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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

GeekRecs: Comics Releasing 6/24/15

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. Props to MultiversityComics for coming up with the great idea–we hope you like our spin on it!

This Week's Team: Harper and Shane

 The Fade Out #7 - $3.50

The legendarily awesome team of Brubaker and Phillips continue to put out the most compelling crime comics on the shelves. The story of a old Hollywood movie production plagued with a murder mystery, booze, and loads of secrets has kept readers on their toes, and they have only ratcheted up the tension and the stakes. If you like beautiful artwork and razor sharp writing, you're doing yourself a disservice by not reading this book!
 Superman #41 - $3.99

Here we get perhaps the most exciting and unique of the DCYOU launch with Gene Luen Yang taking the writing reins of the big blue boy scout. With one of the best independent voices in comics debuting here, we're sure to get something far from the dull as dishwater Superman stories we've seen in the last few years. Between that and the continuing art by the fantastic John Romita, Jr., there's no reason not to at least try this first issue!
E is for Extinction #1 - $4.99

As a fan of Morrison, it's exciting to see a return to his era of X-Men, with all the freaks and weirdos that came out of his mind coming back into frame. Burnham has begun to prove that he's got a bit of talent for writing, and he's certainly got enough connection with Morrison to potentially pull this off. Ramon Villalobos is drawing the book, which is exciting on its own–his pages look colorful and fun, and don't feel that far off from Burnham's art himself. For X-Men and Morrison fans, this is a can't miss!
 We Are Robin #1 - $3.99

What happens when Robin is off on his own crazy adventures and there's a new Batman in town?  The teens of Gotham City rise up!  That is the focus of this new comic joining DC's Bat-Family.  We Are Robin sees hundreds of Gotham's teenagers adopt the image of Batman's sidekick, bringing their own form of vigilante justice to the streets.  With Lee Bermejo taking a stab at writing duties over art, this should make for a fun read.  Definitely one of the more interesting ideas coming from the Bat-Family with the DCYOU relaunch.
Material #2 - $3.50

Ales Kot is a favorite here at GeekRex, and is quickly becoming one of the most exciting creators in comics today.  Material, Kot's latest creator owned book, had a very heavy-handed first issue, covering a wide variety of characters and political topics which seem to be important to Kot at the moment.  Politics play a big role in Kot's writing, even on Secret Avengers, and Material seems to be a way for him to handle the wide variety of hard boiled politics affecting America today.  Police brutality, treatment of minorities, torture of prisoners...all those and more were present in the first issue, so expect those conflicts to be explored further in what will be a must read second issue.

Total Price: $19.97


Pick of the Week
Ant-Man, Vol. 1: Second Chance Man
Written by Nick Spencer, Art by Ramon Rosanas

You may not have heard this, but there's a movie coming out very soon about the superhero Ant-Man.  Crazy, right?  Even crazier?  Marvel started a new on-going series about that very character!  What a coincidence!  All joking aside, our graphic novel pick for this week is the first volume of Nick Spencer's relaunched Ant-Man series.  Taking inspiration from Hawkeye and She-Hulk before him, Spencer explores Scott Lang as the second incarnation of the shrinking hero, and how he balances his desire to spend time with his daughter and reconnect with his ex-wife with his very real need for a job which can coincide with his superheroics.  Ramon Rosanas' art also takes inspiration from those titles, making for a very laid back look.  It all combines for a comic that has a ton of humor, heart, and amazing characters.  It's easy to write off a comic like this, because, let's face it, who gives a damn about Ant-Man?  Take our word for it.  After you read this trade, you'll see why Ant-Man can be very cool in the right hands.

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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