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#NewComicsDay #SmurfsTake #5280Geek The last week of September brings some stranger things to Smurfs High Five. There is a lot out there for sure and DC seems to be running the table this week with some great titles Doomsday Clock and Justice League Dark. Don’t overlook Punisher and Extermination on the Marvel side as well, now if you will excuse me I have a store to get to.

heores in crisis #1Heroes in Crisis #1> There’s a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by C.I.A.-operative-turned-comics-writer Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD? Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who’ve been
traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects:
Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It’s up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and
Batman to investigate-but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition? (S) Tom King (A/CA) Clay Mann


spidergeddon #0Spidergeddon #0> SPIDERGEDDON IS HERE!
The end of all Spiders doesn’t exclude the star of the most anticipated video game of 2018! Marvel’s Spider-Man is out September 7, 2018 exclusively on PlayStation 4. He makes his Marvel Comics debut on September 26! How does he enter the Marvel Universe and what role will he play in the final chapter of SPIDER-VERSE?!  (S) Christos Gage (A/CA) Clayton Crain

Smurfs Take> My frustration with this is the game only being available on Play Station and everyone talking about how good it is. I want to play too! For now I will settle for the story behind the game.


stranger things #1Stranger Things 31> The nostalgia igniting hit Netflix original series comes to comic shelves. Follow Will Byers into a dimension of decay and destruction where he must use his wits and resolve to dodge the pursuit of the Demogorgon and escape the Upside Down.
Written by award winning comics veteran Jody Houser (Faith, Orphan Black, Mother Panic)
Based on Will’s unseen journey during season 1 of hit Netflix show Stranger Things. (S) Jody Houser (A) Stefano Martino (CA) Aleksi Briclot

Smurfs Take> At last! The story of what was going on with Will in the Upside Down. My hope is it gives us just enough to keep asking questions but not spoil anything going on in the show. Can’t wait to see what monsters are lurking down there!

justice league odyssey #1Justice League Odyssey #1> Spinning out of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE! When a cosmic menace threatens worlds beyond our own in the Ghost Sector, it falls to a new Justice League team to answer the call to battle! Cyborg, Starfire, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and an out-of-his-element Azrael head to deep space inside a commandeered Brainiac Skull Ship. But as these wildcard teammates try to break through the impenetrable maelstrom imprisoning the desperate collection of planets, they discover something that nothing in the universe could have prepared them for: Darkseid…who says he’s there to help?! (S) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Stjepan Sejic

Smurfs Take> Oh hey why don’t we do a League in space? Surprise it took them this long to be honest. DC has always done a great job with its space going characters and I have been disappointed they didn’t have more. I think this is a great idea and a perfect way to expand on something DC has been needing to do for some time now

old man logan 48Old Man Logan #48> A GRUDGE MATCH FOR THE AGES!
Logan isn’t the only refugee from a dystopian future loose in the Marvel Universe….THE MAESTRO RETURNS! Gamma vs. Adamantium!  Intellect vs. instinct! It’s “Days of Anger” ROUND TWO! (S) Ed Brisson (A) Ibraim Roberson (CA) Andrea Sorrentino

Smurfs Take> I wanted more when the story ended last time. I loved the Hulks running around and the chaos they caused. But wanted the Banner Logan face off just knowing the back stories for the two characters could make this one of the most epic clashes. I know we have seen this fight many times but never like this, never when they have been this far in life and never with the restriction of keeping a character safe.


