It’s that time again, time for the Greatest Hits of the week in the world of comics! This week features a couple trades and a few singles, let’s get to it!
1. Dark Horse Presents #13 by about 64 people: I’ll be blatantly honest, I read this for Ghost by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Noto. Most of DHP doesn’t interest me, but Ghost sure as hell did. This portion of DHP is brilliant: sharp, witty dialogue, amazing art and a beautiful balance of the real world and the creepiness of the paranormal. To put it plainly, I don’t want to wait for the next round, I want it now…and the fact that the book is going to be an ongoing just makes it all that much better. This is a creative team with a hot hand and a unique take on an old favourite.
2. New Avengers #27 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato: I’m loving this Iron Fist storyline. This is what I like tie-ins to be…something that is a little off the beaten path of the main event. Something that brings a story that is different to the table. Something that has amazing art and fantastic pacing. This has been consistently the best tie-in book of the whole Avengers Vs. X-Men event and is definitely worth a look.
3. Avengers Vs. X-Men: Infinite #2 by Mark Waid and Carlos Barberi: And, once again, Infinite astounds me. Mark Waid’s story is solid in this one, going deeper into the mind of the newly Phoenix-ized Scott Summers, but, as with the other Infinite story, the real show stopper is the art. Barberi’s art is absolutely amazing in this digital tie-in and the fact that it is built in to the cost of AvX #6 is just awesome. I want more Infinite and I want it now….
4. Fear Itself HC by Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen: I recently picked up Fear Itself: Avengers so I went back and re-read the HC of the “main event” and realized just how much I enjoyed it. This book got a lot of flack for reasons I don’t fully understand because it was aces in my book. Immonen is probably my favourite artist in comics today and with the heavy Asgardian focus in this book, you could say it was written for me. I loved the epic scale of this book and the story and the fact that the “big three” Avengers were right front and center I really don’t have many complaints at all for this event. Great fun, great scope, fun event.
5. The Mighty Thor Volume 2 HC by Matt Fraction, Pasqual Ferry, Pepe Larraz, and Adam Kubert: Yeah, I like Thor. I had read a couple of these issues as singles but the collected edition was much more satisfying. Fraction is doing fantastic things with the world of Thor and these zany Asgardian hijinx are a riot. From the Nine Worlds, to the Surfer and Loki, this book is full of fun, action, and most of all, entertainment. I think any Thor fan would have to enjoy the first two volumes of The Mighty Thor.