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It’s a DC dominated #NewComicsDay as we get some promising new titles. Here is Smurfs High Five to help you narrow down what you’re looking for.

shazam #1Shazam #1> The superstar team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham reunite to launch the first all-new SHAZAM! monthly title set in the DC Universe in almost 20 years! (What took you guys so long?!)
Teenager turned super-hero Billy Batson struggles to balance school and superheroics! (Guess which one is more fun?) But when Shazam unlocks a shocking secret deep within the Rock of Eternity, it challenges everything he knows about the worlds of magic and his family’s future as its champions! Also, witness the bizarre team-up of Dr. Sivana and Mr. Mind as they set off to build a society all their own! Don’t miss the start of an epic run in the making as “Shazam and the Seven Realms” begins! (S) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Dale Eaglesham

Smurfs Take> One of the most under used characters in the DC Universe. I have always had a soft spot for this character but when you have Superman you tend to be overshadowed. I know its hard to write for a character who is a kid without making more focused on younger readers. When they brought him back in one of the restarts as a back story for the Justice League books I was impressed. I know it lost momentum but I still think that goes back to making the character relatable. Regrettably we just can’t have the Shazam from Kingdom Come pop up but the potential for this title is huge.

manhunter #1Martian Manhunter #1> No matter what you know about J’onn J’onnz, you’re not prepared for this! The acclaimed team of writer Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo (BATMAN/ THE SHADOW, BATMAN: NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN) reteam for a reinvention of the Manhunter from Mars in this twisted, unexpected series. Back on Mars, J’onn was about as corrupt as a law officer can be, and when a reckoning comes for his entire society, he’ll get a second chance he doesn’t want or deserve! One shocking murder, and an unexpected fragment of the Mars he lost, will change his life-and the course of the Earth-forever! (S) Steve Orlando (A/CA) Riley Rossmo

Smurfs Take> Another character that has been hard pressed to find something other than a supporting role. Always left on monitor duty it seems for the Justice League but there is so much more they could do with J’onn. You think with a character that literally can become anything it would be much easier to find a home and a storyline for him. This might be that chance.

gl 2Green Lantern#2> Someone is transporting a mysterious cargo out of the Great Void, and it spells trouble for the universe at large! Hal Jordan interrogates a member of the Spider Guild for answers and uses his pheremones as an interrogation tool, but can he extract the info in time?! Meanwhile, Volgar Ro makes a play for Earth while its emerald protector is off-world! (S) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Liam Sharp

Smurfs Take> For the first time in a very long while it felt amazing to read a Green Lantern comic. How the story was told, the art, just the feel was something of greatness waiting to break through. Yes it was only one issue but what an issue. Mystery, monsters, and Hal Jordan.

doomsday #8Doomsday Clock #8> The critical and commercial hit series by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank continues following the shocking revelations of last issue. As the truth behind Dr. Manhattan’s actions against the DC Universe are revealed, Ozymandias turns to the only being who can stop him: Superman. (S) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Gary Frank

Smurfs Take> The only thing I would change about this series is when it comes out. It’s worth the wait and a great story that I didn’t think DC could pull off but it’s fantastic.




One day, Erik Killmonger will rise up and attempt to steal the throne of Wakanda. The throne he believes he is owed. But long before he became “Killmonger,” there was a boy known as N’Jadaka. A boy who was stolen from his home and taught only the world’s cruelties. A boy who knew the Black Panther only as a fairy tale, a whisper from strangers. This is the story of a man who driven by revenge. This is the legend of Killmonger. (S) Bryan Edward Hill (A/CA) Juan Ferreyra

Smurfs Take> I love that out of the movies we are getting series like this. A way to connect the characters to the Marvel Universe in a more complete fashion. One of those characters that needs a bigger expanse is Killmonger.


