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I typically like to start these picks out with new titles, but I’m changing it up this week because, well, LYING CAT!

Brian K. Vaughn Fiona Staples

Saga #18
Brian K. Vaughn
Fiona Staples

Lying Cat is my favorite – and I’ll probably by this cover in a print, in addition to this print of Saga #4. Lying Cat aside, last issue of Saga featured copious amounts of action, and I can’t wait to see what follows in this issue.

No, back to our regularly schedule programming: #1 issues!

Writer: Zack Whedon  Art: Georges Jeanty, Karl Story  Cover Art: Laura Martin, Daniel Dos Santos

Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #1
Writer: Zack Whedon
Art: Georges Jeanty, Karl Story
Cover Art: Laura Martin, Daniel Dos Santos

As much as it hurts to admit, Serenity: Leaves On the Wind is the closest thing Firefly fans will get to a return of the show. This narrative takes place after the events of the movie Serenity, tying up loose ends and hopefully giving everyone the Mal/Inara story we’ve been clamoring for. I’m going to bawl if this turns out badly. 

Writer: Bryan J. L. Glass Artist: Victor Santos

Furious #1
Writer: Bryan J. L. Glass
Artist: Victor Santos

Furious is a miniseries by Bryan J. L. Glass about a woman who seeks to atone for past sins with newly found powers, but fame and media threaten to throw her off course. The amount of rage and blood on the cover slightly bothers me – owing to Gail Simone’s question about killer supes, but I’m willing to try out the first issue. Glass does a great job explaining the premise in this article, and hey, gotta support female driven books!

Writer: Erik Burnham  Artist: Dan Schoening Cover Artists: Dan Schoening, Ricardo Sanchez Arreola

Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist: Dan Schoening
Cover Artists: Dan Schoening, Ricardo Sanchez Arreola

The last few issues of Ghosbusters have been holiday themed, and this issue promises to be a bridge between the holidays and the upcoming “Mass Hysteria” story arc coming out in February.

Schoening’s art has always been the perfect match to the tone of the Ghostbusters, and I’m excited to continue to see the ladies of Ghosbusters continuing to be incorporated into story lines and covers. The reboot lost a little bit of its momentum for me in issues 6-9, and I’m hoping that this issue will see the story gaining more momentum!

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis  Artist: Sara Pichelli

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Sara Pichelli

This is a bit of a light week for me, which is rounded out by Guardians of the Galaxy #11. The “Trial of Jean Grey” story arc started with the All New X-Men #22 that hit shelves last week, continuing with GotG this week. I really enjoyed All New X-Men #22, and the cross-over seems promising. Plus – Bendis promises to finally explain to us just what Groot means when he says “I am Groot”.

Since there are so few single issues on the list this week, here are some trades from that last week that you should check out.

Stuff Of Legend HC 2

Writers: Mike Raicht, Brian Smith
Penciler: Charles Paul Wilson III
Colorists: Michael DeVito, Jon Conkling

As a New York Times best-seller, The Stuff of Legends is a book that should be on everyone’s radar. The story follows a group of toys that follow their child after he is abducted by the Bogeman. This omnibus collects The Stuff of Legends books 3 and 4 as the toys have to decide whether to admit defeat, or continue towards their goals in the gloomy world of the dark.

While the book sounds childish in the vein of Toy Story, it is anything but. In the dark world the toys become large and fierce; fighting in a real so dark no child would imagine it. The omnibus is a must buy, with additional artwork that will truly enrich your experience.

Writer: Steve Horton Artist: Michael Dialynas

Writer: Steve Horton
Artist: Michael Dialynas

Amala’s Blade: Spirits of Naamaron collects issues 0-4 of Steve Horton’s miniseries. The series follows Amala, as she assassinates her way through life, inadvertently putting herself in a position to make truce or break it between Purifiers and Modifiers in Naamaron. You can read why Amala’s Blade was one of my favorite lady-led comics of 2013 here, but to sum it up this book is swashbuckling fun featuring pirates, dragons, and ghost monkeys. With an additional never before printed story, and extra art the trade is definitely worth picking up.

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