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 there are six legitimately great books that could have easily been on Top of the Stack. Did you choose the same one? Let us know.
Also, we are doing a special pricing on Immortal Hulk #1. The retail price is $4.99 but we have it marked at $3.50, for a 30% savings.
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. The two books at the Top of the Stack this week have John’s Money Back Guarantee as well! In addition to that, the number one book has an added discount, so keep on reading to see what has him so hyped for this week’s books.
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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…..
10) Sword Daughter #1
Brian Wood is one of those creators who always brings something fresh to the comics industry. One of my favorite books that he wrote is Briggs Land, the story of a secessionist movement in the United States. This book, Sword Daughter, is a Viking revenge drama by way of those classic samurai movies. Everyone in a village has been killed except for Dag and his daughter Elisbeth.
9) Deathstroke #32
Priest continues the Batman vs Deathstroke story line. The solicits for this one promises a dark turn in the story and with the two characters involved, who knows what limit they will push. With Batman being a component, this is definitely in the upper echelon of my to read stack.
8) Deadpool #1
The series relaunches with a new writer–Skottie Young! He already pushes the limits in his comedy I Hate Fairyland for Image, so I’m sure he’ll be at home writing this series. This is a character I’ve always shied away from, but I’ll give it a chance with Young at the helm. According to the solicits, Wade is back to trying to make ends meet by mercing for money. And there’s a planetary threat that only Deadpool can handle.
7) The Unexpected #1
This title is part of the New Age of Heroes line and spins out of the Dark Nights Metal miniseries. Firebrand had her heart replaced with the Conflict Engine which requires her to be in a fight every 24 hours. Two characters are drawn to the Conflict Engine, the Bad Samaritan and Neon the Unknown, but each has a different motive for doing so. This one sounds interesting, but it is artists Ryan Sook (loved his Spectre work from long ago) and Cary Nord (amazing Daredevil work) that have me on board.
6) Batman #48 and Prelude to the Wedding: Nightwing vs Hush #1
This is a special twofer since we are ramping up to the comic book wedding of the century! Joker intervenes in this issue and whenever Joker shows up, we know something really, really bad is going to happen. Meanwhile in the Prelude special, Dick Grayson needs to get to the wedding, but Hush shows up with other plans. Hush has always been an appealing character to me, so I’m excited about this special.
5) Death or Glory #1
Sometimes we are put in untenable situations; Glory was put in one of the worst ones. Her father is dying and unable to pay for the medical bills. That put her on the path of crime to save him. The first target? Her ex! In this issue, she realizes what she stole from her ex and what the repercussions will be (hint: he has a criminal empire at his disposal). The first issue was awesome. Written by Rick Remender, this is definitely one you’ll want to check out. And the art by Bengal is gorgeous.
4) Justice League #1
After his run on Batman and Dark Nights Metal, we all know that Scott Snyder does nothing small. Now he has the entire Justice League at his disposal, so we can only imagine what sort of situations he’ll put the group into. The solicits promise a cosmos-shattering mystery that will bring out all of our favorite baddies. As great as Snyder is, I’ll have to admit, it’s Jim Cheung’s art that pushes this book to the next level for me. His work is always a treat.
3) Doctor Strange #1
Mark Waid has a tough act to follow. Jason Aaron and then Donny Cates strung together almost 3 years of amazing stories for the Sorcerer Supreme. I was a little nervous at first for this one, not because I doubt Mark Waid’s writing ability, but because I’ve never been a fan of taking characters out of their element and placing them in space. However, after reading the book, I can say Waid found a character hook that made this work for me despite my trepidation. Stephen Strange has lost his connection to the magical world. He can no longer see the unexplainable things that the rest of us can’t. In a bout of depression about his new state of existence, he seeks out help to restore his second sight. As good as the story was, I have to tell you that Jesus Saiz’s art is simply phenomenal. This book has consistently been one of the best on the shelves for years now and this team has managed to change trajectory and still maintain the quality. Definitely check it out.
2) Man of Steel #2
The 6 part weekly series by Brian Michael Bendis continues on with the second part this week. Issue number one had some of the great trademark small moments that Bendis excels at. In this issue, the question of where Lois Lane is dominates the story as the curiosity of one of the Daily Planet’s reporters gets the better of her. Continuing from issue one, we also find out that the demise of Krypton may not have occurred as we were led to believe. Bendis is constructing a very solid Superman story. If you liked his work over at Marvel, you won’t be disappointed as his style has seamlessly blended with the Man of Steel so far.
This brings us to the number one, otherwise known as the Top of the Stack……
1) Immortal Hulk #1
I have been looking forward to this book since it was announced. This is the Hulk reimagined as a horror title and it works beautifully! Al Ewing is a writer I’ve never really followed before but may need to go back and check out some of his other works. In this issue, Bruce Banner does what he used to do–hide his identity, traveling around, trying to stay under the radar. But he always has a monster that follows him wherever he goes. Bruce gets caught in a robbery gone wrong and ends up dying in the process. But no worries. Remember, this is called the IMMORTAL Hulk. At night, the monster awakens to seek vengeance. There are some callbacks to the 70s television series as we have a reporter named McGee following the monster. Joe Bennett has some great page spreads in the book as well. The monster is awakened.
COVERS OF THE WEEK
People who know me are going to be shocked by my cover of the week.
4) Deathstroke #32 by Francesco Mattina
Mattina continues to hand in some amazing DC pieces. The virgin covers for the company continue to impress as well.
3) Batman #48 by Frank Cho
The sketchy covers that Cho does are some of his best. And again, here’s that virgin style cover by DC.
2) Green Lanterns #48 by Warren Louw
Another virgin cover by DC Comics. This cover is simple and I think the coloring is what really makes it for me.
And my favorite cover of the week is….
1) Nightwing #45 by John Romita Jr
Romita Jr has never been a favorite of mine. Something about his style just doesn’t appeal to me. But I love this cover and honestly I can’t even figure out why.
That does it for this week. Let us know what’s on the Top of YOUR Stack!