Hottest Comics for the Week of 8/16/17

 

What’s Hot?

Dark Knights Metal #1

From the Publisher: DARK DAYS: THE FORGE and THE CASTING hinted at dark corners of reality that have never been seen till now! Now, as DARK NIGHTS: METAL begins, the Dark Multiverse is revealed in all its devastating danger-and the threats it contains are coming for the DC Universe! DARK NIGHTS: METAL is a DC event unlike any other-one that will push Batman, Superman and heroes of the Justice League beyond their limits to take on threats unlike any our world has ever seen! It will take the combined might of the World’s Greatest Heroes as you’ve never seen them before to face what’s coming their way!

My Take: What’s not to love about the next up to develop a dark storyline of our favorite DC characters? With all that’s about to come from this series, it’s best to get in on it now before the story takes off.

 

Generations: Wolverine & All-New Wolverine 1

From the Publisher: The death of WOLVERINE shook the Marvel Universe… And the ascension of the ALL-NEW WOLVERINE reimagined what a healing factor and some Adamantium claws can do! But the amazing combination of LOGAN and LAURA is the duo you’ve been waiting for! Tom Taylor, the mind behind ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, brings you Generations…a double-Wolverine team-up for the ages!

My Take: I’m still skeptical on the whole Generations/Legacy direction Marvel’s going. However, the first two issues (Hulks and Jean Grey/Phoenix) have been pretty solid. There probably won’t be a better team up in the Generations lineup than the Wolverines.

 

Totally Awesome Hulk #22

From the Publisher: ‘WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION’ PART SIX! The Weapon X program’s twisted head scientists have finally completed their magnum opus! Now BATCH H is awake, and it’s MAD AS HELL.

My Take: While the concept is cheesy but cool, the first appearance of Weapon H will is alreadyup to $30 presale. Expect this to be sold out by the end of day Thursday.

 

What’s Cool?

Astonishing X-Men (2017) #2

From the Publisher: In the next chapter of this action-packed X-Men epic, PSYLOCKE, ROGUE, OLD MAN LOGAN and the rest of their impromptu team travel to the astral plane in pursuit of the dastardly SHADOW KING. But on the astral plane, not everything is as it seems, and reality is only as reliable as what you think it is… Will the X-Men be able to contain the chaos from spilling out into the world?

My Take: While X-Men Gold is a throwback to the hit ‘90’s series, Astonishing X-Men is geared towards today’s comic readers. Combining all the coolest X-Men today, Astonishing X-Men doesn’t simply follow the go find and fight the bad guy we’re used to. It adds questions and mystery found in recent Image Comics. This issue likely won’t ever increase much in value, but it will be worth reading.

 

Batman (2016) #29

From the Publisher: THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES” part four. Batman has done his best to keep the peace, but with neither faction backing down, he may have to choose the lesser of two evils if he wants the violence to end. Will Batman embrace the murderous anarchy of The Joker or the bloody fascism of the Riddler? If he wants to win, he’ll have to choose a side-and either way, he loses

My Take: The Joker vs The Riddler. A city hiding from the crime lords and their cronies fighting against one another. While this has all the makings as an instant classic, it’s been good. However, it’s really wasted a lot of storyline with useless information. For instance, they spent an entire issue based on the sad story of Kiteman. While it’s been a bit of a letdown, this has got to turn the corner at some point, right?

 

Dragon Age Knight Errant #4

From the Publisher: As Vaea sets out on the second leg of her mission, Granger and Marquette accuse her of being the culprit behind the rash of thefts in Thedas. Ser Aaron, ignorant of Vaea’s supplemental income, angrily comes to her defense-and she will have to move quickly if she wants to prevent him from discovering the truth.

My Take: The Knight Errant has been a solid, medieval tale that you probably won’t hear much about. The writing and artwork are worth getting into the story, but the demand may keep it off smaller LCS’s.

Superman #29

From the Publisher: ‘FEAR ITSELF’ part two! This looks like a job for…Sinestro?! Thrust into the anti-matter universe of Qward, Superman’s only hope is the former greatest of the Green Lanterns!

My Take: This will be the first Yellow Lantern Superman within DC continuity. DC doesn’t do as man of first appearances as Marvel, however this book is currently being presold for at or below cover price. It’s worth picking up and hanging on to, but don’t expect a quick or significant ROI.

What’s Hype?

Divinity #0

From the Publisher: AN EPIC JUMPING-ON POINT LEADING DIVINITY THROUGH THE WHOLE OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE! New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and explosive artist Renato Guedes (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Wolverine) present an awe-inspiring introduction to the largest independent superhero universe in comics – as told through the eyes of Valiant’s most powerful cosmic force! DIVINITY, a lost Russian cosmonaut newly returned to Earth with god-like powers, has successfully restored the world to order after the reality-altering event known as the Stalinverse. But how can a man – even one with near-divine abilities – know for certain that the planet has been truly restored in full? To make sure, Divinity must bear witness to the world as it now stands – heroes, villains, gods, and all – to ensure the rightful order of the Valiant Universe!

My Take: Valiant Comics seems lost these days. They’re good with creating gimmicks and not following through with good writing. This looks like another gimmick issue that you shouldn’t waste your time on.

What’s Cold?

Curse Words #7

From the Publisher: ‘EXPLOSIONTOWN,’ Part Two Wizord is in a tough spot, as the leaders of Earth have decided they’re pretty fed up with wizard battles tearing up the joint all the time. They want to shut him down! Selfish, right? They really just don’t get it. Expect intense magical action as the second arc of CURSE WORDS continues!

My Take: Cure Words started off as a series that might go in a cool direction. However, it faded quickly and it has become a lame attempt at appealing wizardry to hipsters.

 

Generation X #5

From the Publisher: All eyes on EYE-BOY! The most diligent student at the Xavier School for Mutant Education and Outreach is about to learn the most difficult lesson of all: When you can see EVERYTHING, you end up seeing some things you wish you hadn’t!

My Take: Generation X wasn’t cool 20 years ago on its first attempt, but the latest series is even worse. The characters are lame. The writing and artwork are poor. It’s a bit of a mess within the latest X-series.

 

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