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#NewComicsDay is a light week as we close out November but that doesn’t mean Smurf is without his top picks for this weeks High Five.

heroes in crisis 3Heroes in Crisis #3> Tragedies deepen as more secrets behind the “superhero hospital” called Sanctuary are revealed! What compelled Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to create it in the first place? How was it built? And if the hospital truly is alive via A.I., who – or what – is the brain of “Sanctuary?” Another layer peeled back in the biggest mystery woven through the entire DC Universe. (S) Tom King (A/CA) Clay Mann

Smurfs Take> Last issue was a stunner and doesn’t look to be an end in sight as the story starts to really get going.



dead man logan 1Dead Man Logan #1> DEAD MEANS DEAD.
The writing’s been on the wall for months now… Logan is dying. And he ain’t getting any better. Sick from the Adamantium coating his skeleton, his search for a cure has led to nothing but dead ends. But for once he’s actually trying to leave this world with some unfinished business… Can Logan take his last breath without slaughtering the X-Men again? Not if Mysterio has anything to say about it…
Superstar creative team ED BRISSON (OLD MAN LOGAN, UNCANNY X-MEN) and MIKE HENDERSON (DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN), with covers by DECLAN SHALVEY (MOON KNIGHT), is putting this old dog out of his misery with a bang! (S) Ed Brisson (A) Mike Henderson (CA) Declan Shalvey

Smurfs Take> Everyone knew this was going to happen with the return of our Wolverine. Marvel has it’s mind set on killing Wolverine no matter which one it is I had just thought it would have been a little less of a production is all.

the-warning-1The Warning #1> An enormous machine slowly materializes in a major West Coast city. Who sent it—and why—is a mystery, understood only by the malevolent beings gliding silently toward Earth through the inky vastness of space. In response, a multinational combat brigade called Gladiator Two-Six is deployed. Outfitted with next-generation military science and weapons, they’re tasked with stopping any extraterrestrial threat that emerges. (S) Edward Laroche (A) Edward Laroche

Smurfs Take> Looking for something different this week to pick up? This is that book. I love the premise, or maybe I am in the mood for a could alien suspense story. This has all the right elements of a great page turner and story you can really get into.

When a group of world leaders is taken hostage by one of Spider-Man’s old foes, Riri Williams will have to step up her game. And she’ll be stunned when someone from back in Sweet Home Chicago enters her life…  CHAMPIONS artist Kevin Libranda joins award-winning poet Eve Ewing, as Ironheart steps boldly out of Tony Stark’s shadow to forge her own future! (S) Eve Ewing (A) Kevin Libranda, Luciano Vecchio (CA) Amy Reeder

Smurfs Take> Not that long ago I thought Marvel was set to replace all of its main characters. Cap wasn’t Cap, Thor was unworthy, Hulk dead, and Iron Man gone. All set for the next age of heroes to continue the fight….Now I have no clue. I liked Ironheart, the character was well thought out and fit well into the story. I don’t know if I was impressed enough with her for a continuation of her story. To be honest I think I would be more interested in another War Machine series.

aquaman drowned earth 1Aquaman Justice League Drowned Earth #1> “DROWNED EARTH” finale! Aquaman faces the truth behind Atlantis’ past and must find a way to reclaim the power of his birthright or watch the floodwaters drown everything he has ever loved! With the world at stake and the Justice League on their last sea legs in their battle against the Ocean Lords, Arthur makes the ultimate sacrifice to return balance to land and sea!   (S) Scott Snyder (A) Howard Porter (A/CA) Francis Manapul

Smurfs Take> Both Justice League and Aquaman have ben on a solid roll for me and the Drowned Earth story line is no exception. There is a lot more to it than just another Atlantis going to war with the surface dwellers. I know there is the big push for Aquaman with the movie but this has been worth the read. #Comics #DC #Marvel #Image #Top5 #SmurfsTake #5280Geek

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For the long weekend here is an extended Smurfs High Five for #NewComicsDay to include a few trades you might want to pick up as well. Would hate for you to run out of things to read.

