#NewComicsDay is here and I don’t think I will be doing much of anything else as I look at all the titles hitting the shelves. This is also the big week for our sponsor All C’s with the free to attend Fan Expo is this weekend. It’s a great time to be a collector and comic enthusiast and here’s Smurfs #mustread pick of the week to get you started. We got five stacked high ready to fly:
Strange Academy #11> It’s a murder mystery at Strange Academy, and not the fun kind with the pretend roles. Toth has been shattered and everyone is a suspect. Can the teachers discover Whodunit? Could it be ONE OF THEM?!?! (S) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Smurfs Take> I know I have made a lot of comparisons to the X-Books with this title and to be fair maybe it felt like that at first. Now as we start to dive a little deeper into the overall story it’s starting to pull away for that and take a very interesting and almost sinister direction. This is not your X-Book….It’s better and has built an incredible story around characters you didn’t think you would care about. Everyone should be reading this series!
Joker #4> Main story: It’s murder and mayhem in the jungles of South America with pits The Joker pitted against everyone hunting him! He’s prepared for this massacre in a way that only the Clown Prince of Crime can…but what secret does he whisper to Jim Gordon as the bullets fly?! What is the TRUE mystery?! (S) Sam Johns (A) Mirka Andolfo, Guillem March
Smurfs Take> I had my doubts about this. I remember asking can you have too much Joker. This has been a better story than the Joker War was and far more entertaining. So no on the too much Joker question and yes to more Gordon as this title continues to bring me joy and I can only hope they turn this into an animated special.
Far Sector #12> When Jo Mullein left Earth for parts unknown, little did she know she’d end up becoming a Green Lantern at the farthest outpost in the known universe, dealing with a complex culture that was about to have its first murder in centuries. Investigating that death unearthed a lot of secrets and made her a lot of enemies, and it all comes to a head in this rousing final issue. Written by multiple Hugo Award winner N.K. Jemisin and drawn by Naomi co-creator Jamal Campbell, this epic space adventure is one you will want to read over and over again. (S) N.K. Jemisin (A) Jamal Campbell
Smurfs Take> A better Green Lantern than Hal Jordan? I wouldn’t rush to that decision just yet, but what I can say is one of the best surprise hit’s of the year for me. I know we haven’t seen the last of the character as we close out this limited run but where it goes from here remains a mystery.
Iron Man #9> THE ORIGIN OF KORVAC!
After discovering the strange new sensation of self-doubt, Korvac and his crew take a detour in deep space to search for an unlikely ally. But conversion can often be difficult, and soon Korvac is left wondering if he’ll ever have any followers born from faith rather than fear. (S) Christopher Cantwell (A) CAFU (CA) Alex Ross
Smurfs Take> I look forward to this title every month! It has all the right feels of the 80’s Iron Man. I know I keep saying that but with good reason, for me that was the golden time for this character. We have seen it before in other titles like the FF or Thor back in the day when legends were at the helm and we’re getting that right now with this title. It’s making me an Iron Man fan all over again.
Batman Earth One Volume Three> Harvey Dent is dead. Or is he? A gang of thieves thrusts Gotham City into a state of fear when they are mysteriously well-armed with military-grade weapons: flamethrowers, grenade launchers, and even tanks. And this gang claims it is funded by none other than former district attorney Harvey Dent. Balancing his two lives, Bruce Wayne must find the truth by tapping his growing network of agents, including Alfred Pennyworth, Jim Gordon, Waylon “Killer Croc” Jones, and the savvy new Catwoman. Bruce is distracted by the seemingly impossible return of another figure believed dead: his grandfather Adrian Arkham. He must also comfort his longtime friend, Gotham City mayor Jessica Dent, who is scarred both physically and mentally from her experience with the Riddler, which resulted in the gruesome death of her brother. But is Harvey back, plotting revenge on a city he proclaims to be guilty? When Batman discovers the truth behind these many mysteries, his entire world unravels. (S) Geoff Johns (A) Gary Frank
Smurfs Take> If DC is looking to mix up the main story line and universe this is where they should look. All of the stories that have been coming out of the Earth One line have been great. I know DC is struggling with it’s identity and keep trying to reset, do over, jump forward and back again with minimal success. The last few Batman issues have read more like a movie rather than a comic and that’s been a fantastic way of mixing it up, the perfect Elseworld.
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