The Busier One


Interesting week, but it seems like everybody already knows what the picks of the week are. Also, another thing that worries me is that most of the picks are based just on cover art. Have we all given up on the actual content? Did you check Marvel’s October Previews? There’s no end to the pain, is there? Hope they have something big planned for SDCC. Donny Cates on Dr Strange sounds good, at least.

My pull list this week: ALIENS DEAD ORBIT #3 (looks beautiful, haven’t read a single issue yet), BATMAN 66 MEETS THE LEGION OF SUPER HEROES (this is the kind of project that gives me some hope for DC), MOONSTRUCK #1 (why not?), PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2 (if Zdarsky cannot make me interested in Spider-Man then no one can), SPENCER AND LOCKE #4 (it’s been kinda fun), SUPER SONS #6 (love their dynamic, but I can’t remember much of the previous issues) and WILD STORM #6 (probably my last issue).

With that out of the way, let’s try something a bit different format-wise …

It’s all about the B covers with DC these days … Middleton gives us another knockout (Because you demanded it, Dolphin is back!), Sienkiewicz gives us a beautiful portrait of the big three, and then we have the crazy project of the week: Batman ’66 / LoSH … No idea how this happened, but more of this, please. Comic industry, let Allred do a freestyle monthly one-shot. Please!!!

Marvel, on the other hand, seems to be happy enough putting out a few awesome covers every week. I had to mention Jim Lee’s cover because if I didn’t it would look as if I have a problem with Marvel re-using art for covers (I do, but I really like some of the vintage t-shirt variants in the October solicitations, so what can I do?). Happy to see Artgerm to get more high-profile cover work (if you haven’t seen his Supergirl #12 cover, google it, it’s awesome). Don’t really know what’s going on with Gambit’s face, though. The America #5 and Luke Cage #3 variants are pretty nice.

Of course, it’s not just Marvel that’s poisoning the market with ratio variants. Seems like everybody wants a piece of that pie. I really don’t understand how Valiant’s 1:50’s do so well in the aftermarket while sales of their titles are below 10K, but the fact is that they do and, if Valiant blows up, these will reach some crazy prices. Lucio Parrillo still doesn’t wow me, but people have started paying a lot of attention to him because of this cover run. Moonstruck (or Image goes Boom!) sounds interesting … I’ve only read a couple of Lumberjanes but I thought I would give this a try.

Outside of (proportionally) high-ratio variants we find these 3 comics. Archie #22’s big selling point is that someone dies, which would sound really stupid if it weren’t Mark Waid doing the writing. I would assume it will go relatively hot for a few days. We remain in the field of American drama as a time-travelling President Lincoln tries to end Trump’s alt-reality (Antarctic Press … we couldn’t make you up if you didn’t exist). And as the Duck Tales‘ new TV show gets closer, it’s time to start cashing in with some comics. Designs look awesome, really like how playful Disney is getting with their characters. Not playful enough to let Kricfalusi do something with them probably, but now I can’t stop thinking about it.

The most bizarre thing coming out this week is the Image 25th anniversary crazy variant box … I almost ordered it, but kinda happy I didn’t, what I’ve seen so far has been pretty underwhelming. Did you get one? What was inside? Let us know below!!!

New format doesn’t mean we’re going to forget about the swipes and this is the best one this week. Terry Dodson doing Dave Stevens makes a lot of sense and it looks just perfect. Nice job, Mr Dodson!!!

That’s it for this week. What would you buy? There can be only one!

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