Smurfs High Fives

It’s the bad boys of Marvel this week topping the hits and a midnight release to kick it off. Here are Smurfs High Fives  #NewComicsDay #Marvel #Image #Wolverine #SmurfsTake #5280Geek

wolverine #1Return of Wolverine #1> HE’S BACK, BUB. (S) Charles Soule (A/CA) Steve McNiven

Smurfs Take> Did he ever truly leave? His end was….well tough to put into words. Poetic? Peaceful? But he was never far and Old Man Logan was still running around. To be honest there is no greater icon in the Marvel Universe than Wolverine. You can say Cap or Spidey maybe a stretch and say Hulk, but there is no beating the little furball. And now we get the answers to all our questions, the rest of the story. Just how do you come back from a tomb of Adamantium holding an Infinity Stone?




venom #6Venom #6>  After a brief connection to the GOD-HOST, EDDIE and the VENOM symbiote have emerged with brand new powers! A good thing too, as they’ll need every upgrade they can get as they head down a collision course with the primordial symbiote GRENDEL! (S) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Stegman

Smurfs Take> I can’t tell you how surprised I am by this title. I really thought I would have lost interest by now or the story would have gotten to the point that I just couldn’t take it any longer. I was soooo wrong. Maybe they have learned a few things along the way with Agent Venom and time with the Guardians. This has been a solid story and fun character development for Eddie.



7 to eternity #11Seven to Eternity #11> The Mosak are on Adam Osidis and the Mud King’s trail, led by the best tracker in all of Zhal: Adam’s own daughter. (S) Rick Remender (A/CA) Jerome Opena

Smurfs Take> Massive world building. Complex and strange characters. Still angry about the main character? You bet I am and when you can get that kind of emotional response you must be doing something right.





avengers #8Avengers #8> “WORLD TOUR” PART ONE
In the aftermath of their world-shaking battle against the Dark Celestials, the new Avengers team is officially formed, complete with a startling new headquarters at the top of the world. Behold the wonders of Avengers Mountain. But someone who doesn’t seem impressed is Namor, the ferocious lord of Atlantis, whose rage may turn the oceans red with blood! (S) Jason Aaron (A/CA) David Marquez

Smurfs Take> Loved the first story arc, great team. I think Cap just likes being driven around in a car with flaming tires.




amazing spiderman annual #1Amazing Spider-Man annual #1> TIES THAT BIND!
Years ago, Spider-Man came back from an alien world with a fantastic new costume – one he eventually learned was a living alien symbiote looking to bond with him permanently!  But before he rejected the costume that went on to become VENOM, many a night the symbiote would creep onto Peter, and unbeknownst to its host, take them out into the night!
Now, for the first time, see just what the symbiote steered Peter into during these mysterious nighttime excursions! Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT) weaves an ALL-NEW nightmare fairy tale, illustrated by the incomparable Garry Brown, in what is sure to be a dream book for any Spider-Man fan! (S) Saladin Ahmed (A) Garry Brown (CA) Aco

Smurfs Take> I tend to avoid the annuals. Dull stories, silly concepts and just not interested. This however peaked my interest, I love the idea of a new creepy story, it’s been so long. 

Smurfs High Five

A decent week, not too many titles that you feel overloaded or too little that you find yourself looking to pick up something so your stack isn’t so light (or am I the only one that does that). There is lots to choose from and noteworthy titles like Domino, Plasticman, FF, and the return of Iceman should also get a look. Lots for everyone but don’t wait to hit your local shop here is Smurfs High Five.

infinity wars 3Infinity Wars #3> WHO ARE THE INFINITY WARPS?
With Requiem tearing through the Marvel Universe, Loki whispering around its fringes and a new threat looming to devour everything, the very fabric of reality warps around the heroes of Earth… and the only way through winds through infinity itself! (S) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Mike Deodato






journey mystery 1Journey into Mystery Birth of Krakoa #1> As World War II draws to a close, Sergeant Fury and his Howling Commandos face a mission unlike any other they’ve ever tackled… and a menace that will haunt them forever! (S) Dennis Hopeless (A) Djibril Morissette-Phan (CA) Greg Smallwood

Smurfs Take> Funny; I was having a conversation the other day about old war comics. I know how difficult a title like this can be because they always want the characters to team up. I miss just a good story with the feel of an old WWII/Sci-Fi mashup. The perfect mix of nostalgia and mystery to pull the reader in, looks like I am about to have my wish.


