The first Wednesday of 2018 is upon us. What will climb to the Top of the Stack to commence the new year? Let’s find out; this one will be truncated as I’m still fighting the last bit of a cold.
And here we go!
6) Justice League #36
Christopher Priest and Pete Woods have been detailing the mistake made and how it has impacted the rest of the league. It’s been looking like there may be a change in leadership for the Justice League as well. The appeal to this title has always been the interaction between the big guns of the DCU and Priest has been doing a great job exploring a new facet. Plus I like the cover.
5) Guardians of the Galaxy #150
The Infinity Stones are taking center stage. Adam Warlock is returning. The series ends with this issue, leading into the upcoming winter mini-series. If you’re looking forward to “Avengers: Infinity War,” you can bridge the time with this storyline.
4) Batman and the Signal #1
Delayed for a month or so, the story now hits the shelves. I’ve felt like there is a lot to mine with Duke and I’m hoping that this three part mini-series begins to flesh out the character. The one thing I’ve always loved about the multiple Robins is that they each have their own personalities and not just mirrors of one another. It’s time for Duke to take that next step and carve his own place in the pantheon.
3) Spawn #281
Okay, admission time–I read Spawn from the beginning up until issue 100. With the new hero being introduced in its pages, I’m going to have to start catching up on what’s going on currently. It may be nostalgia, but from what I’ve heard of the new hero, I’m interested in seeing how it affects Spawn.
2) Batman #38
We have a bit of a theme going on with the #3 and #2 pick–this one is a must read for me due to the introduction of a new villain for the Rogues Gallery. This is supposedly an Anti-Batman. Batman is commonly regarded as having the best villains in all of comics, so the potential for an amazing story is definitely there. Plus, Tom King has simply a great handle on the main character and his supporting cast.
And…..standing at the Top of the Stack to open 2018 is……
The book that was my favorite at the end of 2017……
1) Batman: White Knight #4
Sean Murphy is simply crafting an excellent story–both visually and through his narrative. If you aren’t reading this book month to month, definitely read the graphic novel when it comes out. You will not be disappointed. I’m hoping DC signs him to do big stories once a year or maybe even something in the vain of Long Halloween. He has the potential to be a go-to guy for epic stories, especially if he wraps this one up well.
That leaves only to decide what is the best cover of the week. Honestly, there were a lot of great ones. I try not to choose limited variants for this, so I’ll leave Marco Checchetto’s Avengers variant off (though, I think it’s pretty awesome).
So, I’ll go with Captain America #697.
Cap had a rough 2017….and 2016….and 2015. This cover sort of epitomizes what many people would have hoped happened to the character during most of those years. But it’s also simply visually appealing. Also, this is the beginning of the “Where is Wolverine?” back-up pages that are sneaking their way into various Marvel books this month. So that’s two reasons to pick up the book.