Welcome to the weekly roundup of five of the best titles read by Comicosity staff from this past Wednesday! This week I am joined by Matt Santori-Griffith and Alison Berry to craft this top five of fantastic titles from May 1, 2013.
Beautiful. Absolutely Beautiful. Every page of this story is like stepping into an old Superman comic from the 1950s. Chris Samnee’s line work and simple character designs are perfect for making everything look iconic. I didn’t even realize how much I missed the old costume until I saw it popping off the page. I’m a big fan of his work in Daredevil over at Marvel, so Samnee was the big draw for me on this story. I love Superman, but I’ve never been a regular reader, beyond the “must-reads” like All-Star, Birthright, and the Moore stories. Jeff Parker’s story is equally elegant in its focus on the bare-bones elementals of what I consider the essence of Superman’s character: Superman helps people in need, and he helps EVERYONE. His greatest power is his empathy for others. He’s a Good Guy. If this is the caliber of story we’re going to get in each installment of this anthology, I’m 100% on board.
Wow, this issue propelled this book right back into my permanent read pile. From the cool headline structure Jimmy and Justin employed throughout to Luke’s characterization as full of bravado, the writing really knocked it out of the park. Finally, Batwing is as intriguing to me as Nightwing!
Lemire’s extremely well written run on Green Arrow continues with issue #20, wrapping up this bout with Komodo and moving us closer to learning about this mysterious island. This Oliver Queen is finally gritty and has some guts, as is definitely shown in this issue and I am happy to have a New 52 Green Arrow that I am enjoying reading. Sorrentino’s layouts are fresh and this book continues to have a feel unlike anything else I am reading in the New 52, and that uniqueness serves it well. I’ll definitely be back for more, and I have high hopes for the upcoming arc.
Valiant is doing this event deal right with Harbinger Wars. Issue #2 is just as strong, if not stronger, than the initial issue and is filled with explosive action and pulse pounding adventure. There are some pretty epic moments in this comic for Harbinger and Bloodshot fans, and based on the end of the issue it doesn’t look like this event is slowing down at all. Clayton Henry’s pencils are fantastic throughout the issue, with action scenes that explode off of the page. Some people complain about event fatigue in comics, but I don’t know how you ever could when an event is crafted this well.
This is an extremely special shout out to a FCBD release from Alterna Comics: Metaphase. The preview will be available at signings and on comiXology tomorrow, and you should get your hands on it as quickly as you can. Chip Reece is writing an intensely personal story that is so heartfelt it could bring you to tears, and Kelly Williams is bringing his words to life with great precision. Metaphase is the story of a superhero boy with Down Syndrome and is filled with more heart than anything else in comics. This is going to be a special original graphic novel, and get your hands on the preview while you can.