Why am I always the odd man out? Last week I wasn’t in the love party for Seven Soldiers #1 and this week I’m not again. Why, God, why?! Anyway…
Folks liked having the guest contributor, so look for more CWFW’s with pros telling you what they are looking forward to buying for that week. Got my sights set on one up-and-comig creator in particular…
Looks like DC has a potential hit on their hands with Superman Confidential #1 and Marvel is finally bringing back fan-favorite creator Alan Davis this week with Fantastic Four: The End #1. Image brings us two number one’s this week: Freshman Vol. 2 and Nightly News. And I think that Dark Horse has been doing a great job with Star Wars: Legacy which continues this week with #5.
You know something else that I think is great? Getting a year older. Ah, the joys of wisdom gained, of things learned, of hair falling out… Wait, nix that last one, but do wish Blog@Newsarama’s very Tom Bondurant a very Happy Birthday today, will ya? Maybe he’ll even stop by to tell us how old he really is, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. Speaking of the birthday boy, let’s see what he’s got to say about this week’s comics…
Tom Bondurant’s Pick Of The Week
Well, being in the third of the U.S. that didn’t receive it last week, I’m eager to see Seven Soldiers #1, but in terms of books that are new to everyone, I’m most curious about Superman Confidential #1. The last time DC tried an “Untold Tales Of Superman”-style anthology, those untold tales were sprinkled throughout Legends Of The DC Universe, and that title didn’t exactly set the sales charts ablaze. However, this attempt has Darwyn “New Frontier” Cooke, Tim “Mondays 9 PM NBC” Sale, the Royal Flush Gang, and Supes’ first encounter with Kryptonite, so it should be worthwhile.
Graeme McMillan’s Pick Of The Week
I’m with Tom (again) – It’s Superman Confidential #1 for me, and not just because I read Seven Soldiers last week and had my mind twisted by it. Darwyn Cooke’s writing always hits the right note between amused and excited by superheroes, and his retro style seems just right for an early Superman story. And Tim Sale art is never something to complain about.
John Parkin’s Pick Of The Week
My pick this week is Local #7…not only because the cover is a bit of a homage to Friday the 13th and it seemed like a good pick for Halloween week, but also because, well, Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly have yet to disappoint me with this series.
Lisa Fortuner’s Pick Of The Week
I’m most interested in Mystery in Space #3, I think I’m addicted to cosmic DCU right now. It’ll be interesting to see what they do for the halfway mark in 52, though.
Kevin Melrose’s Pick Of The Week
Criminal #2. I’m a big fan of crime stories — heists, particularly — so I’m eager to see where Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips go with this series. It’s obvious from Issue 1 that Brubaker knows the crime genre, and film noir, inside and out, and plans to exploit all the delightful tropes: the botched job, the alienated “hero,” the crooked cop, the dingy bar, the cigarette smoke, the attempt to get the gang back together. It’s all there. I’ve read a couple of complaints that we’ve seen that setup, and those elements, before. But that’s the point, I think: Brubaker’s exploring, and embracing, the standards of the genre.
Chris Hunter’s Pick Of The Week
Did you guys not see the solicits?? Garth Ennis and Chris Sprouse are starting a new series together! It’s called Midnighter #1!! You pass this over for another Superman book?? Dear God, when will it end…?!
Sigh. Oh well.
Is there anyone on the Midnighter train with me this week? Go check out what’s coming and let me know what’s at the top of your stack this week. You know where to comment…