Hottest Comics for the Week of 8/23/17

What’s Hot?

Weapon X #7

From the Publisher – The newly reformed Weapon X program took DNA from the most savage genetic anomalies in the world to create a rage-filled behemoth of epic proportions. But before they meddled with nature, they started with man… Who volunteered to be experimented on, and what made them the perfect test subject? FIND OUT HERE!

My Take – This issue is already hovering around $15/issue for its prerelease. While we’ve already seen the first appearance of Weapon H last week, fans are already eager to get more on the character as the few scenes we saw of him before hopping away at the end of the issue wasn’t enough.

 

The Last Hunt #1

 

From the Publisher – A routine run to the dry wasteland known as Earth goes bad when the cargo ship Ragzon, breaks down. But that’s nothing compared to the nightmare its crew faces when they help out a trio of scientists on their last legs. No good deed goes unpunished in “The Last Hunt”!

 

My Take – This series is already sold out by the little known Amigo Comics publisher. The storyline sounds pretty cool and the preview they provide makes it look like it has staying power. If you can find it, it’ll likely be worth picking one up.


Edge of Venomverse #5

From the Publisher – “Deadpool’s bonded with the Venom symbiote, blah, blah, blah,” you’re saying to yourself. Well HOLD IT RIGHT THERE, TRUE BELIEVER! Bringing you a terrifying tale of VenomPool trying to save a hospital full of innocent people who’ve been infected with a DANGEROUS MIND-CONTROLLING PARASITE is none other than horror writer and SPIDER-VERSE veteran Clay McLeod Chapman!

My Take – While I’m still not a fan of the cheesy series, the simple equation of Venom + Deadpool = winner. It’s going for right around cover price on the secondary market, so this isn’t an instant guarantee, but it’s worth picking up and hanging on to.

 

 

What’s Cool?

 
Flash #29

From the Publisher – “NEGATIVE” part two! What’s a Rogue to do when The Flash goes bad? Get worse. Operating from behind bars in Iron Heights, the incarcerated Rogues graduate from costumed crooks to true kingpins of crime, unleashing the new villain known as Shrapnel upon the chaotic and unprotected streets of Central City.

My Take – This is a winner if you’re a diehard Flash fan and a solid read if you’re not. This is Flash’s version of Spider-Man originally bonding with the symbiote. We’ll see if this goes anywhere or if it’s just another gimmick.
Also, if you can get your hands on the Neil Googe variant cover, do so because it’s an awesome cover.

 

Generations: Unworthy Thor & Mighty Thor #1

From the Publisher – When a battle goes south, Thor finds herself in ancient Egypt – facing a young Odinson! A misguided party of Vikings has bitten off way more than they can spear. But when the prince of Asgard answers their cries for help, he ends up in a fight no axe alone can win! And Apocalypse is not one for mercy. Can a not-yet-worthy god and a time-lost hero take on one of the world’s most powerful mutants at the height of his empire? And what does their encounter mean for the future of two Thors?

My Take – I keep getting sucked into these Generations gimmicks, but I have yet to hate one. This one has me curious to see what direction they’ll be taking Jane Foster and Odinson in the future. Thor series are often hit or miss, so this’ll give us the first taste of where they’re going with it.


Black Hammer #12

From the Publisher – Twenty years ago, Joseph Weber became the Black Hammer. Ten years ago, Lucy Weber lost her father when he defeated Anti-God, saving Spiral City and the world. Two years ago, Lucy started looking for him. And she found more than she ever expected.

My Take – Black Hammer has quietly been one of the best under-the-radar comics over the last year and is one of Jeff Lemire’s best work. If you haven’t gotten into the series yet, start now and thank me later.

 

Secret Empire #9

From the Publisher – UNITED WE STAND – against the SECRET EMPIRE!

My Take – For all of us who’ve stuck it out this long, now it’s time to tough it out. Book 8 saw all factions of the super heroes begin to break their biggest threats. Expect book nine to see them take control over Hydra and book 10 finish them off completely and set up for the fallout of the war. I’m curious to see the treatment of some of the Hydra-supporters will be treated after the war has ended, such as Odinson, the Punisher, Deadpool, and Ant-Man. While the ending of the crossover will likely leave many of us questioning our lives after investing so much into the series, the artwork has been very good and the storyline hasn’t been as bad as originally predicted.

 

 

 

Nightwing The New Order #1 (of 6)

 

From the Publisher – NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER is the story of a future world without ‘weapons’-where superpowers have been eliminated and outlawed. The man responsible? None other than Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing, now leader of a government task force called the Crusaders who are charged with hunting the remaining Supers. But when events transpire which turn the Crusaders’ aim toward Grayson’s own family, the former Boy Wonder must turn against the very system he helped create, with help from the very people he’s been hunting for years-the last metahumans of the DC Universe. Don’t miss this bold new vision from the team behind the New York Times bestseller BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM!

 

My Take – This miniseries will likely be a cool offshoot of his regular series with a spin on the storyline. It’ll be worth giving a try on the first issue.

 

What’s Hype?


X-O Manowar #6

From the Publisher – From the bloodied frontlines to the highest seats of power, there is something rotten on Aric of Dacia’s new home. With an entire planet in turmoil, who the mighty warrior once known as X-O. Manowar can trust no one, especially those he holds dearest. But will the hero of earth rise and become the hero of his adopted planet…or will his endless supply of enemies crush him first?

 

My Take – Valiant really pushed this series and so far, it hasn’t panned out. This is the miniseries finale, so if you’ve read it so far, finish it up, but otherwise, it’s not really worth getting into. There have been cool scene and concepts, but the series has missed.

 

The Hard Place #1 (of 5)

From the Publisher – After five years in prison, AJ Gurney, a legendary wheelman in Detroit, has decided it’s time to go straight. He returns home to work in his father’s garage and disappear into anonymity. But during a visit to the bank, AJ is recognized by two violent bank robbers, and they demand AJ be their getaway driver. To ensure his compliance, they take a young female hostage; unfortunately, she happens to be the daughter of a Russian crime lord. AJ now finds himself pursued by a bitter police department and hunted by every asset of the Russian mob. Without a doubt, he’s in a very hard place.

My Take – Speculators love picking up Image #1’s, but this doesn’t look to be the series to invest in. The Hard Place is a lot of cliché dangers thrown into a blender and turned into a miniseries.

 

What’s Cold?


First Strike #2

From the Publisher – Attack on Cybertron! COBRA’s first strike is causing chaos, confusion, and a high Transformer body count! It’s up to G.I. Joe and their Autobot and M.A.S.K. allies to stop the invasion-if they can get off Earth! The Hasbro Universe crossover event of 2017 is here! Aliens! Robots! Ninjas! Lasers! Fast cars! Jokes! This one’s got it all! “The speed of Fast and the Furious! The military action of Rambo! The giant robots punching other giant robots of everything awesome ever! I love it!”- David Mariotte (Hanazuki, Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook)

My Take – The description above says it all. I gave the first book a chance, but it was as expected. It’s the equivalent to a Jason Statham or FATF movie. A lot of explosions, cool characters, and pretty things, but lacking a real story.

 

Iceman #4

From the Publisher – Iceman is still learning to be comfortable in his own skin. And he’s about to run into a man who’s perhaps TOO comfortable in his. The X-Men’s coolest operator is about to learn a thing or two from the Son of Wolverine himself, DAKEN!

My Take – Whose idea was it to give Iceman his own series? I’m guessing the same jokester who came up with the Jean Grey, X-Men: Blue and Generation X series a-go too. And they’re already so desperate for attention that they’re bringing in another Wolverine spinoff character?

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