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: Detective Comics #967 (DC Comics) – The alternate Batman version of Tim hanging around is exciting. Seeing him as Batman is as shocking as it was interesting. I’ve heard fans get into it over the years on which Robin would be the best Batman, and Tim is always ignored. Is this a glimpse of the future or a fun what if?
The Flash #33 (DC Comics) – This is another Metal tie in, and everything that’s come out of this event so far has been fantastic. I trust that this will be no different.
Despicable Deadpool #288 (Marvel) – Classic Deadpool vs Cable continues in this fun chase through time as the merc with a mouth has Cable’s arm and with it, his A.I. technology. I can’t to see where this arc goes.
Batman: The Merciless #1 (DC Comics) – Another of the Dark Knights gets their own book and origin story. This time we get Tomasi on writing and the fantastic Manapul on art.
DC House of Horror #1 (DC Comics) – It’s that time of year, Halloween, and with it comes a big book of fright in the DC universe. This looks like it could be spooky fun.
Top Pick: Eternity #1 (Valiant) – Divinity is one of my favorite series, and judging from the first issue the sequel is going to be glorious. I’ve already read this, but I’m super excited to see the art without the watermarked review copy as we go into the cosmos once again.
Bloodshot Salvation #2 and X-O Manowar #8 (Valiant) – Two of Valiant’s best series are hitting shelves the same week and the’re not my top pick? This is one hell of a week! It’s no secret I love Valiant, so these picks should astonish none of you… but this week’s Valiant offerings have me super frigging excited.
Top Pick: Detective Comics #967 (DC Comics) – Tim Drake: Dark Batman of the Future. I cannot get enough of this story line. I remember when the “Future Titans” storyline ran in Teen Titans it was fantastic. To see the bright team turned so dark was awesome. I have always been a huge Tim Drake fan as he is the natural successor in Bruce’s detective skills. How refreshing Detective Comics featuring a top notch detective. Seeing our Tim Drake meet himself has been too cool. I am hoping we get a Tim as Batman mini – series out of the deal. This is an easy top pick for me.
Batman: The Merciless #1 (DC Comics) – So far these Metal tie ins have been great. I like the idea of Bruce and Diana as an item here and Bruce is treated to more pain by losing his love. The mash up of Batman/ Wonder Woman traits should be very entertaining. I expect another good read here from the Metal tie ins. Just move along to get me to the Man who Laughs! I think Tomasi and Manapul will rock the house here. It’s freaking Metal,man! Rock on!!
WWE #10 (BOOM Studios) – Being a die hard wrestling fan, this series is gold. The way the creative team jumps rope with the line between kayfabe and reality is so terrific. Right now we are in the middle of a story with the spotlight firmly on The Big Dog: Roman Reigns. It should be said that this comic makes me do something that WWE telelvision hasn’t done in a long time: Cheer for Roman. I can’t get enough of this series and I love all the variants as well. Great book. OOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!
Top Pick: Verax: The True History of Whistleblowers, Mass Surveillance, and Drone Warfare (Metropolitan Books) – Everything you need to know as to why this is at the top of my list is in the description. Pratap Chatterjee, journalist sleuth, dives deep into the world of electronic surveillance and introduces its cast of characters: developers, companies, users, government agencies, whistleblowers, journalists, and, in a leading role, the devices themselves. He explains the complex ways governments follow the movements and interactions of individuals and countries, whether by tracking the players of Angry Birds, deploying “Stingrays” that listen in on phone calls or “deep packet inspection” that mines email, or by weaponizing programs with names like Howlermonkey and Godsurge to attack the infrastructure of states such as Iran and remotely guide the U.S. missiles used in drone killings. He chronicles the complicity of corporations like Apple, Verizon, and Google, and the daring of the journalists and whistleblowers who made sure that the world would know.
Action Comics #990 (DC Comics) – “The Oz Effect” shouldn’t work, but it totally does as things devolve even more and the confrontation between father, son, and son happens. I have no idea where this is going but it feels like it’s building up to something big.
Gotham City Garage #2 (DC Comics) – DC characters reimagined as bikers fighting a fascist government in a dystopian world. What’s not to like?
First Strike #6 (IDW Publishing) – This comic is every battle I made up as a kid where my toys fought each other on the basement floor (with Cybertron as a replacement for my LEGO city).
Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #1 (IDW Publishing) – The classic kids books come to comics for a whole new generation and a generation that’s nostalgic to check them out again.