THE HONOR ROLL: July 16, 2014 Releases

The week before SDCC and the comic’s world is going nuts! So many great books out this week, so many great spoiler filled picks from our great contributors. Let’s get to it!

ROBIN RISES: OMEGA #1 – Scott Keys

So, I had to go with another Bat-book for Honor Roll, this week being Robin Rises: Omega #1.  It was a great reacap of Batman’s journey thus far, from Damian’s beginning to his end.  What I loved most about it was the underlying tale of a father that didn’t want to let his son go.  As a dad, that’s what I took most out of this story. Sure, it has plenty of action, too, but that father-son bond was what made me choose Robin Rises: Omega #1!


About Me: Scott Keys is a father, Butler University grad, pharmacist, and full-time comic nerd. You can follow his adventures around the spinner-rack and his Incoherent Comic Book Ramblings on: Twitter: @Like_car_Keys / Tumblr: / Facebook: Scott Keys (Likecarkeys) / Google+: Scott Keys

SILVER SURFER #4 – Tom Barnett

Dan Slott and the Allreds have made Silver Surfer into a must buy. Come on, did you ever in your wildest nerd dreams ever think you would see this! Love it!


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

SECONDS – Pete Buser

I’ve always played fast and loose with the rules and Seconds, by Bryan Lee O’Malley, gives me the perfect opportunity to bring a graphic novel to the Honor Roll instead of a single issue since it was released this week. O’Malley has grown since Scott Pilgrim and so have his characters in this new work.  That said, this panel involving our protagonist, Katie, was just too good to pass up.  I know I’ve been in this exact situation.   Now go read this book!


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

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #2 – Hansel Moreno

The Wicked and The Divine feels like a spiritual successor to both Phonogram and Young avengers. This is a credit to Jamie McKelvie, Kieron Gillen and Matthew Wilson, whose strong story telling techniques shine through in all of their collaborations.In this scene a bratty teenager is turned into a bratty god. It goes on for two and a half pages and it is gorgeous. I can’t wait for more of this book!


About Me: Hansel reads dozens of comics when not providing technical support. He is sorry to fall into the stereotype and makes up for it by jogging constantly and sewing when he has the chance. Read short reviews on his local comic book store web site, and follow him on twitter @hanselthelost

MS. MARVEL #6 – Jessica Boyd

From the very first issue I have gone on about how Ms. Marvel is Peter Parker for a new generation. That trend continues as she drives seasoned and established heroes bonkers with her innocently and well-intended comments. Instead of trying to stay in control and act like an adult to impress Wolverine she thoroughly geeks out upon meeting him. Does she regret it though or chastise herself? No! Instead of having a Parker meltdown about it she is fully comfortable with who she is. that is perhaps the best message that this book provokes to younger readers picking it up: be comfortable and unapologetic about being you.


About Me: Mother. Comic reader. Jessica is a journalist turned teacher who spends her free time catching running noses and cleaning up messes. Main message: yes, even mothers read comics. @Charmingred on twitter.

ORIGINAL SIN #6 – Roderick Ruth

I’ll be damned if not EVERY SINGLE PANEL in this issue wasn’t drop dead gorgeous and immaculately conceived, but this particular panel captured the cold and scary omnipresent appearance of Uatu that just sent shivers down my spine! Artist Mike Deodata and colorist Frank Martin are absolutely sublime in their performance. I’m in awe of their abilities.


About Me: Roderick is an avid comic reader and collector, with a particular fondness for funny books and nerd nostalgia from the “Dark Ages of Comics” (also known as the late 80′s and 90′s). When he’s not diving in $1 long boxes trying to recapture his youth or working out his biceps from lifting his massive pull list everyWednesday at his comic shop, he can be found on Twitter @roderickruth.

THE AUTEUR #5 – Tommy Zimmer

Every single panel of The Auteur was poor psychedelic, irreverent, existential brilliance. Rick Spears and James Callahan is doing the lords work here friends. Number 5 wraps up the first arc. ( ? ) I hope there is more. Plus a #Doop cameo.  Best series of the year.


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


Everyone comic fan who experienced a con knows how crazy, exciting, and frustrating it could be. In this issue we have Harley Quinn experiencing San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest comic-con ever. Her experience is insane and so much fun, she even pokes fun at Dan Didio.


About Me: Miles Espinoza is a normal civilian by day, Vigilante by night. He can be found on twitter @xXxKnightFlamexXx.

AVENGERS WORLD #9 – Kulbir Mann

Nick Spencer has been a long time favourite writer of mine and I was so pleased he was allowed to take a different tone with this issue. I guess you kinda have to because Cannonball and Sunspot are the lighter heart of the Avengers. Their brief from Maria Hill was my favourite scene because it referenced a nostalgic look at one of the best films ever made, Back to the Future! It not only reflects the childishness of humour of our heroes, but also Nick Spencer, and in turn the readers themselves. Brilliant.


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 or follow me @kooliebear

CAPTAIN DINOSAUR #1 – Aaron Meyers

These books are so insane, vibrant and wonderful I can’t get enough. So much fun.


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!