Top 5 Comics For 14 August 2013

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Bane of Kings is on a brief break so Shadowhawk is here to run down the top 5 comics you should be looking out for this week. The Top 5 feature has replaced the previous Top 20 feature.

If you’ve been following my reviews and my blog, then you know that I’m mostly a DC guy, outside of an occasional jaunt into Marvel and some of the other independents like Dark Horse, Dynamite, Top Cow, IDW, etc. But I do try to read as widely as I can, and take a break from everything DC. Getting into Marvel comics has been a bit of a slog for the most part since their line-up seems to filled with an endless array of Avengers and X-Men titles, not to mention all the ongoing crossovers one after the other. DC is just so much easier, plus I’m much more familiar with these characters, having grown up watching various DC animated shows and films, and continuing to do so.

So, anyway, here are my top 5 picks for the week that I’m really looking forward to.

Batgirl #23

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The new “Batgirl: Wanted” epic begins here, as Commissioner Gordon must track down his son’s murderer—who happens to be his daughter! But has Barbara already given up the Bat?

Writer: Gail Simone | Art: Fernando Pasarin, Jonathan Glapion | Cover: Alex Garner | 32pp | $2.99

Why is this on the list: Batgirl is easily one of my top 5 titles from DC right now and Gail Simone has been doing an incredible job with the recent issues. Given Gordon’s vow in the last issue, as well as the way that he “deals” with Batman, the only way forward for this series is to go even higher than it already was. This new arc looks set to be spectacular.

Justice League of America #7

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TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 4! The hunt for a murder suspect leads Superman and his new teammates to the secret behind the Secret Society, while Batman finds the key to the crime—and one of the Leaguers will be forever changed by it. Plus, who is the Secret Society of Super-Villains and what are their plans for Pandora?

Writer: Geoff Johns, Jeff Lemire | Art: Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy | Cover: Doug Mahnke | Variant: Mikel Janin, Doug Mahnke | 32pp | $3.99

Why is this on the list: The previous installment was an absolute cracker and delivered on a lot of character-building suspense. I have some theories as to why some of these characters appear to be acting out of… well, character, and it all makes for a thrilling experience. Not to mention the surprise guest at the end of the previous issue, leading to a major cliffhanger.

Star Wars #8

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Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles intentionally allow themselves to be captured by the Empire to discover how Colonel Bircher is tracking the Rebels’ movements. Meanwhile, Darth Vader sends a spy into his own ranks to find out the same thing. And Han and Chewie go blaster to blaster against Boba Fett!

Writer: Brian Wood | Art: Ryan Kelly, Dan Parsons | Cover: David Michael Beck | 32pp | $2.99

Why is this on the list: As a long-time fan of pretty much everything Star Wars, Brian Wood’s new series has hit the sweet spot for me. It is set in the aftermath of the original movie, and it features the trinity of Leia, Luke and Han, but it also expands so much on others, and it details the interim between Ep4 and Ep5. It has been brilliant so far and I see no reason why this one wouldn’t be as impressive.

Thor: God of Thunder #11

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* The grand finale of the epic time-traveling saga of the God Butcher that began in issue #1.
* After the dust clears, what gods will be left?

Writer: Jason Aaron | Art: Esad Ribic, Ive Svorcina | Cover: Esad Ribic | 32pp | $3.99

Why is this on the list: Other than Brian Wood’s ongoing X-Men, this is the only Marvel book I’m following right now and I’m enjoying the hell out of this. Jason Aaron has portrayed not just one fantastic kick-ass Thor, but THREE fantastic kick-ass Thors and the entire meta-arc so far has been damn impressive. Can’t wait to read this one!

Red Sonja #2

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Placed in an un-winnable war against an implacable foe, Sonja is forced to do an inconceivable move that will cost her like no previous battle ever has! The thrilling re-imagining of the greatest female sword and sorcery hero ever created continues… do not miss this jaw-dropping issue!

Writer: Gail Simone | Art: Walter Geovani | Cover: Jenny Frison | Variant: Nicola Scott | 32pp | $3.99

Why is this on the list: I enjoyed the first issue of this series, and since I’m a fan of both Red Sonja and of Gail Simone and of Walter Geovani, this one is an automatic buy. I love what Gail did the in the previous issue and I’d encourage you to check out my review of it from last month.

Shadowhawk is a regular contributor to TFF. A resident of Dubai, Shadowhawk reads, reads and reads. His opinions are always clear and concise. His articles always worth reading.

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