Written by: Kevin Reilly The last week’s been pretty hectic for me. Now that I’m moved into my dorm room and ready to start another semester of school, I can focus on the real important thing: Wednesday’s comics. You’ll read about my top picks, Infinity and The Star Wars on the site this week, but of those other books. Here are some highlights:
If you've read the first issue, then this should be a no-brainer and this is coming from someone who hates that phrase. Lemire’s a double threat, providing incredibly delicate artwork to match a really exciting script, whether it be about a former pro hockey player in the Great White North or an antlered boy at the end of the world. Trillium looks to continue this awesome trend. I hope he gets free enough, or DC gets brave enough, for him to do artwork for at least an issue of one of his more mainstream, New 52 titles. I’ll even take, like, “Animal Man: Earth One” or something if that’s what it takes.
THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #17
Dan Slott’s been making waves since he took over Amazing Spider-Man solo a couple of years ago with his game-changing ‘Big Time’ story. Since then, he’s been getting braver and braver with where to take the wall-crawler. At the time, last year, we thought that just having Doc Ock’s consciousness in Peter Parker’s head was as crazy as this guy was going to get.
Here, we’ll be seeing the long-awaited premiere of Miguel O’Hara into the main Marvel universe. Miguel’s the Spider-Man of the year 2099. Yes, really, this book about a mind-swapped Spider-Man just got crazier, somehow, and I’m chomping at the bit to dive into it.
FOREVER EVIL #1
You’ll be able to read me gushing over Infinity #2 on the site this week. If you follow the site you already know how strongly I feel about the event so far. However, on the other side of the fence, the Distinguished Competition is readying its first universe-wide event. Forever Evil looks to prove once again the dynamic of Justice League and Avengers. Hickman’s Avengers and its New counterpart play off of each other in fresh, intelligent, well-spoken ways. Infinity sprouts naturally from both books.
On the other side of the coin, Johns’ Justice League/America is unapologetically big, loud and dumb. Superman, once the bastion of doing good only because he feels the need to be good, walks around with his chest puffed out and acts on things in ways only a twenty year old in a letterman jacket would, swinging trucks and screaming “Come at me!” Forever Evil looks to be a continuation of the big, dumb action movie stuff that we’ve seen from Geoff Johns over the last two years, and quite honestly I can’t wait to shut my brain off and dive in.
ALL-NEW X-MEN #16/X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM #1
The X-Men books have been almost ridiculously solid across the board for the last couple of years, and you really have Jason Aaron to thank. Aaron, Kieron Gillen [Uncanny X-Men vol 2], Brian Bendis [All-New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men vol. 3] and Brian Wood [X-Men], helped to form the X-Books into a well-oiled machine of crazy fun and wonder the likes of which we haven’t seen in a while.
Battle of the Atom, the big X-Event of the fall (and Marvel’s third this year) revolves around Bendis’ time-traveling All-New X-Men and comes from the mind of Jason Aaron. Hopefully this event continues the incredible trend of great X-books we’ve been seeing over the last few years.