middlewest-1Middlewest #1> The lands between the coasts are vast, slow to change, and full of hidden magics. Mistakes have been made, and in this NEW ONGOING SERIES, an unwitting adventurer searches for answers to quell a coming storm that knows his name. From author SKOTTIE YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND, Deadpool) and artist JORGE CORONA (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET, Feathers, Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack) comes the tale of Abel, a young boy who must navigate an old land in order to reconcile his family’s history. (S) Skottie Young (A) Jorge Corona

Smurfs Take> I have been looking forward to this story for some time now. The art and the whole idea I find compelling. That is something I have to say about Image, they are not afraid of a story. Do not miss this one or overlook it because I see great things for this title.    

carnage #1Web of Venom Carnage Born #1> Join DONNY CATES as he continues to snake his tendrils through the VENOM mythos – this time visiting the sickening sociopath called CARNAGE!  A cruel cannibal obsessed with death and murder, few mourned Cletus Kasady after he seemingly died in VENOMIZED. But now a cult devoted to the madman has gathered, hoping to resurrect their fallen idol and return his madness to the Marvel Universe… (S) Donny Cates (A) Danilo Beyruth (CA) Kyle Hotz

Smurfs Take> One of the key factors to me getting this book is Donny Cates. I have never liked the Carnage character. Yeah, I said it. But after seeing what Donny has done in the Venom title and story line I have hope that my opinion will change. I have faith he is going to take us on just an entertaining ride

marvel knights 2Marvel Knights 20th #2> In celebration of the legendary imprint founded by Marvel’s CCO Joe Quesada, a new crop of talent stands poised to tell a groundbreaking story across the Marvel Universe!
In the cemetery, the blind man does not know who he is, or why he has come to this particular grave at this moment.
He doesn’t know the burly police officer with the wild story who has approached him.
Or the strangely intense man who sits in the rear seat of the patrol car, his eyes flashing green.
But all of that is about to change.
Because Matt Murdock is beginning to remember…
In a colorless world without heroes, the spark of light…must come from the dark… (S) Matthew Rosenberg, Donny Cates (A) Niko Henrichon (CA) Geoff Shaw

Smurfs Take> Good first issue. Same as I remember? No but that isn’t a bad thing. It was still compelling and different enough from the rest of Marvel that I am coming back for the second issue.  

east of west 40East of West #40> “PSALM 137”
And so, the son of Death met Death on the road to Jerusalem. Selah.  (S) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Nick Dragotta

Smurfs Take> This has been long in coming and cant wait to read it. Hickman has been spot on in world building character development and just great story telling.






gobots 1Go-Bots #1> Go-Bots have changed our way of life. Leader-1 is a self-aware fighter jet on a hostage rescue mission with his partner, Commander Nick Burns. Scooter is the personal transport and best friend to undergrad A.J. Foster. Turbo is Matt Hunter’s transforming race car in the hottest sport in America, Go-Bot Racing. Cy-Kill is the champion of the illegal, underground Go-Bot Fighting League. A sophisticated sci-fi epic from the visionary creator that brought you Transformers vs. G.I. JOE. They say they’re here to help us, but are they here to replace us?

From the creative mind that brought you IDW’s Transformers vs. G.I. JOE!
Visionary creator Tom Scioli unleashes his imagination on the bizarre, absurd, and wonderful world of Go-Bots! (S) Tom Scioli (A/CA) Tom Scioli

Smurfs Take> Sure we all had them as a kid. The cheaper Transformer that wasn’t as cool but simple and fun to play with. Even had its own cartoon, didn’t explain a whole lot but again was just simple and fun. Never really knowing the origin I guess bothers me a little. I mean we know they are here to take sales away from Transformers but that no longer being the case it might be a fun trip down memory lane.


