It’s here! Not just Wednesday, the happiest day of the week, but also the book that many of you have been anxiously awaiting–Action Comics #1000! Will it sit atop John’s Stack or will something else declare itself King of the Mountain?
Just what is John’s Top of the Stack? Like most comic fans, John places the books he gets each week into a reading order with the one he’s most anticipating getting the top billing on Top of the Stack. Lots of great books to choose from this week with independents dominating the stack.
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Now, let’s see what is on Top of the Stack this week…..
12) Weapon H #2
Why did this make the list? I’ve been a fan of the character since he debuted in the Weapons of Mutant Destruction story line that crossed between Totally Awesome Hulk and Weapon X (pick up the trade if you haven’t read the story). Number two, Greg Pak, the creator of the character, is writing the story. I’ve liked his offerings since Planet Hulk. And number three, it guest stars Doctor Strange.
11) Brave and the Bold #3
This six-issue miniseries makes the list for several reasons. One, we have a team-up between two of DC’s premiere characters. It’s an interesting twist because we normally don’t associate Wonder Woman with a murder investigation and we normally don’t think of Batman as interacting with gods. The second reason is the beautiful Liam Sharp artwork. I’m always going to pick up books he draws.
10) Her Infernal Descent #1
Aftershock continues to put out some very interesting titles. The reason this one makes my Top of the Stack list is it’s a retelling of Dante’s Inferno, but with a modern twist. A mom is traversing the nine circles of Hell in order to retrieve her family, guided by Agatha Christie and William Blake.
9) Mata Hari #3
Karen Berger’s imprint at Dark Horse, Berger Books, continues to produce some great pieces for the comic medium. This particular one is showing the life and times of Mata Hari. Told from the time when she is in prison awaiting her execution, our main character reflects back on the peaks and valleys of her life, those moments that brought her to this one. The artwork by Ariela Kristantina has been amazing.
8) Amazing Spider-Man #799
With last issue, we finally got to see the Red Goblin in all of his glory. Dan Slott is finishing up his run on ASM with fireworks that will be sure to go down as a classic story. Oh, and the last page of this issue will show the depths to which the Red Goblin will sink.
7) Skyward #1
I’ve been looking forward to this book since I read the solicitation for it. Written by Joe Henderson, the showrunner of the very fun show Lucifer, this books follows Willa Fowler in a world a little different than the one we know. An event happened which caused the Earth’s gravity to be reduced, which now allows people to jump and fly with ease. This is the world she’s grown up in. However, she has stumbled into a plot where some people are trying to bring gravity back.
6) Death of Love #3
I’ve been enjoying this, following the adventures of Philo, who lacks the wherewithal to connect with those of the opposite sex. His friend tries to help him, but he’s hellbent on trying to take shortcuts like pick-up classes. Now, thanks to a pill he shouldn’t have taken, all of the Cupidae are now hunting him down. Donal Delay’s art has been amazing as well. I can easily see this artist taking off. This is just a fun, off-the-wall read.
5) Deathbed #3
This book is just ridiculous fun. Imagine Indiana Jones meshed with Ash from Army of Darkness with a little big of the movie Big Fish mixed in. Antonio Luna hired down on her luck writer to take down his memoirs. In this particular issue, we’re introduced to a cult that worships every word Luna utters. This series is produced by Joshua Williamson who continues to prove himself as an upper echelon writer (check out his book Frostbite, also from Vertigo).
4) Infidel #2
Aisha lives with her husband and child in her mother-in-law’s apartment. But this isn’t your average apartment. An entity that feeds on xenophobia inhabits this dwelling. Meanwhile, Aisha’s husband has warned her not to trust his mother, that she is not as she seems. Pornsak Pichetshote is producing a well-thought out horror story with this Image mini-series. The art produced by Aaron Campbell adds to the atmosphere created by the story. If you’re looking for a horror title, add this one to your stack.
3) Daredevil #601
It was difficult to rate my top three books this week as all could have been on Top of the Stack. Regular readers know that this is one of my favorite books right now, with Charles Soule telling an amazing story of how Wilson Fisk is running New York City as its mayor. But with issue #600, the status quo changed. Fisk was incapacitated by The Hand, leaving Matt Murdock as its stand-in mayor. If you’re looking for an outstanding book, check this one out. You can start with the Legacy renumbering and not be lost.
2) Batman #45
This is another one I’ve been looking forward to since its announcement, part one of the story called “The Travelers.” Why? Well, other than Tom King who has been giving us a different kind of Batman story, this one has Booster Gold. What is he doing here? Recruiting Batman and Catwoman to help him stop a younger version of himself. Meanwhile we also see a different kind of Gotham as we travel through time. In addition to that, we get Tony Daniel back on the book, providing some great pages for the story. Batman fans will not want to miss this one.
And that brings us to the Top of the Stack. Which book will declare its dominance and declare itself King of the Mountain? I’m sure it’s very little surprise that the book which resides there this week is…..
1) Action Comics #1000
Eighty years in the making, Action Comics hits the milestone number of #1000. And DC gave us a page for each year of existence with this 80 page giant issue. Some of the biggest names in comics provided pieces for this–Tom King, Scott Snyder, Brian Michael Bendis, Louise Simonson, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, Marv Wolfman, Brad Meltzer, Jim Lee, John Romita Jr, Curt Swan, Olivier Coipel, Rafael Albuqueque, Walter Simonson, John Cassaday and several others. DC pulled out all of the stops here. We get a taste of what Bendis is going to bring to the table when he takes over both Superman titles. Not to mention, this character has always been a favorite of mine. And that’s why he’s on Top of the Stack this week.
Covers of the Week
It’s an all DC cover week this time for the ones I most enjoyed…..
4) Justice League #43 by JG Jones
Jones has been doing some absolutely amazing covers for this series.
3) Harley Quinn #42 by Frank Cho
This connecting cover combines with issue #41’s variant.
2) Action Comics #1000 by Steve Rude
Steve Rude just always provides amazing work. And here, he captures the strength of Superman.
1) Batman #45 by Jim Lee
But this cover is by far my favorite one of the week. Two of DC’s greatest on a cover drawn by Jim Lee.
Thanks for reading this week. Hopefully you saw something you didn’t know about. As always, we’d love to here what’s on the Top of YOUR Stack. Let us know!
See you next week!