superman #3SuperMan #3> Guest-starring the Justice League! Locked inside the Phantom Zone, the Earth stands poisoned and its heroes lie dying, with no idea how to escape the deadly Kryptonian trap. But an even deadlier threat invades as Rogol Zaar teams with those who have been imprisoned inside the Phantom Zone to use Earth to escape, not caring if they destroy the planet to do it. (S) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Joe Prado, Ivan Reis

Smurfs Take> I am not a Superman fan. There have been some good runs, stories that I have really enjoyed but it is not a title that I look to pick up every month and usually skip past. That has not been the case for this one. So far this has been a great read, Prado’s art has been on point and I am completely entertained. Maybe this book is hitting me at the right time. Maye the perfect union of art and story returning to the basics. What ever it is I’m in.

Vader #21Star Wars Darth Vader #21> “FORTRESS VADER,” PART 3
DARTH VADER returns to the place of his birth as he seeks the path to his destiny. Echoes from the past reach out to him – both from his own, and from the dark history of the SITH. (S) Charles Soule (CA) Elia Bonetti (A/CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli






CemetaryBeach_01-1Cemetery Beach #1> From the creators of the acclaimed TREES graphic novels, which are currently being adapted for television, comes something completely different. A professional pathfinder, his only ally a disaffected young murderess, breaks out of a torture cell in pursuit of his worst extraction scenario ever: escaping on foot across a sprawling and secret off-world colony established a hundred years ago and filled with generations of lunatics. WARREN ELLIS & JASON HOWARD ignite a high-speed new action serial. (S) Warren Ellis (A) Jason Howard

Smurfs Take> I love Ellis story telling. I am never sure what I am going to get or in store for but I do know at the end I have an emotional response.

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Smurfs High Five

Smurf maybe somewhere at Universal Studios right now but he made sure to get in this weeks High Five. It’s a full week would be an understatement. Don’t overlook the Hulk or another Ghost Rider in the Avengers and DC landing strong with some great trade paperbacks.

thanos legacy #1Thanos Legacy #1> “THANOS WINS”…AGAIN?
Rising star Donny Cates returns to the Mad Titan to bring the story bridging the gap between his best-selling “Thanos Wins” and the world-shattering INFINITY WARS! How did Thanos’ journey back from the future lead to the events of INFINITY WARS PRIME? Now it can be told! (S) Donny Cates, Gerry Duggan (A) Cory Smith (CA) Geoff Shaw

Smurfs Take>  After the shocking events of Infinity War Prime I’m eager to get some understanding for sure.





asgardians #1Asgardians of the Gakaxy #1> Spinning out of the events of INFINITY WARS comes an epic space opera from DEADPOOL veterans Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli!
Angela, the not-so-beloved half-sister of Thor. The hotheaded Valkyrie – and the human who shares her form, Annabelle Riggs. Skurge the Executioner, freshly returned from Hel. Throg, the mightiest frog of thunder. Kevin Masterson, the boy who took his father’s mace to become the hero Thunderstrike. And the Destroyer, the Asgardian armor built to take down Celestials – its wielder unknown. The events of INFINITY WARS set NEBULA off on a quest to rule the galaxy – wielding an Asgardian weapon even Thor would fear – and it’s up to this team of gods, assassins, frogs and heroes to stop her. (S) Cullen Bunn (A) Matteo Lolli (CA) Dale Keown

Smurfs Take>  Ever since Gaiman got control to Angela I have been in love with the character and excited to see her in a series again. Thunderstrikes son? Well that one I might not have the same level of zeal. A very unique title for sure that I can see being a sleeper hit for most.

justice league #7Justice League #7> It’s wall-to-Source-Wall Justice League action as artist Jim Cheung rejoins writer Scott Snyder! Hawkgirl takes wing against Legion of Doom leader Lex Luthor; John Stewart faces off with old foe Sinestro; the Flash must run down the Still Force-empowered Gorilla Grodd; and Wonder Woman tackles the tag team of Black Manta and Cheetah-underwater, no less! (S) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Mark Morales, Jim Cheung

Smurfs Take> This has been the biggest hit for me from DC for a while now. A fresh story that Snyder looks to be enjoy writing as I do reading. With Hawkgirl a spotlight for this issue doubly so. I miss her having her own series and love her return to the team.



