#NewComicsDay and it’s a great day to be a comic book enthusiast! Smurf has some thoughts on this week must read comics and his #Top5 pick of the week as we step back in time for some of them. Sponsored by All C’s Collectibles who is running out of vendor space for their Fan Expo September 23 through the 25, grab a table while you can. In the meantime, we’ve got five stacked high ready to fly:
Batman: One Dark Knight #3> From the sewers under Gotham to the roiling waters of the harbor, Batman’s march toward Blackgate Prison is nearing its end…but far from being a passive prisoner, E.M.P. has his own mission to fulfill-and there’s no way he’s letting the Dark Knight stop him from carrying it out! (S) Jock (A) Jock
Smurfs Take> I’m enjoying this series more than the regular ongoing Batman title at the moment. It’s Batman at his best…well worst really as he’s cut off from everything but demonstrates why Batman is so cool. Being resourceful, going beyond what a person expects and best of all…just being smooth. Great read so far ready for the ride to continue!
Wild Cards: The Drawing of Cards #1> THE LEGENDARY GEORGE R.R. MARTIN SUPER HERO SERIES COMES TO MARVEL! Spanning more than 25 novels, more than 20 short stories, released over three decades and written by more than 40 authors, the Wild Cards series tells the story of an alternate history in which the Earth is home to super-powered individuals. When a human is infected with the alien “Wild Card” virus, the odds are that they will be killed…which is referred to as “drawing the black queen.” Of those who survive, the bulk of them become “jokers,” left with some strange mutated form. A lucky few are called “aces,” those gifted with super-powers they can put to use toward heroes goals…or villainous ones. Now, for the first time in comic book form, see how the Wild Cards universe began with an adaptation of the very first stories in the original Wild Cards novel. Based on stories by Harold Waldrop, Roger Zelazny and series mastermind and editor, George R.R. Martin, Wild Cards is a stellar introduction to a whole new world reshaped by the emergence of superpowers. (S) Paul Cornell (A) Mike Hawthorne
Smurfs Take> Before Game of Thrones there was Wild Cards and I loved this series! So many amazing characters and a world that I absolutely loved, couldn’t get enough of this book series. I know there have been a few attempts at this in comic form and I have high hopes it will be a hit simply for the nostalgia and love of the books.
Image! #4> Our year-long celebration of Image Comics’ 30th anniversary continues!
This issue features the latest installments of “The Blizzard” by GEOFF JOHNS & ANDREA MUTTI, “Red Stitches” by BRENDEN FLETCHER & ERICA HENDERSON, “Gehenna” by PATRICK KINDLON & MAURIZIO ROSENZWEIG, and the final chapters of WES CRAIG’s “Kaya”, KYLE HIGGINS & DANIELE DI NICUOLO’s “Shift” and MIRKA ANDOLFO’S “Hopeless.” Plus: The beginning of MARIA LLOVET’s three-part serial “All the Things We Didn’t Do Last Night,” “Makeshift Patriot” by SEAN LEWIS & BENJAMIN MACKEY, and the continuation of “Billy Dogma” by DEAN HASPIEL and “Stupid Fresh Mess” by SKOTTIE YOUNG! (S) Various (A) Various
Smurfs Take> All of the love for Image and it’s amazing titles in one place. Every issue has been worth the read and has even made me curious about a few titles I haven’t been reading. Great idea and so easy to read, a must for any comic fan!
Gambit #1> All-NEW ADVENTURES OF THE LEGENDARY THIEF BY CO-CREATOR CHRIS CLAREMONT! You think you know all there is to know about Remy LeBeau, the Ragin’ Cajun, the mutant known as GAMBIT — but legendary X-scribe Chris Claremont has an ace up his sleeve with this new series! Before he joined the X-MEN, Gambit encountered a mysterious girl named ‘RO — the mutant STORM regressed to her child self by the nefarious NANNY — and the two went up against the forces of the SHADOW KING! Now, revealed for the first time, Gambit finds his path to becoming the heroic X-Man millions of fans call their favorite! Joined by rising star artist Sid Kotian, Chris weaves a story of action, intrigue and revenge that made Gambit the mutant he is and forged his relationship with Storm. You’ll get a charge out of this one, mon ami! (S) Chris Claremont (A) Sid Kotian
Smurfs Take> The trend continues for Marvel as they take steps back in time to tell new stories. Some have been great and happy to revisit, and a few have fallen short of expectations and came off more as a cash grab to me. I don’t know exactly where this one will land but with Chris heading up the writing, I’m a little more confident about this title. This was a great era for the X-Men, I’m not the only one to say or think this as we see the industry bring this time period to the forefront. See how it goes.
Ant-Man #1> Flash back to the early days of Hank Pym’s career as the astonishing Ant-Man! It’s date night for Hank and his girlfriend Janet Van Dyne, but nobody told that to Ant-Man’s enemies! Watch as Hank’s ant-agonists band together to finally take down the scientific adventurer! But will anyone come to his rescue? And who is the mysterious stranger who stalks him? Join Al Ewing (IMMORTAL HULK) and Tom Reilly (THE THING) as they explore the history of every hero (past, present and future!) called Ant-Man! (S) Al Ewing (A) Tom Reilly
Smurfs Take> Same here as the Gambit title above it. Another flash back story that could be fun with a different perspective from the angry Pym image we have from the back in the day Avengers.
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