Top 5 Comics For Wednesday September 18 2013

Thor, God of Thunder #13

Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, runs down the Top 5 comics from various publishers released on Wednesday September 18 2013.

It’s that time of the week again. New Comic Book Day! We have DC’s Villain’s Month entering its third week, a brand new story arc and artist from Thor: God of Thunder, as well as an awesome-looking new series from Image by Ales Kot that certainly deserves your attention whether you’ve read his run on Suicide Squad or not (I haven’t). You can check out the books coming out this week here, and check out my pull-list here, which is unfortunately minus Hawkeye as that is unconfirmed, but plus hopefully Star Wars #9, Batman and Robin #23.2 and maybe The Movement #4, all three books not having arrived at my Local Comics Store yet. But regardless, feel free to let me know what books you’re picking up tomorrow in the comments section below, or drop me a line on twitter @baneofkings. Also, I’m looking for a Mighty Avengers #1 digital code if anyone has a copy they’d be willing to share – I can offer you Infinity #3 or Thor: God of Thunder #13 in exchange if you’re interested. Again, hit me up on twitter.

Note: All creative teams listed are according to Comixology’s pull list.

ACTION COMICS #23.3 – LEX LUTHOR

Action Comics #23.3

Story: Charles Soule | Art: Rags Morales, Rick Bryant | Publisher: DC Comics | Price: $3.99 (3D) | $2.99 (2D)

Evil genius, sadistic businessman, sociopathic inmate-Lex Luthor is all this and more. Now released from prison, there is nothing to stop Luthor from getting his way…not even Superman!

WHY? I’m not actually sure if I’ll be able to get this book or not as my LCS said they may be having problems ordering it, but I’m really excited for this. Whilst I’m yet to read any of Charles Soule’s work, he’s been highly praised from an excellent run on Swamp Thing and where better to start than here? I’m guessing Lex will probably play a role in Superman / Wonder Woman, the upcoming book from Soule and Tony S. Daniel, and I think depending on how much I enjoy this issue, it will be a factor on whether or not I pick up that series or not. I’m not a fan of the Superman Wonder Woman romance but I love the characters, and Faora is said to be among the villains featuring, and well – I really want to read more of after her kickass performance as a strong female villain Man of Steel. So hopefully this book will be in stock so I can give it a try – if not, I have a backup of Batman Beyond Universe #2, which should be in stock and has been praised – so it’s pretty much a win-win situation regardless of which book is in stock or not.

BATMAN AND ROBIN #23.3 – RA’S AL GHUL AND THE LEAGUE OF ASSASSINS 

Batman and Robin #23.3

Story: James Tynion IV | Art: Jorge Lucas | Publisher: DC Comics | Price: $3.99 (3D) | $2.99 (2D)

The origin of Ra’s al Ghul in The New 52! For centuries Ra’s has had a plan for this world, and now he is faced with an offer from the Secret Society that could help him achieve what he wants. 

WHY? Batman Begins, and Arkham City are the two words that I’m going to throw in here. Ra’s Al Ghul and the League of Assassins play a pretty key role in both (even though they’re the League of Shadows in Batman Begins) and as this tells the origin of Ra’s in the New 52 continuity, it’ll be interesting to see how this turns out. Plus, it’s written by James Tynion IV – whose work on Talon is excellent and I’ll be interested to see what he can do with this one. I’m still waiting to get a copy of his previous Villain’s Month title, Court of Owls, so hopefully that’ll be in stock this week so I can pick it up, as the store said they’ll try and get a copy – so we’ll see. 

DAREDEVIL #31

Daredevil #31

Story: Mark Waid | Art: Chris Samnee | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $2.99

  • The Jester Returns! And it is no laughing matter.
  • Plus: Meet Matt’s new law partner!
  • Plus PLUS… News from Hank Pym. 

WHY? Daredevil is my favourite Marvel series at the moment and each issue is pretty much guaranteed Pick of the Week in it’s release week for me. However, it’s coming under tough competition – not only do we have Thor: God of Thunder to look forward to, but also Infinity #3 and Superior Spider-Man #18, two books that I left out of this list because I wanted to include at least one creator owned series in there as well.

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #13

Thor, God of Thunder #13

Story: Jason Aaron | Art: Ron Garney | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99

  • Beginning a new arc featuring the bloody return of one of Thor’s greatest enemies, Malekith the Accursed! 
  • Once the former Dark Lord is freed from his otherworldy prison, the chase is on across the Nine Realms to capture him and end his vengeful reign of terror!

WHY? Another one of my favourite Marvel books, Thor: God of Thunder gains a new artist this month in the form of Ron Garney. Whilst I’m sad that Esad Ribic has left the book, I’m pretty excited for this nonetheless as Jason Aaron is absolutely killing the book at the moment with stunning form – last issue was incredible, and this issue feels like I’ve been waiting for far too long. It seems as though this is going to be tying into the upcoming Thor movie sequel – or at least sharing the same villain, who’s played by Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston, so it’ll be very interesting to see how this one unfolds. Certainly one of my most anticipated books for this week.

ZERO #1

Zero #1

Story: Ales Kot | Art: Michael Walsh, Jordie Bellarie | Publisher: Image Comics | Price: $2.99

SAVING THE WORLD. ONE MURDER AT A TIME.

Edward Zero is the perfect execution machine – a spy who breaks the rules to get things done. When a stolen device appears in the center of a long-running conflict, Zero comes to retrieve it.  The problem is, the device is inside a living, breathing, bio-modified terrorist and there’s an entire army after it.

WHY? Ales Kot is one of the many writers that have been dropped of highly praised titles from DC Comics titles in the past few months, putting him among the ranks of James Robinson, J.H. Williams III (although I believe he’s still working with DC), and more. Whilst I never got the chance to read his Suicide Squad, this book sounds like a concept that I’ll enjoy. Oddly enough it’s been removed from the Comixology pull-list alltogether – at least from my experience, but the date hasn’t changed on Image’s website so it’s likely that the book still ships today. I’m looking forward to this one though, as it could herald the start of a great new independent series.

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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