My Picks, Week of 12/8

Here’s my anticipated comics for this week. Reviews will start once I have them in my hot little hands.

Superboy #2
It’s so great to see The Kid back in his own book, and it’s even better to see rising star Jeff Lemire writing it. The first issue captured the spirit of Superboy perfectly, and the gorgeous pencils of Pier Gallo really made Smallville come alive. In the second issue, Poison Ivy is in town and all the vegetation of Smallville is going crazy. Should be a fun read.
R.E.B.E.L.S. #23
When I began reading comics seriously ~15 years ago, L.E.G.I.O.N./R.E.B.E.L.S. was the first full series I ever collected. I was really thrilled to see Tony Bedard bring back Vril Dox in this book, and it’s proven to be one of the most reliable books month-to-month for superhero-space opera. Jumping on the Green Lantern bandwagon, L.E.G.I.O.N. is once again butting heads with the Corps, and guest star John Stewart has been dispatched as an envoy for a treaty between the two. Meanwhile, the Psions are dealing with the aftermath of Starfire’s attack.
This book makes good use of DC’s rich tapestry of aliens to tell some great space stories. Claude St. Aubin’s work continues to wow me with the detail he puts into alien worlds and starships. This may be the number one sleeper hit you should be reading from either of the big two.
New Avengers #7
While I’m happy they restored Avengers with the classic line-up of Captain America, Thor and Iron Man, the first storyline was all flash and not much substance. The first arc of the renumbered New Avengers was much better. The aftermath of the demonic invasion it is felt in this issue, and the previews promise some shake-ups in the team’s roster. This promises to be Bendis at the top of his game, working without restrictions.
Lady Mechanika #1
I’m not usually a big steampunk guys, but I’ve heard so many good things about this one. The Joe Benitez art looks great and the #0 issue was intriguing. I’m willing to give it a shot.
27 #1
They had me at “Hendrix, Cobain, Joplin, Morrison. All belong to the “27 Club,” which admits only the most brilliant musicians and artists…and kills them dead in their 27th year.”

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My Picks, Week of 12/2

Here’s my anticipated comics for this week. Reviews will start once I have them in my hot little hands. NOTE: Due to Thanksgiving, new books won’t be out until Thursday.

Adventure Comics #521
LEGION. Need I say more? How about LEVITZ. I should elaborate? Ok.
With the first flashback arc of the Legion’s adventures wrapped up, the Legion feature focuses on the present day and one of the big mysteries floating around the 30th Century: Who will be Sector 2814’s new Green Lantern? The feature promises to be a nice merging of Green Lantern and Legion, and will set the tone for the new Corps.
Also, Jeff Lemire’s Atom backups continue, with a continuation of the Atom’s investigation into shrinking suicide bombers. Always an enjoyable read!
She-Hulks #2
What can I say, I’m a sucker for strong women. Lyra is one of the more interesting things to come out of Hulk in years, and throw in everyone’s favorite non-Orion green gal Shulkie and you’ve got my attention. The first issue was straight up fun from Harrison Wilcox and the art was clean and gorgeous. We’ll see if the second issue stand up, but I have a good feeling it will.
Action Comics Annual #13
If you didn’t notice, I’ve had nothing but good things to say about Paul Cornell’s take on Lex Luthor. Well, while we wait for the upcoming Secret Six/Lex Luthor crossover (remember, Lex was Mockingbird in Villains United!), Mr. Cornell gives us an annual with some flashbacks to Lex’s meetings with other villains. We’ll get a look at a younger Lex’s dealings with Darkseid and Ra’s Al Ghul, and I, for one, am certifiably JAZZED.
Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet
This one’s a bit of a wildcard. Written by comedian Scott Thompson, this graphic novel takes his Kids in The Hall character to a Robert Howard-esque world where “his average looks and demeanor make him an exotic, and highly-sought after individual.” I’m a big fan of KitH and Thompson, so I anticipate this to be pretty damn hillarious. It’s an odd choice, but one I think will pay off.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #39
With news of a new, Joss-less Buffy movie, it’s good to know that Buffy and Angel will continue on in comic form under Whedon. He’s pulling out all of the stops for the finale to Season Eight, and with Georges Jeanty in place and guest stars Angel, Spike and The Master, I can’t wait for the next chapter in “Last Gleaming.”

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