Hottest Comics for the Week of 10/4/17

 

What’s Hot?

 

Batman: White Knight #1

 

From the Publisher – In a world where Batman has gone too far, The Joker must save Gotham City. He’s been called a maniac, a killer and the “Clown Prince of Crime” but “white knight”? Never. Until now… Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as “Jack,” sets about trying to right his wrongs. First he plans to reconcile with Harley Quinn, and then he’ll try to save the city from the one person who he thinks is truly Gotham City’s greatest villain: Batman!

 

My Take – Batman is white-hot right now between his solo series’, Metal, and now the White Knight. I know many don’t like these “What If…?” stories, but this one is incredibly intriguing. And with Sean Murphy at the helm, I expect this to be a can’t miss.

 

Avengers #672

 

From the Publisher – WORLDS COLLIDE Part 1 Following the events of GENERATIONS comes the long-promised clash between the Avengers and the Champions! The countdown has started as the High Evolutionary, a twisted scientist determined to create a better world at all costs, sets the Earth on a collision course with destruction! The Avengers and the Champions are ready to meet this threat – but will their first cataclysmic clash deter them from Changing the World?

 

My Take – The first post-Generations issues will begin with the Avengers #672. There’s a lot of pressure on Marvel for the new run to be successful. Marvel Legacy #1 was a solid appetizer, now let’s see how the main course sets up. This is a must read for Marvel fans. There’s several solid throwback variants for this issue, but none are all too impressive.

 

Batman #32B

 

From the Publisher – “THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES” finale! This is the finale everyone will be talking about for years to come! In BATMAN #24, we gave you the question; in BATMAN #32, you get the answer. As the Riddler and The Joker desperately fight for supremacy in Gotham City, Batman reveals how far he had to go to end the war. Now, knowing Batman’s greatest sin, Catwoman must make her decision: Will she marry Batman?

 

My Take – The finale of a great Batman arc comes to a head as this issue will be filled with important turning points, including the conclusion to the war between the Joker and the Riddler and Catwoman’s proposal decision. And if you can get your hands on this variant, do so.

 

 

What’s Cool?

 

Punisher: The Platoon #1

 

From the Publisher – By the time the Punisher was born in Vietnam, Frank Castle had already become a dark legend of the battlefield. Stories about him were told in whispers, if at all. Now the legendary Punisher team of Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov (PUNISHER MAX, FURY MAX) brings the first of those stories to light: the tale of Frank Castle’s first command, and his first kill. Don’t miss this epic new series!

 

My Take – Despite all the big comics coming out this week, I’m most excited for Punisher: The Platoon #1. With Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov taking over the series and the storyline itself, this has all the makings to end up as an all-time great. However, there hasn’t been a ton of buzz about it, so I’ll hold my excitement until I read the first issue. There’s a lot of great covers for this issue. My favorite is the Marco Checchetto 1:25 Cover.

 

Slots #1

 

From the Publisher – You can say this about the life of Stanley Dance: he did it his way. Unfortunately, his way never took getting old into account. Now, the former boxer is on his last legs, looking for redemption…but he’ll settle for going down swinging. Roll the dice with superstar artist DAN PANOSIAN as he creates a bold and breathtaking vision of Las Vegas, where everything old can become new, and superstition influences how the chips fall.

 

My Take – Slots is a bit of a different series from Image. The early returns on this are pretty good with an excellent artist on it with Dan Panosian. I’d definitely recommend picking the first issue up this week.

 

Eugenic #1 (of 3)

 

From the Publisher – From the GLAAD award-nominated team James Tynion IV (Dark Nights: Metal, Detective Comics) and Eryk Donovan (Constantine: The Hellblazer) comes a new vision of humanity’s future in the vein of Black Mirror. When a plague ravages the world, one scientist discovers the cure and becomes the savior of mankind. Hope is restored, and the world rebuilds. But then people who took the cure begin having children who are… unnatural, and the definition of ‘normal’ is forever altered. ‘…what [Tynion IV and Donovan] are able to accomplish together becomes more and more interesting.

 

My Take – I love the concept of this series. James Tynion is an amazing writer and is the right person for this series. I just wish there were more than three issues in the series.

 

Astonishing X-Men #4

 

From the Publisher – Life of X, Part 4″ A MONSTER IS LOOSE IN LONDON. HIS NAME IS LOGAN. Psylocke, Bishop and Angel are all that stand between a mind-poisoned Logan and a mountain of corpses. Rogue and Gambit consider their options. Fantomex and Mystique get the party started. And somewhere, the Shadow King laughs and laughs…

 

My Take – First off, great cover. Secondly, the series has been one of the only must-reads in the ResurreXion line, and I’m excited for the arc to continue. New dangers to the team are added each week, and I love the writing through the first three issues.

 

Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1

 

From the Publisher – As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!

