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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

GeekRecs: Comics Releasing 6/10/15

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. 

This Week's Team: Kyle and Harper

Black Science #15 - $3.50

Perhaps Remender's finest science fiction yet, Black Science has really ratcheted up the intense emotionality that his works tend to have. Scalera's are only serves to augment the breathless pace of this book, which always leaves me dying to see where the next issue is going. This is especially true here, as in #14 we see Grant finally taking on his heroic fate and turning on the darker habits that have plagued his multiversal self. Always worth a read!

Saga #29 - $2.99

It's Saga, what more can I say? The insanely rich cast of characters has really come to pay off in this arc, as we follow begrudging partners Marco and Prince Robot IV trying to track down their respective families that are being held hostage by a frightening terrorist group. Vaughan and Staples consistently turn out one of the most beautiful books on the stands, both visually and emotionally, and while I know Vaughan will rip our hearts out again pretty soon somehow, I can't look away.
Silver Surfer #12 - $3.99

This Doctor Who-esque series has been fun from the very start, but this may be the best jumping on point the series has had for a while. The last arc had Dawn finding out about the Silver Surfer's less than heroic past but seeing him defeat Galactus and redeem himself by tirelessly searching the galaxy for a new home for those he has harmed. Here we see the pair back on Earth, arguably where the best stories of the series have so far been told, and we'll learn where the future of these characters will take them.

Gotham Academy #7 - $2.99

Of all of DC's "new look" titles that came about towards the end of the New 52 era, Gotham Academy was definitely the most stylized. With gorgeous art from Karl Kerschl, and scripting from Brendan Fletcher and Becky Cloonan that evokes a nearly Miyazaki like tone, it's the title that sets itself apart from the rest of the pack with charm and storybook style grace. Issue 7 sees Damian Wayne join the pack of students at this Bruce Wayne funded school, and given that he might be DC's best new character of the past ten years, that makes Gotham Academy all the more of a must read. Jump on-board now!
Nameless #4 - $2.99

With The Multiversity, Annihilator, and Nameless; Grant Morrison has entered into a new career high-point in terms of output. Nameless can be as difficult to parse as his writing ever is, but it's Grant Morrison writing cosmic horror utilizing the philosophical underpinnings of Thomas Ligotti. If you can't be convinced based on that alone, than perhaps the stunning work of Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn will pull you in instead? Given that Burnham has probably been Morrison's best collaborator in recent years not named Frank Quitely, and Morrison is a writer who I feel sometimes lives and dies by his artists representation of his work, Nameless should be at the top of your radar.

Constantine: The Hellblazer #1 - $2.99

Until the 8-page preview hit a few weeks ago, I had very little interest in Ming Doyle and James Tynion's take on John Constantine. But after reading what they have in store, with a restoration of John's punk rock roots and supernatural horror that looks to echo back to his days under the Vertigo banner, I think this new iteration of Hellblazer is the title to look out for this week.

Total Price: $19.45


Pick of the Week
Batgirl, Vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside
Written by Cameron Stewart and Brendan Fletcher
Art by Babs Tarr and Irene Koh

The book that basically kicked-off the "DC You" era of the publisher's line. A lot of people raised their eyebrows at this more teen-focused relaunch Barbara Gordon's superhero adventures that cast aside the doom and gloom of the (fairly terrible) Gail Simone run that felt as though it was constantly in the shadow of the events of The Killing Joke. Stewart and Fletcher's work here not only cast aside that dourness, it also opened up a new corner of Gotham that books like Gotham Academy and the upcoming Black Canary will all begin to exploit. While the first issue was a case of "trying too hard" in a sense, and the third issue ran into some problematic representation issues, overall this rejuvenated Batgirl was a lighting bolt of inspiration that capped an entire new line for DC and put the final nail in the coffin of the often 90's stylings of the New 52. Between this release and last week's Grayson hardcover, you can get caught up on the two most essential bits of this new DC era without delay.

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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