Weekly Honor Roll time! I read a lot more trades this week than I did single issues, partially because the might post-office fairy dropped off a huge parcel of trades for me, so, with that in mind, here we go!
1. Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse by Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos: This is, without a doubt, one of the best books of the year. I had the opportunity to read it in its entirety earlier in the year and absolutely loved it then. Now that I have a physical copy, I love it even more. Archaia really pulled off a great presentation package for this book, but the story is simply golden. This is a book that is safe to read to your kids, and you won’t be wanting to pull your eyes out after reading it for the fifth or sixth time because it is flat-out entertaining. This one should be on top 10 lists all over the place when the ‘best of 2012’ starts to fire up, grab a copy now as I believe they will be very scarce very soon.
2. Spider-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis & Sara Pichelli: Being a Miles Morales fan and really not wanting Peter to return in the Ultimate U, I was really apprehensive about where they were going with this one. While I still have no idea where it will end up, I found the first issue to be very enjoyable. Bendis writes a witty Peter Parker and Pichelli’s art is amazing in this issue. This #1 will definitely have me coming back for #2 as I think this could be a really fun series.
3. The Incredible Hulk #9 by Jason Aaron and Pasqual Ferry: What the Hell is Banner up to? I am very much enjoying Aaron’s take on Hulk and Banner being at odds with each other and the choice to tell the story from one half of the ‘team’ is brilliant. There is a ton of doubt in this book that is building toward what I hope is a crazy reveal and I have to say that Aaron is writing one of the most entertaining books in comics here. He’s added a lot more humour than was in the first arc, and the art is FINALLY up to par with his writing. Ferry gives this story a perfect set of pencils and the two sides of the comic book coin deliver a great book.
4. Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert: I know I’m a little late reading this one for the first time, but I just read it and quite enjoyed it. The ending was a little lacking for me and the art was at some points a little flaky, but overall I was drawn heavily into the book and every time a ‘known’ character was revealed, I laughed at how I’d been deceived. Rojhaz? C’mon…and Donal? Brilliant. I was fooled at every turn and loved the book for that reason.
5. 3 Story: Secret Files of the Giant Man by Matt Kindt: I have not read the original Giant Man material, but Kindt’s soft spoken, for lack of a better term, telling of these 3 stories floored me. The Giant Man is examined by outside eyes and Kindt’s dynamic, yet subtle, art is a perfect fit for the stories he tells in this one shot. Needless to say, I will be finding out more regarding this “Giant Man” in the near future. For people who are familiar with Kindt’s work, this is just another treat for the mind and eyes.