Top 5 Comics For Wednesday 28 August 2013

Captain America #10

Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, returns from a two week break to feature the Top 5 Comics that you should be looking out for this Wednesday, from DC Comics, Vertigo,  Marvel and Image. 

 As you may have noticed from my review of John Jackson Miller’s latest Star Wars novel, Kenobi yesterday, I’m back from my two week stay in France. This also means that including this week, I’ve got three weeks worth of comics to catch up on, and when you consider that I have eight issues each week for the first two weeks and ten for this week on my pull, plus any extra back issues that I pick up, it’s going to be a pretty hectic week. The full list of comics that I am picking up from this week’s releases can be found here as well as the full comics coming out this week here. This week sees the conclusion of Trinity War in the DC corner, just in time for next month’s Forever Evil, and we also see the Dimension Z finale in Captain America over at Marvel, whilst Greg Rucka’s Lazarus reaches its third issue this week. Feel free to let me know what you’re picking up in the comments section below.


American Vampire Anthology #1

Story: Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Gabriel Ba, Fablo Moon | Art: Becky Cloonan, Rafael Alberqurque, Jeff Lemire, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Francesco Francavilla, Declan Shalvey | Cover: Rafael Alberqurque Publisher: Vertigo Comics | Price: $7.99

You are cordially invited to a party—to die for! This special features eight amazing stories set in the world of American Vampire, with “lost tales,” new characters and old favorites. Don’t miss these stories brought to you by series creators Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, as well as other awesome comics talent like Becky Cloonan (BATMAN), Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon (DAYTRIPPER), Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH), Greg Rucka (The Punisher, BATWOMAN), Gail Simone (BATGIRL) and many more! 

WHY? Honestly, this one wasn’t my first choice for this spot. In fact, I didn’t even know about this Anthology until Tuesday, and normally I’d stay away from it because of its price even though it’s 80 pages long, and I wasn’t a big fan of Volume 1 in the American Vampire series by Snyder and King, and it remains to this day the only work by Snyder that has let me down. However, given the wealth of talent that includes not only some of my favourite writers (Snyder, Lemire, Rucka & Simone), but also some of my favourite artists (Lemire & Francavilla). As a result, this goes on there over Talon #11, which I’m still really looking forward to, especially as you don’t need to be up to date on the series to follow it according to a tweet from Snyder.


Captain America #10

Story: Rick Remender | Art: John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Tom Palmer, & Scott Hanna | Colours: Dean White & Rachelle Rosenberg | Letters: Joe Caramagna | Cover: John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, & Dean White | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99

THE SHOCKING DIMENSION Z FINALE! After over a decade in Dimension Z Captain America must make his final push to escape–but at what cost?Enter: GODZOLA! A shocking death and an action-packed conclusion that will leave Cap changed forever and leave you gasping for air!

WHY? The Finale to the Dimension Z saga. It’s been something that’s with us ever since the start of Captain America and the book as a result has seen an epic run over the course of this series. Every issue has been nothing short of spectacular, pulpy fun – and I’m really interested to see how this arc wraps up. I’m yet to read #9 so I’ll probably have to read that first, but apart from that, Captain America #10 is something that I’m really looking forward to reading. Each issue excels, and there’s no reason why #10 can’t end the Dimension Z arc on a high note. One thing’s for certain though, I can’t wait to see where the book goes from here in the aftermath of this.


Justice League #23

Story: Geoff Johns | Art: Ivan Reis & Joe Prado | Cover: Doug Mahnke & Mikel Janin | Publisher: DC Comics | Price: $3.99


Trinity War concludes! But that doesn’t mean all ends well for our heroes. The secret behind Pandora’s Box is revealed and it means the end of the Justice Leagues!

WHY? I’ve actually only read the first three issues of Trinity War, and as a result the three that come out this month will probably be first on my reading list. The event got off to a very promising start, and I’ve been avoiding all spoilers for these three issues aside from the general Forever Evil news, so it’ll be interesting to see how this concludes. One thing’s for sure, though – it’s going to be epic.


Lazarus #3

Story: Greg Rucka | Art: Michael Lark | Cover: Michael Lark | Publisher: Image Comics | Price: $2.99

“FAMILY,” Part Three

Forever, now a “guest” of Family Morray in Mexico, shares a message and ultimatum, and gets to know her opposite number, the Morray Lazarus, Joacquim. In Los Angeles, the Twins continue their plot against their father, using Forever as their pawn

WHY? Greg Rucka and Michael Lark are really killing it on this book and I can’t wait for #3. Each issue has excelled so far with a unique dystopian vision of the future and this is, like every other book here, a potential contender for Pick of the Week. The cover art looks very awesome indeed and I can’t wait to see where the Family arc goes from here, and how Forever’s character develops further. Also, did I mention that Forever is an awesome name?


Young Avengers #9

Story: Kieron Gillen | Art: Jamie McKelvie and Mike Norton | Colours: Matthew Wilson | Letters: Clayton Cowles | Cover: Jamie McKelvie & Matthew Wilson | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $2.99  

• We wanted to just write “Screaming! Screaming! Screaming!” for this solicit, but we’re told we need boring old facts. :(

• Anyway! The Young Avengers road trip across the multiverse goes proper crazy as it reaches it’s destination. It’s destination is mainly EXCITEMENT and HEARTBREAK.

• Several Young Avengers decide what to do next. The question is, whether what they do next is to be Young Avengers…

• Honestly, screaming.

WHY? Young Avengers has quickly risen to one of my favourite Marvel titles, with it counting in my Top 5 along with Daredevil, All New X-Men, Thor: God of Thunder, Hawkeye, which unfortunately suffers a break this month. The issue itself looks very awesome indeed, and I can’t wait to see where Gillen takes the book, even if the cover itself may not be as interesting as those that have come before, with a rather large amount of white space.

Milo, aka Bane of Kings, is a SFF/Comic reader, and a prolific reviewer who can be found on many places on the internet usually under the same username – when he’s not trying to catch up on the many seasons of Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


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