 

My Take – The Metal events have been amazing so far, and Dawnbreaker is the next in line in the series, which features the Green Lantern’s role in the story. The Metal issues have often been a race of what’s better, the writing or artwork, with DC putting their best work on both.

 

Venom #155

 

From the Publisher – LETHAL PROTECTOR Part 1 Something sinister is lingering in the darkest depths of New York and no one is safe! But even the monsters have something to fear when the world’s deadliest hunter Kraven makes them their prey. Their only hope is Venom, a lethal protector who can make the hunter…the hunted.

 

My Take – I’m a bit Venomed-out right now, but this will still be a hot pickup. I am a big fan of Kraven and love him staring in this arc. There are (obviously) a lot of variants for this issue, but none stand out as a can’t miss.

 

Shadowman / Rae Sremmurd #1

 

From the Publisher – The comics crossover event of 2017! Valiant’s superhero icon meets Rae Sremmurd, the multiplatinum hip-hop superstars behind the #1 hit “Black Beatles,” for an unforgettable showdown at the crossroads of life and death!

Before they were dominating the music charts and selling out stages worldwide, Slim Jxmmi and Swag Lee were just a pair of talented, but otherwise ordinary, brothers…until a twist of fate delivered them fame and wealth beyond their wildest imagination. Now, years later as hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, the brothers are bound for New Orleans…and an otherworldly encounter with the supernatural guardian called Shadowman, the lone line of the defense between our world and the Deadside that lies beyond…

 

My Take – Valiant has been killing it lately with their new series. I’ve never been a huge Shadowman fan, but I know a lot who are and I’m willing to give this a try.

 

Iron Fist #73B

 

From the Publisher – SABRETOOTH ROUND TWO Part 1 SABRETOOTH first slashed his way into the pages of Marvel comics back in IRON FIST #14 and never looked back. But now Danny Rand, the legendary Iron Fist, has a problem only Sabretooth can help him solve. Something is threatening the very existence of K’un-Lun, and the Iron Fist must do whatever he can to protect it, even if it means convincing his old enemy to fight by his side. Will mutant claws and crane kicks be enough to save K’un-Lun?

 

My Take – The reboot of the Iron Fist series earlier in the year had a great initial arc, but then fell with an unimpressive story, but the latest arc is expected to return to the former as the Iron Fist teams up with his former villain, Sabretooth. There’s a few solid covers for this issue. I personally like the pictured Mike Perkins Lenticular homage cover.

 

Spirits of Vengeance #1

 

From the Publisher – WAR AT THE GATES OF HELL Part 1. A dead angel. A silver bullet. A kept promise. For ages, the war between Heaven and Hell raged in the unseen corners of society, both sides in delicate balance that could topple if the right weapons were in the wrong hands… When an undercover angel is murdered, Johnny Blaze, the Ghost Rider, must find the killers and punish them…But this time he won’t do it alone: A deadly team must rise from the darkest depths of the Marvel Universe to form an unholy alliance – HELLSTORM! SATANA! BLADE! They are the SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE!

 

My Take – Not to overload the page with Marvel Legacy series’, but I’m excited for this as well. I used to be a big fan of Spirits of Vengeance and I love the team they put together here. There’s a decent chance this will be a miss, but it’s worth taking a shot on the first issue. I also like the Ken Lashley Lenticular Homage cover, but the rest of the variants are a miss.

 

 

What’s Cold?

 

Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #1

 

From the Publisher – Free college tuition for all Riverdale residents?! That’s the plan-after the town drains the wetlands that lie between it and Gotham City and then builds a new campus. The only snag? A certain botany-obsessed super-villain. When Poison Ivy enlists her bestie, Harley, to kidnap both Veronica Lodge, daughter of Riverdale’s most important citizen, and her friend Betty, she’s counting on some assistance-and the mayhem that ensues will probably work as well!

 

My Take – This will be one of those issues you see in dollar bins in comic book stores across the country in the near future. The issue is filled with silliness that’s not funny, entertaining, or appealing in anyway. It’s geared to the elementary school-crowd, but with a T-Teen rating.

 

X-Men: Gold #13

 

From the Publisher – MOJO WORLDWIDE Part 1 Mojo, the demented creature obsessed with melding deadly television shows with reality, has made Earth his focus and it’s going to take the combined might of two X-MEN teams to fight back! But when threats from their past are thrown at them, how will these teams react? With SENTINELS and BROOD and BAD MEMORIES attacking at every opportunity, will KITTY and JEAN and their teams be able to save Manhattan? Or is this the trick that finally boosts MOJO’s ratings?

 

My Take – The X-Men: Gold series has gone from solid, to promising, to bad within the first 12 issues. I can’t see the goofy and zany Mojo bringing any respectability to the series. It’s fun to see his return, but there’s been too little effort put into the series to expect the latest arc to be worth picking up.

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