BlackScience_38-1Black Science #38> END OF STORY ARC “LATER THAN YOU THINK,” Conclusion Grant and Sara McKay stand at the center of the Onion, finding not heaven or hell, damnation or redemption, but a truth far grander and stranger than even the Dimensionauts could ever have imagined. (S) Rick Remender (A) Matteo Scalera, Moreno Dinisio







cosmic ghost rider #3Cosmic Ghost Rider #3> COSMIC GHOST RIDER VS. THE FUTURE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FOR THE FATE OF THE UNIVERSE! ‘NUFF SAID!  (S) Donny Cates (A) Dylan Burnett (CA) Geoff Shaw

Smurfs Take> This is a crazy ass book!  

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Smurfs High Five

As Smurf gets to Dragon Con he want to make sure you had something to read while he was away. It’s the week of annuals and Trade Paperbacks giving us all a break from the major stories. Here are Surfs High Fives


venam #1Web of Venom Ve Nam #1> SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF VENOM!
As the United States of America struggled through the Vietnam War, Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. needed a secret weapon – and when an ancient creature was discovered at an archaeological dig site, he was sure he’d found it. In reality, the discovery was an ancestor of the Klyntar symbiotes…and would become a waking nightmare for a platoon of American soldiers! (S) Donny Cates (A) Juanan Ramirez (CA) Ryan Stegman

Smurfs Take> I loved the Nam series by Marvel back in the day. Now add Furry and Venom? This could be epic. Since they brought Eddie back to the pages of Venom it has been some impressive stories, and I had my doubts. But so far have not been disappointed and I think this will be just as intriguing.


Wolverine Dead Ends #1Hunt for Wolverine Dead Ends #1> THE HUNT IS OVER.
The hunt for Wolverine is over… Now the time has come to put the pieces together and see what was learned. Kitty Pryde, Daredevil, Tony Stark and Sabretooth may have found what they were looking for…but it wasn’t what they expected. Where has Wolverine been? What has he been doing? (S) Charles Soule (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Marco Checchetto

Smurfs Take> I know this has been dragged out, and I only hope it has so they can put together a decent story. Am I curious? You bet, there couldn’t be a more pressing question in my mind. Everything seemed rather final and had accepted Old Man Logan as our Wolverine going forward. Bu that is a story for another day. This one here could be one of the best stand out stories for the little Canadian.

daredevil Annual #1Daredevil Annual #1> Misty, meet the Devil!
You know Daredevil as the Man Without Fear, the protector of Hell’s Kitchen. But once upon a time, Daredevil was just the newest super-suit on the block – and NYPD Detective Mercedes “Misty” Knight was just a cop on the job. So when she places Daredevil at the scene of a crime, sparks will fly – and not the good kind. Award-winning crime writer Erica Schultz teams with fan-favorite artist Marcio Takara to bring you a story of street-level heroism in the early days of the Marvel Universe! (S) Erica Schultz (A) Marcio Takara (CA) Shane Davis

Smurfs Take> I love the idea of this story. I miss the old days of Daredevil street vigilante.




Extermination #2Extermination #2> Cyclops. Iceman. Angel. Beast. Marvel Girl. The original team of teen mutants brought together by Professor Charles Xavier many years ago have been shunted through time to find a world they barely recognize but were determined to help. Now, finding themselves targeted for death, the future of mutantkind lies squarely in the hands of its past. Writer Ed Brisson (OLD MAN LOGAN, CABLE) and artist Pepe Larraz (UNCANNY AVENGERS, AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) answer the biggest question of all: can the fate of the X-Men be changed? (S) Ed Brisson (A) Pepe Larraz (CA) Mark Brooks

