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.
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) Immortal Men #2
Part of DC’s “New Age of Heroes,” Immortal Men spins out of Dark Nights Metal with a focus on a group of superpowered individuals who are here to stave off the destruction of the universe by the House of Conquest. I’m a little disappointed Jim Lee couldn’t do a few issues of the series which is why this one moved down the ranks a few slots.
9) Hunt for Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda #1
The reason this one didn’t rank higher is I’m not too familiar with the writer, but the premise sounds interesting. New Avengers Spider-Man, Iron Man, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have uncovered a deep state conspiracy involving adamantium and a top secret government program. Marvel is throwing Wolverine into the deep end of the Marvel Universe again and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.
8) You Are Deadpool #2
I realized after the fact last week that I forgot to include #1 on the Top of the Stack countdown; an oversight that won’t happen again this week. One of my favorite book series as a kid was the Lone Wolf choose your own adventure series (yeah, I was that kid). Marvel, through writer Al Ewing, revisits that idea here as “You Are Deadpool” and get to make the same bad decisions and jokes he does.
7) Sideways #4
Much like the aforementioned Immortal Men, this series is part of the “New Age of Heroes” line from DC. So far, this one is my favorite. Here we are following Derek who has the ability to transport anywhere (think of Nightcrawler) while dealing with family issues and the fact that his powers are disrupting the fabric of the universe. The character is a great mix of Spider-Man type problems (interpersonal relationships and high school) along with the superheroics.
6) Domino #2
I can’t lie; while I was looking forward to reading issue #1 of this series, I didn’t have high hopes for it. Not because of the creators (Gail Simone and David Baldeon know how to produce quality material), but because I’m not steeped in the mutant side of comicdom. The first issue, however, did a great job of introducing new readers to the character while also setting up her supporting cast. Here, Domino’s luck has taken a turn for the worse and there is someone with a bounty on her head. As always, Simone does a great job of the quiet moments as much as the action ones. So, even if you aren’t familiar with the character, you’ll be able to jump in on this one without feeling lost.
5) Oblivion Song #3
It’s difficult when you lose someone, a fact that Nathan Cole is dealing with. Some believe he is obsessed with the loss of his brother into the dead zone that covers Philadelphia, an area that was infiltrated by strange creatures that killed 300,000 people. That area has been cordoned off to protect everyone else. But not for Nathan. No, he continues to make treks into the forbidden zone to find survivors and hopefully his brother. If you’re a fan of Walking Dead, this is definitely one you should be reading.
4) Barrier #2
Barrier #2? What happened to #1? Don’t worry, it was a Free Comic Book Day title that we still have plenty of copies of. But let’s talk about why it’s at #4 on this week’s list. First, Brian K. Vaughn is the writer. The man knows how to construct a great story (Pride of Baghdad is my favorite graphic novel), as evidenced by Saga, Paper Girls, Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, etc. Second, Vaughn always covers big themes in a way that doesn’t feel preachy. This one is no different. Lastly, Marcos Martin plays with the comic format a little as the title is presented in “landscape” format, giving the book a big screen feel. There are no plans to collect this in a graphic novel, so be sure to pick up the individual issues.
3) Batman: White Knight #8
Sean Murphy has told a very compelling story in this series with fantastic art to match the vision he had. Plus, there are rumors of sequels, so we do have something to look forward to after this final chapter to this arc. Batman, Joker, Harley and several other characters become twisted versions of the ones we know. There are elements of what we are familiar with, but there’s something…..different. This story will be one that is read years long after it is completed. If you haven’t read it and are a fan of Batman fan or of Frank Miller style interpretations, pick up the collected edition when it’s available.
2) Justice League: No Justice #1
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson (three of DC’s biggest writing talents) team up for this mini-series that creates several Justice League teams that are specifically designed to combat different types of threats. In this story, Brainiac comes seeking the aid of the Justice League as his home planet is at risk. If it falls, so does the rest of the universe. Due to the talent involved, including the amazing artwork of Francis Manapul, this is one of the books with John’s Money Back Guarantee!
Unfortunately, there can only be one Top of the Stack book. Fortunately, it is this one…..
1) Venom #1
For the last several months I have talked up both Thanos and Doctor Strange (although I prefer Strange a little more than Thanos), both written by Donny Cates. Well, I’m going to do so again with this Donny Cates offering. First, we at Brainstorm Comics and Gaming have marked this one down from $4.99 to $3.99 for everyone. Subscribers, you will still get your discount on top of that markdown for a savings of 36%. You will not want to miss this book which is why I’m also giving this one John’s Money Back Guarantee! Why should you care? Well, first, Cates hasn’t been making splashes on the titles he writes–he’s making tidal waves. Here, he takes a more horror genre approach to the character. Second, he’s deepening the back story of the symbiote and making it a more three-dimensional concept with a history. Third, Stegman provides some awesome art to complement the story. Lastly, there are several first appearances of new characters.
Covers of the Week
4) The Flash #46 by Francesco Mattina
DC’s virgin B covers are some fantastic pieces with Mattina provided a great visual for this one.
3) Batman: White Knight #8 by Sean Murphy
Joker and Harley on the cover is an automatic winner and Murphy providing the artwork only adds to that.
2) Suicide Squad #41 by Francesco Mattina
Same as The Flash listed above. Mattina has a way of producing pieces that make you notice.
1) Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #44 by Tyler Kirkham
However, this DC B cover is the winner of the week for me. It encapsulates everything you need to know about Hal Jordan–pilot and Green Lantern. I’ve always liked the simple covers that tell a story. And this one is just awesome.