Dean’s Top Picks

AMERICAN VAMPIRE: THE LONG ROAD TO HELL #1

Best of the past week: Fashion Beast #10 – It was close between this and East of West #3, but in the end, it’s hard to turn down a comic that managed to weave 5-6 really compelling items into a standard-length comic.  I’m not quite sure I have all the pieces properly assembled, but I’m not sure this is a story you’re intended to 100% understand on the first reading.  If you didn’t catch this series in single issues and you like comics that make you think, make sure to catch the collected edition (or try that new digital thing…).

Most anticipated this week: Very light week on my pull list.  I DO have more than 5 titles, but don’t have much nice to say about anything below #3.

1). American Vampire: The Long Road to Hell #1 – Welcome back, old friend!  Even though Scott Snyder and Rafa Albuquerque were very clear that AV was only going on hiatus; even though they said it was only to allow Albuquerque to work ahead so they needed fewer guest artists; and even though they told us we’d have some one-shots (like this one) in the interim, it’s still really nice to actually see this issue.  It leaves a void when a great series like AV goes on vacation.

2). Batman #21 – This will be Scott Snyder’s third Batman epic.  The first two (Black Mirror and Court of Owls) are modern day classics.  Now he’s going to tell us some kinda Batman: Zero Year story over the next 11 issues.  Probability is very high that this will be special.

3). The Walking Dead #111 – Even though TWD really spun its wheels last issue, there’s always the potential for brutality around the corner.  More than any other title, TWD always has me compulsively checking my iPad to see if the new issues are available yet.

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Hugo’s Top Picks

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #9

Pick of the week: Dial H #13 – There were some seriously amazing comics this week: Winter Soldier #19, Daredevil: End of Days #8, East of West #3. However, none resonated as much as China Miéville strange story about a man with open-window powers trying to comfort a child from a chalk-based world that just lost his parents. It was touching, it was funny, it was conceptually awesome and it just showed that even the most ridiculous of characters can be treated with respect, making them automatically awesome. Open-Window Man is quickly becoming a favourite of mine and I’d be really sad to see him go after this title cancellation.

Most anticipated this week: 1) Thor: God of Thunder #9 – Three Thor, each wishing to fight against the god butcher as drawn by Esad Ribic. I have said so before, yet I have to say it once more: this is one of the best titles Marvel has currently and every issues cements that fact and I do believe this issue will be no different.

2) Manhattan Projects #12 – This title has been absolutely insane and I love it just for that. Clever ideas, interesting situations, original development and an artistic direction that I just love, it’s hard not to be excited about a new issue of this excellent series.

3) Suicide Squad #21 – The latest issue had been really good, giving us a new vibe and a much better presentation of its main cast. If issue 20 was an indicator, this series should see a sharp enhancement in quality and I really wish this issue would confirm it.

4) Six-Gun Gorilla #1 – A book about a gorilla carrying guns around in a dystopian future with a western vibe. This is a weird concept, yet it contains so many things I normally enjoy I cannot be apathetic toward it. I am honestly very curious toward this book and I sincerely hope I will enjoy it.

5) Guardians of the Galaxy #3 – This is it. The true test. It sounds a bit harsh, but after this issue, we’ll have seen the end of the first arc by Bendis and we’ll be able to see where he might want to lead this team. I have to be honest, I’m still a bit unsure about the direction and whether or not I’m excited about this title, as I just loved the Dan Abnett/Andy Lanning run that came before this one and Bendis is very, very different in tone. I seriously hope that Bendis can convince me here and give us something that is true to what these characters should be about: cosmic adventures.

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