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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GeekRecs: Comics Releasing 12/17

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: Harper and Cal

Catwoman #37 - $2.99

Is there a better posterchild for the dramatic turnaround of DC's most lackluster titles than Genevieve Valentine's Catwoman? Catwoman was something of an unholy mess for the first three years of its New 52 run, but Valentine pivots off a twist from Batman Eternal, putting Selina in charge of Gotham's organized crime empire and forcing her into the deeply political world of the city's notorious mob families. With a war brewing with Black Mask and the tenuous alliances between the major crime syndicates of the city, Valentine has found a novel plot, and her measured, tense storytelling is a perfect fit for a crime saga that could grow into the underworld equivalent of Gotham Central.

Elektra #9 - $3.99

Rarely do we get a book that has such gorgeous covers and equally gorgeous interiors. Blackman has been telling a really fun and intense story about everyone's favorite assassin, but the real star here is Mike Del Mundo. The layouts are unreal, and demand some serious re-reading just to soak it all in, but more importantly is the storytelling and acting he's able to portray with such violent elegance. One of my favorite books at Marvel right now, and definitely worth your four bucks! 

The Multiversity: Thunderworld #1 - $4.99

While the series overall has drawn both high praise and mild disinterest, last month's Pax Americana brought Morrison's multi-artist miniseries into the stratosphere–among it's many accolades, it won best single issue of the year at our Comics Rexie awards. Thunderworld is equally as anticipated, as Morrison teams up with frequent collaborator and excellent artist Cameron Stewart for a story set on Earth 5, the Fawcett Universe, where Captain Marvel and company rule the day. At the very least, it should be a ton of fun!
The Wicked + The Divine #6 - $3.50

The Wicked + The Divine recently ended its much-heralded first arc, and this issue marks the beginning of its second, "Fandemonium." Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie's series is a relentlessly inventive take on stardom, fandom, and faith, brought vividly to life with colors from Matt Wilson. The last issue ended with some pretty shocking twists, and I'm excited to see where Gillen takes us next.

Plus, if you don't read it, you won't understand the best joke of last issue's Sex Criminals, which featured a protracted The Wicked + The Divine porn parody. And I know how much you love jokes.


Wytches #3 - $2.99

While most know Snyder from his (fantastic) work on Batman, his roots are in horror. Thankfully he's got a wonderful outlet for his twisted ideas at Image, this time with Jock, who he previously worked with on The Black Mirror, arguably the best Batman story in the last five years. Wytches has so far lived up to the extreme hype, as the first two issues left me legitimately chilled. The story hasn't fully developed quite yet, so this is a great time to get on board if you've got a horror itch to scratch!

Total Price: $18.46

Pick of the Week

Young Avengers Omnibus, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

Gillen and McKelvie are two of the most relentlessly hip young creators working today. The pair got their start on a pair of Image books titled Phonogram about the intersection of music and magic, ground they've revisited for their much-loved current book, The Wicked + The Divine. In between, they did a follow-up to Gillen's much-loved Journey Into Mystery, bringing Kid Loki into the orbit of a new team of young heroes. But where previous Young Avengers runs had focused on youth-skewing beat-'em-ups with a soap opera twist, Gillen & McKelvie went all style all the way. Their take on the Young Avengers is a great pop album to Allan Heinberg's classic rock, a relentlessly joyous explosion of youth culture with some of the best work of McKelvie's career. And now, you can read the entire series in this single, hardcover edition!

Young Avengers Omnibus by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie collects Young Avengers #1-15 and Marvel NOW! Point One's Young Avengers prologue. It has a list price of $49.99, and is available now at Amazon, In Stock Trades, and most places comics are sold.

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
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