THE HONOR ROLL: February 8, 2013

Happy Friday and welcome to The Honor Roll. This week’s top five are a somewhat mixed bag, with extremely high quality linking all these five titles together. We have the continuation of some strong series, a one-shot that I didn’t expect, and a resurgence to glory for a title that had lost its way for quite awhile. With that, I bring you my top five books of the past week….

STK523499GREEN ARROW #17
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Andrea Sorrentino
Publisher: DC Comics

This is how you do Green Arrow. I’ve been one of the many wanting a strong Green Arrow book since the beginning of the New 52 and make no mistake, folks, it has arrived. Lemire turns the title on it’s ear, and with Sorrentino they deliver a heavily stylized mystery book that has more depth to it than I’ve read in 18 months. Lemire and Sorrentino are taking Green Arrow back to the basics of his character and exploring a new origin for Ollie that is priming to be a fantastic mystery. The hype was huge for this book, and it lived up to it with every single page. Fantastic script, solid, unique art, great comic book.

NEW AVENGERS #3
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Steve Epting
Publisher: Marvel Comics

This is the epic book of the Marvel Universe right here. This comic is going to be the driving force of events that impact the entire Marvel Universe, and Jonathan Hickman is doing a fantastic job relaying the gravity of what the Illuminati are dealing with. These are the most arrogant and powerful men on the planet, forcing themselves to work together to keep the planet in tact. It really doesn’t get any bigger than this, and Steve Epting’s pencils take it to a whole other level of awesome. Marvel fans, this is a book to keep your eye on because the events that occur within the pages of issue #3 will have some wild ramifications throughout a lot of different titles.

HELLBOY IN HELL #3
Written by Mike Mignola
Art by Mike Mignola
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

I have no idea what the hell is happening in this comic and I love every second of it. Mignola is doing a fantastic job with this series of really twisting the minds of readers and dragging us through the confusion that Hell really is. Is that really happening? Is that who I think that is? What the hell was that? BOOM! Huge Mignola panel that boggles my mind! That is pretty much the stream of consciousness that occurred in my brain while reading issue #3 and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into #4.

Avengers-Assemble-Annual-1-coverAVENGERS ASSEMBLE ANNUAL #1
Written by Christos Gage
Art by Tomm Coker
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Vision fans, here is the comic book you have been waiting for since his return. The android has never been a simple character, and that is why fans have loved him over the years. This comic is a great examination of where he stands emotionally, his struggles with emotion, and how Vision is going to move forward from the events of the past. Tomm Coker provides some fantastic art to a well paced and thought out script from Christos Gage. One-shots have tended to leave me feeling unsatisfied in the past, but this one was a perfect done-in-one story that needed to be told. Based on this comic I’m not sure where I’ll be able to find more Vision in the near future, but I’ll be on the lookout and a lot more interested when I find him.

SHADOWMAN #4
Written by Justin Jordan, Patrick Zircher
Art by Patrick Zircher
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment

Month after month this comic continues to impress me. I’ve enjoyed the Valiant titles over the past 9 months, but what drew me to Shadowman was Patrick Zircher and he has kept me here ever since. Zircher’s art on Shadowman is fantastic, he is an extremely strong storyteller, and the fact that he is co-writing gives the book a cohesiveness between words and art that is fluid and seamless. Jordan and Zircher are creating a really interesting horror/fantasy/adventure story here with a character I know nothing about but desperately want to know more. This is a really solid superhero book and one of the best on the shelves month after month.

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