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
Justice League United Annual #1 - $4.99
It's the return of the Legion of Super-heroes. I repeat, the return. of. the. Legion. This is Kyle's favorite superhero team of all time, so there is absolutely no way this wouldn't make this week's list. It helps that Jeff Lemire is a massive Legion fan and probably writing the most enjoyable Justice League title on the stands. This is the rare DC title (though the list is starting to grow, thankfully) that can classified as "just plain fun". We can't wait to see what the first chapter of "The Infinitus Saga" brings.
Saga #24 - $2.99
We recommend Saga pretty often here on GeekRex, and you should probably know why by now. There is a reason this comic is always at the top of many readers' most recommended list. Brian K. Vaughan continuously finds ways to expand this narrative in ways that feel natural, finding all new depths for these characters. Fiona Staples art always impresses. This is our last issue of Saga before the new year, but that means a new trade is on the way for you to pick up!
Aliens: Fire and Stone #2 - $3.50
Okay....we may or may not have gotten to read this issue a little early (mostly may). We have been big fans of Dark Horse's Fire and Stone series, and the latest issue of Chris Roberson's take on Aliens continues to show us why. This series takes place before all of the others, so there aren't a lot of characters from the other comics showing up, but this issue has a very nice throwback to the film Prometheus. That, coupled with some nice character/plot development, along with (naturally) some Xenomorph action makes this a fun read.
It's the end of an era and the end of the best run of Wonder Woman that comic readers have ever seen. No, this is not hyperbole (not per Kyle anyway). As we've done so many times in the past, we cannot stress just how good Azzarello, Chiang, and Wilson's work has been here. They transformed Wonder Woman into a take that's fully fitting of her Greek mythological origins and pulled away from the cheese-cake trap that so many creators before them so quickly fell into. 35 (technically 36) issues, all telling one giant story, with little to no interference from DC events or editorial. It's been a pleasure, gentlemen!
Thunderbolts #32 - $2.99
Wonder Woman isn't the only series experiencing a finale this week. One of the many titles to launch with the initial Marvel NOW initiative comes to an end this week in the form of Thunderbolts. I [Shane] have been a HUGE fan of this series from the get go, and I will be sad to see this fun concept go. Writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker have made this comic a real struggle to read over the past few issues, but hopefully they can give this story a satisfying conclusion.
Total Price: $17.49
Pick of the Week
Miracleman Vol 2: The Red King Syndrome
Written by Alan Moore, Art by Chuck Austen, Alan Davis and others
Releasing this week in comic stores (next week to major book retailers) this second volume of Alan Moore's Miracleman is basically an example of some of the worst of his writing and some of the best. It's a strange dichotomy, but the second volume does some impressive conceptual heavy lifting that the first volume "A Dream of Flying" doesn't quite match, while also exposing some of Alan Moore's worst weaknesses as a writer.
The story centers on Michael Moran (the titular Miracleman) as he learns the origins of his creation, and that of his former partners. It's a really neat idea that Moore presents here that drives the narrative and keeps the intrigue quite high. Its the genesis of the high concept storytelling that Moore would come to be known for in his most formative years with DC Comics and beyond. Unfortunately the book is also marred by a terrible misfire of a racial caricature in Evelyn Cream (who serves as a sort of antagonist and ally for Moran at this point in the story). This volume also has some rather...tough to get used to art from Chuck Austen, who while not unreadable in any fashion, is nowhere near the level of quality of draftmanship we saw from Garry Leach one volume earlier.
The Red King Syndrome isn't a home-run, but its a nice peak into the growing style of who many would consider to be the finest writer to enter the comics medium.