Hello, comic friends! I am here to discuss comics that will be released this Wednesday, October 16th, 2013. If you want to hear my reviews on the comics I picked up last week, you can check them out on the Ant On Podcast on iTunes! There is also an episode where I released part one of a conversation about Wizard World Ohio 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.
THIS WEEK’S PICKS:
Trish Out Of Water #1
“Aspen’s most unique 10 for 10 series makes it debut! What would you do if your life was turned upside down– before it even really started? Trish Powell is about to find out, as she discovers that everything she thought she knew about being a teenager–friends, parents, and most importantly–her own body, is all a lie. When her physical form begins to take on a life of its own, only Trish will be able to explore the true reality of her existence, and what it means to truly be all alone in an age when everyone is watching! Aspen’s own Vince Hernandez is joined by the artistic talents of Giuseppe Cafaro to bring to you Aspen’s newest hit series, TRISH OUT OF WATER!”
I have no previous excitement for this title except that it’s another one of Aspen’s #1 issues of a brand new series… which means it’s only $1! The other Aspen comic I picked up with the draw of that debut issue cover price is BubbleGun. I’ve talked about it here and talked more in detail on my Ant On podcast recently, so I am very excited to give this one a chance and hope for more enjoyment! I don’t know much other than the description above, and that is what sells me the most. I do not know if it is a straight-up teen drama comic book, which I would be okay with since I created a parody teen drama webseries and generally enjoy those kind of shows, or if it will have a supernatural element that will completely surprise the reader. Again… it’s ONE DOLLAR.
Batman 66 #4
“Batman and Robin head to 1960s London to take on The Mad Hatter! When the Caped Crusader hears that hats are being stolen from England’s famous Beefeaters, he knows it can only be the work of Jervis Tetch. But something’s also amiss at Big Ben. Could the Clock King be up to his old tricks?”
I’ve shared my love for this series a few times here at Nerdy Minds Magazine, and that love continues for a fourth time this week! The classic Batman television show from 1966 is the inspiration for this new series. If you are new to it, you do not need to go back and pick up the first three issues to understand the story because each one has been standalone so far, leaving room for the story to continue in the future. If you liked the Batman 1966 show even just a little, this comic embodies the same tone and fun. As long as this title is coming out, I will be purchasing it.
This title is also released digitally a lot sooner than the printed version comes out, so if you just can’t wait for once a month, you can purchase it from Comixology twice a month for 99 cents each. When you buy the paper edition in your comic book store, it consists of a few of the stories so that is why it wears the $3.99 cover price. It’s a great way to manage your spending and get your stories sooner if you wish to do so. I personally enjoy buying physical copies of products whether it be comic books or compact discs, so I was pleased to find that we do get a print version once a month.
At first read, this comic series can be confusing because we are dealing with a young and old Superman and also a young and old Batman. That seems to be the trend in comics lately, mixing the past and future versions of characters and seeing what happens.
Due to Villains Month, our last regular issue for this title was in August, and I’ll be giving this a reread leading into issue 4. The art is what sold me from the beginning because Jae Lee’s work is such a specific look. I immediately noticed it because he drew my favorite of the Before Watchmen series from last year, Ozymandias. With the combination of Len Wein’s writing, they helped turn a character I didn’t care for into my favorite. I got to tell Len this at the C2E2 convention this past spring. But again, Jae Lee is what drew me in, pun intended, and I am happy to see it to continue to please my eyes.
Guardians of the Galaxy #7
Due to the events of Age of Ultron, a fierce mysterious warrior, Angela, comes face to face with the Guardians of the Galaxy in space as she was heading towards Earth. She first comes in contact with Gamora as they have a huge battle while Peter Quill started a battle with Thanos, after Thanos discussed how the Earth was going to be destroyed. The rest of the Guardians, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, and also Iron Man come to help out Gamora as Angela easily fends them off until Drax arrives with an epic punch, being the first to actually harm her. It’s not long until she is up again to defend herself.
At the beginning of issue 6 we see The Watcher, a being who has been tasked to watch and record the pivotal events of the Earth, and he is never to act, only to observe. All he tells the Guardians is that her name is Angela. All of this happens right after Peter Quill shows up to blast her down and knock her out.
