Hottest Comics for the Week of 9/13/17


What’s Hot?



Action Comics #987


From the Publisher – THE OZ EFFECT” part one! The agents of the mysterious Mr. Oz begin to move as the Man of Steel works to stop the chaos they unleash in Metropolis and across the globe. But when Mr. Oz steps from the shadows his identity rocks the Last Son of Krypton to his core. The story that began in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 begins to end here!


My Take – This is a must read for all DC fans with Mr. Oz’s identity begins to be revealed. Will it be the Watchmen‘s Ozymandias as many have speculated?


Realm #1


From the Publisher – Fifteen years ago, our world was overrun by creatures of myth; orcs, dragons, and other nameless horrors threw the entire planet into total chaos. Today, the shattered remnants of civilization must fight just to survive in a deadly new era of violence and mayhem. While a powerful sorcerer marshals his forces, a group of warriors embark on a journey to reclaim our world from the growing darkness.


My Take – I haven’t been this excited for a new series from Image in a while. Jeremy Haun is a great creator and the description of the series sounds like a can’t miss.



Supergirl 13-B


From the Publisher – It’s the final showdown between Supergirl and Emerald Empress. Supergirl’s life has been torn asunder and she’s not going to let Emerald Empress get away with it. But is it too late to repair the damage and remain the hero she’s built herself to be?


My Take – The issue itself belongs in the ‘What’s Cool’ category, while this Stanley Artgerm Lau cover is what’s hot. The issue is selling for around $12 on the secondary market and it’s worth the price.



What’s Cool?


Generations: Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell #1


From the Publisher – Carol Danvers, THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL, finds herself face-to-face with someone she never thought she’d see again – Mar-Vell of the Kree, THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL! But before she can get to the bottom of this impossible reunion, she gets embroiled in combat with someone who wants the Kree destroyed – talk about terrible timing!


My Take – I think we’re all excited to see a legitimate return of Captain Mar-Vell and not the zombified version of him from the Chaos War. The Generations series have all been, at worst, good reads. Danvers will likely play a large role in the newly formed Marvel Universe, so this should be a good setup for her leading into it.


Dark Nights: Metal #2


From the Publisher – As Superman and Wonder Woman hunt for a missing ally, Batman investigates a mystery spanning centuries. When the World’s Greatest Detective discovers a foe even greater than the Justice League could possibly imagine, will Earth’s heroes be ready?


My Take – Another impactful DC issue this week, as the second Dark Nights: Metal is released. The series has been solid so far and looks to be building into a great arc.


Pestilence #4


From the Publisher – As the Church’s dark secrets come to light, Fiat Lux must contend with hordes of zombies in Paris…hordes of zombies who are beginning to become more advanced! Will this be the end for Roderick Helms and his men? It will be for one of them, at least!


My Take – This has remained a great series through the first few issues and it’s likely to only get better. Get in on this series before you fall too far behind.


Flash #30


From the Publisher – BLOODWORK” part one! Barry Allen’s personal life is in shambles, his new Negative-Flash powers aren’t working properly, and someone has been tampering with evidence at the Central City Police Department. The Flash is not having a good day, and it’s going to get worse when he comes face to face with Bloodwork, a terrifying new villain with secret ties to Barry Allen.


My Take – The Negative-Flash arc has been solid. Comics stories are the best when there’s multiple battles the main character has to face, not just beating up bad guys all the time.


Old Man Logan #28


From the Publisher – OLD MAN LOGAN & HAWKEYE – TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME! CLINT BARTON joins LOGAN on his mission to stop the MAESTRO! But with Maestro’s plan reaching Phase Two, they might be too late to stop the annihilation! And, what is CAMBRIA really up to?


My Take – I’ve heard a lot of complaints about the series since Jeff Lemire left, but I have still enjoyed reading it. The emotions of Logan facing his inner demons has been replaced with heart pounding action as Logan has faced off against a new band of Hulks. I’m glad Barton will be joining him in his fight as the solo Logan can get depressing.



Secret Empire: Omega #1


From the Publisher – SECRET EMPIRE AFTERMATH! Hydra has fallen, but the world is still not secure! As the heroes of the Marvel Universe stir from the wreckage of the battlefield, the inevitable rebuilding must begin. However, one question hangs in the air over the proceedings: What redemption can there be for Captain America?


My Take – I don’t know who’s ready to move on from the Secret Empire series more, fans or Marvel themselves. Marvel has pretty much turned their attention off from the Secret Empire and focused heavily on Legacy for months now and they seem to be eager to finish this off. But, this is a must read because we do need to see the aftermath of the Secret Empire. We had a few pages at the end of issue #10, but not enough to answer our questions. So brace yourself to be annoyed at this issue and get it over with. There is a great Michael Turner 1:100 B&W variant that is going for around $80 on the secondary market.


