Staff Picks – What’s New for August 13, 2014


It’s Wednesday.  You know what that means.



There are over 450 different items headed to your local comic shop this week (when you include all the variant covers, re-solicitations, magazines and collectables.

Here is what we think will be the best of the best.



1354010_fulArcher & Armstrong #23 – Valiant Comics

Writers: Fred Van Lente
Art: Pere Perez

What Valiant says:

Archer & Armstrong have been dragged down and knocked out, left at the mercy of the Lizard King and his plot to unleash total annihilation. But, when you least expect it, what unexpected visitor might step into save A&A from the executioner’s ax? The secrets of Valiant’s seminal series are about to come to light – and you won’t believe the top-secret, classified, totally hush-hush ending this history mystery has in store!

What we say:

X-O Manowar may get all the attention, but Archer & Armstrong is consistently the most entertaining book month in and month out. It’s mix of action, adventure, and plain old laugh out loud humor, it’s the book you should not miss.


Captain Marvel #7 – Marvel Comics

Writers: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art: David Lopez

What Marvel says:

  • THE BATTLE ISSUE. Space! Ships! Super heroes!
  • Captain Marvel has been caught in the middle of an interplanetary turf war for weeks.
  • Now, it’s time for Earth’s Mightiest Hero to get her hands dirty and show the Spartax and the Haffensye what’s what.

What we say:

DeConnick & Co. continues to crush it.  A quality book with a strong lead, who happens to be a woman.  Now if only Marvel Films begin to follow suit.


World’s Finest #26 – DC Comics

Writers: Paul Levitz
Art: Tyler Kirkman

What DC says:

Power Girl and Huntress return to Earth 2 just when their homeworld needs them most!

What we say:

A shame this series is coming to an end, just as it was finally hitting it’s stride.  DC’s multiverse is sadly under used.  And Kara and Helena add a brightness to Earth 2’s dark tone.  While I am sure the characters  will turn up in Earth 2, they’ll be fighting for panel space with a lot of other characters, and DC loses 2 marquee female heroes.

Batman #34 – DC Comics

Writers:  Scott Snyder
Art: Matteo Scalera

What DC Comics says:

ZERO YEAR is over, and the events of BATMAN: ETERNAL have put Gotham City in a tailspin, but Batman is focused on finding a killer who has haunted his hometown in secret for years. This special issue features art by Matteo Scalera (DEADPOOL, Black Science) and sets the stage for the next major Batman story in the fall.

What we say

Scott Snyder’s Batman has been one of DC’s benchmarks for quality story telling since relaunching their universe 3 years ago.  This month is a great place to check out what’s going in Gotham.


Judge Dredd: Anderson Psi-Division #1 – IDW Publishing

Writers: Matthew J. Smith
Art: Carl Critchlow

What IDW says:

In an all-new adventure from Cassandra Anderson’s early days in the Mega-City One Psi-Division, writer Matt Smith and artist Carl Critchlow present ‘King of the Six Sectors.’ It all starts with Anderson awaking from an unusually strong vision of an attack on the Megapolitan Museum showcasing Cursed Earth artifacts…

What we say:

IDW expands the Judge Dredd, putting focus on Anderson, and her early days in the Psi-Division.  Fans of Dredd, and dystopian, sci-fi, noir crime fiction in general will want to check out what’s going on in Mega-City one.


Sex Criminals – Image Comics

Writers: Matt Friction
Art:  Chip Zdarsky

What Image says:

Jon breaks into Kegelface’s house and oh my golly what on EARTH do you think he finds there. Not only are our beloved Sex Criminals not alone,  they’re not unwatched, either. And Suzie learns once and for all the fate of her precious library.

What we say:

If you haven’t checked out Matt Friction and Chip Zdarsky’s sex comedy, you need to see why Time Magazine named it Comic of the Year.  It character driven humor, is witty, sexy, but not in a tasteless way.  With Zdarsky delivering the goods each month.



G.I. Joe: Silent Interlude – IDW

Hardcover – $19.99

Writers: Larry Hama
Art: Steve Leialoha & Larry Hama

What IDW says:

SILENT INVASION! The story that defined a generation – G.I. JOE #21: remastered from the original art and lovingly recolored to the highest of contemporary standards. This wordless issue introduced the world to SNAKE EYE’s mysterious nemesis STORM SHADOW and his ARASHIKAGE NINJA – and they’ve never looked better. Plus-an unprecedented glimpse of Larry Hama’s original layouts and Steve Leialoha’s finishes, and a look behind the scenes of the comic’s creation – and at its enduring legacy!

What we say:

IDW has set the standard when it comes to packaging classic material, and for G.I. Joe fans it doesn’t get more classic than Silent Interlude.

1374248_fulGood Spock/Evil Spock Pint Glass

From Icup Inc. –  $7.99

What we say:

How does a beard make Spock evil?  Well if you don’t know you need to head over to Netflix and watch the classic Mirror, Mirror episode.   And have an ice cold frosty pint in this glass while you watch this classic episode of Star Trek.


1364260_fulBatman: Assault on Arkham

From Warner Home Video.

DVD – $ 19.99
Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Combo Pack –  $24.99

What they say:

When the government teams up a group of supervillains with the code name Suicide Squad and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to bring back top secret information The Riddler has stolen, Batman soon becomes involved. But things go from bad to worse when one of the Squad (Harley Quinn) frees The Joker, who has the means to not only blow up the asylum, but most of Gotham City as well!

What we say:

“You got your DC’s animated features in my Arkham Video game series.”  “You got your Arkham Video game series in my DC animated features.”  It’s two, two great things in one!

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