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Comic Picks of the Week!

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time to make our comic picks of the week! So let’s start off with a couple of first issues.

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ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #1
Writers: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini
Art: Wendy Pini

So, I had never heard of Elf Quest before I started shopping at WeLoveFine. The title has a small, hardcore fanbase has spurred me to check out this issue, which should hopefully be an easy jumping on point for newcomers. There are scantily clad elves (men and women), wolves, and an evil bad guy – what more could you really want? Read the preview here for more info.

Writer: Mike Carey  Artist: Peter Gross  Cover Artist: Yuko Shimizu

The Unwritten Vol 2 Apocalypse #1
Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Peter Gross
Cover Artist: Yuko Shimizu

The Unwritten is one of Vertigo’s constant, albeit under appreciated, books. This should be an obvious buy for someone wanting to jump into The Unwritten, a book about magic, literary tropes, and Tommy Taylor. The new story arc follows Tommy as he is lost in the unwritten scenes of all the world’s stories. Jump into his journey!

Story by: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Alyssa Milano Art by: Marcus To Colors: Ian Herring

Story by: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Alyssa Milano
Art by: Marcus To
Colors: Ian Herring

From Boom and Archaia, Hactivist #1 is a comic that Alyssa Milano came up with while wondering about the hacker group Anonymous.I’m sometimes hesitant about picking up comics written by celebrities, but Max Bemis’s Polarity is giving me the strength to pick this one up. Read the preview here.

While they’re not technically first issues, Marvel’s “All New Marvel Now” has several issues launching this week.

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Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Stuart Immonen

The All New X-Men #22.NOW is out this week, beginning “The Trial of Jean Grey” cross-over event between the All New X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy. I haven’t been reading this X-Men book, but after the “Battle of the Atom” cross-over, I’m trusting that Bendis won’t let us down.

Hawkeye16

Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Annie Wu
Cover Artist: David Aja

While I’m hoping that “The Trial of Jean Grey” will be worth my time, I know that Hawkeye #16 is. While some of the hype has died down after people just got tired of saying how awesome Hawkeye is, it’s still all true. Hawkeye is awesome, and the adventures of Lady Hawkguy (Kate Bishop) are definitely worth following.

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Writer: Nathan Edmondson
Artist: Phil Noto

Hawkeye has changed the way that many people are looking at solo titles, and Black Widow is benefiting from this new more personalized perspective. Phil Noto and Nathan Edmondson did a great job setting up Black Widow #1 and this will be the first book out of my pile that I read tomorrow. I have no idea what’s in store, but I can’t wait to find out.

HarleyQuinn2

Writers: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Chad Hardin
Cover Artist: Amanda Conner

The lone DC book on the list this week is Harley Quinn #2. Look at this cover. It is simultaneously the cutest and most disturbing image I have seen today, so huge props to Amanda Connor for that. Poison Ivy is joining her bestie Harls in this issue, promising lots of fun. Hopefully this series can replace the missing hole in my heart left by Gotham City Sirens.

Pretty Deadly 4

Script: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art and Cover: Emma Rios
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Clayton Cowles

When I read Pretty Deadly, I am wrapped into a beautiful, confusing, violent tornado until I close the last page of the comic. At that point, I sit in my chair wistfully, trying to catch hold of the deeper meaning as if reading the entire issue has just been a dream. Death has never looked so beautiful, and his daughter never so fierce. If you’re not reading this book, you are missing out on a completely otherworldly experience, and I just feel sorry for you.

Princeless Encore Edition #3

Writer: Jeremy Whitley
Artist: M. Goodwin

Princeless #3 was nominated for the Eisner Best Single Issue aware, with good reason. Adrienne’s quest to find the perfect armor is a humorous commentary on how female armour sucks, while also just being hilarious. Will she ever be able to find reasonable armor?

TheMidasFlesh2

Writer: Ryan North
Artists: Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
Cover Art: John Keogh

Midas Flesh #2 is the last of this weeks picks. Midas Flesh #1 was full of the bro-tastic story of King Midas, and issue two promises to elaborate more on the future team – girl, boy, and dinosaur – as they investigate planet earth and hopefully find a cure for the golden planet. The tone of Midas Flesh is a weird combination of Dinosaur Comics and Adventure time, making it a great all-ages book.

That’s all for today kids! What are your comic picks of the week?

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4 comments on “Comic Picks of the Week!

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  2. Megan Boles
    January 23, 2014

    I would not try and start with The Final Quest if you want to get into ElfQuest! So much has happened and they make reference to the past so many times, you’ll be thoroughly lost! I would start from the very beginning and read all of The Grand Quest and The Hidden Years, as well as the two stand-alone comics from a couple of years ago, if you want to appreciate everything that happens. It really shouldn’t take more than a couple of days; you can buy The Grand Quest in a 12 volume set and go through each in about two hours. Good luck and I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Pingback: First Encounters – Elf Quest: The Final Quest #1 | We Are Comic Reviewers

  4. comicreviewers
    January 23, 2014

    After reading Elfquest: The Final Quest #1, I’m definitely going to have to scrounge up that set!

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