It’s Back! STAFF PICKS or What You Should Be Reading this week, February 4, 2015

Yeah, we’ve been gone for a few weeks, we know…

Before you head to your local comic shop, here are a few titles you should be checking out this week.

TOP OF THE STACK

Imperium #1 – Valiant Comics

Writer: Joshua Dysart
Art: Doug Braithwaite

What Valiant says:

A daring new superhero saga from New York Times best-selling creator Joshua Dysart – writer of of the Harvey-Award nominated series HARBINGER – and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (UNITYJustice)!

Toyo Harada is the most dangerous human being on the planet. Imbued with incredible powers of the mind, he has spent his life guiding humanity from the shadows. But today he is a wanted man. His powers are public knowledge, his allies have turned to enemies, and he is hunted by every government on the planet.

Instead of surrendering, Harada has one last unthinkable gambit to play: to achieve more, faster, and with less, he will build a coalition of the powerful, the unscrupulous and the insane. No longer content to demand a better future, he will recruit a violent legion from the darkest corners of the Earth to fight for it. The battle for utopia begins now.

 

What we say:

We have really missed Harbinger, so when this series was introduced as part of Valiant Next, we took notice.  And add to that Doug Braithwaite’s stunning visual style, well.  We knew were all-in.

Dysart and Braithwaite deliver in this first issue. (Check out the 7 page preview below)  A comic that is sure to be far reaching across the Valiant Universe, as it explores the nature and expectations that Toyo Harada has for himself, and those who follow him.  He wants to create a better world, but he’s fully aware of the toll they will have to pay to get there.

 

 

THE BEST OF THE REST

Star Wars #2 from Marvel Comics

Writer:  Jason Aaron
Art: John Cassaday

What Marvel says:

  • THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME CONTINUES!
  • The Rebel assault on Cymoon 1 continues!
  • Luke Skywalker – cornered by Darth Vader!
  • Han, Leia, and the others – trapped!

What we say:

Marvel didn’t hold back at all, getting Luke and Vader face to face, right out of the gun.

 

Saga #25Saga #25 from Image Comics

Writers: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples

What Image says:

Saga is back, as is almost the entire cast! And as thanks to retailers and readers for helping our audience continue to grow every new arc, Fiona Staples created an amazing wraparound cover for this action-packed issue, which is still only $2.99, the best deal in comics!

What we say:

Just a damn good comic.   If we could, we would handcuff Vaughan and Staples to their desks, and make this a weekly.

Superman #38Superman #38 from DC Comics

Writers: Geoff Johns
Art: John Romita, Jr.

What DC says:

An extra-sized special issue of the world’s greatest hero brings in the New Year with a new costume, new powers and new friends and enemies! The epic team of Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson conclude their first arc with twist after twist that will send Superman onto a new path and force Clark Kent to making a shocking decision! Plus: John Romita Jr. draws Batman!

What we say:

Just how many powers does one hero need?   And what if it’s a power that even the Man of Steel doesn’t want?

 

Squirrel Girl #2The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 – Marvel Comics

Writer: Ryan North
Art: Erica Henderson

What Marvel says:

  • Starting college is hard enough, but now Squirrel Girl has to deal with Galactus too?
  • The fate of the entire planet hangs in the balance, and only Squirrel Girl can save it!
  • Also, her squirrel friend Tippy Toe. She can help too.
  • Iron Man might show up too! Kinda, at least!

What we say:

Marvel continues to show how diverse voices create interesting and engaging comics.   Squirrel Girl is a way to explore the Marvel Universe in a way you just can’t do with the Avengers A-listers.  It’s refreshing and accessible, and so far always brings a smile.

 

Nameless #1 – Image Comics

Writer: Grant Morrison
Art: Chris Burnham

What Image says:

An astronomer kills his family, then himself, leaving a cryptic warning. A Veiled Lady hunts her victims through human nightmares. An occult hustler known only as ‘Nameless’ is recruited by a consortium of billionaire futurists for a desperate mission. And the malevolent asteroid Xibalba spins closer on a collision course with Earth. But nothing is what it seems – a terrifying inhuman experiment is about to begin. Abandon all hope and experience ultimate horror in NAMELESS

What we say:

Grant Morrison is at his best when he is creating his own mythology, and when he does,  he goes out there.  Secret Societies, and occultists, extinction level threats?   Be ready for anything to happen

Anything.

 

BEYOND COMICS

 Justice League Throne of AtlantisJUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS

From Warner Home Video! As Orm and Black Manta make their move against the surface world after the battle with Apokolips forces in Justice League War had deadly consequences for Atlantis, the queen of the lost underwater civilization searches for her other son, Orm’s half brother Arthur. Living on the surface world with powers he doesn’t understand, Arthur Curry steps into his destiny as Aquaman, teaming with the Justice League to save and unite all people of the world

What we say

DC has always killed it with their direct to video animated features.  But now, with their Justice League features, they have been taking it to the next level, creating a new shared universe for all of their characters, and bringing their animation in line with the visual style of the New 52.  Now they are bringing in the sea king, Arthur, and he ain’t your daddy’s Aquaman.

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