Staff Picks – What To Get This Week, Wednesday March 4

Another Wednesday, so you know what’s up.

Here are a few titles we suggest you look at when you visit your local comic shop.

 

 

TOP OF THE STACK

Hawkeye #1 from Marvel Comics

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art: Perez – Herring

What Marvel says:

THE AVENGING ARCHERS ARE BACK!

• Hawkeye returns in an all-new series featuring superstar writer Jeff Lemire in his Marvel debut and Eisner Award-winning artist Ramon Perez, as they bring you a fresh new look into the life of everyone’s favorite Avenger. With Kate Bishop, his trusted ward and protégé back at his side (not titles she would use), Team Hawkeye is thrown into an all new adventure spanning two generations of avenging archers. Past and present lives collide as Kate and Clint face a threat that will challenge everything they know about what it means to be Hawkeye.

• But no one puts Hawkeye in a corner.

• Hawkeye and Hawkeye take aim March 2015!

What we say:

We aren’t sure if Marvel really needed to put out a new #1 for Hawkeye, but such is their business model.   Economics aside, this new series starts off with a 5 part story, Wunderkammer, which continues the story of Clint and his fellow Hawkeye, Kate Bishop, while exploring the life a young Clint.  The two stories are juxtaposed, each with its own striking style.

This book is on target.

Here’s a preview (click to enlarge)

THE BEST OF THE REST

Star Wars: Princess Leia #1 (of 5) From Marvel Comics

Writer: Mark Waid
Art: Terry & Rachel Dodson

What Marvel says:

When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire as a Rebel spy, she never betrayed her convictions, even in the face of the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, she grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire—the destruction of the Death Star. But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains…what is a princess without a world? Writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, S.H.I.E.L.D.) and artist Terry Dodson (Avengers & X-Men: Axis, Uncanny X-Men) bring us a story of Leia’s quest to help her people and find her place in the galaxy.

 

What we say:

The story of what happened after the Death Star was destroyed, and the Rebels fled Yavin has been told in various forms of media, almost since 1978, but none has explored Princess Leia, and how she handled the loss of not only her family, but her whole world with the destruction of Alderaan.  Mark Waid and the Dodsons help fill in this gap. This personal and heroic journey for one of Sci-fi’s most popular charac

 

Saga #26 from Image Comics

Writer: Brian K Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples

What Image says:

Gwendolyn’s quest takes an interesting turn.

What we say:

Saga is one of the most original and well developed original stories being done in comics today.  Vaughan and Staples have take the best things about so many sci-fi sagas before hand and have distilled them down to an engrossing tale.

Character here drives the story.  This is not some paint by numbers spectacle event, this is pathos,  this is drama,  this is not for all ages.

 

This is not a book you want to miss

X-O Manowar #34 from Valiant Comic

Writers: Robert Venditti
Art: Deigo Bernard

What Valiant says:

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! DEAD HAND is coming!

He survived ENTER: NINJAK. He waged war on PLANET DEATH. And now he must defend the Earth from an unholy reckoning…and the doomsday protocol codenamed: DEAD HAND!

This is it…X-O Manowar…face-to-face with a ROBOT ARMY HELLBENT ON THE DESTRUCTION OF EVERYTHING! Blast off with New York Times best-selling creator Robert Venditti (Armor Hunters, Green Lantern) as he begins the most shocking arc yet of his seminal run on Valiant’s flagship series!

Check out the preview here!

What we say:

Valiant’s flagship is still as fresh and exciting as it was when it hit stands almost 3 years ago., this is the start of a new story, which will set up things to come for Aric, and several other Valiant’s characters in the near future.

Descender #1 from Image Comics

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art: Dustin Nguyen

What Image says:

One young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. A rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey that pits humanity against machine, and world against world, to create a sprawling space opera from the creators of Trillium, Sweet Tooth, and Little Gotham. Extra-sized first issue. 30 story pages for only $2.99!

What we say:

Jeff Lemire returns to our list for the second time.  This time it’s with his and Dustin Nguyen teaming up for an original story.  Like Saga, it creates a rich, realized universe, but focuses on the characters in it for it’s sense of urgency and drama.
The first issue does a lot of the heavy lifting, creating the world, but it doesn’t fail to connect to the readers on a very personal and familiar level.

 

Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor #8 from Titan Comics

Writers: Robbie Morrison
Art: Alex Sanchez

What Titan says:

Trapped in a tunnel beneath No Man’s Land, the Doctor and the surviving soldiers under his protection fight for their lives – with open eyes! With the TARDIS lost, the Weeping Angels on one side and the might of the German front lines on the other, how much will the Doctor sacrifice to keep Gabby safe? And in the endless dark, struggling not to blink, sparks are fanned between Gabby and Jamie Colquhoun. Is he just one more doomed soldier?

 

What we say:

This might be my favorite of Titan’s three Doctor Who ongoing series,   Morrison has done a great job of capturing Tennant’s performance, and recreating it for comic book form.    

 

Green Arrow #40 from DC comics

Writer: Ben Sokolowski, Andrew Kreisberg
Art: Jonathan Glapion, Daniel Sampere

What DC says:

A villain triumphant! A city out for blood! Can things get any worse for Green Arrow? You bet they can! Guest-starring Batman!

What we say:

Always make a big entrance and exit.

Wrapping up Ollie Queen’s story, heading into the DC Event Convergence is no small feat, but Arrow TV series producer Andrew Kreisberg does a great job bringing it all together, while leaving enough on the table for incoming team Ben Percy and Patrick Zircher (Yeah!) to pick up and run with when the title returns in June with the rest of the DCU, in what will no longer be called the  New 52.

BEYOND COMICS

BIG HERO 6

Suggested retail price: $29.99/$39.99 Blu-ray/Combo

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who’s catapulted into the midst of a dangerous plot and must transform his closest companion, a robot named Baymax, and a diverse group of friends into a band of high-tech heroes!

What we say

Marvel and Disney find the perfect balance between their worlds with Big Hero 6.  Superheroic family fun is guaranteed when you pop this disc into your player, so gather up the kids, some popcorn and get set to smile for 110 minutes!

 

 

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