Smurfs High Five

#NewComicsDay it’s a great day to be a comic book enthusiast as we look forward to the new year and with a week like this it’s looking bright. Especially if you’re a Batman fan because it seems that’s all DC can produce in titles. To help you navigate this week’s sea of titles Smurf has his top 5 picks and his take on the issue, so you’re not left adrift in the local comic shop. Sponsored by All C’s Collectibles who is calling on all artists to help design their new mascot “Panto Mime” for prizes and a championship belt. Submissions due by March 31 so get sketching, in the meantime we’ve got five stacked high ready to fly:

Daredevil #7> As Daredevil, both Elektra and Matt Murdock have made a home for super villains at the new stronghold of the Fist. But not everyone they’ve welcomed shares their vision for how things should be done. In this issue, that’s going to cost them – and put them on a collision course with the rest of the Marvel Universe! (S) Chip Zdarsky (A) Rafael De Latorre

 Smurfs Take> Marvel comes into the New Year swinging! I’m really digging the story, direction of the characters and just the impact of this title. The gray areas have become a little darker and I think we are bout to see a classic clash will keep fan talking for some time to come. Get in on this story now while you can still find issues!

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3> The Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime’s alliance started off shaky, but now it seems to have shattered entirely. Batman has imprisoned The Joker in the Batcave, desperate to find answers about both the disappearance of Jim Gordon and the strange, genetically modified humanoid monsters gathering severed heads across Gotham. But when one of these monsters’ tissue samples comes to life, Batman comes face-to-face with a creature even the World’s Greatest Detective doesn’t fully understand, and he may have no choice but to resume his partnership with his greatest enemy. (S) Marc Silvestri (A) Marc Silvestri

 Smurfs Take> I’m of two minds on this title. On one side of the coin this is some of the best work I have ever seen Silvestri do. The layouts are spectacular, line work is flawless, and some of the best character design the Batman title has seen in ages. It’s a very easy and comfortable Batman to get into, reminiscent of the now classic Hush run and holding close to that feel. On the other it’s a bit of a price gouge as the pages are….not many and while there is a story to tell it’s a little lean in places. I know the larger black label status and higher quality paper stock calls for a bigger price point this could’ve easily been done in the standard format. Worth the read? Yes but…..just ouch.   

Star Wars: The Mandalorian #7> An old contact extends an invitation for the Mandalorian to make peace with his enemies. (S) Rodney Barnes (A) Georges Jeanty

 Smurfs Take> Reliving the show through the comic has been a blast and to be honest has encouraged me to watch the episode after reading the issue. Yes, it’s a bit much but it’s been a slow month. This has been a welcome addition to the Star Wars line of comics and I’m excited to see where it goes after we wrap up the first season in the next couple of issues.

Predator #6> Theta and the Astar team are under attack by a Predator! But is this the one Theta has been searching for all her life? Don’t miss what happens as Theta comes face-to-face with what could be her final battle! (S) Ed Brisson (A) Kev Walker

 Smurfs Take> This is what comics are all about. Far off world, people in fear for their lives, and monsters…well monster. This reads like a classic 80’s Sci-Fi/Horror movie and it’s glorious. The right balance of story with action and has been perfect for me so far.

Black Cloak #1> SERIES PREMIERE Eisner Award-winning writer KELLY THOMPSON heads to Image for the first time with BLACK CLOAK, an all-new series with artist MEREDITH McCLAREN! Blade Runner style mixes with SAGA-esque drama in a delectable fantasy/sci-fi blend as two Black Cloaks try to solve the murder of a beloved prince in Kiros, the last city in the known world, before his murder tips the city into war. The mystery begins in a spectacular TRIPLE-LENGTH FIRST ISSUE for $4.99! (S) Kelly Thompson (A) Meredith McClaren

 Smurfs Take> Something different this week with this title and looks like it should be a fun read. Image continues to stretch the boundaries of comics and really just making them fun and enjoyable to read. Some might not be for everyone but they are willing to try and see how the fans react.   

#NewComics #Comcs #NCBD #MustRead #ComicBookEnthusiast #Top5 #Marvel #DC #Image #StarWars #Scifi #Horror #Popculture #SmurfsTake #5280Geek #StayGeeky

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