Shadow #2


From the Publisher – The circumstances that led Mary’s mysterious burn patient to her hospital are becoming clearer – but is this horribly hurt man really the Shadow? And what is his connection with the millionaire Worthy Delaney, an advisor to the newly elected President Wyatt? Meanwhile, Mary and her sister Luisa begin an investigation of their own into a Shadow fan-site – because if the information there lets people make the connection with her patient, the Shadow is in grave danger!


My Take – The first issue of the series was really solid and the Shadow is a character worthy of his own series. Tyler Kirkham is an amazing artist and his work alone makes this series worth reading.


Runaways #1


From the Publisher – The ‘IT’ book of the early 2000s with the original cast is back – Nico! Karolina! Molly! Chase! Old Lace! And, could it be? GERT?! The heart of the Runaways died years ago, but you won’t believe how she returns!


My Take – Runaways has never been a personal favorite of mine, but the quality of the series has never been questioned. With a TV series premiering in the Fall, now would be a good time to get into the newest series.


Ninjak #0


From the Publisher – AN ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! AN EXPLOSIVE 40-PAGE MILESTONE! Ninjak’s past and future – in the crosshairs! Behind the years of training… Underneath the high-tech gadgetry… MI-6’s most experienced operative is still flesh and blood. So just how is a mortal man like Colin King able to survive in a world filled with telekinetic psiots, eternal warriors, and sentient suits of alien armor? The key to Ninjak’s survival is buried deep in the past…and today, the world’s most dreaded super-spy prepares to reveal his most closely guarded secrets! FIRST: Superstar writer Matt Kindt concludes his masterful, record-setting run alongside fan-favorite artist Francis Portela (FAITH) will an essential and revelatory tale of Ninjak’s deadly beginnings! THEN: The gauntlet is passed to acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and blockbuster artist Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) as they prepare a startling introduction to Colin King’s next mission with a shocking prelude to NINJA-K #1, a riveting new ongoing series beginning in November!


My Take – Ninjak is a solid character and the new arc looks intriguing. Valiant is doing some good stuff lately so this would be a series I would recommend jumping on the train early on.


What’s Cold?


Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1


From the Publisher – In a story written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, with art by Conner, learn what really happened when Harley, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy hit Vegas! Then, a tale written by Paul Dini with art by Chad Hardin takes us back to Harley’s days with the Joker to see the hell he unleashes when he makes the mistake of scheduling the biggest heist of their career on Harley’s birthday! Plus, writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones pit Harley and the Joker against Batman and Robin — but while you might think the Joker knows how to play with Batman’s mind, it’s nothing compared to Harley’s ability to crack Robin’s psyche! And that’s not all! Writer Dale Kibblesmith with art by David LaFuente put Coney Island right in the path of a hurricane — and put Harley on a collision course with Swamp Thing, of all people…monsters…things…? This issue also includes Harley pin-up pages with art by Babs Tarr, Bengal, Dustin Nguyen and more!


My Take – This has all the makings of the #25 issue with gimmicky stories that go nowhere. The writing for Harley has been poor lately. If you’re a Harley Quinn fan, cool, you may enjoy this. Otherwise, I don’t see this issue being anything worth picking up.


Deadpool #36


From the Publisher – SECRET EMPIRE AFTERMATH! Everything works out great and Deadpool gets a happy ending! Wait…are we allowed to lie in solicits? We are, right?


My Take – Deadpool hasn’t been good in a while. It’s no longer funny or entertaining; it’s been a guaranteed cash grab for Marvel who no longer invests in quality with Deadpool. Seemingly every month, Deadpool is in another gimmicky Deadpool series or crossover. Meanwhile, his solo series is of poor quality. Hopefully, the post-Secret Empire series is better.


Sheena Queen of the Jungle #1


From the Publisher – When a dangerous group of mercenaries sent by Cadwell Industries accuses her village of murdering one of their men, Sheena is forced to make a deal. To save her home, Sheena now has twenty-four hours to find the missing man alive; if she fails, the mercenaries will attack-and they take no prisoners. But Sheena is not the only one hunting for the missing man…


My Take – If issue #0 was any indication of where this series goes, then I’m not impressed. I don’t see the demand for the series to be brought back. J. Scott Campbell did the cover on this, so it will sell its share of issues, but I don’t expect much from the series.


Venomverse #2


From the Publisher – The Poisons’ relentless campaign against the Venoms continues, and Spider-Man is among the first to fall! VENOM VS. POISON SPIDER-MAN: NO HOLDS BARRED! Meanwhile, Deadpool’s cooked up an idea of how to stop the Poisons, but it ain’t exactly sane!


My Take – I wasn’t impressed with the first issue, or War Stories, or the Edge of Venomverse issues, and I don’t see the series going anywhere. Venom sells, and Marvel knows that. So what better way to cash in than by turning all the popular characters into Venoms?



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