One of our favorite things to do at the shop is sharing our weekly pull lists and must reads with one another. It’s one of the best ways we’ve been finding new things to read or even reasons to return to old favorites. We thought it
would be fun to start sharing our weekly picks of books we’re most excited about. Our hope is that in sharing our excitement you might discover something new to add to your list. Check back weekly on Tuesday evenings for lists from
John, Chandler and Jason & Jake. Each has a different background and perspective to share.
Spoiler alert: Also check back in the weeks to come for a chance to win some cool prizes including some of the books we’ll feature on our lists.
Veteran Comics Reader and Shop Owner. John offers the perspective of both a long time reader and shop owner.
Chandler has been reading and collecting for several years now. Long time customer who joined the Brainstorm team this year.
Jason & Jake’s Picks
Father and son (11yo) duo who started out as Brainstorm customers interested in D&D and MTG. Jason used to read comics off an on but only recently returned as he began reading and collecting as a father son activity with Jake.
1.Wolverine Black, White & Blood #1
I will preface this pick by saying outside of the Fox cartoon from the 1990s and the occasional run (I’m looking at you Ed Brubaker) the X-Men never had much appeal to me. The artwork in this book is absolutely stunning, done, as the title insinuates, in black, white and copious amounts of red (blood). Yes, it was so amazing that it leapt ahead of what I thought was going to be my primary pick. This is a four issue miniseries so if you’re looking for something more digestible than the 22 part X of Swords, this may be the beauty you’re looking for
2. Crossover #1
I had all of the intention in the world of making this my primary pick of the week and I’m still highly interested in it, but something floored me more than I was expecting. Anyway in this book, every piece of fantasy we have been led to believe is fiction is not. It is real. Very real. And all of those worlds bleed together. There are rumors we may see actual crossovers in this book, not just analogs of highly recognizable characters. If that turns out to be the case, this book has the potential to be every comic fan’s dream come true.
3. Red Atlantis #1
From the writer of Butcher of Paris, this book centers around a series of violent attacks that occur on election day around the country. A deep and dark conspiracy by Russian operatives is discovered by a journalism student, changing her life forever. I’ve always loved politics and this sounds particularly interesting. Another bonus is it’s from Aftershock, a company income to trust for quality books.
John wasn’t happy just picking 3 this week, so here are some honorable mentions he thought you should check out.
Happy Hour #1:
it is required by law that everyone be happy in this alternate United States with a group of Joy Police enforcing the edict. Two young people are on the run looking for their place in it. Ahoy Comics has been putting out some intriguing titles and this one joins the list of ones that interest me.
1. Crossover #1
Donny Cates brings comics into the real world. How cool is that!? However, the characters and events of comics jumping off the page into the real world has major consequences. Donny Cates’ name should be reason enough to grab this book but the concept is also too interesting to miss.
2. Sweet Tooth the Return #1
We return to Jeff Lemire’s legendary series for an expanded DC Black Label retelling of the series. But this is no simple retelling. Things are different this time around. Same boy with the same antlers on his head but not everything is the same. A great starting point for new readers and an exciting addition to those who’ve already read the original series.
3. Young Justice #20
This is the final issue of what I believe is the best work of Bendis’ since his move to DC comics. While Superman and Action Comics have had their exciting moments, Young Justice has been a really fun love letter to several characters that had been missing the spotlight for a long time. Wonder Girl (Cassie), (the original) Superboy, Spoiler, Impulse and Tim Drake are all back and better than ever. We are also introduced to some new characters like Jinny Hex and Teen Lantern, as well as some team ups from other characters like Naomi and Dial H for hero. All of the characters are written well and each issue just embodies fun. It will be sorely missed in my weekly pulls!
Necro Morfus #1:
This is a little of a cheat as this was released a few weeks ago but it sounded so interesting that we ordered more copies for the store. The main character can take on the form and memory by touching the remains of any person. However, the trade off is he can’t feel emotions of his own. This loosely reminds me of one of my favorite shows, Pushing Daisies, so I’m definitely checking out the first issue or two.
Web of Venom Empyre’s End #1:
Knull has been lurking for the last three years and we are building to the debut of the King in Black. I haven’t had a chance to page through this one but I think it will have some impact on the upcoming miniseries. Donny Cates has
been changing the trajectory of the Marvel universe
1. Crossover #1
Donny Cates, thats pretty much all it took to get this the #1 spot for our father son pick. Most of our favorite reads together lately are Donny Cates books. Thor, Venom, even going back to older runs he did like Doctor Strange. We
have been staying clear of spoilers for this but we hear everyone is raving about this book. All we know is this has something to do with comicssuperheroesn crossing over into reality. Can’t wait.
2. Web of Venom Empyre’s End #1
In case you haven’t noticed Jake and I are big fans of the current venom run. The Knull event is going to be the first real event series we dig into since we started reading comics together and we’re both excited. This looks like our first real step to the upcoming event.
3. Wolverine Black, White & Blood #1
I’ve always like wolverine but haven’t had a good chance to introduce Jake other than the movies. I’m struggling myself with X of swords so I didn’t add that to our joint list. A shorter run series seems just the ticket. I know this
one may not be the type of everyone reads with their kid but this works for Jake and I. From what I have seen so far the art is amazing in this book. Can’t wait to give Jake a proper intro to wolverine.
TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE BATMAN HUSH #1
Tales from the Dark Multiverse Batman Hush: Hush was a hallmark story written by Jeph Loeb with phenomenal art by Jim Lee. Here the criminally underrated artist Dexter Soy joins rising star Phillip Kennedy Johnson for a twisted version of the tale. What would happen if Tommy set his sights on Bruce at a much younger age? Find out here.
1000 years after AI has eliminated the human race, its creator is brought back to life to end the tyranny it has wrought and bring about the second birth of mankind. I love science fiction and Boom has been killing it recently. Any
other week this would have made my top three.