Hottest Comics for the Week of 9/20/17


What’s Hot?


Dark Ark #1


From the Publisher – The wickedness of mankind has moved the Creator to destroy the world by way of the flood. Noah has been tasked with building an ark to save his family and the animals of the world. But this is not Noah’s story. For darker powers have commanded the sorcerer Shrae to build his own ark and save the unnatural creatures of the world-such as the vampires, the dragons, the naga, and the manticore. But what will happen on a vessel crawling with monsters, where insidious intrigue and horrific violence are the rule of law? From writer Cullen Bunn (X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.


My Take – Aftershock Comics is one of the hottest comic book publishers in the market right now. With titles such as Animosity, Babyteeth, Pestilence, and Unholy Grail. Dark Arc looks to be another hit with Dark Arc, written by one of the best writers in the industry, Cullen Bunn. I recommend getting in early on this series.


Gasolina #1


From the Publisher – NEW SERIES! Fugitives. Rebels. Newlyweds. In their journey south from El Norte, Amalia and Randy have played many roles in order to survive. Now, they must become unlikely leaders in the fight against a new cartel who uses inhuman tactics to ignite the most monstrous war Mexico – and the world – has ever seen. Everything burns in this new series from SEAN MACKIEWICZ and NIKO WALTER, where love and devotion can only be measured in fire and blood.


My Take – Here’s another new Image series that’s worth a look. The Realm dominated the market last week; Gasolina looks to be another must-have. Gasolina is different from most other comic series, but with the right format that has made Image Comics a powerhouse of quality comics.


Bloodshot Salvation #1


From the Publisher – From New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Moon Knight) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) & Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), a bloody and vengeful new era for Bloodshot begins this September as Ray Garrison escapes his violent past to build the one thing he never thought he’d earn: a family. But when a hateful secret from his true love’s past threatens their fragile peace, Bloodshot will be forced to run headlong into a barrage of blood, bullets, and broken bones for a revenge-fueled assault that will have crushing consequences for those he holds most dear…

His sacrifice will be her salvation.

Now: In the arms of his beloved girlfriend Magic, Bloodshot has finally found hope for the future…in the form of the couple’s unborn child. But when Magic’s estranged family – a cruel and sadistic clan of homegrown criminals – re-emerge to lay claim to their lost daughter, Bloodshot will be pushed back to the brink of madness, mayhem, and warfare…

Soon: Eight years from today, Bloodshot’s daughter has inherited her father’s incredible abilities. Hunted by a high-tech kill squad called Omen, Jessie must hone her powers…and learn how to survive before the world is swallowed whole by the darkness that now pervades


My Take – Bloodshot has been a solid series over the years, but Valiant looks to take the series to another level with Salvation. Jeff Lemire is an amazing writer who has put a lot of work into this series and it looks like it will pay off.


Batman #31


From the Publisher – ‘THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES’ part five! It’s tough to beat the two biggest puzzlemakers in the world at their own game, and Batman’s gambits have only pulled him deeper into the moral quagmire where the Riddler and The Joker do their dirty work. All of Gotham City hangs in the balance as Batman faces the ultimate conundrum: are brainteasers better than belly laughs?


My Take – Batman has become one of the hottest comics in the industry. The War of Jokes and Riddles looks to be setting up to become a new classic arc in the storied history of Batman comics. Even if you’re not a fan of DC comics, this series is worth reading.


What’s Cool?


Unholy Grail 3


From the Publisher – You’ve heard the story of Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot-a tale of love both courtly and true. Now envision that love unfolding in a version of Camelot crawling with demonic receivers and unnatural horrors! Love itself takes a dark turn as jealousies unfold and grim thoughts of murder and betrayal take root in the minds of kings. From writer Cullen Bunn (X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Mirko Colak (Punisher) comes a Lovecraftian take on the Arthurian legend that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.


My Take – This series has been great through the first couple of issues. Many tales of King Arthur have been told over centuries, however, none has been told as dark and fascinating as this. It’s a great twist on an age-old tale that any Arthurian fan should pick up. ISsue #3 sees Arthur meet his love, Guinevere.


Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma #2


From the Publisher – As the excitement ramps up for this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, come back with us to the final moments of The Force Awakens and the destruction of Starkiller Base to learn the fate of Captain Phasma! Captured by the Resistance and thrown into a garbage masher, we follow the chrome-adorned warrior from the site of the First Order’s biggest defeat to the doorstep of this holiday season’s biggest blockbuster! Written by Kelly Thompson (HAWKEYE, STAR WARS ANNUAL 2016) and drawn by Marco Checchetto (STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE, STAR WARS: SCREAMING CITADEL), Captain Phasma will recondition you to love Star Wars again!


My Take – I was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the first issue, both the writing and the artwork. After the first issue, I was bummed that this will only be a 4-issue miniseries. If you’re a Star Wars fan, this series is a must have.


World of Animosity 1


From the Publisher – A journey through an apocalypse like none ever imagined-this singular one-shot brings readers and fans alike an exclusive look at the characters, creatures, maps, mysteries, enemies, histories, and the road-so-far in a world where the Animals have risen up to take revenge. This standalone collection includes a variant cover gallery, character designs, never-before-seen artwork, and summaries that will not only bring new readers up to speed, but allow existing readers to dive deep with new information into stories they already love.


My Take – The original Animosity series is a must-read. If you’ve followed the series, this is a must-have to add to your collection. If you haven’t read Animosity yet, pick it up, read it, then read World of Animosity.


Invincible Iron Man #11


From the Publisher – Riri Williams accidentally causes an international incident that may throw the entire world into chaos! So, you know, no big deal. The prologue to one of the biggest Iron Man stories in modern history!


My Take – Marvel promises “The prologue to one of the biggest Iron Man stories in modern history!” Well, okay, I’ll bite. Iron Man has been solid for a while now, but if it’s going to be this big, who can say no?



Glitterbomb Fame Game #1


From the Publisher – Kaydon Klay wants to be famous. She wants it more than anything else she’s ever known. The dream is hers for the taking, and all she has to do is embrace the national tragedy that’s put her in the spotlight… Fan-favorite writer JIM ZUB (WAYWARD, Uncanny Avengers) and artist DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN (All-New Wolverine, Ultimates) continue their twisted exploration of fame and failure. The entertainment industry feeds on our insecurities, desires, and fears. You can’t toy with those kinds of primal emotions without them biting back.


My Take – It’s great to see Glitterbomb return with a new series. This series begins where the last issue left off, which cuts through the typical series introduction, and dives right into the mess that the characters were left in.


What’s Cold?


X-Men: Gold (2017) #12


From the Publisher – While on a mission to apprehend the latest incarnation of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the X-Men discovered a villain amongst their number who was a complete mystery. Little did they know, the alien Kologoth was on a mission of his own! Now, they’re on the verge of discovering Kologoth’s true nature…but will it be too late?


My Take – I was really high on this series when it first came out, but there’s been little progression in the overall storyline. Every other issue, they make quick mention to the government looking to deport all mutants (have we heard this before?), but it’s quickly forgotten as they spend 2-3 issues facing a 90’s classic villain that have all been disappointments. The Omega Red arc was the latest letdown. With only six characters on the roster, you’d think they’d give attention to characters other than Kity and Colossus and their high school romance. The artwork is still good, and I’m holding on hope the series goes somewhere, but in the meantime it looks like it’s going to be a continuation of small storylines that go nowhere.


La Muerta Vengeance #1


From the Publisher – Having avenged her family’s brutal murders, Maria Diaz thought she could hang up her guns forever. She thought wrong. Something is slaughtering helpless immigrants, including innocent children. Once more, Santa Muerte, the saint of death, calls upon Maria to be an instrument of vengeance. And again Maria heeds the call, donning the guise of La Muerta. In her relentless pursuit of justice, Maria violently confronts Brujo, a crime boss/warlock and his sexy sidekick assassin Sangre, ‘Loco,’ a kill-crazy Luchador vigilante, and an ancient, remorseless evil that makes her question her very existence. What terrible price will Maria pay for the sake of justice?


My Take – Last year’s La Muerta series was extremely hot prior to its release, with fans and non-fans investing alike investing in the various variant covers in the series. However, the interest quickly faded and the prices of the issues quickly dissipated. If you’re a La Muerta fan, cool, pick up Cover A, and if you want the variants, wait a few weeks for the price to fall.



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