Immortal Hulk TPImmortal Hulk TP Vol 1> Horror has a name. You’d never notice the man. He doesn’t like to be noticed. He’s quiet. Calm. If someone were to shoot him in the head…all he’d do is die. Until night falls – and someone else gets up again. The man’s name is Banner. The horror is the Immortal Hulk! And trouble has a way of following them both. As reporter Jackie McGee tries to put together the pieces, Banner treads a lonely path from town to town, finding murder, mystery and tragedy as he goes. And what Banner finds, the Hulk smashes! Elsewhere, the hero called Sasquatch can’t help but feel involved. In many ways, he’s Banner’s equal – and his opposite. Sasquatch is about to risk his life by looking for the man – and finding the monster! Collecting IMMORTAL HULK #1-5 and material from AVENGERS (2016) #684 by Jim Zub and Mark Waid. (S) Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Mark Waid (A) Joe Bennett (CA) Alex Ross

Smurfs Take> This has been a great read. To bring back the Hulk but in a more of a Horror setting is perfect and the Hulk actually shows up. The bigger story arc of how he is back is also compelling. Overall something different from the house of ideas with a familiar face.  

spectacular tp 4Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man TP VOL 4> Peter Parker, and his allies Teresa Parker and J. Jonah Jameson have saved the past from the Tinkerer’s nefarious scheme – that’s good! But they’ve returned to a future they never knew – that’s bad! Because in a world without Spider-Man, Norman Osborn reigns supreme! Can Spidey trust one of history’s greatest villains to help him fix the timeline? Meanwhile, the Vedomi, a universal collective of artificial intelligences, are intent on destroying all mankind – and it’s up to Spidey to stop them! Then, brace yourself for a Sandman story like no other, as what should have been a simple altercation suddenly turns very dark! And in a very special tale, filmmakers set out to document Spider-Man’s impact on New York City – but there’s no way they could have predicted what happens to them next! Collecting PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (2017) #304-310. (S) Chip Zdarsky (A) Juan Frigeri, Chris Bachalo, Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Adam Kubert

Smurfs Take> I had no idea what I was in for when I first picked up this title. Figured something different from the main title that had gotten a little muddied for me. This series it perfect! It feels like the Amazing title of old. Fresh, form the 80’s but better writing and art. That comfortable feel you get after putting on your favorite sweatshirt fresh from the dryer. Read this! Love this! You will not be disappointed.

venom tp 1Venom by Donny Cates TP Vol 1> An ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York. With it, something equally evil has been awakened in that most wicked of web-slingers: Venom! The symbiote may still be a Lethal Protector of innocents in New York, but this never-before-seen threat could possibly force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including its human host, Eddie Brock! As Eddie and Venom summon the strength to defend New York against the most powerful foe they’ve ever faced, there’s one more thing standing in their way: Miles Morales, Spider-Man! Two of the hottest creators in comics today, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, join forces to deliver a Venom adventure a thousand years in the making! Collecting VENOM (2018) #1-6. (S) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Stegman

Smurfs Take> I am sure many of you were like me and feared the return of the Lethal Protector. Flash was doing a good job, there was more to the title than Eddie fighting with himself and the suit. I am glad I gave this a chance. The story and character development have been a fairytale of it’s own. Establishing the character while pulling from the old but not so much it gets in the way. Sure they recall the time in space, being a Dark Avenger, and the time before but don’t dwell on it. I like where they have taken this, taken Venom and worth picking up.  

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#NewComicsDay New week and a new High Five from Smurf. On top of all of these don’t miss out on the end of Cosmic Ghost Rider and Plasticman. War is still raging in Spider-Man, Vader gets a new house, and Fred is alive. All this and more awaits you at the local comic shop.

They are the five dreadlords, the Cull Obsidian, Thanos’ most feared warriors and disciples… Ruthless villains to a one, the Black Order has been dispatched by the Grandmaster to destabilize a burgeoning empire, and along the way they come to realize that as big and as bad as they are, there is always someone bigger and badder… The bombastic writing style of novelist Derek Landy (Skulduggery Pleasant) and the electrifying artwork of Philip Tan combine for an absolutely unhinged super-villain adventure! (S) Derek Landy (A/CA) Philip Tan

Smurfs Take> When Thanos showed up with Generals I was annoyed. Thanos doesn’t need help caring out orders; he just does it. He can conquer a planet on his own and doesn’t need this cannon fodder. I was so wrong. The Black Order was a stroke of genius, as if he recruited living aspects of the Infinity Stones. The little glimpse we have seen is awesome; cant wait to see what the full picture looks like. Book of the Year right here!

