We all want the best of the best, so let us point out the hottest comics released each week. We spotlight our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent and new books that look cool and are backed by some top-tier talent.
Check out our picks, then take to the comments to let us know what looks good to you!
By writers Brian Azzarello, Frank Miller artist Andy Kubert | DC Comics
The world is in a bad place. Father Quar has an army of Kryptonians (including Superman/Wonder Woman’s daughter Lara), Gotham City is destroying itself, and Superman is trapped underwater encased in some nasty black goop. And if the cover to this week’s issue is any hint, Superman might rejoin the story, but it doesn’t look like he’s on Batman’s side anymore. What did that tar stuff do to him?
This series has been a whirlwind of plot twists and big character moments, so it’s been a little tough to get invested in the story, but having passed the halfway point, things are starting to coalesce into a more focused superhero narrative. Not to mention, artist Andy Kubert has been doing the cartooning of his life, delivering dramatic imagery at a heart-pounding pace. It’s controversial to even be telling this story in the first place, but no one will deny Kubert draws one hell of a Batman.
Yes, the six dollar price point stinks, but this comic includes a mini-comic drawn by Frank Miller — this time featuring Lara — to help make sure you’re getting your money’s worth.
By writer Jeff Lemire artist Mico Suayan | Valiant Comics
Here’s the great thing about this series: it’s done in a way that you can jump in wherever you want. Issue #14 is the start of a new story arc — called “Bloodshot Island” — and it’s got a pretty sweet setup. Bloodshot has been stranded on a mysterious island, and he discovers that this is where all past Bloodshot experiments have been sent — World War II Bloodshot, Cold War Bloodshot, Vietnam Bloodshot, etc. — so not only do we get to meet failed experiments of the program, but we’ll witness Bloodshot uncovering more about his legacy and expand the mythology of the character.
By writer Nick Cron-Devico artists Matthew Smigiel, Meg Omac | BOOM! Studios
This is a different kind of comic. It’s for children, as it’s based off the silly Cartoon Network series Clarence that’s all about kids being kids and getting into all sorts of mischief. You can read this as a palate cleanser from all the intense superhero stories that fill the shelves, or you can gift it to a youngin’ in order to hook them on comics at an early age. BOOM! Studios excels at creating comics for all ages, so this is a safe bet for a fun and accessible comic.
By writer Mark Millar artist Frank Quitely | Image Comics
Speaking of intense superhero stories, we finally have the long-awaited, much-anticipated followup to Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s Jupiter’s Legacy. The first mini-series was a Shakespearean family drama and a superhero epic rolled into one, showing what happens to the world when the world’s greatest heroes have super-powered kids who care less about saving people and more about basking in the fame their parents earned.
The ending was pretty mind-blowing — on bad days, we like to sit back and think of those pages gorgeously rendered by Quitely’s gifted hand, and suddenly life seems like it’s going to be okay — and we can’t wait to see what happens next. Best of all, all five issues of this new mini-series are already drawn and completed, so we’ll be getting it on a monthly basis without those notorious Quitely delays. (Although, to be fair, we get that good art takes time, so we’re not knocking the man!)
Keep reading for what’s coming from Marvel this week.