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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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#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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It is a loaded #NewComicsDay at your local shop for sure. Bring a box and load up for this weeks new books and Smurfs High Five. On top of all these there still is Vader, Old Man Logan, and Daredevil! Get a move on, they are not going to last forever.

The world fell in love with her in the movie. Now, the Black Panther’s techno-genius sister launches her own adventures – written by best-selling Afrofuturist author Nnedi Okorafor and drawn by Eisner-nominated artist Leonardo Romero!
The Black Panther has disappeared, lost on a mission in space. And in his absence, everyone’s looking at the next in line for the throne. But Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one – and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own. (S) Nnedi Okorafor (A) Leonardo Romero (CA) Sam Spratt

Smurfs Take> Wakanda forever! It’s encouraging when a character from the big screen can inspire their own series. So use to seeing it the other way around. However in these moments I wonder how much is the writing vs. the acting? IS our love for the character all in the delivery? No doubt she lights up the scenes but how does that truly translate to the comic world? Excited to see this title and have all my questions answered.  

justice League #10Justice League #10> THE ROAD TO “DROWNED EARTH”! When Wonder Woman learns that Cheetah gained new powers and killed the Greek sea god, Poseidon, that sets Aquaman off on a search for answers, bringing him into conflict with an entity known as the Flood, a herald for long-dead ocean gods with an ancient grudge against Poseidon, Atlantis and, well, everyone else on Earth. Who are those guys? Some very big fish-and you know what big fish do? Eat smaller fish like Aquaman and his Justice League buddies! (S) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Francis Manapul

Smurfs Take> This has been a fantastic ride! I can not say enough about this book or push it any harder. It should be in everyone pull right now. It is everything the JLA of the Mid to late 90’s was and soooo much more.


Years after an incurable zombie virus ravaged the world, a small colony of survivors is protected by the Marvel U’s few remaining heroes, including Spider-Man, Daredevil and the Falcon. But when their last chance at salvation arrives, will they be willing to sacrifice their own humanity in the process? From the twisted minds of ICE CREAM MAN writer W. Maxwell Prince and Stefano Raffaele (Generations: Hawkeye) comes the next macabre obsession for fans of The Walking Dead and The Road! (S) W. Maxwell Prince (A) Stefano Raffaele (CA) Juan Ferreyra

Smurfs Take> It wouldn’t be Halloween without a good old Zombie story. Who knew this would hold on for as long as it has from the pages of Ultimate Fantastic Four. I still get a kick out of how brutal and diabolical these stories can get. Even if there are no real consequences to our current heroes you still feel bad when you see one get munched.  

what if Ghost riderWhat If? Ghost Rider #1> You’ve only heard whispers of this real-world/Marvel Universe crossover until now, when moral decline and budgetary shortfalls have combined to lower our lawyers’ resistance! Sebastian Girner (Shirtless Bear-Fighter, Scales & Scoundrels) and Caspar Wijngaard (Angelic, Limbo, DOCTOR APHRA ANNUAL #2) recklessly bring you the tale of the first and only true Nordic black metal band to visit the Marvel Universe through the INSANITY of likeness release waivers! What role does GHOST RIDER Robbie Reyes play, and will YOUR MIND survive the BRUTALITY?! (S) Sebastian Girner (A) Caspar Wijngaard (CA) Aleksi Briclot

Smurfs Take> I don’t know if this Ghost Rider will ever grow on me but for now he will do. I enjoyed last weeks, a lot ore then the X-Men Black book and I have a feeling that might hold true this week as well.  


east west #39East Of West #39> NEW STORY ARC! 
“THESE BROTHERS OF DESTINY”: The army of the Prophet masses, preparing to conquer the world. (S) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Nick Dragotta

Smurfs Take> I look so forward to this title. The world building that Hickman has done is incredible, the perfect mash of legend & lore with characters you would never expect to enjoy so much. A new story arc and excited to see what is next!





