#NewComicsDay and it’s a great day to be a comic book enthusiast! Fresh from his New York tip and heads off to Jacksonville Smurf drops off his top 5 must read of the week. Be sure to stop by our sponsor All C’s Collectibles who is ready to help in all of your comic needs and offering cash for your unwanted collectibles. Now We’ve got five stacked high ready to fly:
Star Wars Visions #1> Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai) is continuing his storytelling from the acclaimed STAR WARS: VISIONS episode “The Duel,” featuring the Ronin! The mythology of STAR WARS infused with elements of Feudal Japan makes this issue a must read for Star Wars and manga fans alike! (S) Takashi Okazaki (A) Takashi Okazaki
Smurfs Take> This series was spectacular, and I’m thrilled to see it come to the comics. It captured the heart of Star Wars and the way of the Samurai to create this epic feel, and world that felt mystic and familiar all at once. An absolute must for Sci-Fi, Star Wars, and Fantasy fans!
Daredevil #4> For months, Elektra Natchios has been developing a plan to save the world from the violent and ruthless HAND by rebuilding its opposite equal – the FIST. And with the world at large believing he’s dead, Matt Murdock has become her most trusted ally. But Elektra needs more than just an ally – she needs a partner. And in this issue, Matt and Elektra will grow closer than ever before… (S) Chip Zdarsky (A) Rafael De Latorre
Smurfs Take> Without trying to sound repetitive this has been a big breakout hit for me. Even if you’re not a big Daredevil fan I think you can find the story going on compelling and able to bring you back for more. I like what’s going on between the covers on this title, don’t miss it.
Batgirls #11> The Batgirls get help from none other than Gotham Academy’s very own Maps Mizoguchi and her brother Kyle to help decipher a clue they found that could help reveal who the killer behind all the Hill murders is, which leads them straight into…the city zoo… (S) Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan (A) Neil Googe
Smurfs Take> Great title, fun engaging read and worth picking up every week.
Amazing Spider-Man #11> The Return of the Hobgoblin! The timing of this goblin’s return with Peter working at Oscorp MUST be a coincidence, right? But who is donning the yellow cowl? Roderick Kingsley? Ned Leeds? Flash Thompson? If you know anything about Hobgoblin, you know that you know nothing about Hobgoblin. (S) Zeb Wells (A) John Romita
Smurfs Take> I have to say I’ve been on the fence with the current Spider-Man, not fully invested but not completely opposed either. The stories have been good, fine even but nothing dynamic or have left me wondering how our web-head will get out of this one. The Osborne side of the story albeit interesting while waiting for the other shoe to fall has been predictable. With the addition of the Hobgoblin I’m thinking we are about to see a major payoff in the story as it takes a sharp left turn. It will be great to see another villain for a change in these pages that hasn’t been played to death, while I fear it might just be another version of the Goblin. See what I mean about that fence.
Dark Crisis: World Without A Justice League Green Arrow #1> THE JUSTICE LEAGUE IS DEAD-LONG LIVE THE JUSTICE LEAGUE! When Pariah and his forces of the Great Darkness laid waste to the most powerful superheroes of all time, all hope was lost…until now. To power his weapons of war, Pariah has captured each member of the Justice League and trapped them on worlds suited to their every dream and desire…while the planets themselves slowly eat away at their respective inhabitants. When the Justice League went toe-to-toe with Pariah’s Dark Army, Green Arrow was fatally wounded by Doomsday…so how did he wake up on a world tailored to his every desire? And what dark bargain has Black Canary made to will these worlds into existence? Where there’s life there’s hope, and with that hope comes a deeper unraveling of the tapestry of the DCU’s biggest event of 2022!
(S) Dennis Culver, Stephanie Nicole Phillips (A) Nik Virella, Clayton Henry
Smurfs Take> As we start to get more of the story behind the death of the league, I have found myself pulled in even further. I think this whole series has been a fun read and feels like something I would have watched on a Saturday morning. Now the details come and what looks like the turning point to the story with this issue, excited to see where they take it and I have to say it’s been fun seeing Pariah running around again.
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