STAFF PICKS: April 23, 2014

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Mike’s Picks

“Mind MGMT #21” – This is the one that sits proudly at the top of my list. If you’ve been reading Mind MGMT and are familiar with some of the press teasers, you know that this is the “Silent Issue” we’ve been hearing so much about. Sorry about the pun. Matt Kindt has done some of his most interesting and involved work with this book and I am excited to see how he executes this issue. If it comes at all close to how awesome Matt Fraction’s silent, “Pizza Dog” issue of Hawkeye was, I will be very happy.

“Five Ghosts #11” – Last year this book went from digital to print and has only increased in quality since then. Image has embraced the adventure genre lately and this book was the one that got me back into fold. If you want action, you got it. If you want cool lore, you got that, too. If you want amazing art, well, you know where I’m going here. You got it. If you haven’t started this book, get the first trade and buy up all the issues. It is that great.

“Lazarus #8” – Right now, Greg Rucka can seemingly do no wrong. Everything he is writing or has written in the last few years is top shelf stuff. Lazarus is far and away my favorite. This issue is one that has been building for some time, now and I am at the edge of my seat to see what happens.

“Manhattan Projects #20” – After the last issue I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen next. The resolution to the Infinite Oppenheimers conundrum was a joyride in the insane. To try and predict what could happen now would be folly. I am completely in the hands of Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra.

“Sheltered #8” – If you aren’t reading Sheltered then you are missing out on all of the best part of Lord of the Flies mixed with a healthy dose of Apocalypse prepper lunacy. Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas have proven to be the unsung new terrors of the Image roster and I hope this book goes on for a very, very long time.

“Sovereign #2” – I’m a Fantasy nerd. Plain and simple. But I like mine dark and violent. So this is the book for me. The first issue was a strong debut and both Chris Roberson and Paul Maybury gave me reason to come back. Fans of Game of Thrones might want to keep their eye on this series.

Asaph’s Picks

“Daredevil #2” – Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s Daredevil has been great for years, and issue #1 kicked off this current volume very well. With a new environment to work in (San Francisco) and several compelling plotlines, there’ a lot to look forward to in every new issue of Daredevil.

“The Walking Dead #126” – This is the conclusion to the excellent-so-far “All Out War” story arc, and I expect and hope to see significant and impactful events from this issue.

“Letter 44 #6”Letter 44 is a great sci-fi tale written by Charles Soule and penciled by Alberto Alburquerque, published by Oni Press. It has tremendous potential, yet knows how to be restrained. It has mysteries in it, yet it doesn’t tease readers with unanswered questions. It’s a hardcore realist space-alien suspense story, and it deserves all the attention it can get.

Jesse’s Picks

“Daredevil #2” – seems like a safe bet as I am from the bay area and love seeing Matt in San Francisco

“The Iron Patriot #2” – as I currently live in New Orleans and we last left off there.

“Original Sin #0” is biggest on my list as it is the launch of a new comic event which seems interesting. Also I live in the universe so I guess we got that going as far as local Marvel comics go.