Smurfs Take> The first issue was good, I am excited to see where they take it but worried at the same point it could take a drastic left.


nightwing Ann #1Nightwing Annual #1> The smart city overhaul of Blüdhaven was just the beginning-a single battle in a larger cyberwar that Nightwing is only starting to understand. But now the story of the Dark Web organization begins to expand as Grayson travels to Gotham City and partners up with Vicki Vale. We live in an era of fake news, alternative facts, disinformation. The gatekeepers of truth can’t be trusted anymore, and sometimes elections, businesses and even lives are at stake. Nightwing faces off against the first of three lieutenants in the army of the Dark Web: Vire, the psychic embodiment of malware who can unearth your darkest secrets. (S) Ben Percy (A/CA) Otto Schimdt

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Smurfs High Five

New comics today! The end of summer is near but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the latest gems waiting down at the local shop. Smurf has a few ideas what you may want to pick up or not overlook. I say don’t forget Venom and X-Men Gold this week and Old Man Logan is getting interesting. But that’s me. Here are Smurfs High Five.  

Punisher no longer has the War Machine armor, but he retained his newly acquired taste for big game, and he’s hungry for more. However, the paths to such perilous pursuits are fraught with dangers bigger than any Frank has faced before, and this lone wolf could use otherworldly help on his way up to the world stage. MATTHEW ROSENBERG continues pushing the boundaries of the Punisher, and now joined by acclaimed artist RICCARDO BURCHIELLI (DMZ, Northlanders), this is the book Punisher fans will be talking about for years to come! (S) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) Greg Smallwood

Smurfs Take> Going to miss him not having the armor but to be honest it really didn’t feel like the Punisher with Frank in the suit. I’m not sure what it is but have been really gelling with the Punisher as of late. Maybe it’s just the very gritty story telling? Maybe it’s just Frank? This will be awesome I have no doubt.  

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Justice League Dark #2> Plagued by a rash of otherworldly resurrections, the new JLD team begins scouring the shadowy corners of the DCU looking for leads. Turns out, this latest mystery ties back to the Tree of Wonder, last seen laying down roots in JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE-and it bears poisoned fruit to boot. The Tree serves as a doorway from the Realm of Magic to our world, and the Upside Down Man is just the first of many all-powerful mystic entities looking for a new haunt. It’s gonna take a major twist of fate for our heroes to get out of this one… (S) James TynionIV (A/CA) Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez

Smurfs Take> I liked the first issue. Solid story and art. Characters I enjoy and know if they had their own book would be short lived on the shelf. But here they work and mesh together better than I had thought. Definitely worth the pick up and read.   


HAWKEYE (KATE BISHOP). HAWKEYE (CLINT BARTON). A guy named FUSE. Never have they ever been called “the big three” of…anything. And now here they are, reunited for, okay, well, it’s only the second time ever. Thank god they also brought AMERICA CHAVEZ, GWENPOOL and KID OMEGA. Wait. What? That’s right, it’s the new West Coast Avengers, son. And you better hope they can figure out how to save the world because BIG things are headed for the West Coast. (S) Kelly Thompson (A/CA) Stefano Caselli

Smurfs Take> I am happy to see the return of this title after so many years. I remember the first limited series so well. The character’s? Well lets wait to see how they work out. I know the story style is very reminiscent of one of the Guardian of the Galaxy series but I can’t say I was a fan of that. At first it was great but as the series moved on it began to wear on my nerves.     

Darth Vader #20Star Wars Darth Vader #20> “FORTRESS VADER,” PART TWO!
A thief faces the consequences for their crime. EMPEROR PALPATINE rewards DARTH VADER with three gifts. A thing, a choice and a voice.
(S) Charles Soule (CA) Elia Bonetti (A/CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli

Smurfs Take> God the Emperor is a twisted








Avengers #6Avengers #6> THE FINAL HOST concludes!
The final battle against the Dark Celestials. A battle unlike any the Avengers have ever experienced. A battle a million years in the making. The new team of heavy hitters assembles at last. But will the young, inexperienced Ghost Rider prove to be the most important and powerful member of all? (S) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness

Smurfs Take> The story has been spectacular and I love the art style of Ed already but fits so well with the assembled characters. There isn’t anything I would change…well except which Ghost Rider was driving but surprising it’s not annoying me as much as he did in his own title.  