Avengers #10Avengers #10> THE EARTH’S MOST HATED HEROES?!
After 700 issues of saving the world, you’d think the Avengers would be due some celebration. But instead the whole world seems to be gunning for them, especially Namor’s fearsome new Defenders of the Deep and the reimagined Russian Super-Soldiers of the Winter Guard. And that’s not to mention the shocking surprise the U.S. government has in store for our heroes. Plus: The all-new Agents of Wakanda! The mystery of the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC deepens! A key revelation concerning the resurrection of Wolverine! And the next startling new Avenger is revealed! (S) Jason Aaron (A) Ed McGuinness, Adam Kubert, Andrea Sorrentino (A/CA) David Marquez

Smurfs Take> Great team, awesome story! This is what the Avengers are all about and every team book compared to. Do not skip over this title, you will regret it.

Uncanny #1Uncanny X-Men #1> THE CHILDREN OF THE ATOM ARE BACK!
New ongoing series kicking off with a 10-part weekly epic, the flagship X-Men series that started it all is back and better than ever! Starting with a mysterious and tragic disappearance, the X-Men are drawn into what might be…their final adventure?! X-Fan favorite writers Ed Brisson (EXTERMINATION), Matthew Rosenberg (PHOENIX RESURRECTION) and Kelly Thompson (MR. & MRS. X) and all-star artists Mahmud Asrar (X-MEN RED), R.B. Silva (X-MEN BLUE), Yildiray Cinar (WEAPON X) and Pere Pérez (ROGUE AND GAMBIT) join forces to bring you…X-MEN DISASSEMBLED?! (S) Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Mahmud A. Asrar, Mark Bagley, Mirko Colak (CA) Leinil Francis Yu

Smurfs Take> Now that the X-Men film rights have come home to Marvel we are starting to see a more attentive approach to their titles. I don’t know if that is going to help fix the damage that has already been done. I like Kitty being in charge, X-Men Gold has been a refreshing change to a rather flat choice in X-Titles. To be honest I gave up on the X-Men with the end of the first series. It went to a place and feel I didn’t recognize or like. I can only hope this will bring back a team and story worthy of the X-Men name.  

superman #5Superman #5> What could tempt Kryptonian criminal General Zod to reenter the Phantom Zone after years of imprisonment? As Superman tries to free himself from the Kryptonian jail and fight off the monster who destroyed Krypton, Zod returns to face Rogol Zaar and get vengeance for his dead world and its lost potential. (S) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Joe Prado, Ivan Reis

Smurfs Take> ZOD! That is all





flash #58Flash #58> “FORCE QUEST” part one! Following “Flash War,” Barry Allen remains the Flash, but he’s no longer the Fastest Man Alive! With Hunter Zolomon on the run, and new forces such as the Strength, Sage and Still Forces unleashed on the Multiverse, Barry must leave Central City behind and travel the world to learn the secret history of the Speed Force. (S) Joshua Williamson (A) Rafa Sandoval (CA) Rafael Sandoval (A/CA) Jordi Tarragona

Smurfs Take> Flash has been a constant great read. A perfect blend of story and classic feel with the right mix of the Rogues Gallery. Now I wonder how they are going to explore the Seep Force. We have seen multiple takes on it, hell Barry and Wally were part of it. So to think there is still a secret to it is exciting. I wonder if we will also get more on Max Mercury?  

