Ant on Comics: New Comics PREVIEW for 11/13/13

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ant_hawkeyeHello, comic friends! I am here to discuss comics that will be released this Wednesday, November 13th, 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! Episode 9 is a special read-through of a Thor comic book to honor the release of Thor: The Dark World.

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.

All book premises are in quotes and brought to you by TFAW. The rest is all me, friends! For a complete list of releases you can visit Comic List.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS:

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Superman/Wonder Woman #2

sep130204“Whom the gods destroy, first they piss off! Seeking help against Doomsday, Diana turns to her brother Hephaestus for weapons-but a more immediate threat is Apollo and the other gods. They do not approve of Superman as a consort to Diana, and he will have to prove himself in combat!”

In the debut issue last month, we open up with Superman and Wonder Woman going into a storm as they try and save a war plane from losing control. As we see this problem unfold, we get a glimpse back at Clark and Diana’s relationship while focusing back on the present as Doomsday appears before Wonder Woman.

The art by Tony Daniel, Batt and Tomeu Morey is quite beautiful and is exactly what I expect when reading stories about these characters.

I don’t follow a lot of titles from DC, but with a brand new series like this intrigued me enough to give it a shot, and I really enjoyed the way it started off, and I will continue to stay on board for now.

The Mocking Dead #3 (of 4)

sep131113“Attention, Box-Mart Shoppers. There is a sale on brains, guts and other viscera in aisles two, twelve, twenty, thirty-four, eighty-six, a hundred and three, and … well, all aisles really, because this entire store has been taken over by the MOCKING DEAD BRRAAAAHHHHHHHH!”

This is a series dealing with real life zombies where a special group is being called into action to use the information they got from researching zombies in television and movies in hopes to survive.

The title of this grabbed my attention, thinking it was a direct parody of The Walking Dead, but it’s not really like that at all. Though there is plenty of comedy, it still exists in a real world dealing with the first ever zombie attack. When you watch people deal with zombies in film and tv, you always wonder why they are so surprised about what these creatures are. So this series is probably the most realistic take on zombies and how we react.

My Little Pony Micro Series #9: Spike

sep130414“Spike is ready for the responsibility of being a pet-owner! However, he might be getting more than he bargained for when a delivery of Sea Beasts (‘just add water!’) arrives at his door. Spike’s unusual training methods will result in some surprises for everyone’s favorite baby dragon!”

If this isn’t the most adorable cover, then I don’t know what is.

I’ve talked about this a few times but I am really loving all of the comics coming from the My Little Pony brand. Since the success of the Friendship Is Magic series, they began to do one-shot stories about specific characters and they all have been really enjoyable and I’ve been collecting all of them.

The best part about the Micro Series is that I am still very new with the My Little Pony world so it’s very helpful to get character centric issues in between issues of the regular series.

All New X-Men #18

sep130749“The X-Men are shaken to the core by the Battle of the Atom. Kitty Pryde is particularly is shaken by the events of the X-Men crossover. With her students gone, what is Kitty to do?”

As mentioned above, the ten chapter mini-series, Battle of the Atom, has now wrapped and we are ready to dive into the consequences. I don’t want to give anything away with what happened because the story is still easily accessible, but it came with mixed opinions, as anything does.

I was very excited with the ending, because it left me wanting more. I like it when things change. I like when sacrifices are made and stories are turned on their side.

Since Kitty Pryde is one of my favorite X-Men, let alone one of my favorite Marvel characters, let alone one of my favorite characters in the world… I am very excited to see her take center stage for this upcoming story arc.

Superior Spider-Man #21

sep130696“Stunner is back and wants revenge for the only man she ever loved – Otto Octavius! How will she avenge him? By killing the Superior Spider-Man!”

It’s hard to talk about this title every other week because I keep repeating myself. I love this title. Since the finale of the Amazing Spider-Man with the death of Peter Parker in issue 700 almost one year ago, Doctor Octopus swapped bodies with Peter and is now the Superior Spider-Man. He’s cleaning the streets in a more efficient way than Peter has ever done, and he even has Mayor J. Jonah Jameson on his side!

As long as Dan Slott continues to write for Spider-Man, I will be buying this title. I am very welcoming to a new creative team, but Dan is crushing it and I will follow him anywhere in the comic book world.

Dan is also writing the brand new Silver Surfer series that comes out this Spring.

X-Men Gold #1

sep130754“It’s the 50th Anniversary of the X-Men, ring it in with some of the greatest creators to ever work on the X-Men! CHRIS CLAREMONT is joined by classic X-Artist BOB MCLEOD to bring you an untold story of the X-Men starring Cyclops, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Kitty Pryde and Rogue! Also jam-packed with an all-star roster of creators from X-Men past including STAN LEE, WALTER SIMONSON, LOUISE SIMONSON AND FABIAN NICIEZA!”

I love the X-Men… you may have realized that about me. With this special issue, this needs to be in my collection.

My first introduction to the X-Men was through the classic Saturday morning cartoon show in the 90’s, when my friend Bryan caught me up to speed. With the release of the action figures, I could reenact the stories told from the cartoon right there in my bedroom. I never read many X-Men comics until Joss Whedon brought me back with Astonishing X-Men and ever since I have been back in a big bad way.

Conclusion:

It’s another strong week in comic books for me. Recently I’ve also made trips to two different Half Price Books stores and scored on many trade paperback collections. I highly recommend checking out these stores if they exist around your area, because it’s a great way to pick up some great collections for an amazing price.

My podcast, Ant On, is available on iTunes (with links above and below this post), and I do several episodes focused 100% on comic book previews and reviews. The podcast will eventually spawn off into other recurring episodes that aren’t necessarily about comic books at all. Stay tuned.

I also 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. The AB Conversation covers movies, television, comics, video games, food and the internet every Sunday morning. This week we released our 80th episode.

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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