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Smurfs High Five

It’s a lighter week as the shelves cool down from the summer hits. The breathing room you need to get through your stack while you add this weeks hits to it. Here are Smurfs High Fives that should be in that stack.

Infinity  War #2> As the Infinity Stones come to Earth, so too comes the war for control over them. But none who wield the stones know the truth about the power they contain…or what it would take to bring them to their END. The nature of the universe itself hangs in the balance as we learn the answer to the question on everyone’s lips since “Infinity Wars Prime”: WHO IS REQUIEM? Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, INFINITY COUNTDOWN) and Mike Deodato Jr. (ORIGINAL SIN, OLD MAN LOGAN) look into the Infinite and bring the truth to light! (S) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Mike Deodato

Smurfs Take> Loved the first issue and still recovering from the events of Prime. This is the story I have been waiting for and I know its only going to get more intense. The war for the stones comes to Earth? I don’t know how much more the planet can take after the last few major events. I’m betting Requiem is old Gamora…there I said it! But then you were thinking the same thing too.

Star Wars Beckett #1> THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE DEADLY! 
TOBIAS BECKETT taught HAN SOLO everything he knows about surviving hoodlum-filled cantinas and backwater worlds. But who is this career outlaw and why is ENFYS NEST- one of the galaxy’s most dangerous and brutal marauders – so dead set on taking him down once and for all? Find out in this original tale of a man who has gamed star system after star system, but at a cost that no heist can make up for. (S) Gerry Duggan (A) Will Sliney, Edgar Salazar, Marc Laming (CA) John Tyler Christopher

Smurfs Take> One of the saving graces to the Solo movie was the performance of Woody as Beckett. His moments on screen were defining and raised a few questions, especially one concerning a bounty hunter from the Phantom Menace. I want more, for sure and hope this will give us a peek into the man that helped shape Solo and showed him to shoot first.  

Extermination #1> Cyclops. Iceman. Angel. Beast. Marvel Girl. The original team of teen mutants brought together by Professor Charles Xavier many years ago have been shunted through time to find a world they barely recognize but were determined to help. Now, finding themselves targeted for death, the future of mutantkind lies squarely in the hands of its past. Writer Ed Brisson (OLD MAN LOGAN, CABLE) and artist Pepe Larraz (UNCANNY AVENGERS, AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) answer the biggest question of all: can the fate of the X-Men be changed? (S) Ed Brisson (A) Pepe Larraz (CA) Mark Brooks

Smurfs Take> I have never been sold on the X-Men from the past in our time line. Maybe for a generation that didn’t get the chance to read the older issues, see them become the X-Men they are now it’s fun. To change their fate changes all of the Marvel Universe and maybe they will come to the same realization I have. To save it is to go back to their proper time.

Justice League #6> Did you read the write-up on issue #5? Do you really think anything’s gotten better for the Justice League in the past two weeks? Still Force? Still a thing! Ultraviolet Galaxy Lantern? Keeps attacking! Sinestro? Total garbage! Lex Luthor and Joker? Beating everyone to the Source Wall piece. If that happens? You don’t wanna know. (S) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jorge Jimenez

Smurfs Take> This story line has been fantastic. Scott’s first run has been anything but dull. I love the League on the run, and not on sure footing. I love the exploration of the characters this type of story brings out. Scott has yet to disappoint me.

The Queen of Cinders and her fire goblin army have invaded the land of the dead. To keep the afterlife from going up in flames, Thor and his brothers will have to forge alliances with some of their greatest enemies and seek to unlock the secrets of Valhalla and the mighty Valkyries! (S) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Michael Del Mundo