Well, well, well I am still here, and you guys are hopefully still reading and I say thank you . Only in the comics world could a guy like me have a voice. Then again this is the internet so everyone has a voice so I need to settle down a little. I have a bulbous enough head as it is.
In addition to the usual weekly wrap-up there was a little convention this weekend called C2E2 and thanks to Burntweiners own Weed I was fully updated on what happens . His pictures were all I needed to feel like I was at the con myself.
Why did I not go myself seeing as how I live in the Midwest you might ask. Well you see I know this hard to believe , but I am married and it’s a little hard to convince the wife to go down to Chicago to hang with some drunk nerds and look at comics. I know that’s inconceivable (thank you Princess Bride for the great word) to some , but such is the sacrifice of getting married. So there is an advantage to being a lonely nerd , so some have that going for them.
C2E2 News and Notes
There was some cool notes popping up this weekend from the con that made my panties a little tight. First one is about Hoax Hunters . If you remember a few weeks ago I was gushed all over Hoax Hunters #0 , well it was announced this weekend that not only were they going to make some more issues of this great book but it’s going to be an ongoing. If you are in to paranormal , and detective books that just happens to have powers to watch out for this book around June. Hoax Hunters #1 will be out July 5th
Next bit of news that got me a little twitchy is DC announced another Batman line that will be Digital only . This is separate from Arkham Unhinged which I believe is starting to come out this week in print. Like some of the other DC digital titles this will be $0.99 and will come out on Thursdays. Why is that significant you ask . Good question , With this , Arkham, Smallville Sesason 11 (more on that later), Ame-Comi Girls, and the usual Wednesday releases mean you will get a new DC comic digitally every weekday , and that is an awesome progression for the Digital format.
The third bit of news that is exciting for the folks that buy only digital. Archaia announces a Digital First Agreement for Comixology. There is a few titles already announced that will be digital first like Mercado’s Pantalones,TX (name alone got me), and all print titles will be same day digital now also. So I might have to check out some Cursed Pirate Girl.
What to look forward to Wednesday 4/18
Very small list this week its hard for me to get excited for anything this week, but as usual I’m sure I will have a lot more to review than I have here
Avengers vs X-Men #2 $3.99
Well I feel obligated now to keep reading I hated #0 , really enjoyed #1 so that means #2 should be the best thing ever right. At least that’s how the world works in my head. The Phoenix is close, and this issue will probably be mostly about Wolverine and where he decides to fight. As usual there is 112 variant covers of this book which is why I like digital because you can check that out and don’t have to buy multiple issues. I am digging some of the variants especially the black and white ones.
Invincible Iron Man #515 $3.99
I have no emotional investment in this title other than I like Iron Man as a character but rarely read anything with him other then team ups. But with a cover like that, and a description that only says “A Hero Falls” I am in for at least one.
The Shadow #1 $3.99
I don’t know if I am going to get this or not it might not fit in to the budget, but I really dig the preview pages. The concept is cool a vigilante in 1938 in NYC is an awesome idea. Plus Garth Ennis gives me an inclination to check out at least 1.
That’s all that stands out for now, but watch out uber nerd next week hint Dark Horse, and Star Wars.
Pick of the Week:
America’s Got Powers #1 $2.99
Written by: Jonathon Ross
Art by: Bryan Hitch
So I am going to explain this in the most pop culturey way possible. Hunger Games, meets old school X-Men, meets American Idol. I know what your thinking but this is actually good. This a big book coming in at 37 pages and it’s a quick read with wonderful artwork. Typical number one in that it sets up how these teens have powers, and what they do with them. It is one long plot point basically so I’m not going deep in to it with spoilers. Basically some mysterious thing hits San Francisco and suddenly all pregnant women in the area gives birth. The babies end up being healthy but all have powers that vary in strength and usefulness.
The main protagonist was one of these babies, and has no apparent powers so instead of competing he works in a gift shop , and not very well at that. Suddenly though he is thrust in to the competition in a life or death situation. This book just plain works and I am in for all 6 books unless it completely falls apart. If you like action and a little bit of dystopia in your books you should pick this up.
The Mighty Thor 12.1 $2.99
Written by: Matt Fraction
Art by: Barry Kitson (pencils,inks) , Jay Leisten (inks)
This is a typical point one that is trying to get new readers caught up enough to jump on. I like these books because you usually get some good Michael Bay type action packed in to one book. This one did not work for me in that I liked the book but not enough to make me jump in to the series on the reg. Basically it’s Thor’s friends telling Thor’s got no patience stories.
The stories all work with beautiful artwork and I can totally see why people like the Mighty Thor series. What didn’t work for me though is there really isn’t any story it’s just pretense for the action cuts. If you want some action and good art you should pick this up otherwise your not missing much.
Transformers: Autocracy #7 $0.99
Written by: Flint Dille, and Chris Metzen
Art by: Livio Ramondell
Seriously at this point do you need to read my review its really good . This issue still fits the notion I had earlier that we are in the Empire Strikes Back period of the series. The one who will be Optimus is defeated, Cybertron is burning, and the lines are blurred on who is good and bad and how they will fight whether together or all for one. I do think you could jump in to this issue and sort of get whats going on , but for only a buck an issue you should go back and get them all.
Smallville Season 11 $0.99
Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Cat Staggs (cover), Pere Perez , Chris Becket (colors)
I have to admit I did watch Smallville for about two seasons and random eps here and there , but not a faithful follower. The premise here is Clark put on the suit finally and this is the beginning of him really being Superman . At least that’s the feel I get not seeing the last season. This is an ongoing series for $0.99 a piece so I am on board for awhile (hint hint every other comic company easy money from me) , but this book wasn’t great. I really liked the art and were clearly made with the Digital format in mind.
One of the reasons I liked Superman stories in general was the fact that hes the man and there wasn’t 100’s of people rolling around with powers so it felt more real and relatable stories . You usually didn’t have to dig deep for the morals. The problem with this book though is it’s really a slow starter , its really an introduction to the other characters in the series and there dealing with Supes cleaning the trash from the streets. I would recommend this book more for the promise that you can see in it instead of how good or bad this first issue is.
There wasn’t anything to exciting on sale this week, and no hot freebies. I did pick up Saga #1 which I recommend but it reads a little more like a graphic novel and I’m not sure if I am going to pick up issue #2 which came out last week also. So I leave you to your week hoping that I got you to spend a little more money on comics this week . Don’t forget to listen to this weeks Burntweiners for some more C2E2 goodness, and also follow me on Twitter @lunchbox700 I’d love to hear your recommendations and usual hate.