The Unexpectedly Busy One
Weeks seem fuller now that Marvel's back in the game. A few great comics this week, some high-ratio variants, Night of the Monster-Men ends, Jenny Frison's Wonder Woman covers are still great, we get the greatest sexy saxman beefcake cover ever (Joelle Jones' Lost Boys #1 variant), Andy Diggle gets on Bond, Black Monday Murders gets a bunch of reprints, and Julian Totino Tedesco is still underrated (loving his Solo #1 Champions variant). And all of that is just what I didn't mention below …
|Clone Conspiracy #1 Regular Cover
||Clone Conspiracy #1 Jim Cheung 1:50 Variant
As a collector, kudos to Marvel for making Dell'Otto's the regular cover … It's a missed opportunity spec wise, but it will be nice to be able to get this at cover price, right? That 1:50 is also pretty cool.
So, it's Slott's latest Spider-Event … I really liked Spider-Verse and right after it I stopped reading Spider-Man entirely, but I think I will give this a try as it's just got too much going for it: Dell'Otto + Slott + Cheung + apparently under-ordered (according to Slott, but he's probably right).
|Darth Vader #25 Joe Quesada 1:200 Variant
Last issue of Darth Vader comes with a million covers and this will be the one to get. It's Star Wars, it's a high ratio cover and it looks great. Nuff said!!!
|Solo #1 Rob Liefeld 1:50 Variant
No matter how weird the cover looks, “Deadpool by Liefeld” collectors will want this. There's also a 1:100 B&W version but it looks even weirder.
A crime story set in 80's NYC in the world of punk-rock and pornography sounds very interesting, which is probably the reason why this seems to be headed to instant sellout.
|Mosaic #1 Khary Randolph 1:25 Variant
While we are all still scratching our heads wondering if there's any appeal to this character, his series hits … I personally would pass on it, but if I find this variant at cover price I might get it. Not the greatest of endorsements, but Marvel has moved way too fast with this one.
|Electric Sublime #1
Another new series that seems to have captured people's attention. It already looks fascinating art-wise and the story sounds like something Grant Morrison could have come up with. A change in a famous piece of art that's poisoning people's minds and an insane art-detective who's supposed to solve the case … Interesting.
Deathstroke will be in Affleck's Batman movie so it was a matter of time before they go at it in comics too. The Shane Davis variant features both of them fighting, but I much prefer this one. In any case, this is a Christ Priest comic so for all of you who are expecting just a fight, you might want to check Deathstroke's last volume instead.
|All Star Batman #3 Jock Variant
I think we all agree that Batman works really well as the smartest guy in the room who's always ready for every possible problem. I also think that seeing him go dirty fighter on hordes of his enemies is a welcome change of pace. In this issue, Batman fights the
KGBeast. |Great Lakes Avengers #1
As Howard the Duck comes to an end this week, a new funny book rises to take its place. It will probably have low sales too and it's a pity because it looks great. I was not familiar with the artist on this until I saw the preview and it has a really nice Adams / Bradshaw feel to his style. Give this a try, you never know … The GLA mini from years ago was a lot of fun.
|Supergirl #2 Bengal Variant
The first issue was fun, art was great and Bengal gives us an amazing cover that's (second-hand) iconic and not cheesecakey at all, really like it.
|Reborn #1 Sketch 1:100 Variant
I know, I know, rule #23 of the specbook says you never, under no circumstance, spec on Millar … This book, though, has Capullo going for it and there are a lot of people out there who got hooked on Capullo. Just saying! Also, look out for the McFarlane 1:25 Variant.
That's it for this week. What would you buy? There can be only one!