It’s hot as hell this week in Philadelphia, which makes it all the more appropriate to stay cool inside and read some comic books. The odds are in our favor because there are a handful of hyped debuts from DC (Grayson #1 and New Suicide Squad #1), Marvel (Spider-Man 2099 #1), and Image (Spread #). Elsewise, DC has more enjoyable entries with Detective Comics #33, Superman/Wonder Woman #10, Justice League United #3, and Batgirl #33. Marvel has two “Original Sin” tie-ins plus loose ties with Avengers #32, All-New Invaders #7, and Fantastic Four #7. Image has their debut of Spread, plus entries from bread and butter books Walking Dead #129 and Spawn #245. If you want to enjoy the beach without the sunburn, Archie #657 has what you need, so skip the sun poison and pick your comic poison.
Grayson #1 (DC)
Everyone still believes the original Boy Wonder, Dick Grayson, to be dead, so the events of “Forever Evil” made it as good a time as any for him to take up a new role as a secret agent. Plus this debut gets bonus points with the great tag on the solicit; “You might think you know Nightwing – but you don’t know Dick.”
Spider-Man 2099 #1 (Marvel)
He’s the Spider-Man from the year 2099, but he’s currently trapped in 2014. From the pages of Superior Spider-Man comes the solo title for the futuristic wall-crawler Miguel O’Hara, Spider-Man 2099. Odds are this book might have some effect on the upcoming “Spider-verse” crossover in a few months, but the real draw to this debut is that it is written by the original creator of Spider-Man 2099 (the 1992 comic book) Peter David.
Detective Comics #33 (DC)
Detective Comics stumbled out of the gate and picked up steam when the creative duo switched to John Layman and Jason Fabok, which turned it from a bad book to a pretty good book. The recent switch to Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato made this book, at least from this first arc, into a really great book. After his acclaimed run on The Flash, Manapul understands the roots of the Caped Crusader, especially his detective roots. The art style is a little softer than Fabok’s gritty colors, but Manapul’s art supplements the story greatly rather than just basic renderings of a scene.
Spread #1 (Image)
In a change of pace from Image, The Spread takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the Spread was unleashed onto humanity and the only survivors are stuck in a quarantine. One man thinks he has the answer and it’s a baby girl that might be able to solve the Spread. Written by Green Lantern: New Guardians writer Justin Jordan, it sounds like an amalgamation of The Walking Dead meets Cable + Hope Summers from Cable’s last solo book.
Green Lantern Corps #33 (DC)
Last Summer, the Green Lantern books had the awesome “Lights Out” story. This year, “Uprising” concludes its six-part Green Lantern/Green Lantern Corps team-up and the spotlight is squarely on John Stewart. The last GL event had ripples in future books for Kyle Rayner, but what does the end of “Uprising” have in store for John Stewart?
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