Smurfs High Five

#NewComicsDay is here and the shelves may fall with all of the titles hitting them today. Smurf is here with his #Top5 pick to help you start you trip, be sure to also give Ghost Rider, Justice League, and Amazing Spider-Man a look. All of this insight is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Con going on this weekend, tickets are only $10.

Yondu 1Yondu #1> Yondu, lone Ravager and all-around scoundrel is about to hit the biggest pay day of his life when he stumbles upon a dangerous new weapon! But when this artifact turns out to be deadlier than he bargained for, will the reward outweigh the risk as Yondu finds himself targeted by a mysterious mercenary? Plus, when an unexpected visitor from the future turns up to stop Yondu, it begs the question: exactly how bad did he screw up?! Find out in this all-new miniseries from ZAC THOMPSON and LONNIE NADLER (AGE OF X-MAN, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ANNUAL) and JOHN MCCREA (Dead Eyes)!  (S) Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson (A) John McCrea (CA) Cully Hamner

Smurfs Take> I am a big fan of the Guardians, I’ve been preaching about them for years now. So when I see this title hit I am both excited and a little put off if I’m completely honest. There really wasn’t anything wrong with the original Yondu and I preferred him. The only reason I cared about the movie version was Michael Rooker and I know how difficult adapting things from the comics can be. Michael does an amazing job but he is the key selling point to that character and I worry Marvel may miss the mark on this title. I will still read it, open mind and all but I expect the worst when they do this sort of thing.    

locke key dogdaysLocke & Key Dog Days> TWO new stories by creators Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez-“Nailed It” and “Dog Days”-plus a behind-the-scenes tease of the coming TV series, and a 5-page preview of an all-new series by Hill and artist Martin Simmonds, too! (S) Joe Hill (A) Gabriel Rodriguez (CA) Jay Fotos

Smurfs Take> More keys! The mythos of the house and the keys is so intriguing! It was a terrific idea to start doing these little self contained one off stories to expand on an already brilliant setting. Pick this up; you will not be disappointed and left wanting more by the end.   



GL Blackstars 1Green Lantern Blackstars #1> What has Hal Jordan done? Following the catastrophic events of The Green Lantern #12, no Green Lanterns can be found patrolling their space sectors…and not a single power ring lights the darkness. Across the universe, once-familiar faces now wear a different uniform and enforce a new type of galactic law. The Green Lantern Corps is dead-long live the Blackstars! Who are they? What are they? Answers will be revealed as the unstoppable Blackstars set their sights on the demons of Ysmault, Mongul…and a tiny, backwater planet called Earth. A dangerous new chapter of the Green Lantern mythology starts now! (S) Grant Morrison (A) Xermanico (CA) Liam Sharp

Smurfs Take> I was left silent after reading GL #12 and eager to read what happens next. Grant surpassed all of my expectations for this title lord knows where he is going to take us now. This is an epic story and proud to be a Green Lantern fan once again.

king shazam 1Infected King Shazam #1> Billy Batson is a good kid. He helps his friends, loves his family, and tries to do the right thing. But Billy is about to have a run-in with the most dangerous serial killer in existence, and the Batman Who Laughs wants Billy to be bad. Spinning out of the events of Batman/Superman and “Year of the Villain,” it’s the tale of a hero whose soul has been turned black, and who has something to prove to the old guard. Buckle in for Shazam’s journey to punch a bunch of so-called “gods” in the face and show the establishment exactly what the future looks like… (S) Sina Grace (A) Joe Bennett (CA) David Marquez

Smurfs Take> I love what they are doing with Shazam right now! This story and path they have put the character on is terrific and made me think of another story, Kingdom Come. I always wondered how Shazam could have ended up on the wrong side of that story and this sets that up so well. I don’t know if it’s intended but I like to think it is but to be honest it really doesn’t matter, going to dig the story anyway.

Legion #1Legion of Super Heroes #1> Welcome to the 31st century! Inspired by the acts of and lessons learned from the greatest heroes of all time, the Legion of Super-Heroes have gathered together to stop a galaxy from repeating its past mistakes. The greatest lineup of heroes in comic book history returns with new, fresh, and reader-friendly stories!
Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis reteams with master artist Ryan Sook (Action Comics) for one of the most ambitious mainstream comic books ever created! Why have the Legion of Super-Heroes broken the cardinal rule of the United Planets and inducted Jon Kent, a.k.a. Superboy, into the Legion? What are they hiding? And what does it have to do with Aquaman’s long-lost trident? (S) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Ryan Sook

Smurfs Take> Bendis’s quest to reshape the DC universe continues. I never cared about the Legion, I know that makes me some kind of sinner but with Bendis and the events in Superman I am a lot more interested and way more invested than usual. Will it be as good as Superman? Hard to say but the idea of some new characters and direction headed by Bendis can’t go wrong in my mind.

Joe Mad BNWBatman Black & White Statue By Joe Madureira> based on art by JOE MADUREIRA
sculpted by PAUL HARDING
The BATMAN BLACK & WHITE line brings to life interpretations of the World’s
Greatest Detective and select Gotham City characters from the comics
industry’s brightest stars.
Straight from the variant cover of JUSTICE LEAGUE: REBIRTH #1 comes Batman by Joe Madureira, in a powerful stance, ready for action. This statue, all sculpted into 3-D form by Paul Harding, features Madureira’s bold lines and graphic character design.
•   Limited to 5,000 pieces and individually numbered
•   Statue measures 4.86″ tall
•   Allocations may occur

Smurfs Take> One of the greatest artists of all time! Well maybe that’s a little overstepping but one of the most recognizable styles for sure. It’s not like I really need a reason to get another B&W statue but this makes me want to get it rather than wait for later. It’s just beautiful!


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