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.”

We want to hear from you! What are you looking forward to this week?

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