Still in the throes of the summer blockbuster, and it’s even more reason to love being a comic reader. Guardians of the Galaxy was yet another smash hit adaptation of a comic book, which just goes to show that there is plenty of great stories and characters to go around. DC has three parts dropping this week for “Superman: Doomed”, as well as an exciting Earth 2 #26, Grayson #2, Green Lantern #34, and Swamp Thing #34. DC is also beginning their new variant cover scheme with selfie variants, so it will be interesting to see if they do as well as the very popular bombshell covers last month. Marvel is a little bare bones, but has plenty for fans of Guardians with two solo books, and has plenty of Spider-Man to go around with Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #4, Superior Foes of Spider-Man #14, and another issue of Superior Spider-Man. Elsewise there’s a new Miracleman #9, Original Sin #3.4 and Original Sins #5.3, plus Punisher #9, Moon Knight #6, and New Avengers #22. Image has FOUR number ones this week with Howtoons (Re)Ignition #1, Imperial #1, Nightworld #1, and Genius #1 (with Top Cow). Along with those premiere issues they also have Invincible #113 and Lazarus #10.
Action Comcs #34/Action Comics Annual #3/Superman Wonder Woman Annual #1 (DC)
It’s a bit of a cheat, I know, to jointly recommend three books at once, but part of it is to blame on DC’s odd shipping schedule for this crossover and part of it is to blame because this is a great story. Just as they did earlier in the event, DC is sending out multiple parts in one week, so the suggested order is: Action Comics Annual #3, Superman Wonder Woman Annual #1, and then Action Comics #34. The re-imagining of one of the most well-known stories in Superman’s long lore is quite fun and will be interesting to see how they wrap it up as well as if they will repeat the previous version and tag along players like Cyborg Superman and Steel like they are somewhat teasing.
Legendary Star-Lord #2/Rocket Raccoon #2 (Marvel)
The movie went gangbusters and really there is not reason to not go see Guardians of the Galaxy. Again, I’m cheating in recommending multiple titles, but these two solo books are only two issues in and they were some of the best characters portrayed on-screen in a Marvel movie. Legendary Star-Lord writer Sam Humphries has also done work on the last volume of Uncanny X-Force as well as The Ultimates, and Rocket Raccoon is written and drawn by fan favorite Skottie Young.
Detective Comics #34 (DC)
Just like there is no reason to not go see Guardians of the Galaxy there is really no reason to not be picking up Manapul’s run on Detective Comics. He is such a wonderful storyteller that has really nailed the dual role of writer/artist that DC had problems with earlier in the New 52. Last week’s annual was tangential and not that great, but this picks up right back on the trails of Icarus and the death of Elena Aguila.
Lazarus #10 (Image)
The second storyline wrapped up last issue, and before jumping into the next big arc, issue 10 serves as a standalone story. But there is plenty to take in from this single issue as it will set up “Conclave”. It’s a very unforgiving world created by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark.
Superior Spider-Man #32 (Marvel)
It’s a strange trick and rather unlike Marvel’s current practice of the .1 issues, but Dan Slott is going back to the Superior Spider-Man title to kick off the hyped “Spider-verse” crossover. Essentially dealing with Spider-Ock when he was time warped into some previously unknown point, but this pocket adventure will kick off the big event that draws Spider-Men (Spider-Mans?) from all different universes.
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