THE HONOR ROLL: February 25, 2015 Releases

Cons. They are here, it’s that season. And yet…comics keep coming out! We have great spoiler filled picks for you to check out, so let’s get to it!

SPIDER-GWEN #1 – Corey Fryia

Spider-Gwen #1 arrived this past “Gwensday” with the hype train in full effect. While the issue delivered a highly entertaining read that all Spider-Man fans should enjoy, there was one piece of dialogue that deserves a hell of a lot of praise — “So you wanna break bad and Heisen-bird do you, Toomes?” Dammit Latour! You’re clever bastard.


About Me: Corey Fryia is an independent comic book creator. He loves creator-owned comics and has a very manly beard. In his home town he is known as the “Sex Panther”. You can follow him (and his manly beard) on Twitter @coreyfryia

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #8 – Ben Diederich


I’ve been a fan of this book from the beginning, but this is the issue that firmly placed it as next level. The risks taken with the experimental art styling in this issue worked perfectly for me. So much that I couldn’t pick a single panel, and had to use the title splash page to represent the entire issue.

About Me: I’m Ben, and I don’t really read comics. Hell, I have a podcast about not really reading comics: This entry was submitted woefully late and was added to this article because the EiC of this site is a benevolent overlord.

DAREDEVIL #13 – Tom Barnett

How do Chris Samnee and Matthew Wilson keep getting better with each issue? I love that the Owl is silhouetted by all of his monitors on Matt’s life. It takes just moment to realize he’s sitting there. And that moment is just enough to send a chill down your neck.


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


I loved Spider-Verse & was quite pleased with the epilogue. Hopefully we’ll see more of Otto down the line!


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 Instagram: Like_car_Keys Facebook: Scott Keys (Likecarkeys) Google+: Scott Keys Pinterest: LikecarKeys


Seriously folks, this series is a match made in heaven! James Asmus. Steve Lieber. It just doesn’t get much better than this. Great art. Nonstop laughs. The jokes are written well. The jokes are drawn well. I love it. Nuff said.


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.


When Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips get together to work on the project, you need to pay attention. One of their great collaborations is the “Criminal” series of interconnected stories. This standalone issue is about Teeg Lawless and his short-but-eventful stint in jail. A recurring theme in the story is Lawless’ continued abortive attempts to read the comic book “Cursed”, which is a Conan the Barbarian style adventure series. Brubaker and Phillips (with colors from Elizabeth Breitweiser) cut back-and-forth between the story within the “Cursed” comic book, and Lawless’ own story. Without beating the reader over the head with it (SEE, LAWLESS IS THE ONE…WHO IS CURSED!), the creative team shows us the parallels between the wandering barbarian, and Lawless, who’s clearly a guy with some issues. Phillips and Breitweiser do absolutely stunning, varied work in this issue, from their typically excellent noir style, to sword and sorcery, to a bad acid trip. It’s a great issue all around.


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 and is on Twitter @sinisterjhk. 

THE WICKED + THE DIVINIE #8 – Andrea Shockling

Plenty of gorgeous colors in this issue, including (of course) the numbered sequences at the party. But in terms of panels that really hit home, this relatively quiet moment between Laura and Baph is the one that made me want to hug both of them. Getting to know these characters outside of the glitz and the glam is a highlight of this rockstar series.


About Me: Andrea Shockling. One half of Comics Therapy. Find her on Twitter at @andreashock.

THOR ANNUAL #1 – Pete Buser

Ah, the comic annual.  The time when companies give readers a new creative team and a story that isn’t tied into the ongoing series…  Annually.  Or sometimes not so much.

But I am glad to see it when the talent involved is of the highest quality.  I can’t say that I know much about CM Punk besides that he’s a professional wrestler, but he tells quite the funny tale of Thor having a drinking contest with Mephisto.

I’m always delighted to see Rob Guillory’s artwork outside of his main gig, Chew.  It works perfectly with the humorous story being told.  If only more comics could get the tone of the story and art to meld as good as these two.


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

THOR ANNUAL #1 – Kulbir Mann

This wasn’t the best book this week but it was good, and it was good because of who created the final story. It wasn’t just because it was CM Punk, the wrestler who wrote it, but it was a chance for Rob Guillory to shine. The story was well written, quaint and quite amusing, more than I really expected but the art was certainly comedic to match. I know its not the best subject material but Thor vomiting was the funniest thing I read this week!


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


I love McKeever. I wish more people did. A damn fine work.


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!