Hello comic friends! I am here to discuss comics that will be released this Wednesday, September 25th, 2013.
Now if I had the wallet of guys like Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark… I would honestly buy one copy of every comic book that comes out. But, alas, I’m not a jewel thief like Catwoman and can’t phase through the floor of my local comic book store like Kitty Pryde to grab every comic book created. So instead I look through the list every week and pull the ones that interest me the most.
My previews are as spoiler free as I can be to help sell you on what I love to read. I still don’t like to spoil things that happened years ago, so you should feel safe here. Also, I’m not the smartest guy, so if I have any facts wrong, I encourage you to comment. My memory is as good as my beef stew (which isn’t very good.)
THIS WEEK’S PICKS:
Detective Comics #23.4- Man-Bat
Man-Bat is a character that has been around since the 1970’s, but I was introduced to him through Batman: the Animated Series. I always enjoyed seeing him on screen, and I even purchased the action figure, but I have never really read about him in comics. This is now my opportunity to expand my knowledge as Villains Month continues in DC Comics.
Man-Bat and The Lizard (from the Spider-Man universe) have similar origin stories. Both characters are scientists who are trying to find a cure for a specific handicap. For Dr. Langstrom, he tries to make up for his deafness by creating an extract, hoping to give humans the bat sonar hearing sense, and of course it wouldn’t be interesting if he didn’t turn into a supervillain creature! I simply enjoy the design of this character, and I am excited to become a bigger fan of Man-Bat. Though I don’t read Detective Comics regularly, these Villains Month issues are your perfect way to learn more about these bad guys and will hopefully draw you into the series.
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #11
“Love is in the air as Katie Cook and Andy Price reveal the secret history of Shinning Armor and Princess Cadence’s love! Before they were royalty, they were two teenagers who had no idea how to talk to each other! Find out how the romance started right here! ”
If Katie and Andy are on a book, I buy it. This series began with an arc by them, and though every issue that followed from the other writers and artists was still enjoyable for me, the magic that this creative team brings to this beautiful book makes me feel like Christmas doesn’t just come in December once a year.
This series is the most consistently funny book on the shelves, in my opinion.
Jupiter’s Legacy #3
“The heroes conspire to overthrow The Utopian, discontent rumbling in the bars and the clubs where the superheroes get wasted and complain about how much he’s been holding them all back with his old-fashioned ideas of power and responsibility. There’s a new world out there if they will only grasp it. But what is his daughter’s secret, and how will it change things forever for their family?”
For me, Mark Millar is another writer that I trust. He creates a book, and I buy it. Simple as that. This is yet another take on a world with a very small number of superheroes. I enjoy these books because the stories are grounded and easy to follow, and you never feel overwhelmed when you don’t read everything released by Marvel and DC.
With only being the third issue, this is the perfect time to pick up the first two issues and experience the unique worlds that Mark and his talented artists create.
I was attracted to this title because the story takes place in a town very close to me in Wisconsin. It’s one of those creepy comics that I love to read with a very limited light source at night to set the mood.
This town is dealing with their dead coming back to life, but it’s nothing like a zombie book at all. The revived aren’t slowly walking the town and infecting others, they are contained and cared for by their families and dealt with if there happens to be an incident. The lead female, Officer Cypress, found out her younger sister is a reviver, and that creates a tough situation when she is supposed to control what is still a complete mystery: why their loved ones are coming back to life.
I enjoy having marathon reading sessions for this series, and I just recently reread the first thirteen issues as a whole. The first two trade paperbacks collecting the first eleven issues is currently available. Though this title attracted me because of it’s familiar setting in Wisconsin, that has become the last reason why I pick this up. If you like horror and mystery, I suggest picking this up.
Guardians of the Galaxy #6
With anticipation of the movie set for release in August of 2014, this title became one of my top priorities. Though these characters have been around since the late 1960’s, I never knew much about them or even cared to know until the announcement of the upcoming movie. Going back into my childhood collection, I found a few issues I had from the mid 1990’s, but with the launch of this new series I am officially jumping on the bandwagon.
Star-Lord and his Guardians, with the help of Iron Man, have been trying to protect the one place that was declared off-limits… Earth! Angela, a character originally from the Spawn universe, has come crashing into the Marvel universe and is going face to face with the Guardians. A hardcover collection was recently released collecting the first set of stories which began this year.
Wolverine and The X-Men #36
Young Scott and Jean ran away from the X-Men of the present and went straight to Cyclops’ Uncanny X-Men team. Cyclops wants to help his younger self and loves the idea of seeing Jean Grey still alive, even if it’s the past version of her.
Young Angel separated from his team not long after they arrived to the present, but he is now realizing that he and his X-Men need to return to the past so the timeline doesn’t get any more messed up.
Of course, the X-Men from the future also arrived at the beginning of this event and aren’t making things easier. In part four, we were left with Cyclops and Magneto disagreeing on the future of the past X-Men. Ok, even I am confused by that last sentence, but I highly encourage you to follow Battle of the Atom because you don’t need the prior knowledge of any of these X-Men series to enjoy what is happening here.
I had just returned from Wizard World Ohio and am trying to catch up on everything from the past four days. I picked up a lot of new books and also a lot of old books, and I’m trying to get everything sorted out.
I always like to support my local comic book shop. Pre-orders are key. If you purchase the monthly Previews guide located at your store, you can browse upcoming titles and set up an order and/or a pull-list with your store so they order the items that you are interested in.
There are several online sites to shop from too. Things From Another World and Midtown Comics are two that I like to frequent.
If you are into digital comics, then simply go to Comixology or the individual websites and apps for the publishers you purchase from.
Are there any titles that you are excited for that I didn’t talk about? Contact me and share your non-spoiler suggestions! If you don’t agree with what I have to say, I apologize and hope you are enjoying the comics you read, because I am definitely loving mine.
Hear me talk about some of these books after I have read them on a podcast I do every Sunday morning! I also stay as spoiler-free as possible in my reviews, just like my previews.
This is the Ant-Man signing off… I’ll see you between the panels!
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