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Comic Picks of the Week

Every week is a great week for comics, but I’m especially excited about the release of Tomb Raider this week!

Writer: Gail Simone  Artist: Nicolas Daniel Selma, Juan Gedeon  Cover Artist: Daniel Dos Santos

Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Nicolas Daniel Selma, Juan Gedeon
Cover Artist: Daniel Dos Santos

With Gail Simone writing this legendary heroine, I honestly can’t see how anything could go wrong. For once I am confident that Lara Croft is in good hands.

The second pick of this week, is a book about a lady who could hold her own against Lara – Lois Lane!

Writer:  Marguerite Bennett Artist: Dan Jurgens & Various

Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Dan Jurgens & Various

The one-shot, Superman Lois Lane #1, comes out tomorrow from the mind of Marguerite Bennett. If you’re unfamiliar with Lois Lane through the years, DC Women Kicking Ass did a great history of the character here and an interview with Marguerite Bennet about the issue here. As someone who rarely (never) reads DC, Lois and Bennet are enough to draw me back in.

The leading ladies of Rat Queens are back this week in #5, with a party even larger than the troll they must defeat.

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe  Artist:  Roc Upchurch

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Roc Upchurch

The final battle approaches – and afterwards? A giant party. Will the party be less destructive than the battle? You’ll have to read to find out.

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis  Artist: Sara Pichelli  Cover Artist:  Mike Deodato

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Sara Pichelli
Cover Artist: Mike Deodato

Gamora and Jean Gray are tearing it up on the cover of Guardians of the Galaxy #12. This issue teases a return of an old ally, and the more the merrier with this group of weirdos.

Writer: Scott Snyder  Artist: Sean Murphy  Cover Artist: Andrew Robinson

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Sean Murphy
Cover Artist: Andrew Robinson

This week also heralds the return of Wake, with issue 6. The story jumps 200 years into the very wet future, with the mysterious Leeward at the forefront. This comic absolutely blew me away last year – definitely in my top 10. This is a great jumping on point for newbies, and a long-awaited issue for fans like me.

Writer: Jeremy Whitley  Artist: M Goodwin  Cover Artist:  M Goodwin, John Williams

Writer: Jeremy Whitley
Artist: M Goodwin
Cover Artist: M Goodwin, John Williams

Wednesday heralds the last issue of the Princeless Encore edition, and something you desperately need to read. Action Lab has promised us more of Princeless in the upcoming year, and I just can’t praise this title enough.

Okay, so if you’re tired of looking at women on the covers of your comics, here’s some issues with a few dudes.

Writer: Erik Burnham  Artist: Dan Schoening  Cover Artist:  Dan Schoening, Roberto Goiriz

Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist: Dan Schoening
Cover Artist: Dan Schoening, Roberto Goiriz

Ghostbusters #13 begins the “Mass Hysteria” storyline that heralds the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters. Though the real world lost a ghostbuster this week (R.I.P. Harold Ramis), the fictional version continues.  Fill the Egon sized hole in your heart with this issue, and eat a twinkie while you’re at it.

Writer: Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman Artist: Ross Campbell  Cover Artist: Kevin Eastman, Ross Campbell

Writer: Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman
Artist: Ross Campbell
Cover Artist: Kevin Eastman, Ross Campbell

If you’ve been down a toy aisle recently, you’ll know that there’s a lot of TMNT fans out there. Despite my love for the property, I didn’t start reading this series until #29 – when Ross Campbell started drawing the turtles. Campbell makes me want to scoop all the turtles up and give them a hug, which goes along appropriately with the current story arc. #29 was a great jumping on point for new people, and this issue is worth it just for Campbell’s art.

Writer: Rick Remender  Artist: Wesley Craig

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Wesley Craig

I had decided not to read this title because of all the hype. I begrudgingly picked it up last week at my LCS because it was a light week and I needed some reading material. It’s so stupidly great. The colors of this title are just amazing, and adding Remender’s writing on top of that makes this title deserving of the hype.

That’s it for this week! Let me know if you think I missed something great in the comments.

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One comment on “Comic Picks of the Week

  1. belleryphon15
    February 25, 2014

    Two of these are on my pull list. I’ll go in chronological order:

    “Lois Lane” has me nervous. I am going to buy it, but I am nervous. Marguerite Bennett has a rocky track record. “Batman Annual #2” was decent, but considering that she shared billing on it with Scott Snyder and failed to measure up, eyebrows were raised. Her “Batgirl #25” during the flashback month of DC’s Zero Year November paled in comparison with regular series writer Gail Simone’s incredible work on the series. Her new version of “Lobo” is ridiculous. Without hyperbole, one of the top five worst things to come out of the New 52. THAT is saying something. I read her Joker’s Daughter one-shot and I don’t care for the character so it’s hard to say whether she wrote it well or not. The fact of the matter is, Lois Lane is HUGE!!! She is as monolithic in comic lore as Superman, whose title she was created in as a supporting character. There are almost no other examples of someone that has gained that much gravitas and substance in a non-lead role. Bennett is new to comics and her style is probably still developing. Not her fault. However, the responsibilities she has been saddled with out of the starting gate have not warranted further ones based on her talent or her past work. I wish they could have gotten someone with an established voice to do this one: Simone, DeConnick, Nocenti, or best of all LOUISE SIMONSON!!! Firstly, she KNOWS Superman. I saw an interview where she broke down crying talking about the Death of Superman event in the 90’s. The emotional investment is there. Secondly and most importantly, if you have ever seen interviews with her, she is the unofficial president of the Lois Lane fan club. Talent, experience, emotional investment, definitive knowledge. Sold! We’ll see how Bennett does . . .

    There is no question about “Wake #6”. “Wake” is phenomenal and reasserts how incredibly method and nuanced Scott Snyder is as a writer. I hated (and still do) Vampire fiction, but he made vampires cool in an intelligent, non-teenybopper way. Somehow . . . he’s made mermaids cool! What?! Also, speaking of “American Vampire,” the first time I saw Sean Murphy’s art was in the AV miniseries “Survival of the Fittest” which he worked on with Snyder. Seeing them together again on such a strong series is amazing. I’m super geeked by the second half of this series.

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