Staff Picks – What To Get This Week, Wednesday February 18

 

We know there are a lot of choices each week, as literally hundreds of comics come out, and you couldn’t be blamed if you didn’t know what to get.

Here’s a few suggestions from your fellow comic fans here in Geeksville on what to get on your trip to your local comic shop this Wednesday.

TOP OF THE STACK

Multiversity: Mastermen #1 – DC Comics

Writer: Grant Morrison
Art: Jim Lee & Scott Williams

What DC Comics says:

Superstar writer Grant Morrison joins legendary artist Jim Lee on Earth-10 for one of the most dynamic, action-packed issues of this entire world-shattering series – THE MULTIVERSITY: MASTERMEN!

Imagine a world where the Nazis not only won World War II but went on to direct world culture for the next 60 years with the help of an orphaned, alien super-weapon known as Overman! But hope is not lost! Rising from the ashes of oppression are a diverse band of heroes raging against the fascist regime – a band of heroes known as THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS!

What nightmarish parallel worlds haunt the dreams of Overman? Who is the mysterious figure called Uncle Sam? And when the dust settles, will the actions of Phantom Lady, Black Condor, Human Bomb, Doll Man and The Ray be enough to stop Leatherwing, Blitzen and the other “heroes” of Earth-X?
Learn all this and more in this exciting issue that acts as chapter seven of the critically acclaimed MULTIVERSITY storyline.

What we say:

Grant Morrison continues his tour across the multiple realities that the DC Universe populates and this week he revisits one of my favorite lost DC worlds.  Earth-X (or Earth 10) the world the Germans won World War II, with the help of an Overman, a strange visitor from another world who landed in Germany.

Luckily the Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters are there to lead the Resistance!

 

THE BEST OF THE REST

Bitch Planet #3 from Image Comics

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art:  Robert Wilson IV

What Image says:

‘Too Big to Fail’ reveals the specific events leading to zaftig Penny Rolle’s incarceration.

ROBERT WILSON IV (Knuckleheads) joins KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, CAPTAIN MARVEL) on art duties for this flashback issue.

What we say:

DeConnick and Delandro have just gotten started with their Women in Space Prison Exploitation comic and they are turning the genre(s) on their heads.  With strong characterization, and thought provoking drama.  If you can handle it, you need to get to Bitch Planet.

 

The Valiant #3 from Valiant Comics

Writers: Matt Kindt & Jeff Lemire
Artist: Paolo Rivera

What Valiant says:

As the world teeters on the brink of a new Dark Age, superstar creators Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man), Matt Kindt (RAI, Mind MGMT), and Paolo Rivera (Daredevil) recruit each of Valiant’s most formidable heroes into the ten-thousand-year-old battle for the fate of all mankind! The entire Valiant Universe faces off against the Immortal Enemy! Can they help Eternal Warrior succeed where he has failed so many times before? Civilization’s best hope against the darkness may lie in the unlikeliest of romances!

What we say:

What do we have to tell you that you need to be checking out The Valiant, and all the other great comics being put out by Valiant Comics?  We told you how great a series this is.  Didn’t you believe us?  Why would we lie to you? Don’t make us come over there and open up all your mint in package toys.

Cause we’ll do it.

 

Silk #1 from Marvel Comics

Writer: Robbie Thompson
Art: Stacey Lee

What Marvel says:

Cindy Moon exploded out of her bunker and into the Marvel Universe when we first learned that she had been bitten by that same radioactive spider in the first arc of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. She then went on to save Peter Parker’s life (more than once!) and traverse the Spider-verse alongside Spider-Woman. Now, as SILK, Cindy is on her own in New York City, searching for her past, defining her own future, and webbing up wrong-doers along the way! Robbie Thompson (writer from TV’s Supernatural) fills this new ongoing series with his unique blend of antics and feels. Featuring stunning covers by Eisner Award winner Dave Johnson and interiors by future superstar Stacey Lee.

What we say

Marvel has been on a tear of late with new series starring it’s strong female characters, and Silk promise to continue the streak.  

 

Batgirl #39 from DC Comics

Writers:  Cameron Stewart & Brendan Fletcher
Art: Babs Tarr

What DC Comics says:

For months, Batgirl’s been hounded by an unseen threat claiming to be the ‘real’ Batgirl, and the truth of her enemy’s identity will shock her to her very core!

What we say:

Stewart and Fletcher have brought back the fun to Batgirl’s funny book.  Not that we didn’t enjoy Simone’s run, but it’s so good to see Barbara smile again.

Still full of action, and story, Babs has a fresh take on her life, both as a crime fighter, and as a young woman, surrounded by her new supporting cast.

 

EI8HT #1 – Dark Horse Comics

Writers: Rafael Albuquerque & Mike Johnson
Art: Rafael Albuquerque

What Dark Horse says:

Welcome to the Meld, an inhospitable dimension in time where Joshua, a chrononaut, finds himself trapped. With no memory or feedback from the team of scientists that sent him, he can’t count on anything but his heart and a stranger’s voice to guide him to his destiny.

What we say:

American Vampire artist shares the writing duties as well as art chores on this new series about a Time Traveler stranded, alone, with no way to reach home. His only guide a hologram…  no wait that was Quantum Leap.   But this looks good too. A sci-fi mystery thriller.

 

 

Red Sonja #100 from Dynamite Comics

Writers: Gail Simone, Michael Avon Oeming, Eric Trautmann, Luke Lieberman, and Roy Thomas
Art: Dave Acosta, Pablo Marcos, Taki Soma, Noah Salonga, Serigo Fernandez Dayila

What Dynamite says:

Who knows how to celebrate ten years of Dynamite publishing better than the She-Devil with a Sword herself, RED SONJA? And she’s invited some serious barbarian bards to help! Past and present Sonja scribes GAIL SIMONE (current monthly writer), LUKE LIEBERMAN (the man behind Queen Sonja), MIKE OEMING (the first scribe of Red Sonja’s tenure at Dynamite), ERIC TRAUTMANN (who swept Sonja across the many Hyborian kingdoms), and ROY THOMAS (the man who started it all) pair up with beloved artists for this phenomenal five-story, supersized anthology, celebrating Red Sonja and her many roles and sojourns throughout the Hyborian Age!

What we say:

Using Marvel’s numbering system (you know when you add up all the different series that have come before) got this title to #100, but this anniversary issue of a classic character is a great chance to check out what makes her so popular in today’s comic market.

BEYOND COMICS

Pop! Movies – Big Trouble in Little China – Jack Burton

Suggested retail price: $11.99

Make space for the Pork Chop Express on your book shelf, with the latest offering in the Pop! Movies series from Funko.

The characters of the John Carpenter/Kurt Russell cult film Big Trouble in Little China joins Funko’s fan-favorite POP! Vinyl Figures line! Each figure stands 3 3/4″ tall and features an urban, stylized design. Choose from Jack Burton, Lo Pan, Gracie Law, Lightning, Thunder, and Rain. Collect them all! Window box packaging.

What we say

Take it from us,  you want this, no you need this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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