The staff of Brainstorm Comics and Gaming is dedicated to helping you, the comic collector and comic reader, find the comic book picks that are in line with your tastes. While many places simply want to make the sale, placing a book in your hand regardless of what you’re looking for, we pride ourselves on wanting you to find the book that will make you salivate with desire for that next issue. In order to assist with that goal, the staff is now putting together a list of the books we are looking forward to each week. Find the staff member that most resembles your tastes. Be warned, though–reading Top of the Stack may cause you to find more great reads.
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Let’s get to the staff’s picks though. Buckle up because these comic book picks are going to take you for a wild ride!
DEATHSTROKE INC #1
After suffering too many losses, Slade Wilson decides it’s time for a change. When he’s enlisted to work with an ages-old secret organization called T.R.U.S.T. who want to take down the heavy-hitter villains, he’s all in. They’ll supply him with an all-new team and resources for his new mission into the depths of the weirdest parts of the DCU, including a new partner…Black Canary! Wait what?! Enjoy explosions, kick-ass action, and new outrageous adventures as DC’s meanest S.O.B. gets tangled up in a major mystery building in the shadows of the DCU.
WHY TOP OF THE STACK?
Joshua Williamson has breathed new life into the DCU for a while now, but especially since Infinite Frontier. Any new series that he is helming will get me interested. Using Deathstroke AND Black Canary is an even better incentive to read any book. Slade Wilson is turning over a new leaf, but do you ever really stop being a villain? Black Canary will find out and hopefully keep him in check. I think this is a really cool concept. Previous solo Deathstroke titles have suffered by not having a great writer and/or artist in charge, but Williamson and Howard Porter make a very strong duo, leaving Slade in good hands.
BATMAN VS BIGBY: A WOLF IN GOTHAM #1
With the blood dry at Gotham’s fourth gruesome murder scene in as many weeks, Batman is stumped. The same hallmarks haunt each investigation: brute-force entries, bodies ripped to shreds and stamped with enormous bite marks, and clumps of fur—wolf fur—scattered in the wreckage. The streets buzz with rumors of the “Werewolf of Gotham.” Determined to crack this case, Batman finds no leads and a mysterious, hairy, chain-smoking figure dogging his every move. The Dark Knight’s dangerously close to losing his cool when a series of bombings levels the city’s libraries in the days leading up to the 32nd annual Gotham Literary Festival.
As Batman narrows in on the Bookworm and his literary henchmen, he discovers that an invaluable book from another world is at the center of the violence. Stranger still, the wolf is in on it. But what kind of monster is built from such brains and brawn—and is he an enemy or an ally?
Worlds collide as a Gotham mystery kick-starts a return to the world of Fables!
WHY TOP OF THE STACK?
Batman is not among my favorite characters so you know when I have one of his titles on Top of the Stack that there must be something there. This mini-series is a crossover between Batman and Fables with the latter’s creator Bill Willingham taking the helm. I sneaked a peek at the art and was pretty impressed with the interiors as well. A werewolf is stalking the citizens of Gotham–as if they don’t have enough to worry about with crazy clowns prowling the streets. I’m very interested in this mash-up of two franchises and hope it’s one for the ages.
What are the books you are looking forward to this week?
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