Top 5 Comics For Wednesday 11 September 2013

Action Comics #23.2

Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, runs down the Top 5 Comics for Wednesday 11 September 2013, featuring books from DC Comics, Vertigo Comics and Marvel Comics.

It’s Wednesday, the best day of the week for any comic book fan – and I’ve got a lot of exciting comics coming your way in what shapes up to be a pretty solid week. I’ve managed to reduce my pullist to seven or eight books a week during Villain’s Month, and with this planned pullist that can be found here, whilst the full list can be found here. To give you an idea as to what would expect, the middle of Villain’s Month sees the focus on General Zod and The Riddler, Captain America returns from Dimension Z, The Battle of the Atom continues with young Jean Grey and Scott Summers on the run – and Princess Leia returns to her home planet of Alderaan.

ACTION COMICS #23.2 – ZOD

Action Comics #23.2

Story: Greg Pak | Art: Gene Ha | Publisher: DC Comics | Price: $3.99 (3D) / $2.99 (2D)

General Zod storms into The New 52! Witness the origin of this genocidal maniac, and learn how far he will go to destroy those who oppose him!

WHY? I’m picking up this book because I think I should know more about Superman’s main villains. I can name you a vast majority of the Bat-Villains and their origin stories, but ask me about Superman Villains, and aside from Lex Luthor and General Zod, I’d only be able to tell you their names, like Braniac, Lobo, Cyborg Superman etc, and not their origins. And as I’m starting to pick up more and more Superman books – I thought that this would be a great place to start – especially as it would let me get a brief teaser of what Greg Pak’s work is like in preperation for his upcoming stint on Action Comics following #25, in case I want to add that book to my pullist. It would be nice to be have both Detective Comics and Action Comics to look forward to at the beginning of each month, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this one. I’m getting the 3D Cover of the book as well, so It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.

BATMAN #23.2 – THE RIDDLER 

Batman #23.2

Story: Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes | Art: Jeremy Haun | Publisher: DC Comics | Price: $3.99 (3D Cover) / $2.99 (2D Cover)

With The Dark Knight out of the picture, The Riddler engages in an epic game of wits. Learn what maddening early moments led a young Edward Nygma to evolve into Gotham City’s Prince of Mischief! And see how events of ZERO YEAR continue to affect The Riddler today! 

WHY? Although I’m a bit annoyed that this issue is being written by Ray Fawkes as well as Scott Snyder (I’m not a big fan of Fawkes, in case you haven’t noticed) – The Riddler is an awesome villain who is only recently starting to receive a heck of a lot more spotlight. Looking to be one of the main Zero Year villains, this book comes across as more of current day story rather than an origin book – if the preview is anything to go by at least. I’ll be getting the 3D Cover for this one, though.

CAPTAIN AMERICA #11

Captain America #11

Story: Rick Remender | Art: Carlos Pacheco | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99

LOOSE NUKE PART 1 • A man further out of time! • Captain America returns home to deal with the repercussions of his time in Dimension Z. • Someone has set Nuke loose in a foreign nation and he’s on a rampage. • Who is The Iron Nail?

WHY? Captain America has become one of my favourite Marvel Now! books and well, I think that’s a sentence that I’d never have expected to say prior to reading this series. However, it’s to Remender’s credit that he’s managed to make each issue incredibly enjoyable, a lot of fun – and after last issue’s spectacular twist, I’m really looking forward to seeing how he can handle Cap in a new story arc. Unlike Thor: God of Thunder, which recently wrapped up a similarly long story arc – it seems that they’re throwing Cap headlong into a brand new one immediately as opposed to taking time off for a one shot. However, this allows the fun to continue and I’m hoping that now we’re back on Earth, the book won’t drop its awesome quality that it’s kept up for the previous issues.

STAR WARS #9

Star Wars #9

Story: Brian Wood | Art: Ryan Kelly | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Price: $2.99

On her own, out in the wide galaxy, while her friends struggle to escape the Empire and evade bounty hunters, Princess Leia steers her X-wing toward the heart of all her grief—a place she longs for, but should probably never revisit: the shattered ruins of her homeworld of Alderaan.

* The homecoming you’ve waited 36 years to see!

* Legendary Star Wars cover artist Hugh Fleming returns!

* Brian Wood (The Massive, Conan) continues the best selling original trilogy tale!

WHY? The first of the two Brian Wood authored books coming out this week that I’m picking upStar Wars #9 sees me jump on a book that I’ve only read the first two issues of. However, I loved those first two issues, so it’d only be a matter of time before I added this book to my pullist. Star Wars is one of my favourite film series of all time, and Leia one of my favourite characters – so I’ll be interested to see whether Wood has kept up with the quality in issues one and two over the course of this book, and what happens when he sees Leia return to Alderaan in what promises to be an emotionally-packed issue.

X-MEN #5

X-Men #5

Story: Brian Wood | Art: David Lopez | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99

BATTLE OF THE ATOM PART 3! The X-Men and Future X-Men pursue young Scott and Jean.Not all the X-Men agree that the All-New X-Men should be sent back.The cracks in the new all-female X-Men cast start to show.

WHY? Battle of the Atom started out really strong with its first two issues which saw the Future X-Men return from the past. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out with the unfolding issues, and I’m going to try and pick up the next Wolverine and the X-Men book (a series that I don’t usually follow) at least for this Battle of the Atom arc in two weeks after the latest Uncanny X-Men book. I’m looking forward to see how Brian Wood handles the past and future X-Men, as well as the continued exploration of his own all-female cast. One thing’s for sure, I won’t be missing this though, and if you’ve been reading Battle of the Atom this far then you’ll want to check out the fifth issue of X-Men, which collects the third part of Battle of the Atom.

Milo, aka Bane of Kings, is a SFF/Comic reader, and watches a lot of TV. His favourite authors are Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Jim Butcher, Brandon Sanderson & Iain M. Banks, whilst his favourite TV shows are Battlestar Galactica (2003), Person Of Interest, Firefly, Game of Thrones, & Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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