It’s the happiest day of the week–WEDNESDAY!–when new comics line the shelves with the promise of escapism from the real world. This week has a great mix of great new books from the big two and from independent companies.
This is John’s Top of the Stack, where he counts down to the book who rests atop his reading pile for the week. Be sure to let us know what is on top of your stack as well.
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And now, let’s begin the countdown to see what’s is King of the Mountain on this week’s edition of John’s Top of the Stack…..
12) Plastic Man #1
Plastic Man is a character that is almost always on the periphery of the DCU, but this 6 issue miniseries has two names attached that will hopefully elevate his profile a little. The first is Gail Simone who is very well known and can bring the lighter element the character is known for (if you are new to comics or are unfamiliar with it, definitely check out her run on Secret Six). Honestly, though, the reason I’m looking forward to this book is Adriana Melo who I have always thought of as an underrated artist. I’m looking forward to seeing what this duo produces.
11) Hawkman #1
Robert Venditti has been doing a great job on Hal Jordan, so I’m going to trust him on this one as well. Bryan Hitch’s art looks as cinematic as always, giving the character some added gravitas. The story for this is Carter Hall investigating his many different incarnations and the purpose of them.
10) Flash #48
Why am I looking forward to this one? Simple–Flash War! Plus we are rapidly approaching issue #50 which hints of a status quo change. Joshua Williamson has been doing a great job.
9) Domino #3
Here is that name again–Gail Simone. She has been doing a great job of making this one of the more enjoyable reads on the stands. When I picked up the first issue, I had a very limited knowledge of Domino. Simone made easy to jump into and care about the character. Plus, David Baldeon’s art is an excellent companion to the story. If you’re looking for a fun book without any baggage or crossovers, this is probably the book you’re looking for.
8) Stellar #1
This title spins out of a Pilot Season one shot that Robert Kirkman (maybe you heard of him?) wrote a while ago. Stellar was abducted as a child and then transformed into a weapon whose purpose was to end an intergalactic war. Now she is looking for redemption after all she has done. This one has some excellent art provided by Bret Blevins with the story by Joseph Keatinge.
7) The Weatherman #1
Another Image number one, but this one was written by Jody LeHeup, the creator who produced Shirtless Bear Fighter. Nathan Bright is at the center of this story but also the center of a terrorist attack the nearly wiped out all of humanity on Earth. However, the weatherman of Mars has amnesia and can’t remember any of that. Was he truly responsible? I love mysteries that unravel slowly so I’m hoping this one lives up to its potential.
6) The Magic Order #1
While some will come on board due to the name Mark Millar attached to this book, I’m more enticed by the other name–Olivier Coipel. The pages in this book are amazing. This is the first of Millar’s Netflix deal, so we already know this one will end up on there as either a series or movie. The premise is definitely interesting as there are five magic families who protect the world from danger. In the solicits, it is described as magic meets the mob, so it has my attention.
5) Titans Special #1
Spinning out of the events of the No Justice miniseries, Nightwing must reassemble the Titans. There are sudden fluctuations in the metahuman powers which is threatening people around the globe. Those who have grown up with powers are relied upon to help those with these out of control abilities. Dan Abnett is a name that’s always trusted by me, ever since his amazing work on Legion of Super-Heroes (check out that run as it is being collected in trade paperbacks right now).
4) Thor #1
Jason Aaron continues his run on the book with grand style. He is joined by Mike Del Mundo to provide a story that is as visually appealing as it is appealing to read. Thor’s first challenge? The Juggernaut! Plus, there is a back up story by Aaron with art by Christian Ward that introduces a new character who will no doubt get people’s attention.
3) Oblivion Song #4
Robert Kirkman is delivering a great series about a man’s search for family in the aftermath of a terrible invasion. While the government has given up hope, Nathan cannot and will not. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, then this is definitely a book you should check out.
2) The Man of Steel #3
Brian Michael Bendis has been doing a great job of providing some small moments while also illuminating an unknown part of the destruction of Krypton. I was one of those who were skeptical about him taking Big Blue, but so far he has done an admirable job. I’m looking forward to seeing where all of this leads.
And, sitting on Top of the Stack this week is…..
1) Venom #2
I know, you’re shocked that a Donny Cates book is in this position. Stegman and Cates had an amazing opening issue introducing a deeper past to the alien symbiote known as Venom. If you like horror, if you like Venom, if you like Spider-Man or if you just like great stories, definitely give this one a look. You won’t be disappointed.
Covers of the Week
4) Detective #982 by Mark Brooks
I’ve been a fan of his for quite some time, starting when he was doing work on the all ages books for Marvel. As I say all the time, I love covers that tell a story and this one does so perfectly. Plus, it’s one of those virgin covers!
3) Old Man Logan #41 by Mike Deodato
Almost every cover that Deodato has done for this series has been stellar.
2) Hawkman #1 by Stjepan Sejic
This cover just screams the potential of the character. After this series captures that and raises him to the next level. And it’s another one of those virgin covers!
1) Flash #48 by Howard Porter
This one is probably going to surprise people as I think this one is superior to the Mattina B cover. I think what truly makes this cover for me is the villains watching as the two are being judged.
That’s it for this week. Let us know what is on Top of YOUR Stack!