This Week's Team: Cal and Harper
Detective Comics #36 - $3.99 - This issue concludes a two part story written by Ben Percy with fantastic art by John Paul Leon in which Gotham Airport has been shut down because a plane has landed with all passengers and crew dead and mysteriously rotting. It's a big scale mystery but the fact that it's limited to two issues keeps it really interesting and makes it worth checking out even if you aren't a regular reader.
Gotham Academy #2 - $2.99 - After a strong debut, Gotham Academy creative team now has the difficult task of setting up the rhythms and stories that will define the book as an ongoing series. There's a lot to like about the title so far, though, and Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl seem like they have things well in hand, so I'm definitely ready to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Grayson #4 - $2.99 - Grayson still isn't essential reading, but it's fascinatingly odd in a way DC's books just haven't been for a few years now. Tim Seeley and Tom King have turned this into an undercover superspy tale, James Bond for the post-Kryptonian world, in a way that has a ton of promise, but the real standouts are artist Mikel Janin and colorist Jeromy Cox, who have made Dick Grayson's candy-colored espionage really stand out on the shelves.
Men of Wrath #2 - $3.50 - Jason Aaron is a pretty popular writer 'round Geek Rex way, but after the success of Scalped, it looked like he might be locked up in the superhero vault for some time. Instead, he surprised with Southern Bastards, a divisive slice of Southern misery, and now Men of Wrath, another grim look into violence in the rural South. Aaron can be a cynical bastard, but love it or hate it, his books are always worth a look.
Swamp Thing #36 - $2.99 - We're nearing the end of Charles Soule's fairly acclaimed run on DC's avatar of the Green, but the man still has an excellent take on the character. The annual last week wrapped up one of the main threads, but there is plenty more to dig into, including the Machine kingdom which has recently been added to the Green, Red, Rot, etc. It's a very interesting concept that has only just begun to be explored, so this is definitely one that continues to be worth a read every week.
Velvet #8 - $3.50 - Velvet started as a fun spy pastiche, but it has since elevated to literary levels in this second arc. The story of the greatest British spy of all time who then became essentially the secretary (a not-so-veiled reference to Bond's Moneypenny) having to come out of retirement to prove her innocence has been exceedingly compelling, and Epting is doing some of the best work of his already impressive career. I wouldn't necessarily start with this issue, but if you can track down the last couple this is a can't-miss!
Total Price: $19.96
Pick of the Week
by Gabriel Hardman
You can check out our pretty glowing review for more, but suffice to say, Hardman's solo graphic novel that hits stores this week is worth the read. It's equal parts touching and dramatic, silly and cool. Kinski tells the story of a salesman on a business trip who finds a puppy that changes his life–but maybe not for the better. Hardman set out to create a noir story with all the dark dramatic touchstones, but about a man trying to steal a puppy. It's weird and unique, but what has really stuck with me is Hardman's masterful storytelling skills. The art is fantastic, and I dare anyone to try not to read it in one sitting!
Kinski is in comic shops this week, and will be on Amazon on November 18th.
Looking for something interesting to pick up that isn't quite brand new? Love finding a surprising treat on the trade paperback shelf at your local comic book shop? Here's our recommendation for this week's graphic novel selection: - See more at: http://www.geekrex.com/2014/07/the-geekrex-comic-buyers-guide-72314.html#sthash.3Asbd9oL.dpuf
Looking for something interesting to pick up that isn't quite brand new? Love finding a surprising treat on the trade paperback shelf at your local comic book shop? Here's our recommendation for this week's graphic novel selection: - See more at: http://www.geekrex.com/2014/07/the-geekrex-comic-buyers-guide-72314.html#sthash.3Asbd9oL.dpu