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Smurf has a moment of Shangri-La this week as a couple titles pull on some fond memories for him. Maybe a return to greatness? In addition the War still rages across the stars and along the multiverse, there is a lot going on this week in your local shop be sure not to miss it. Here is Smurfs High Five


GL #1Green Lantern #1> Superstar writer Grant Morrison (Batman, All-Star Superman) returns to DC alongside red-hot artist Liam Sharp (The Brave AND the Bold, Wonder Woman) to launch a new, ongoing series: THE GREEN LANTERN!
In this debut issue, when Earth’s space cop, Hal Jordan, encounters an alien hiding in plain sight, it sets off a chain of events that rocks the Green Lantern Corps-and quite possibly the Multiverse at large-to its very core. There’s an inter-galactic conspiracy afoot, as well as a traitor in the GL Corps’ ranks, so strap in for more mind-bending adventures in this masterpiece in the making. (S) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Liam Sharp

Smurfs Take> I never thought I would see this day. GL in the top spot and penned by Grant Morrison. When Geoff Johns finished his epic run I tried to continue to read the title but couldn’t. Nothing seemed to compare, it was hallow and in my opinion lacked the heart it had. In my mind I had seen the end of my heroes story and was good with it…..till now. Holy Crap! This is amazing and stunning and has refreshed the imagination I thought long gone. A story not only do I want to read but be part of! This is the start of something legendary; like Simonson on Thor or Miller on Batman something everyone will talk about for years to come.

Marvel Kights #1Marvel Knights 20th #1> In celebration of the legendary imprint founded by Marvel’s CCO Joe Quesada, a new crop of talent stands poised to tell a groundbreaking story across the Marvel Universe!
In the cemetery, the blind man does not know who he is, or why he has come to this particular grave at this moment.
He doesn’t know the burly police officer with the wild story who has approached him.
Or the strangely intense man who sits in the rear seat of the patrol car, his eyes flashing green.
But all of that is about to change.
Because Matt Murdock is beginning to remember…
In a colorless world without heroes, the spark of light…must come from the dark… (S) Donny Cates (A) Travel Foreman (CA) Geoff Shaw

Smurfs Take> I loved this line back in the day. The chance to tell a little grittier story, using characters that we hadn’t seen for a bit. This will be the second book I read this week with high hopes its the start of something great and lightning can hit twice.

Infinity War #5Infinity Wars #5> Introducing… Loki’s Cosmic Avengers! (S) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Mike Deodato

Smurfs Take> Oh…this is going to be good








7 to eternity #12Seven to Eternity #12> In order to save the Mud King, Adam must make a terrible choice. (S) Rick Remender (A/CA) Jerome Opena

Smurfs Take> I don’t know if I can continue to sympathize with Adam. I know what he s trying to do but I never saw him going this far. That is one of the many things I love about this book. It gets you invested. Hooks you in the feels and keeps you thinking.





spidergeddon #3Spider-Geddon #3> REVENGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE!
One SUPERIOR SPIDER is willing to do whatever it takes to defeat the Inheritors! Will Miles and his team have to stop him before he goes TOO FAR? Stand together or fall separately – isn’t that how it goes? (S) Christos Gage (A) Carlo Barberi (CA) Jorge Molina

Smurfs Take> I will be the first to admit when I am wrong. When the story line of Doc Oct taking over Spider-mans body started I was upset, angry, and annoyed. I continued to read (Always have to see what happens) and have to admit I really enjoyed the whole run. The attitude may have been over the top at times but the ideas and style of the character was challenging and fresh. To see him back has almost made me miss him. Things are heating up, it’s the part of our story when everything goes boom!

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It’s Halloween! Grab your books along with a flash light and crawl under the covers! Here are some of Smurfs haunted high fives to chill you to your bones. Get them quick before tonight’s little monsters show up at your door.

