Smurfs High Five

#NewComicsDay is a little light of a week as we see more 2nd, 3rd, and 4th prints of titles hit the shelves but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to read. Perfect chance to pick up a few of the new trades hitting as well as catch up on the ever  growing stack. Here’s Smurfs #Top5 plus a trade you can start with, sponsored by All C’s collectibles who will be holding their Collectors Expo on the 3rd & 4th of next month.

Amazing Spider-Man #48> Spider-Man has been pushed harder than he has in a very long time and in ways he has never been before. How far can he be pushed before he breaks? Who he has to face this issue is going to answer that very clearly as we are one issue from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN LGY #850! (S) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Mark Bagley

Smurfs Take> Here it is! The big lead in for the bench mark 850th issue of Amazing Spider-Man with all the loaded Norman Osborn goodness you could ever imagine. Spencer so far has done a great job with the title and with taking Spidey to some very intense moments; really digging the darker elements in this story so far.

Superman #25> New Villain Alert: Introducing Synmar! A colossal new threat to Superman, the planet Earth, and the DC Universe arrives on the scene in this special issue! The unique warrior called Synmar was created to represent an entire alien race. He’s trained his entire life-but for what purpose? As the antithesis of everything Superman stands for, Synmar launches his aggression toward Earth-to destroy the Man of Steel and every being on the planet! This is what Superman was born to protect us from! (S) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Ivan Reis

Smurfs Take> I know I have said this before and I’m sure I will say it a few more times but I can’t believe how good this title has been. Superman in the right hands can be an amazing character, but more important are the villains you surround him with and Bendis has been on point with all of it.

Flash #761> “Finish Line” part three! It’s the Flash Family versus the Legion of Zoom! Witness the biggest battle in Flash history as the two sides go head-to-head for the fate of the future! Can the Flash stop the unstoppable Reverse-Flash from dragging him down into a personal hell Barry Allen can never escape?! (S) Joshua Williamson (A) Howard Porter

Smurfs Take> At long last with the mystery of what happened to Max and Jessie since Flash Point was solved last issue and now we can have a proper throwdown. I have been wanting for this face-off for what feels like forever against one of the best Flash villains of all time. Thinking it still won’t be enough to stop Zoom who has been a few steps ahead every time.  

Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis #1> With Superman freed from his New Apokolips prison, the classic Trinity lineup is reunited and ready to rock! Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman amp up their power to launch an assault on Castle Bat, and that’s just the warm-up act! Three walking nightmares are hidden deep inside the fortress—but these Dark Multiverse versions of the Anti-Monitor, Superboy Prime and Darkseid hold the key to humanity’s survival. The Justice League have to face down their old nemeses, but will round two be the end for our heroes? (S) Scott Snyder (A) Francis Manapul

Smurfs Take> It seems like just the other day we were talking about Superboy Prime. His evolution out of Crisis into this crazed power wielding madman and they should do more with that. The Metal series has delivered some great twists so far with the best in “what if” you can imagine but this looks to be the best one to date.  

Web of Venom Wraith #1>  Since his appearance in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, one thing WRAITH has made perfectly clear is that he’s hunting KNULL, the God of the Symbiotes. Now, in the wastelands on the outskirts of the cosmos, he’ll have his chance to face him… (S) Donny Cates (A) Guiu Vilanova (CA) Kyle Hotz

Smurfs Take> Something I wondered if they were ever going to get to, figured they forgot all about this story. Venom has been one solid story after another, not too over the top or ridiculous but good. Introducing new elements to the character and back story have been clever and I hope this continues with that by adding to and expanding lore.  

Basketful of Heads> The rain lashes the grassy dunes of Brody Island, and seagulls scream above the bay. A slender figure in a raincoat carries a large wicker basket, which looks like it might be full of melons… covered by a bloodstained scrap of the American flag.

This is the story of June Branch, a young woman trapped with four cunning criminals who have snatched her boyfriend for deranged reasons of their own. Now she must fight for her life with the help of an impossible 8th-century Viking axe that can pass through a man’s neck in a single swipe-and leave the severed head still conscious and capable of supernatural speech. Each disembodied head has a malevolent story of its own to tell, and it isn’t long before June finds herself in a desperate struggle to hack through their lies and manipulations… racing to save the man she loves before time runs out.  

 Collects BASKETFUL OF HEADS #1-7.

Smurfs Take> Weird series but all the right feel of a classic horror comic. I know a lot of the issues slipped under the radar for most but this trade is the best way to enjoy a one of a kind Joe Hill story.

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