Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!
Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!
Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.
Top Pick: Avengers #2 (Marvel) – After the fantastic first issue, I am super excited for this one and many more from Aaron and company. Celestials falling to the Earth? That is how you set the tone for an epic series!
Curse Words #14 (Image) – I love this crazy book. Charles Soule balances action, comedy, and ridiculous things all in one comic so well. Talking Koalas and a Wizard fight!
Cable #157 (Marvel) – This book has been getting better and better. I have always loved Cable and it feels like it is really bringing back the classic stuff I love about the character and his best runs.
The Punisher #224 (Marvel) – Frank Castle returns to the States and now Captain Marvel is on his tail. I cannot wait for this showdown or whatever happens with this. It has been a great run so far!
Daredevil #602 (Marvel) – Mayor Fisk or Mayor Murdock? This has been a fantastic run and Soule has given us action and twists that I didn’t expect. I am excited to see how this continues.
Top Pick: Ninja-K #7 (Valiant) – There are some comics that I am genuinely so excited to read every month, and this is one of them. I can’t say enough good things about the writing, the art, the everything. There are two comics from Valiant out this week, and the only reason this is on top is because the coin landed on tails.
Bloodshot Salvation #9 (Valiant) – See above. Except for tails and second place.
Mighty Thor: Gates Of Valhalla #1 (Marvel) – I’ve been itching for more Thor after seeing Infinity War, and why not grab a new #1 issue?
Top Pick: Dodge City #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Dodge ball in comics! This series has been so much fun so far with great characters, great art… it’s a comic that just puts a smile on my face.
Barrier #3 (Image Comics/Panel Syndicate) – An absolutely amazing series first released digitally and now in print. Timely and brilliant, it’s a must get.
Fence #6 (BOOM! Studios) – Like Dodge City, this one focuses on a sport… fencing! Also has great characters and fantastic art. Another series that’s just fun.
Flavor #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Image that takes place in a magical world and revolves around cooking. Absolutely fantastic and a must get this week.
James Bond: The Body #5 (Dynamite Entertainment) – A different take on James Bond focusing on the grittier aspects of it all and a man just beat down.
Death of Love #4 (Image Comics) – Imagine if you will: a young man with a chainsaw can see the creatures that float around making people fall in love. What’s he gonna use that chainsaw for? Is it good? Is it evil? And what about these cupidae? What role does a mortal dude have in messing in the affairs of such ephemeral creatures? Issue #4 of DEATH OF LOVE promises to answer only some of these questions while leaving way more on the floor. If you missed this book in single issues, keep an eye out of the Trade this August.
Rat Queens #9 (Image Comics) – All girl warriors, all the time. That’s the promise of RAT QUEENS and for years now, not matter the battle, that is what they deliver. Part four of THE COLOSSAL MAGIC NOTHING has Reality Wizards and interdimensional wizards. If anyone can deal with all that crazy and still come out on top, it’s the Rat Queens. Probably.
Goosebumps: Download and Die #3 (IDW Publishing) – Not only has GOOSEBUMPS been updated to include digital spooks, it’s got an all-new, all-female creative team. Goosebumps works because it doesn’t try to be something it’s not. The plot is simple: defeat the monster, save the town. But, as with most GOOSEBUMPS tales, there are sure to be a few Bumps in the night along the way.
The Mighty Thor at the Gates of Valhalla #1 (Marvel) – Thor is such good fun in any format, and personally I love when his world expands beyond himself. GATES OF VALHALLA may have some heavy plot points (saving Jane/Thor’s life), but it keeps the lighthearted moments that draw me back to Asgard time and again. The Godesses of Thunder may be my new religious figures, and the meta-call to “the Golden age of Thor” is absolutely delightful.
Star Wars: Lost Stars Graphic Novel Vol #1 (Yen Press) – Did you read Claudia Gray’s books are among the most celebrated of the new Star Wars Canon. Her YA novel Lost Stars was a smash-hit, and now I can’t wait to see how it translates to a graphic novel. The source material has plenty to play with–action, romance, intrigue, Imperial Academy classes, brainwashing….the list goes on. If you’re not a big novel reader but love a good graphic tale, this might be the best way to dive into Gray’s work.