Wytches_BadEggHalloween-1Wytches> Bad Egg Halloween Special> “BAD EGG” Serving as both a stand-alone story in the WYTCHES world and a prequel to the highly anticipated WYTCHES, VOL. 2, “BAD EGG” tells the story of Seb and Jackson—two innocent teenagers reared on opposite sides of the eternal struggle between good and evil. Sebastian’s mother is a member of “The Irons,” the most ruthless Wytch hunters in history, while Jackson’s family are “High Horn” Wytches. Can these two boys find friendship amidst this age-old blood feud, or are their fates already sealed? Collecting the entire IMAGE+ magazine run and, for the first time, the 13-page, pulse-pounding conclusion plus extra materials, WYTCHES: BAD EGG reunites the Eisner-award winning duo of SCOTT SNYDER and JOCK in a horror-filled romp just in time for Halloween! (S) Scott Snyder (A) JOCK

Smurfs Take> Love Love Loved the Wytches series and excited for its return. Perfect book for today, perfect book for any day really, such a wonderfully dark little book.

avengers special #1Avengers Halloween Special #1> TRICK OR TREAT, TRUE BELIEVERS!
PLUS! Spooky stories starring the X-Men & Doctor Doom!
Epic thrills and ghastly horror awaits in these all-new twisted tales! Spanning the breadth of the Marvel Universe, through the macabre lens of a murderer’s row of writers and artists assembled here, see your favorite heroes and villains as you’ve never seen them before!
Also including the Marvel Comics writing debut of Jay Baruchel (This is the End; Goon)! (S) Gerry Duggan, More (A) Laura Braga, Luca Pizzari, Robert Quinn (CA) Geoff Shaw

Surfs Take> I love the old Horror books. They are some of the best representations of amazing art and storytelling combined. When I see the annual book from Marvel it makes me all nostalgic Marvel has had some great twisted tales over the years and this one looks to be a special one for sure.

heroes crisis #2Heroes in Crisis #2> Suspected of murder, [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] find themselves on the run from the super-hospital called Sanctuary -with each thinking the other one is the real killer! It’s up to Batman to solve this heinous crime, but suspicion falls on him when Superman and Wonder Woman ponder just how much Sanctuary’s A.I. is telling them. Meanwhile, [REDACTED] tries to make a shady deal to hide from the Trinity, while [REDACTED] searches out an old friend to help him out of this mess-and only gets deeper in trouble. (S) Tom King (A/CA) Clay Mann

Smurfs Take> I will admit I wasn’t sure what to expect with the first issue. Was it gong to be more of a statement based on the current culture climate, a public service to raise awareness. It turned out to be a great lead in story and a decent mystery making you ask all the right questions.

batman files #1Batman Secret Files #1> Delve into Batman’s case histories and discover brand-new stories by some of comics’ most exciting talents. The BATMAN team of Tom King and Mikel Janin provides a framing sequence, setting up our hand-picked teams of creators to take a look at Bat-mysteries past and present. Featuring a bevy of Batman villains, including a look at how the Scarecrow’s fear toxin affects the common man, and a special story written by Tom Taylor with art by Brad Walker that  teams the Dark Knight Detective with Detective Chimp. (S) Tom King, Jodie Bellaire, Ram V., Cheryl Lynn Eaton, Tom Taylor (A) Jorge Fornes, Elena Casagrande, Brad Walker (A/CA) Mikel Janin

Smurfs Take> I don’t know if we really need another Batman title. I will give it a chance and I am excited about the Superman story that is in this issue but I don’t know how long I will stay. Maybe I got burned out from the 90’s with all the different Batman titles? I know some stories to fit into the regular pages and you need a way to tell them. Just please keep it simple with good stories please.

Emma #1X-Men Black Emma Frost #1> THE DIAMOND DIVA STRIKES BACK!
Before she was an X-Man, Emma Frost was White Queen of the Hellfire Club where she labored under the yolk of Sebastian Shaw, the Black King. Now she sets her sights on the club, determined to tear down the organization that wronged her…if she can convince the X-Men to help out. PLUS: Part 5 of X-MEN BLACK: APOCALYPSE! (S) Leah Williams (A) Chris Bachalo (CA) J. Scott Campbell

Smurfs Take> I miss when Emma had her own series. I miss when Emma was part of the Hellfire club and was a force to recon with. I don’t know if I really miss her as an X-Men? I think the character is great but I hated they felt the need to attach her right away to Scott. With that behind us I am looking forward to seeing where she is going next.

