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 #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.
Web 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 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 #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.
Go-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 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.
Peter 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 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.