Hottest Comics for the Week of 9/27/17
This week’s hottest comics list is loaded with key issues for Marvel and DC, along with a girth of quality reads. Marvel Legacy kicks off, which also means many of its original series arcs come to an end. DC has its Metal series and the continuation of the ‘Oz Effect’ arc. There’s a handful of solid independent publisher issues out this week as well, but the week belongs to Marvel and DC.
Marvel Legacy #1
From the Publisher – EVERYTHING STARTS HERE! It begins at the dawn of the human race, and ends with a child’s prayer! In between, empires fall, mysteries brew, secrets are revealed, quests are undertaken and legends are forged! All leading up to the dramatic return you’ve been waiting for – and one you’ve been dreading! Jason Aaron (MIGHTY THOR) and Esad Ribic (SECRET WARS) usher in a new dawn – one whose rays will touch every corner of the Marvel Universe in the days to come! MARVEL LEGACY: It’s everything you’ve been longing for – and more!
My Take – This is one of the most important issues Marvel has issued in years. After nearly two years of setting up the Secret Empire arc, Marvel distanced itself from the series mere moments after its initial release and instead began pumping up its Legacy arc. Secret Empire was a predictable bust and it has left Marvel fans upset with the publisher. Legacy is Marvel’s new shiny thing to distract fans from Secret Empire.
That said, Legacy is Marvel’s clean slate and chance to get its readers back on board with what’s to hope a better direction. The rumored return of a popular character in this issue has already been leaked, which in and of itself is worth the price of the issue. If you plan on reading any Marvel series in the near future, pick up Marvel Legacy #1.
Batman the Murder Machine
From the Publisher – As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!
My Take – The Metal issues have all been hits, and the Murder Machine looks to be its latest great issue. It’s been a fast paced, well-written, and well-drawn series that leaves the reader wanting more. I can’t see this being anything but a hit.
Generations: Miles Morales Spider-Man & Peter Parker: Spider-Man #1
From the Publisher – When it comes to problems, Peter Parker’s got it all! Bullies at school, ailing aunt, a doppelganger, crushing responsibility, and – wait, a doppelganger?! Can’t Peter ever catch a break? And what does all this craziness have to do with Miles Morales?
My Take – I haven’t put many Generations issues in the hot list, but I expect the Spider-Men team-up to be the best yet. Despite the gimmicky, money grab that the Generations issues have been, the issues themselves have been hits more often than not. A whole issue dedicated to Parker and Morales is a guaranteed hit.
Action Comics #988 (Lenticular Edition)
From the Publisher – ‘THE OZ EFFECT’ part two! As Superman struggles with the ramifications of Mr. Oz’s identity, the mysterious figure’s origins and the long road to Superman’s doorstep finally reveal themselves.
My Take – There’s so much going on right now with Marvel and DC that ‘The Oz Effect’ may get lost in the shuffle, but it’s still a must-read for all comic book fans.
Generations: Sam Wilson Captain America & Steve Rogers: Captain America #1
From the Publisher – They were part of the Greatest Generation! And now Sam Wilson finds himself alongside them yet again in a strange yet familiar setting – fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with Captain America and Bucky against a seemingly unstoppable threat to the safety of the world!
My Take – I don’t get though why they’re doing a Generations issue on these two as Wilson is going to return to his role as the Falcon in his upcoming solo series. Bucky will also be featured in the issue, when typically there’s only two heroes featured in each issue. With all that said, I expect this to be worth picking up and a solid read. I’m also excited for both of their solo Legacy series due out soon.
Suicide Squad #26 – Metal Tie-In
From the Publisher – ‘GOTHAM RESISTANCE’ part three! With realms dominated by twisted visions of Firefly, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, Scarecrow and Bane stretched out as far as the eye can see, the chances of saving Gotham City from the incursion of the Dark Multiverse are next to impossible. Which sounds like a job for the SUICIDE SQUAD! Harley Quinn, the most unlikely of team leaders, must use her special ops experience to command a charge of heavy metal heroes into their deadliest adventure yet!
My Take – Nearly every Metal issue and tie-in have been hits and the cliffhanger from the Nightwing tie-in last week make this issue even more appealing. If you’re following the Metal series, this is a must read. If you’re not, I recommend catching up soon!
From the Publisher – Trial of Krang,” part 2 of 3. The trial begins, and the surviving witnesses are strange and unusual, featuring old friends and uncertain allies. Krang has more tricks up his sleeve though, and the Malignoid swarm threatens to devour all of Dimension X!