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Smurfs High Five

#NewComicsDay Women dominate the top spots this week as we some great stories hit the shelves. The continuation of one that has Smurf all worked up and best of all no force on earth can stop X-Men Black this week. Don’t forget the Punisher with a special team up this week, Wolverine is working on his return, and Batman Beyond hits 25.

old lady harley #1Old Lady Harley #1> After liberating New York City from her now-feral Gang of Harleys, poor Harley wants nothing more than to slip back into retirement in her coastal (and heavily guarded) paradise. But the Laughing Boys Gang has another idea-they’ll follow her to the ends of the Earth, to drag her back to their leader! It can’t actually be…him! Right?! He couldn’t possibly still be alive, could he? After all…Harley killed him herself with her bare hands! Should she turn to President Power Girl for help? Or flee to the 51st state, Atlantis? Step into an insane vision of a future DC Universe we all better hope we don’t live to see! (S) Tieri, Frank (A) Inaki Miranda (CA) Mauricet

Smurfs Take> Is it weird that I am intrigued by this title? The quick peeks into the future are always fun, see who is still around, Earth shaking revelations into the fate of some of the heroes  but this might resemble Mr. Toads wild ride.  Of course the big question on everyone’s mind; what happened with the Joker? This should be a fun read for sure!

spidergwen #1Spider-Gwen Ghost-Spider #1> A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE IN!
What? You thought we were done with Gwen Stacy after the first two landmark volumes of her series?! GET OUTTA HERE. It’s a whole new spin on Gwen and her world of Earth-65, brought to you by none other than SEANAN MCGUIRE & ROSI KÄMPE! We pick up with Gwen right where we left her – fighting crime through her home reality, unaware that it sits on the precipice of interdimensional calamity! Someone’s gonna be late to band practice… (S) Seanan McGuire (A) Rosi Kampe (CA) Bengal




spidergeddon #2Spider-Geddon #2> The Inheritors have made landfall and have drawn first blood. Now the Spiders have to gather their army and start their missions. But can it possibly be enough for an incredibly powerful family that eat Spider-People?  (S) Christos Gage, Dan Slott (A/CA) Jorge Molina

Smurfs Take> I know I try to avoid this. Having two similar titles or characters right next to one another or sharing the top5 but it couldn’t be helped. The first issue solid, I mean it was really good. So much so I am going to read the first one again just before I read this one. I know Marvel always starts strong with their stories and fail to deliver when it comes to an ending but I am really optimistic that wont be the case for this story.

what if thor #1What If? Thor #1> When young THOR’S father falls to the King of Giants, his life is forever changed. He’s ripped from Asgard to be raised in a world of persistent winter, learning the brutal way of life in Jotenheim. But what happens when the runt of the giants, LOKI, is under the shadow of his new step-brother? (S) Sacks, Ethan (A) Michele Bandini (CA) Marco Checchetto

Smurfs Take> I have yet to be disappointed with run yet. The first two were great and this looks like a home run to me. I love a good story, give me something fun, fresh, challenge my perspective, and this has accomplished just that. How or whoever is behind all of this keepem coming.


juggernaut #1X-Men Black Juggernaut #1> Nothing can stop the Juggernaut…
until now. What has finally stopped Cain Marko in his tracks? You’ll have to see to believe, but we can promise you it’s gonna involve nothing but punching for the Juggernaut! PLUS: Part 4 of X-MEN BLACK: APOCALYPSE! (S) Robbie Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson (A) Shawn Crystal (CA) Salvador Larroca

Smurfs Take> Oh how I love me a good Juggernaut story. Still to date one of the best is X-Men #183 but lets face it, who doesn’t love a good bar room brawl. If I am honest, I did enjoy the blink of a moment when he was an X-Men. I know how difficult it is to write for a character that is just pure destruction, hell they are still trying to get Colossus right. So let me ask you, what would you do if you were the Juggernaut?   

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