer for or not. I for one admire the character and his drive to be the absolute best and see that the people of his nation are taken care of. He might take that last part a bit far but you get the idea. I enjoyed the 2099 series back in the day and think they have left a lot on the table when it comes to this character. I think this title has some great potential now that Marvel has started to explore more of the villain side of its characters.

Joker 1Joker Year of the Villain #1> In the Year of the Villain, what’s a Clown Prince of Crime to do when the world has started to accept doing bad as the only way to live? Out-bad everyone else, of course! The Joker is on a mission to get his mojo back and prove to the world that there is no greater villainy than the kind that leaves you laughing.
This special one-shot is co-written by legendary film auteur John Carpenter (The Thing, Halloween) and Anthony Burch (the Borderlands video games), making for a Joker comic that’s twisted in ways you never imagined! (S) John Carpenter, Anthony Burch (A/CA) Philip Tan, Marc Deering

Smurfs Take> I know I try not to stack the top five with stories involving the same character but this one is the one exception I have to make. We talked about it on the podcast, legend John Carpenter is trying his hand at writing comics and I can’t wait to read this. Year of the Villain as a whole has been great and it’s about time we get to the Joker and wonder just how evil he’s going to bein this.

east-of-west-43East Of West #43> NEW STORY ARC
FAMINE” Five years of storytelling have led to this! The final arc of EAST OF WEST begins now. You wanted the End Times-well, here they come! (S) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Nick Dragotta

Smurfs Take> This has been a terrific book! Never what I expected and a true masterpiece; who knew the end of the world would be so much fun to read.  





power of x 6Powers of X #6> THE INEVITABLE TRUTH.
The revelatory tale of Mutantkind’s fall comes to a conclusion that will lay the groundwork of the X-Men’s stories for years to come! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (NEW AVENGERS, FF, INFINITY) and rising star artist RB Silva (UNCANNY X-MEN) wrap the series that reveals everything! (S) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) R. B. Silva

Smurfs Take> Well, it’s the end of greatness. What happens now? I wish I knew, I do know we will be getting yet another X-Something #1 in the weeks to come and that’s great and all but I liked this one. What I like the most was the focus and a story that pulled you in. And after talking with a few people at NYCC I found out I wasn’t the only one on this. A lot of fans were happy with the series and want to see more, even renewed their faith in the X-Men and brought them back to the fold. For once I think the story will end strong and with a clear direction we just have to wait and see what the house of Ideas does next.

flash 80Flash #80> “The Hunter and the Hunted” part one! Barry Allen is hurt, and his connection to the Speed Force is fading fast. With the Speed Force dying, the only person who can save it is…Hunter Zolomon? Hunter has returned to prove he’s the one, true Flash, and he doesn’t care who gets in his way. But who is left to deal with the Rogues? Captain Cold has assembled the newly amped-up Rogues to tell them about Lex Luthor’s offer…but are they all willing to take it? (S) Joshua Williamson (A) Scott Kolins (CA) Rafael Sandoval

Smurfs Take> Alright, this is a bonus pick only because I felt two Joker books was kind of cheating. So it came down to this and Superman. The reason I went with this one is purely on the story factor right now. This has been an amazing run so far with some of the best takes on the character since Mark Waid and I don’t say that lightly. I was a Flash fan before but now I am a Barry fan as well.

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