This week has seen a bit of a dry spell fall over the comic book industry, with summer cross overs approaching we’re heading into the calm before the storm. Rebirth seems to be the only thing on anybody’s mind where DC is concerned and so once again it’s going to be a full list of Marvel titles this week. But even he merry Marvel marching band is struggling to populate my top eight picks of the week. With such a merger selection it’s especially important this week to make sure your scooping up the right picks and pulls.
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All-New X-Men #7 by Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley
One of the major questions the X-Men series is dealing with at the moment is the events that occurred over the eight months of Secret Wars last year, in particular the actions of the older Scott Summers. In this issue we see more of the fallout out from these mysterious events and the repercussion they had on the wider X-Men cast. It’s a harrowing tales of racial hate and exclusion which Hopeless manages to convey in the opening pages. This issue starts in a dark place and gets darker leading to a point that will rock long term X-Men fans. Bagley does a fine job in the art department here as well but I do feel his style is a little too light for the subject matter. I would recommend this issue for fans of Toad, Cyclops and the X-Men in general.
Amazing Spider-Man #1.4 by Jose Molina and Simone Bianchi
If Dan Slott is siphoning good writing from somewhere it is this mini-series. Amazing Spider-Man #1.4 reads like a dried up husk of a Spider-Man book. Any style or class in the writing department from Jose Molina just gets absorbed into a sea of mediocrity. It’s simple to stay that I feel like this is a waste of mini-series. This series could’ve been spent on giving some much needed backstory to Peter Parker building up his business empire but instead we get a fairly basic Spider-Man story with some mild religious themes. If anything saves the book it’s Bianchi’s art but for the most part this is a weak run that all but the most hard core fans can ignore.
BearSleuth Pick Of Week: Captain America #7 by a Patriotic Platoon of Pencilers!
While most other comics released this week seem to be dancing around average ratings and recommendations this issue is the real deal. One for the record books. Captain America #7 marks 75 years of Captain America from Steve Rogers to Bucky Barnes to Sam Wilson and there are love notes to every aspect and era of the character here. With a string of great artists and writers who have worked with Capt all lending a hand this bumper issue feels like a wonderful epitaph to one of the greatest Marvel characters to ever grace our pages. No matter whether you are a long time fan or just starting out you need this book.
Daredevil #5 by Charles Soule and Ron Garney
I love Daredevil but recently I’ve been finding Soule’s series lacking in momentum. It’s missing sometimes. Old horn head just doesn’t seem to have the flair that he used to under Waid’s reign. This is not to say that the series is bad, it was only a few weeks back that I was talking up the cross over with Captain America. It’s just not up to the standard of previous Daredevil runs. I’m glad this arc is over and I’m hopeful for the next one but with the great artwork from Ron Garney I know this series has massive potential. I do recommend this book but don’t expect the amazing just the good and solid.
Darth Vader #18 by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca
Vader is just plain cool, there’s no other way to describe it. Kieron Gillen has tapped into the zeitgeist of Vader’s iconic status. This series is a joy to read and an absolute treat for any Star Wars fans out there. The series runs with full momentum when more classic characters are added in but it’s still chugging along nicely at the moment with some great set pieces. The art from Larroca is of an incredibly high standard making this one series you should be collecting!
Drax #5 by C M Punk and Cullen Bunn
Drax was an insane experiment. What happens when you throw a pro-wrestler and a pro-writer? Madness. This book is sheer insanity and it’s awesome. I’m loving the Drax series between the brilliant smack-talking dialogue and the badass fight scenes there’s a lot for fans to love. I have to say if you’re reading Drax it isn’t going to be like reading one of the greats, there is like in the style department here but a lot of good substance. I recommend Drax to anyone who enjoys pro-wresting as a story telling medium or just likes a good rumble in the jungle.
Hercules #5 by Dan Abnett and Luke Ross
This series is the dark horse of the All-New All-Different line up. Every week that Hercules comes out I’m blown away. The geek God has hit rock bottom and he’s on a come back tour under the guidance of the mythic Dan Abnett. The concepts being thrown around in this book are fantastic and well complemented by Luke Ross’ artwork. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the concept of modern mythology.
X-Men ’92 #1 by Chris Simms, Chad Bowers and Alti Firmansyah
Can you hear that title without humming the theme song? I know I can’t and I’m betting Chris Simms and Chad Bowers can’t either. This book perfectly embodies the Saturday morning cartoon aspect of the classic X-Men series but now the writing team have the entirety of the Marvel universe to play with. Within the first few pages we have the X-Men dealing with a whole host of characters we’d have never dreamed of seeing in the series. This is a love note to the fans and with Firmansyahs art working as a loving tribute to its easy to give a recommendation
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