My Take – After the 5-week, 5-issue miniseries tie-in to the Trial of Krang, we now get to see the arc continue with the Turtles and their witnesses against Krang. Also, I love this Marat Mychaels variant, which is currently going for about $50 on the secondary market. There’s also a solid Casey Jones Funko Pop! variant cover.
Nightwing The New Order #2 (of 6)
From the Publisher – Dick Grayson’s commitment to the Crusaders is put to the test after he learns a shocking secret about a member of his own family. Eager to keep the scandal as quiet as possible, Grayson turns to an old friend for some answers-and what he learns will alter his destiny forever.
My Take – The first issue was a massive hit with a great cliffhanger. While the series is essentially a 6-issue, What If…? series, it’s still been written really well and I’m looking forward to this week’s issue.
Rat Queens Special Orc Dave (One Shot)
From the Publisher – ‘Orc Dave and the Ballad of Birds’: Long before Palisade and the Four Daves, Orc Dave enjoyed a secluded life with his father in the mystical Green Wilds. There are vile, evil monsters that stalk their land, but something worse has just arrived: the Rat Queens.
My Take – The Rat Queens continue to produce quality storylines each issue, and the Orc Dave special issue looks to be a great one-shot for the series.
War Mother #2
From the Publisher – A new legend for the year 4001 A.D.! With her homeland embroiled in a crisis of life and death, War Mother must venture beyond the walls of The Grothe bioengineered utopia that birthed her – in search of a mysterious citadel that could save her people! But, to reach it, she must endure an onslaught of 41st century Earth’s most perverse monstrosities and fight for survival across the harsh landscape that has subsumed our once-fertile world… With only her sentient sniper rifle to aid her, can one lone soldier stand resolute against the shadows of the future’s darkest frontier? In the footsteps of BOOK OF DEATH and RAI, War Mother’s punishing pilgrimage marches onward as New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and incendiary artist Stephen Segovia (NINJAK) push Valiant’s newest breakout sensation into a perilous quest to the farthest edges of 4001 A.D.!
My Take – The original series was great and this spinoff series has started out incredibly, as the War Mother series faces new dangers outside their walls. Valiant Comics has been hot lately with their new series and I recommend any comic book fan to catch on as many of their popular titles begin anew.
From the Publisher – ‘BLOODWORK’ part two! Central City is the battleground for one of the most brutal fights of Barry Allen’s life as he squares off against the monstrous Bloodwork, whose powers are so gruesome we can’t tell you more about them here! Making things worse for The Flash as he confronts this unstoppable new threat is the fact that it’s all his fault! Witness the penultimate act of the Negative-Flash story and the beginning of an unforgettable new chapter in Barry Allen’s life…
My Take – Lost in all the DC events is a really good arc in the Flash series, which takes a new turn with the intriguing villain, Bloodwork. Barry’s personal life is also filled with problems that he must deal with.
From the Publisher – Meet Ianthe, who has very big plans for The Will.
My Take – Not the best description from the publisher, but the series has been hot lately and I’m looking forward to the latest issue.
Cable (2017) #5
From the Publisher – THE SHOWDOWN YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! It’s CABLE vs. CONQUEST in a battle for time itself! The tables have turned, and with Cable’s shocking reveal last issue, Conquest’s lust for power turns desperate! But is that enough to stop his plans once and for all…or has time already run out?
My Take – The biggest disappointment of the year for me has been the return of a Cable solo series. Through four issues, Cable traveled through the past, met aggressive members of past cultures, and little else. I get series needing a setup issue or two, but four is way too much before anything happens. I hoping this SHOWDOWN YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! delivers and is at least minimally entertaining. I’d normally cancel a series by now, but Cable will soon be handed to Ed Brisson and Jon Malin who I expect to give series its needed boost.
Star Wars Jedi Republic Mace Windu #2 (of 5)
From the Publisher – On a planet of near-perpetual darkness, the Jedi must bring light. Mace finds both his faith and skill tested. For is it truly the place of the Jedi to go to war?
My Take – The first issue was a major disappointment, with inconsistent writing, a storyline that didn’t connect, and artwork that looked rushed – see here. I was excited when it was announced that Mace Windu would be getting his own miniseries, but there was a clear lack of effort put into the series in the first issue and I doubt they begin to take the series seriously starting on issue 2.