Welcome back to Top of the Stack. My apologies for missing the last two weeks. First, you’ll notice we have a new logo for the weekly write-up. Thanks to Jeremiah Clark for providing that awesome piece! It’s greatly appreciated.
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So what will lay claim to the King of the Mountain this week? Let’s find out what’s on John’s Top of the Stack!
14) Venomized #2
This is Venom’s 30th anniversary and Marvel is pulling out all of the stops. The X-Men and Venom have returned to Earth to find that Klyntar symbiotes have infected many different heroes. Being written by Cullen Bunn, I’m keeping up due to his great run on horror books.
13) Exiles #1
Everyone’s favorite alternate reality jumping X team is back! Taking heroes from different timelines, Blink and the rest of the crew are trying to save the multiverse from a threat that is eating away at its fabric. I was always a fan of the television show Sliders, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this weaves into the Marvel Universe.
12) Domino #1
I’ve never read anything with this character in it, but Gail Simone is on board, so I’m checking it out. Domino’s powers are beginning to betray her which causes her competition (other mercenaries) to start closing in on her.
11) Fractured Mind #1
This one sounds especially creepy. A serial killer has been abducting teenage girls, terrorizing a small town. None of them are ever seen again until one of them escapes. The survivor Christie has some dark secrets, but a couple of detectives need her to reveal them and more to crack the case.
10) Crude #1
Piotr Petrovich is on a mission to find the people who killed his son. As he journeys throughout Russia to investigate, he discovers things about his son and those who committed the crime. He is on a mission of revenge.
9) Brothers Dracul #1
This is the story of Vlad and Radu, his brother, as teenagers. Presented by Aftershock, a company I’m increasingly coming to trust to put out great books, and Cullen Bunn, the man who is telling some awesome horror stories, I’m definitely going to check out the first issue.
8) Old Man Logan #38
I’ve been loving Daredevil and this has ties to what’s going on over there. Logan has a hard drive that Fisk is willing to kill to keep hidden. I’ve always been a fan when there is a spillover into other books. With Fisk as mayor of NYC, I’m glad it’s having an impact outside of just Daredevil.
7) Captain America #700
A milestone issue! As comic fans, we all know the round numbers have some significant things happening. In this particular case, Cap is in the future and must rule as king to restore civilization and order.
6) Immortal Men #1
I’ve always been a fan of conspiracies and hidden truths, which probably explains my love of the X-Files. Anyway, in this book, there is a secret history to the DCU, one that has been protected by the group known as the Immortal Men. As if that wasn’t enough to draw me in, there’s also Jim Lee’s artwork. And finally, if you were a fan of Metal, you’re going to want to check this out as there are some appearances in this book that will make you happy.
5) Sideways #3
I’ve been digging this book. Sideways is a character who can jump from place to place using portals. Unfortunately, by doing so, he is destroying the time-space continuum, making it unstable. Think of Nightcrawler meets Spider-Man.
4) Oblivion Song #2
Nathan is on the hunt for his brother in Oblivion, an obsession that is putting him at odds with others. As he continues to find people trapped there, he refused to give up hope. Written by Robert Kirkman of The Walking Dead fame, this book started off strong with issue #1 so I’m on-board.
3) Gideon Falls #2
Did I mention that I love conspiracies, secret histories and all of the associated accoutrements of such things? I did? Good, because this book has all of those things in spades. Written by Jeff Lemire, this story is about two men. One is Norton, a mentally ill person who sees a mosaic of reality in discarded items that no one else can. The other is a priest who has been assigned to a church that recently lost its Father. In the background is a mysterious house that disappears and reappears elsewhere. If you’re looking for something outside the superhero realm, pick this up.
2) Thanos #18
Donny Cates’ run on Thanos comes to a close. This story arc has been over-the-top fun with the introduction of new characters and an exploration of what makes Thanos tick. If you haven’t been reading, do yourself a favor and pick up the graphic novel when it’s available.
I know what you’re thinking right now. Donny Cates came in second on John’s Top of the Stack? How can that be? What could possible be higher than a Cates book on John’s list?
The answer is…..
1) Doctor Strange #388
Another Donny Cates book! That’s right, double the Cates this week and that’s a great thing. Doctor Strange continues to try to find a way to undo the mess he made when he brought Las Vegas back from the underworld. The good doctor has had a rough time of it since Cates took over, but that’s been an entertaining turn of events of the readers.
Covers of the Week
And now onto the Covers of the Week….
5) Trinity #18 by Bill Sienkiewicz
Normally I’m not a fan of Sienkiewicz, but for some reason this one stands out to me. His pieces just feel unfinished most times, but this cover feels right.
4) X-Men Red #3 by Travis Charest
I’m glad Charest is back doing more work. Been a fan of this for quite some time. And here he provides a cover that will make the many, many Gambit fans out there happy. Speaking of fans of the character, be sure to ask huge Gambit fan Luis this week about one of the grails he was looking for.
3) Supergirl #20 by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
Another stunning cover by Mr. Lau. The run he has done definitely stand out from the crowd.
2) Doctor Strange #388 by Mike Del Mundo
Mike Del Mundo has Strange strapped to a roulette wheel with other games of chance flying everywhere. No matter where the ball stops, it looks like Stephen is going to lose.
1) Justice League of America #28 by Francesco Mattina
Mattina continues to dabble in the DCU, providing some covers that will be classics. This is a powerful picture of Superman, one befitting Big Blue’s 80th anniversary.
That’s it for this week. I’m hoping to have Top of the Stack back on track for the coming weeks. Meanwhile, what’s on the top of YOUR stack?
See you next week.