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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The GeekRex Comic Buyer's Guide (9/17/14)


We know walking into your local comic shop or browsing the new titles on Comixology can be harrowing, particularly with the rising prices of comics. The GeekRex team feels your pain, so that's why each week two members of our team will collaborate and highlight the "must-buys" of every Wednesday, and we'll make sure we keep the tab under 20 bucks. Props to MultiversityComics for coming up with the great idea–we hope you like our spin on it!

This Week's Team: Shane and Kyle


The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes #1 - $4.99 - Okay, so I will openly admit that I had no interest in picking up The Multiversity each month. Mostly due to the $5 price tag, but partly due to Morrison's writing having a tendency to read better in trade.  Issue one proved me wrong in so many ways. This issue promises to be a pulpy adventure with Doc Fate and the rest of his crew on Earth-20.  With art by Chris Sprouse, this should be a fun chapter in this exciting story.



Supreme Blue Rose #3 - $2.99 - This is, much like the recently concluded Prophet, one of those series where I just don't have a clue what's going on. I know that sounds masochistic, but it's also amazing to behold, particularly for Tula Lotay's photo-realistic art. Additionally there's a sense that Warren Ellis is building to something related to alternate dimensions, which just cat-nip for me, particularly from his pen. Hopefully the foreshadowing of Issue 2 brings more answers here.






Thor: God of Thunder #25 - $4.99 - Well....we did not think this would happen so soon, but it is finally here: the conclusion of Thor: God of Thunder.  In his brief two years with this character, Jason Aaron has provided what is perhaps Marvel's best comic of the past decade, making this reader interested in Thor's solo adventures for the first time ever.  After the events of Original Sin, Thor finds himself unworthy of Mjolnir.  Be sure to pick up this issue before the title relaunches next month with the mysterious female Thor!


Avengers #35 - $4.99 - After Issue 34, which may have been the best installment of the best storyline that Jonathan Hickman has crafted for this title, the beginning of "Time Runs Out" has come at just the right time. I'm not crazy about long-term runs seeing consequences of cross-overs (in this case AXIS) appearing in their titles. But, the "8 months later" jump will hopefully ease that transition a little better, and is hopefully a form of avoidance from the actual events of Marvel's upcoming event.





Total Price: $17.96

 

Pick of the Week

Wonder Woman Vol 1: Blood

I was recently listening to the InkStuds podcast (a must-listen if you're looking for a great Comics Podcast) and in the midst of a discussion with Matt Fraction, there was talk of the New 52. Fraction informed the co-hosts (one of which being Prophet writer Brandon Graham) that when the New 52 began, he read and dissected basically every issue of DC's big relaunch for 2011. When asked if any of the titles were worthy of notice, he replied that there were none. While I somewhat agree with Fraction on that score, it does a great disservice to the one title that has consistently delivered month in and month out and is a run that is sadly coming to a close next month. 

Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang's run on Wonder Woman is the best Wonder Woman comic ever. I repeat, this is the BEST. WONDER WOMAN. COMIC. EVER. I will buck no arguments to this case. These co-storytellers radically reinvented Wonder Woman's background, dispensing of some of the more difficult elements (the clay origin specifically), and set the character firmly in her Greek Mythological roots. Instead of dopey villains like Doctor Psycho and The Cheetah, Diana was faced off with a Hades that's the thing of nightmares, and an Apollo that is probably my favorite DC comics baddie. This version of Wonder Woman is unlike anything I've read from Azzarello, and much of that may come from the creative chemistry he has with Chiang, whose art and design skills are strongly Del Toro-esque with a strain of high fashion (see Orion's sleek and bad ass attire). Also, Matt Wilson colors melded it all together in a gorgeous palette, as per his usual stellar efforts.

This iteration of Wonder Woman is a complex character drama and was allowed to tell its own story, on its own terms without any interference from other DC storylines. Very few creators have been given this kind of leeway in the current DC status quo, but I'm so thankful that Wonder Woman told the story its creators set out to tell from the very beginning and remained one of the most consistently enjoyable comics that any company (not just DC) put out over the past 3 years. Buy it today, buy it right now and tell me you won't get just a little bit hooked.
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