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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GeekRecs: Comics Releasing 12/10

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

Supreme Blue Rose #5 - $2.99

Much like Moon Knight was Warren Ellis' brilliant take on the modern day Batman mythos, while also reinventing a constantly going dormant Marvel property, Supreme Blue Rose is his look at Superman through the eyes of a Lois Lane proxy. As was said during our Rexie Awards show, this is a comic seen through the eyes of someone undergoing a universal retcon. Each issue gets progressively weirder and more abstract as things go along, while somehow also becoming clearer story-wise, however that's possible. It's arguably some of the best work on superheroes Ellis has done since Planetary and having Tula Lotay craft some of the most beautiful art seen in 2014 sure doesn't hurt. Give it a go and pick up the first four issues too while you're at it.

Batgirl #37 - $3.99

Along with Gotham AcademyBatgirl is carving this beautiful new corner of the DC universe, the likes of which we haven't been excited for in a Big Two comic since Hawkeye came around. Rather than the humdrum goings-on of the "way too stuck in the 90's" New 52, Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher and Babs Tarr (and Becky Cloonan and Karl Kerschl, who join Fletcher on Academy) are drafting up a DC universe that feels lived-in and just the right amount of quirky without feeling too cloying, especially once the growing pains of the first issue were put aside. This issue sees some of the bigger threads come to fruition, including more info on the villain that's haunted Barbara in the first two issues of the run. Exciting times! Which are the kind of times that have been all too rare for DC lately. I'll take it!

Bitch Planet #1 - $3.50

Another week.  Another new Image series.  Yet another time for new readers to check out why we here at GeekRex unanimously voted Image as Best Publisher at this year's Rexies.  This new series is Bitch Planet, a title that will already turn a few heads on its own.  Kelly Sue DeConnick has grown to be a very popular writer for her work on both Pretty Deadly and the recently rebooted Captain Marvel.  Bitch Planet describes itself as a "women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation riff."  Other solicits call it Grindhouse meets Inglorious Basterds.  Still not sold?  Then there is probably no hope for you.  With art by Valentine De Landro, everything about this comic has hit written all over it.  Just another success in the making from a long line of prior hits from Image.

Prometheus: Fire and Stone #4 - $3.50

If you have been paying attention to our comic recommendations at all over the past few months, you will know that most of us are huge fans of Dark Horse's relaunch of the Alien and Predator franchises.  Titled Fire and Stone, these interconnected titles have done an excellent job of telling stories that feel so connected, yet so singular and encapsulated.  Not to mention they have each provided great spins on their respective franchises.  This week, Prometheus comes to a close as Fire and Stone begins to wind down.  It's time to check out how the flagship title of Fire and Stone comes to an end.  Though Alien vs Predator and Predator have both given us clues as to how this comic will end, we have a lot of confidence that Paul Tobin will be able to eek out a few last minute surprises.

Avengers and X-men: AXIS #7 - $3.99

I know.  I know.  Event books are stupid, there are far too many of them, and there is no way you're going to pick up whatever this latest monstrosity is.  I get it.  Nevertheless, I'm still going to recommend AXIS #7 this week, because this event book has gotten to be a lot of fun to read.  Sure, the climax is starting to become a bit predictable, but the idea of a forever changed 616 is always a solicit that is going to at lease gain a begrudging curiosity.  Issue 7 begins the third and final act of the event: New World Disorder.  As you can probably guess, it involves our now inverted X-men and Avengers squaring off, but the cover seems to imply that our inverted villains are going to play a role.  Basically it's going to be all out insanity as this battle rages.  I trust Remender.  This should be a lot of fun!

Total Price: $17.97

Graphic Novel Pick of the Week

Superman Unchained by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee

After months and months of delays, Superman Unchained is finally going to be released in this deluxe edition hardcover.  The comic by Batman scribe Scott Snyder with art by Jim Lee (Justice League) got a ton of hype when it started over a year ago, but numerous delays (mostly on Lee's part) caused us to not see the conclusion for quite some time, causing many who were once ecstatic to pick up the title drop it altogether.  Now that doesn't seem to matter as this nice, relatively cheap, hardcover collects all 9 issues.  What if Superman was not the first being with his abilities to come to Earth?  What if such a being were being used by the US Military in covert operations?  What if Superman discovered all this?  That is the struggle Superman Unchained explores.  Jim Lee gives this book the epic art that a story on this scale deserves, and Scott Snyder does a fantastic job of telling a Superman story worthy of the scope and action the Man of Steel requires.  This trade not only makes a great Christmas gift, but is also an excellent way to have a (late) celebration of Superman's 75th Anniversary.

Price: $29.99

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