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Smurfs High Five

#NewComicsDay Smurf’s High Five is here to help you on this gray day. The perfect way to spend an afternoon but don’t overlook Domino; that has been killing it. Hulk gets a face to face with the Avengers. Flash that doesn’t look to slow down anytime soon. Lots to do, lots to read. Don’t wait to get to your local shop for sure.

infinity wars #4Infinity Wars #4> Requiem is victorious. Infinity has been warped. Reality only has one hope. (S) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Mike Deodato
Smurfs Take> Soooo not what I was expecting for this story. Sooooo good and worth every page turning moment.







what if #1What If? Punisher #1> WITH GREAT POWER…
When Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben is ruthlessly killed by a burglar Peter let escape, he vows to never let the same fate befall another innocent bystander. From then on, he stands as a figure of cold retribution. Criminals beware – the guilty caught in this spider’s web will be PUNISHED.
But will Parker stand triumphant…or shattered by this twist of fate?
The friendly neighborhood takes a different turn in this WHAT IF? adventure, positing a very different sense of responsibility for the man who will be known as THE PUNISHER, as his battles against villains like the GREEN GOBLIN take a new path! (S) Carl Potts (A) Juanan Ramirez (CA) Chris Stevens
Smurfs Take> This has always been the one soft spot for me when it comes to Marvel comics. I can always remember picking up the latest issue and excited for what little twist awaits me. If done right this could be one of Marvel’s best titles. A way to explore and tell some earth shaking stories that the fans want to read. This is the perfect way to start and everyone should be picking this up today.

spidergeddon #1Spider-Geddon #1> REVENGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE!
Back in 2014, SPIDER-VERSE brought every Spider-Man ever together. This event spinning out of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 has Christos Gage and Dan Slott teaming up to destroy them all. The Inheritors have somehow gotten out of their radioactive prison planet and made their way to the Marvel Universe. It’s going to take a whole Spider-Army to keep them from TAKING IT ALL! Starring Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, Spider-Woman, the Spider-Man from the anticipated video game and, well, every Spider-Man and Spider-Woman ever, including some brand-new ones! With Jorge Molina on art, the END OF ALL SPIDERS never looked so good! (S) Christos Gage, Dan Slott (A/CA) Jorge Molina
Smurfs Take> If you have been listening to the podcast you know about our thoughts on the new Spiderverse movie. I’m sure this is to complement that, but this does have a great idea. Now that we have all of these Spidermen it’s time to clean house a little. That is as long as Spider-Ham survives.

superman #4Superman #4> As Superman fights to protect the world from Rogol Zaar and the Kryptonian convicts trapped inside the Phantom Zone, the greatest minds on Earth devise a risky plan to return the planet from the deadly prison. With the Earth continuing to crack and crumble and its greatest heroes fall, can the Man of Steel hold the line and give his adopted world a chance to escape? (S) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Joe Prado, Ivan Reis
Smurfs Take> It says something when Superman beats out Flash for a top spot. I am really feeling Flash at the moment but then there is this title. Bendis and Prado are the perfect cohesion. I like when Superman gets pulled out of his normal Metropolis Daily Planet routine. The not so standard story and is allowed to be everything he can. I think over the years we have just made him too super and what this team has been able to do is let that super fully shine.

avengers #9Avengers #9> WORLD WAR BELOW!
With the underwater world on the brink of war, the Avengers go aquatic to save the day, but air-breathers are no longer welcome in the undersea city of Atlantis. And Namor, the Sub-Mariner, lord of the seven seas, has a bold new plan that will change the balance of power on Earth forever. (S) Jason Aaron (A/CA) David Marquez
Smurfs Take> Namors back?! And he’s younger? There is one of the most under used and miss understood characters in the Marvel U it’s Namor. First he’s part of the FF, then he’s and X-Men while he is playing with the Avengers. I have always wanted to see something great out of this character maybe this will be my chance. The Avengers book so far has been awesome and is running a very close race for #1 team book for me.
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