On the hot days of the year one thing will keep you cool. A big stack of comics. Or something. Regardless we have a great group of picks from our contributors full of wonderful spoilers. Let’s get to it!
HARROW COUNTY #2 – Tommy Zimmer
Harrow County has so many jaw dropping moments. This is one creepy book. Cullen Bunn/ Tyler Cook and Owen Gieni have me counting down to the third issue. Great stuff.
About Me: I’m Tommy. I love comics. Enjoy every sandwich. Follow me @VictorVonZoom
GOTHAM ACADEMY #7 – Ken Godberson III
This book needs more readers. It avoided a lot of the clichés that would’ve been expected and showed a real partnership between Maps and Damian that I wish was more than just a one-shot.
Still kinda ship it, tho.
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/.
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #9 – Kulbir Mann
It is not often that a comic does something like this. It ends with the world being destroyed but not with heroes necessarily trying to save the day, but every single person trying to save each other. The simple mantra that everyone can be a hero is engulfed in the Mighty Avenger membership card, and the man says it best, you and I were the mightiest of Avengers. The mighty in spirit and strong in heart. Just lovely.
STARVE #1 – Roderick Ruth
Quite an impressive debut from writer Brian Wood as he continues past the environmental, dystopian, social commentary of his last series, The Massive, and focuses on conglomerate media and the 1% in his latest series, Starve. This final panel gives us a resounding declaration of what we can expect in coming issues and artist Danijel Zezelj and Dave Stewart harmoniously present a poetically forbidding graphic that seizes your attention and forces you to “watch.”
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 every Wednesday at his comic shop, he can be found on Twitter @roderickruth.
STARVE #1 – James Kaplan
This was one of the strongest debut issues that I have read in a long time. Brian Wood has previously had success in telling stories that depict near-future dystopias and the media (DMZ), but in some ways this feels even more pointed and ambitious. In the story which takes place in the presumably not-too-distant future, we see the world through a celebrity chef that’s been living somewhere off the grid in Southeast Asia for the past several years. The food show he created has been embraced by the wealthiest of the wealthy as a symbol of their excess and their defiance of the collapse of the rest of the world around them. It’s a clever idea, and it’s executed masterfully here with sharp storytelling from Brian Wood and absolutely stunning, impressive art from Danijel Zezelj (with colors by the always excellent Dave Stewart). The art is gritty and moody and atmospheric and provides a perfect sense of the collapsed world that these characters live in. The story feels like Lazarus meets DMZ meets Chopped. It’s something you should be reading.
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.
ALL-STAR SECTION EIGHT #1 – Pete Buser
Garth Ennis and John McCrea may be referencing a twenty year old Batman story with this panel, but it’s perfect and hilarious when looked at in the light of Batman’s dark and depressing character arc over the last five years. Section Eight isn’t the superhero team we need, it’s the superhero team we deserve.
About Me: Pete Buser is an enigma wrapped in a variant cover. Follow his mystery @petebuser
INFERNO #2 – Cameron Williams
Inferno #2 is exactly why I’m loving Secret Wars. They’re characters I know, in stories that couldn’t be told any other way. Dennis Hopeless and Javier Garron bring back all the best X-Force characters from Hopeless’s recent X-Force run, but throw in tons of twists, with twists that could never have happened in the Marvel Universe. Instead, everything is fair game and these characters are being used to tell one of the best X-stories in recent years. Great art and a fun story, this is Marvel on top of its game.
About Me Cameron Williams is a profressional bio writer.
STRANGE SPORTS STORIES #4 – Aaron Meyers
Every issue of this had fun stories and great talent. I was really glad I picked it up.
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 withAndrea 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!