#NewComicsDay and it’s a great day to be a comic book enthusiast! It’s frigid out and that screams read comics to me. Here’s this week’s top five must read from Smurf along with his take on the issue. Lots of choices out there and we want you to get off on the right foot, sponsored by All C’s Collectibles who is running an art contest. Here’s a chance to design their new mascot Panto Mime, submissions must be received by March 31 but for now we’ve got five stacked high ready to fly:
Mandalorian #6> The prisoner! The Mandalorian is part of a crew of mercenaries springing a convict from a prison ship. (S) Rodney Barnes (A) Georges Jeanty
Smurfs Take> Yes I know, it’s right off the show, and to be fair that didn’t stop me from reading the ones based on the original movies over and over again. This series has been a fun read and I really liked this episode with a look at some new characters. It was also a great chance to see what Mando was really capable of and just how much of a badass he was. As a matter of fact, think I’m going to go watch the episode right now.
Batman/Spawn> Two dark heroes, cursed by tragedy, find their paths again crossing…but not by choice! What sinister foe is at work, pitting the Dark Knight against the Hellspawn? From the shadows of Gotham City to New York City, this epic event is the blockbuster you’ve been waiting almost two decades for!
DC will partner with CGC to include a Certificate of Authenticity with each signed copy of Batman/Spawn #1. CGC will witness and authenticate that the Batman/Spawn #1 copies were signed by Todd McFarlane and/or Greg Capullo. These will be eligible for CGC Signature Series if submitted by the submission deadline. (S) Todd McFarland (A) Greg Capullo
Smurfs Take> The original was a decent read for back in the day. Having these two (McFarland,Capullo) working together I feel should produce something spectacular. I have been trying to give Spawn a chance with all the new stories and versions going around and this could be the story that puts the character over the top.
Fables #157> Bigby and Snow have raised their children to be outstanding heroes, but just as they’re ready to congratulate each other on their parenting skills, Snow reveals a secret to Bigby that will rattle his world! (S) Bill Willingham (A) Mark Buckingham
Smurfs Take> If DC is so eager to mix things up, why not bring back the Vertigo line. I would love to see it’s return if we are going to get more stories like this. No capes but characters that are unique with stories to support them, not too difficult an ask….right. My only problem is the title doesn’t come out fast enough, bi-monthly would be amazing but I know that is a big ask.
Invincible Iron Man #1> Tony Stark, the genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist, has lost it all: his wealth…his fame…his friends. But Stark doesn’t realize he still has so much more to lose, especially when the assassins start to come for him! It’s the beginning of the end, as the Golden Avenger must fight for his life and find out what it really means to hit rock bottom. Join Gerry Duggan (X-Men) and Juan Frigeri (Avengers) as they take Iron Man to the darkest corners of the Marvel Universe yet! (S) Gerry Duggan (A) Juan Frigeri
Smurfs Take> I was perfectly fine with the last series and in fact gave me hope for Iron Man moving forward. Another new series with a whole new creative team is fine and might keep the streak alive but the expectation moving forward is high. I will give it a try; fingers crossed it picks up where the other left off.
Dark Crisis: Big Bang #1> After the monumental events of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4, Pariah has successfully resurrected the infinite Multiverse…and all of reality is still reeling from the event. Join Doctor Multiverse on a haunting journey through these newly re-formed realities, from The Jurassic League to DC: Mech…from Dark Knights of Steel to Batman ’89 and back again…in a guest-star-galore all-new epic by comics legends and DC architects Mark Waid! (S) Mark Wade (A) Dan Jurgens
Smurfs Take> I really don’t know if this is a good idea or not, but to be honest I don’t know if the Multiverse ever went away. I know how it was perceived was changed and there were some casualties to help clean things up and add to the drama, but DC tried to tie it in a neat little bow. I don’t think it’s wise for DC to embrace the Multiverse concept again when the main universe is and has been in such disarray. I know I have been on the side of new and different for some time now but that’s because of the lack of any solid direction or compelling stories in the main titles. I would never want to abandon them in favor of a disconnected universe lacking consequences.
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