We all want the best of the best, so let us point out the hottest comics and collectibles released each week. We spotlight our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent, new books that look cool, and any toys and games we can’t wait to play with.
Check out our picks, then take to the comments to let us know what looks good to you!
By Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie | Image Comics
The Wicked + The Divine’s unique and impressive first arc has wrapped, and now we’re ready for the second. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have taken their concept of gods as celebrities and done more with it than we could have ever imagined — it’s hard to believe they’re just getting started. Make sure to check this one out, even if it’s only to take in McKelvie’s art, which is by far some of the best on the stands today.
By Kelly Sue DeConnick Various Artists | Marvel Comics
This is the big 100th issue anniversary special for Captain Marvel. Marvel Comics is counting every issue of Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel from the past 50 or so years to get that number, but hey, we’re not complaining. Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick has always done an amazing job utilizing Carol Danver’s superhero history to tell some hard-hitting and empowering stories, so we have little doubt that she will pull out all the stops in this oversized anniversary issue.
By Brian Michael Bendis David Marquez | Marvel Comics
Miles Morales is pretty much the sole reason Marvel’s Ultimate Universe still exists, and boy are we glad it does. This comic is where Brian Michael Bendis gets to cut loose and tell a focused, more impactful Spider-Man story than he would be able to anywhere else. And with David Marquez turning in artwork that somehow manages to look more and more eye-popping with each issue, it’s a treat to behold.
This issue teases “A MIND-BLOWING TURN OF EVENTS! THIS IS BIG!” — but if you’ve been reading this comic, then you already know that seems to happen every other issue already. It’s been a long time coming, so we’re ready to learn the secrets surrounding Miles’ father’s past.
By Ash Maczko Ashley Witter | Devil’s Due Entertainment
Squirrels + warriors = Squarriors. Yup, this is an actual comic. Sometimes when looking at each week’s releases something truly special pops out that you just have to check out. This week, it’s Squarriors #1, the first in a four-part mini-series. This could easily be a cutesy story about fighting cartoon animals, but one look at the cover tells you that this comic is playing it straight. The meek have inherited the earth, and even though they’re a bunch of small woodland animals, that’s not stopping them from engaging in armed, bloody combat to see who reigns supreme.
Yes, the 5 dollar price point is a bit off-putting, but in all honesty, that’s worth finding out if Squarriors is as hardcore as it sounds.
By Neil Gaiman J. H. Williams III | Vertigo (DC Comics)
This is the rare comic where the final product is so breathtaking that we totally don’t mind the delays. Seriously guys, take your time. Every issue has been well worth the wait. Neil Gaiman is telling a story that takes your mind and turns it inside out, doing that magical thing he does so well. And thanks to J. H. Williams III putting out some of the most experimental and gorgeous artwork of his career, it’s a true vision to behold.
By Mike Johnson, Kate Perkins Emanuela Lupacchino | DC Comics
Supergirl’s new creative team is sending her to school. A place called the “Crucible Academy” can’t be that bad, right? We’re excited to find out. Supergirl has the potential for some great stories, but her time in the New 52 has left her without a defined voice, so we’re hoping this new story gives her just that.
By Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason Mick Gray | DC Comics
Batman vs. Darkseid!
Batman hasn’t been letting anything get in the way of resurrecting his son and former Robin, Damian Wayne, and now he’s reached the final obstacle… who just happens to be a raging god of destruction — and with laser-beam eyes to match.
Darkseid has remained off page since his big battle at the launch of the New 52, but now DC is putting him back in the books, so this is a big deal. Given how their last meeting went, Darkseid will surely be eager to get back at Batman. But he’s got that sickening new Bat-armor, so that should help, right? Right guys? Yeah, we don’t like his chances either, but hey, he’s Batman.
Sculpted by James Shoop | DC Collectibles
This is for those who loved Superman: The Animated Series — and if you didn’t… how dare you! This Man of Steel statue from DC Collectibles embraces the broad chests and big muscles of Bruce Timm’s style, translating it to a fun and iconic looking piece for your shelf.