This week, comic book fans are overwhelmed with numerous excellent choices to pick up at their local comic book shops this Wednesday. It wasn’t just difficult for myself and the team to narrow down the long list of releases to five choices a piece, but also choose the top comic of the bunch. After long deliberation, I went with Trillium #3, the newish Vertigo series from the brilliant mind of Jeff Lemire.
After her mind-altering encounter with William, the wounded soldier from 1921, Nika is flung back to the far future, where she must face the repercussions of her actions. But will she be able to make sense of what’s happening to her in time to stop Earthlab’s genocide of the indigenous alien tribe? And can she find her way back to William?
The first two issues knocked it out of the park with amazing writing and visuals, showing off why Lemire is considered one of the best creators out there right now. The love story across the ages is beautiful in so many ways, it’ll keep you lingering slowly on each page. There’s a good chance you’ll see this series on numerous “best of” lists when the year wraps up.
Find out other choices from the team below:
Top Pick: Trillium #3 (Vertigo) – See above as to why I think this is a top pick this week and a top series this year. Each issue so far has nailed it and exceeded already high expectations.
All New X-Men #17 (Marvel) – The last issue of the Battle of the Atom event was a bit of a shocker casting into doubt everything we’ve been told. The second half of this event should be one hell of a ride.
God is Dead #2 (Avatar Press) – The gods have returned and decided to carve up the world. Jonathan Hickman’s new series from Avatar blew me away with its first issue.
Mighty Avengers #2 (Marvel) – I thought it’d be gimmicky, but the first issue of this new series was a solid read. I wish it wasn’t part of an event, but this new Avengers team is a welcomed addition so far.
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #4 (Marvel) – Talk about a series that caught me off guard. The “Superior” line has been solid and along with the main Spider-Man title this is at the top of the group. Each issue has gotten me to laugh, a lot, and appreciate the villains of the Marvel U a bit more.
TPB/Graphic Novel of the Week: Thrud the Barbarian HC (Titan Books) – The classic comics are reprinted in this fantastic collection.
Top Pick: Lazarus #4 (Image Comics) – Issue #3 left us with a huge cliffhanger, and while I have no doubt that Forever has the wherewithal to survive, I’m really looking forward to seeing how she does it. Plus, its the conclusion of the first arc, so you just know some crazy stuff is going to go down.
Batman: Black and White #2 (DC Comics) – One of the best anthologies is back for #2, and I’m so excited. The short story is such a difficult format, but with such an impressive list of contributors, I’m sure this issue will be amazing.
Bushido #1 (Image Comics) – Feudal Japan, samurai, vampires. Even if it turns out to be a terrible book, the setting is just too much fun to pass up.
TPB/Graphic Novel of the Week: Batman: Odyssey (DC Comics) – So I’ve never read this story, but I’ve heard that it’s just absolutely ridiculous. Batman rides dinosaurs and kidnaps guys and monologues while shirtless. I think I’m going to have to pick this up just to enjoy the sheer insanity. You should too!