It’s the happiest day of the week–WEDNESDAY!–when new comics line the shelves with the promise of escapism from the real world. And this week there are many great options for your reading pleasure; so many great choices, in fact, that I had a very difficult time figuring out which book would sit atop the Top of the Stack.
What is Top of the Stack? It’s where John 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.
This week we are counting down the top twelve. Number 7 on the list is a little bit of a cheat, but you’ll see what I mean when we get to it.
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So let’s begin the countdown to see what will be the Top of the Stack this week…..
12) The Last Siege #1
Presented by Image, this one piqued my interest due to the solicit which promises the combination of several different genres. According to its promotional material, this is a spaghetti western by way of Game of Thrones. A group of individuals are attempting to overthrow the rightful heir to the throne–an 11 year old girl. The company is putting out some great reads outside of the superhero genre, so I’m interested in what this one has to offer.
11) Blackwood #1
Written by Evan Dorkin of Milk and Cheese fame. Blackwood Colleges teaches students in the black arts of the occult. But this is no Harry Potter. These students have darker pasts than the students who populated Hogwarts. Conspiracies are rampant as well. Will these students be able to learn what they need to for the sake of the world?
10) Pestilence: A Story of Satan #1
Aftershock is putting out some quality pieces that you may have overlooked. In Pestilence, we have an order of knights fighting back zombie hoards during the time of the Black Death. Roderick Helms has been called back into action to stave off an even greater threat. Definitely check this one out and the original series Pestilence. This will be up your alley if you like zombies or apocalyptic stories.
9) Barrier #5
Brian K Vaughan wraps up this five part weekly miniseries this year. Vaughan has penned some of my favorite stories–Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, and Pride of Baghdad to name a few. Two people from different countries, different cultures and who speak different languages must learn how to act together in order to escape their captors. As always, when Vaughan is on-board, I’m sure to follow.
8) 2021 Lost Children #1
In the future Detroit has seceded from the United States and is under the control of a madman with extrahuman abilities. Only four extraordinary children with powers of their owns can help free the city. Unfortunately, their abilities cause them to age with each use. The artwork in this story is stunning.
7) Aquaman / Jabberjaw #1 — The Flash / Speed Buggy #1 — Super Sons / Dynomutt #1 — Black Lightning / Hong Kong Phooey #1
These four one shots are crossover events between DC Comics and Hanna-Barbera. Sometimes you just need a good fun story that isn’t tied to continuity. I’ve always loved the Hanna Barbera characters and can’t wait to see Hong Kong Phooey interact with Black Lightning.
6) Batman Prelude to the Wedding Robin vs Ra’s al Ghul #1
Bruce Wayne is preparing to walk down the aisle with one Selina Kyle. We all know that weddings don’t exactly go according to plan. Realizing that Batman has forsaken the future he charted for him, Ra’s al Ghul turns to his grandson to come home to his maternal side of the family. If you’re reading Tom King’s Batman, you are going to want this one on your reading stack this week.
5) Amazing Spider-Man #800
The milestone issue for Amazing Spider-Man–NUMBER 800, folks! And Brainstorm Comics and Gaming wants you to get great books at a good price, so we are marking this one down to $6.99. Even the open order variants are $6.99 as well, so be sure to get to Brainstorm Comics and Gaming early to grab the cover you want. Dan Slott only has one more issue of his lengthy Spider-Man run and he’s going out in style. Carnage and Green Goblin have combined to form the Red Goblin. This is a story line that will be remembered years from now. Also, learn an important life lesson in this comic–why not to include raisins in cookies.
4) Justice League: No Justice #4
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson finish up the four part mini-series that will set the stage for the next run of Justice League titles. Normally too many cooks in the kitchen can spoil the meal, but these three writers are constructing a story that makes us interested in the future of these teams. At first I was skeptical about some of the rosters, but No Justice has made believe these characters would work together for the shared purpose. Plus, the story just has a classic comic story feel that strongly appeals to me.
3) Daredevil #603
I know I say this every time a new issue is released, but it’s true–this is the superhero book you aren’t reading that you should be. Wilson Fisk was elected mayor of New York with Matt Murdock being appointed as Deputy Mayor. In issue #600, the Kingpin was attacked by the hand, leaving Matt in charge of New York City. A great mix of politics and superheroics, this is one of the best superhero titles on the shelves.
2) Doomsday Clock #5
Geoff Johns continues to channel his inner Alan Moore in this epic maxi-series that brings the Watchmen into the DCU proper. Gary Frank adds visuals that augment the story. This is the story that DC fans has imagined since Watchmen first hit the scene.
And the comic that sits on Top of the Stack is…..
1) The Man of Steel #1
Brian Michael Bendis officially lands at DC Comics with his take on Superman. While it isn’t the book that I would have put the prolific Marvel writer on first (it would have probably been Batwoman due to his excellent work on street level characters and female characters like Jessica Jones), the writer has been a favorite of mine for quite some time and the character of Superman is my personal favorite. We are promised a threat from the origins of Kal-El along with another that wants to destroy Metropolis. Ivan Reis, the artist on the book, makes it feel like the event that it is as well.
Covers of the Week
5) The Man of Steel #1
I just like something about this one. Nothing specific I can point out, though.
4) Pestilence: A Story of Satan #1
The coloring really makes this one stand out to me.
3) X-Men Blue #28
An unhappy Magneto and an unhappy Magneto is a dangerous Magneto. As I always say, I love covers that tell a story.
2) Doomsday Clock #5
That is one scary looking Joker. A great cover and one that I think might see some homages in the future.
1) Aquaman/Jabberjaw #1
This is just another beautiful Josh Middleton cover. I’ve been a fan of his work since way back in his CrossGen days.
As always, thank you for reading John’s Top of the Stack. Let us know what’s on the Top of YOUR Stack! We want to know what comic makes you excited about coming to Brainstorm Comics and Gaming every Wednesday.