“Fraction and Aja continue the surprise comic hit of the century! After a lifetime of decisions both good and bad, Clint and Barney Barton have to realize they are brothers and ultimately, they’re the only ones who can save one another. I mean if they don’t kill each other first. Good luck with that, Barton brothers. ”
This series has been one of the highlights of my year. It’s all about Clint Barton and what he does with his time when he is not fighting alongside The Avengers as Hawkeye. Comedy has been a main focus of this book with it’s brilliant dialogue littered throughout the gorgeous art. Most of the issues so far have been very standalone yet still have an overall connection, but we haven’t had much of a cliffhanger type format which I like. It’s a book that is very easy to jump on any month if you are at all interested. It’s really unlike any superhero title that has ever come out, and that is what makes this series extra special. We’ve had quite a break from getting this comic on a monthly basis so I am excited to jump back into the world of Clint Barton.
Indestructible Hulk Special #1 (The Arms of the Octopus Part 2)
Part one of this story was released the week of October 2nd, and it was released under the title All New X-Men Special #1. It tells the story of the original X-Men coming into the present day by the hands of Beast in the attempt to have young Cyclops talk some sense into his present self due to his actions after Avengers vs. X-Men in the summer of 2012.
To get used to New York City in the present time, young Hank (Beast) and Bobby (Iceman) head to the park, and Hank comes across a lady reading poetry, which catches his eye on the similarity of taste. As the title of this story suggests, they do get interrupted by Dr. Octopus as well as the Superior Spider-Man. What is odd is that Dr. Octopus IS Superior Spider-Man, meaning that when the original X-Men arrived from the past, there may have been a time rift which allowed other characters to also come into the future. This explains why young Dr. Octopus and current Dr. Octopus (Superior Spider-Man) exist at the same time.
Part one was a special treat, hence the title, and I am very excited to pick up the next installment which crosses over into The Indestructible Hulk series, which is a title I do not read but I assume should be able to follow considering it’s a continuation of this special Octopus story.
Superior Spider-Man #19
“Necessary Evil CONCLUDES! The moment that changes world of Spider-Man–and the Marvel Universe for years to come. Which Spider-Man is responsible for such a thing? Spider-Man 2099 or the Superior Spider-Man? Major developments for both Spider-Man’s cast . . . and for the future.”
In issue 18, Miguel O’Hara, the Spider-Man from the year 2099, has come into the present time to protect his biological grandfather Tiberius Stone, from getting harmed because that would eventually erase the future Spider-Man from the future world. Doc Ock (in the body of Peter Parker) went to his place of employment, Horizon Labs, to save his own technology from being stolen from him due to a federal investigation. Doc Ock develops the equipment that he uses as Spider-Man, so he is trying to not let that out of his hands.
This whole time, Spider-Man 2099 has been in contact with someone from the future and warns him that Tiberius Stone is the cause of the eventual destruction of Horizon Labs, not because of the federal investigation, but because of an actual bomb. Superior Spider-Man interrupts Spider-Man 2099 from saving Horizon Labs, unaware that is is about to explode!
Uncanny X-Men #13 (Battle of the Atom Chapter 8)
Last week it was revealed who is wearing the Iron Man-type suit in the Future X-Men team, and I won’t spoil that here, but it was a pretty great reveal. There was a lot of action last week as all of these X-Men teams are at war. These teams include the X-Men from the past, from the present, and two sets from the future. The first set from the future were found out to be impostors as Magick, along with young Beast and young Iceman, went to the future to be greeted by Sentinels and a new set of X-Men in a very peaceful looking universe, contradicting what the first set of future X-Men led them on to believe.
The best part about ending one great week of comics is being greeted by yet another great week! It’s been a long time since I’ve had a slow weak for new books, and thanks to all of the events going on at Marvel, it keeps my interest high with reading and collecting.
My new podcast, Ant On, is available on iTunes (with links above and below this post), and there are currently three episodes about comic books at your convenience. They all cover their respective week’s releases as I go in depth even more with what is happening in all of these series.
You can also find part one of my Wizard World Ohio discussion plus I still continue to do a comic book segment on my first podcast, AB Conversation, in which I will highlight just a few of the books, leaving reason to check out the Ant On Comics podcast as well for the full feature.
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.
This is the Ant-Man signing off… I’ll see you between the panels!
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