Hottest Comics for the Week of 8/30/17


This is slow week for comics, but a good week to try something new. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest comics of the week.


What’s Hot?


All-Star Batman #13C – Sebastian Fiumara Cover


From the Publisher – As painful secrets from the past are revealed, Batman must face down a nemesis unlike any he’s seen before-or risk the horrific consequences of the Genesis Engine falling into the wrong hands!


My Take – All-Star Batman has remained one of the best Rebirth DC titles to date. But the reason I’m calling this one hot is the Fiumara Cover, which is a great cover that’s currently selling on the secondary market for a few bucks over cover price. This is one of the hottest comics in a slow week.


Secret Empire #10


From the Publisher – Can there be any redemption for Captain America as the SECRET EMPIRE starts to crumble?


My Take – It’s here! The end of Secret Empire! Will the heroes finish off Hydra or will Captain America kill all of our favorite heroes, ending all of Marvel for good? We’ll have to read to find out.


Star Wars Jedi Republic Mace Windu #1 (of 5)


From the Publisher – For over a thousand generations, the Jedi have been the peacekeepers of the galaxy…but now, at the dawn of the Clone Wars, they find themselves in a new role: generals in the Army of the Republic. As Mace Windu, one of the Jedi’s greatest warriors leads a small unit of Jedi into battle shortly after the war begins, the Jedi must make peace with their new role, or be lost to the violence around them!


My Take – I never saw Mace Windu as a character who I needed to know any more about. I don’t think we’d have this book if anyone other than Samuel L. Jackson played the character. Although, many hardcore Star Wars fans have vehemently disagree with me on this. It’s only a five-issue miniseries so maybe it’ll be a cool story arc of a character.



What’s Cool?


Wonder Woman #29B

From the Publisher – No single bounty hunter would be enough to draw blood from Wonder Woman-which is why the cabal that’s so desperate to get their hands on Amazon DNA has sent five!


My Take – This Frison Cover is worth the price of the issue, even though it’s selling at cover price. The Heart of the Amazon story arc is a solid read. If you’re looking for something new to catch up, pick up this and the three previous issues.


Darkseid Special #1


From the Publisher – Mark Evanier, longtime Kirby associate and biographer (Kirby: King of Comics), tells a tale starring one of Jack’s greatest villains. The latest daring escape from the orphanage of Granny Goodness leaves an infuriated Darkseid determined to capture and punish the escapees. The Lord of Apokolips puts his best hunter on the case, but one of Granny’s students is unlike anyone he’s encountered before. Plus, an untold tale of Omac by Humphries and Rude and a classic Kirby Fourth World tale!


My Take – Darkseid is one of DC’s best villains and this looks to be a solid solo series. It’ll be worth giving a chance.


Jimmy’s Bastards #3


From the Publisher – The plot thickens as Junior starts turning the screws, and Idi falls in with some very bad dudes. Nancy’s suspicions grow about the opposition, but even Jimmy is a tad surprised at her solution to this episode’s knotty problem. A night at the museum, a man on the run, and a bit of the old Allah Akbar-in part three of Jimmy’s Bastards. From the creator and writer of Preacher and The Boys comes the brand-new series that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.


My Take – Garth Ennis, Aftershock Comics, what more do I need to say? Jimmy Bastards is essentially an unfiltered James Bond mixed with Archer. The ridiculousness of some of the characters and scenes are Ennis-esque brilliant. With only three issues in, this is a good week to catch up to a quality series.



What’s Hype?


Generations Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1


From the Publisher – Kate Bishop, A.K.A. Hawkeye, finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a battle royal between the world’s most skilled sharpshooters – including an inexplicably young Clint Barton, A.K.A. the OTHER Hawkeye. The prize? Bragging rights for being named the best, of course – oh, and you get to stay alive! Unfortunately, for Clint, several of his competitors are villains he’s taken down, making HIM a primary target. So, on top of figuring out where and WHEN she is, Kate’s got to find a way to win this little contest of skills and keep her not-so-old pal Clint out of the crosshairs… easy, peasy.


My Take – Clint Barton is a fine complimentary character, but he doesn’t deserve his own series, let alone a legacy knockoff character who 90% of Marvel comic book fans have never even heard of. I can’t see how this will be worth the read.


Robotech #2


From the Publisher – Not just another retelling of the Macross saga … In July, the story continues as we bring Carl Macek’s original vision full circle. Taking into account every iteration of the series, this new Robotech #1 casts a fresh eye over classic characters like Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes, Lynn Minmei, Roy Fokker, Claudia Grant, and Henry Gloval. Brian Wood and Marco Turini take us back to a Macross Island where *nothing* can be taken for granted.


My Take – I didn’t get the intrigue in the first issue, which quickly sold out. It was selling for well over cover value, but it has since dropped to near cover price. The first issue was fine, but it seems like most IDW titles right now.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dimension X #5


From the Publisher – The Turtles’ travel to the strangest planet of them all… one where all organisms function in perfect harmony… except for a group of new mutants who could destabilize the ecosystem of the whole planet. Mutants who aren’t the TMNT!


My Take – The miniseries has been non-interesting and fairly pointless. It’s the TMNT’s going planet to planet to collect witnesses to testify against Krang. Every issue see’s the TMNT’s have to face some find of test in order to convince the witness to testify. The interior art is better than the covers, but the series is a filler for TMNT fans.


What’s Cold?


Jean Grey #6


From the Publisher – When you’re a mutant telepath, you get used to hearing voices in your head. But what happens when one voice keeps you up at night and refuses to leave? Desperate for help, Jean seeks out a physician to diagnose her problem… Only under these circumstances, the only qualified clinician is the Master of Mystic Arts himself, DOCTOR STRANGE!


My Take – The first five books have all basically been the same book. There is no direction, there is no intrigue, it’s bad.


X-Men: Blue #10


From the Publisher – NOW, WATCH AS I PULL A BEAST OUT OF MY HAT! When BEAST’s meddling with magic catches up to him, what nightmares will the X-MEN be forced to deal with? There is a cost to hexes and spells, and HANK McCOY is about to pay it. Will CYCLOPS, ICEMAN, ANGEL and MARVEL GIRL be able to save their teammate from himself?


My Take – How has this series lasted this long? I’m surprised Cullen Bunn has been the writer for this terrible series. Now they expect people to shell out $4 to read faux-Beast learn dangerous magic? It’s pointless series like this that are killing Marvel.


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