THE HONOR ROLL: July 1, 2015 Releases

Can comics soothe the savage heart? Can they cool the hot hot winds? Can they make us happy? Probably. I know for sure that we have great spoiler filled picks from great contributors so let’s get to it!

SECRET WARS #4 – Ken Godberson III

There’s an unnerving question I’ve had to ask myself with this book… is Doom the hero?

Regardless of the answer: if what Jonathan Hickman has done with Doom and the Fantastic Four these last few years is their last hurrah for a while, then it’s been a magnificent one.

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About Me: When he is not working at a library or on his Master’s Degree, Ken Godberson III is usually writing comics, prose and screenplays. He tends to be an expert on absolutely nothing except on why Impulse is the greatest superhero ever. He can be found on Twitter @kengodbersoniii or on Tumblr at http://kengodbersoniii.tumblr.com/.

SECRET WARS #4 – Tom Barnett

There were several larger and more action packed panels in Secret Wars this week. However, this panel, the final panel came across as downright chilling. God Doom has just dispatched two major characters and now you peer into his eyes for a brief moment. Chilling and menacing.

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About Me: I’m Tom. Slightly addicted to comics, Doctor Who, Star Wars and Star Trek. I also try to spend some time behind the lens of my camera. Love Bronze Age comics and the Black Hole movie from Disney. Follow me @tphoto10

SECRET WARS #4 – Tommy Zimmer

Secret Wars no. 4 by Hickman and Ribic. Best book of the week. But you know this.

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About Me: I’m Tommy. I love comics. Enjoy every sandwich. Follow me @VictorVonZoom

ACTION COMICS #42 – James Kaplan

This current run on Action Comics has been a great surprise for me. I knew that there would be a change in status quo, with Superman having lesser powers, and his identity as Clark Kent revealed to the world. However, I didn’t realize that those points would just be the starting point, and what a great job that Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder would do exploring with those changes really mean for both Superman and for the people around him. Superman isn’t powered like a God anymore, he can be hurt, he has limitations. He is aware of his own mortality, but at the same time he feels and seems more alive as a character than I’ve seen in a long time. He’s also a hero willing to go up against the police if he thinks they’re acting unjustly. This is a Superman that definitely interests me.

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About Me: James is a lawyer by day, and an avid reader of comics whenever he can.  He loves his family, friends, and getting all of them into comics. He writes longer comics reviews at panelpatter.com and is on Twitter @sinisterjhk. 

CHEW #50 – Kulbir Mann

There comes an issue in an arc that really cements why you love a book so much and at times it is when you least expect it, but sometimes it hits when you need it to. The end of this arc sees Toni fight The Collector, and it is not only the end of the arc but the end of 49 issues of story. It was done with intensity and passion with some fantastic action and splash pages. And all that was needed was the ingestion of a little bird called Poyo…..

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About Me: I Spend the day as a surgeon operating on people, spend the night as a blogger operating on comics! Check out my blog www.houseofflyingscalpels.com or follow me @kooliebear

SATELLITE SAM #15Pete Buser

Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin’s scuzzy look at the prepubescent television industry took off like lightning when it first debuted.  Since then it seems like the forgotten “hot” Image comic.  The previous issue was the big finale and this one wraps it all up nicely with a jolt that I did not expect.

This panel perfectly intertwines Fraction’s writing and Chaykin’s meticulous artwork to distill the essence of this great maxi-series.

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About Me: Pete Buser is an enigma wrapped in a variant cover. Follow his mystery @petebuser

ONYX #1 – Aaron Meyers

I mean, it seems unlikely I’ll ever get ROM back, so this seems like the next best thing.

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About Me: Aaron Meyers loves reading comics, collecting comics and talking about comics. He’s grateful to share his love of comics with all of his friends on the Internet. From Twitter at @aaronmeyers, to his new podcast, Comics Therapy with Andrea Shockling, it’s all about the love of comics. He also loves his family, especially his wife, Chrissy Meyers. And while you were taking the time to read this, Aaron went and bought all the best issues from your store’s dollar bin. You lose, Aaron wins. #AllTheComics

Thanks as always for reading and sharing the most honored comics of the week with us. Same time next week, stay tuned!

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