Staff Picks: April 9, 2014

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Hello again everyone! This week on our staff picks it looks like Image Comics is taking the lead with our preference. Check them out!

Mike’s Picks

“Flash Gordon vol. 7 #1” – Long-time comic book scribe Jeff Parker is resurrecting the 80-plus years old franchise with artist Even Shaner for what will be the seventh volume. That is a longgggg time to be a relevant figure in any for culture and with the success of Image’s book Starlight, this was something that I expected to see sooner rather than later. Surely, the decision was made long before the aforementioned book’s release, but the timing couldn’t be better. Just from the previews I’ve seen, it looks to be action-packed so this is sure to please just about any comic book fan.

“East of West #11” – This book continues to be one of the darkest, bleakest books in my pull list and I find myself anticipating it more and more as each issue comes out. Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta have crafted an expansive and detailed cast of characters that never lets me down. If you’ve been following this book, you know that things are building to a larger confrontation right now, so it will be interesting to see how the place-setting goes down.

“Peter Panzerfaust #18” – Kurtis Wiebe has received a lot of attention as of late due to the critical and financial success of his latest book, Rat Queens. But before that I knew him as the guy who re-invented Peter Pan. Placing this classic story in the setting of World War 2 is remarkably effective and what makes this book most resonant to me is the bond that the Lost Boys share with one another. They aren’t nearly as young as they are in the original story, but that also adds to the drama. These kids could literally get shot by Nazis at any point in this story and it is both scary and sad when that has to potential to happen. I recommend this book to my adult friends and also that they share this book with their kids. Also, be on the look out for a live action version of this book some point down the line, at least in the UK. There’s simply no way that doesn’t happen.

“Shutter #1” – This is the solitary new book that Image is releasing this week, as I am sure they simply don’t feel like competing with the batch of new #1s that Marvel is releasing. But if you had to pick just one book to debut, this would be my choice. I did an advance review of this issue this week so I’ll spare the details and just say that this is a fantastic new adventure series starring a fascinating female lead, Kate Kristopher. Think the daughter of Indiana Jones. Yeah. Doesn’t that sound awesome? Buyer beware, however, the story is only 22 pages long with some bonus content in the back; and you are left wanting a lot more that what you got. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the publisher, now is it?

“Iron Fist Living Weapon #1” – I will say this right up front: Danny Rand should be Asian. I don’t care what kind of backlash I get for that. It is just how I feel and I am genuinely concerned about the potential for this book to feel Orientalized. Why, after all this time, can’t Iron Fist be Asian? Anyway, I am buying this book to both hate-read it and truly hope from the bottom of my heart that I love it and forget that I ever said what I just said. Make me forget that you co-opted Asian culture to sell comic books. Please.

“All-New X-Men #25” – This is the Big One. The 25th issue that has been hailed as the “single greatest artist line-up assembled under one roof”. Brian Michael Bendis brings a cataclysmic event to the old X-Team with the help of 19 different artists that include: Bruce Timm, Art Adams, Rafael Grampa, Lee Bermejo, J. Scott Campbell, JG Jones, Paul Smith, Jill Thompson, Kent Williams, David Mack, David Marquez, Skottie Young, Ronnie Del Carmen, Jake Parker, Dan Hipp, Robbie Rodriguez, Jason Shiga, Max Wittert, and Maris Wicks. This is all the reason I need to buy this book. Period.
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Asaph’s Picks

“Daredevil #1.50” – Marking 50 years of Daredevil comics, this issue looks to have an interesting one-shot story by current Daredevil writer Mark Waid, as well as several shorts by previous creators. Marvel has also said that Waid’s story will give hits at his plans for the book in 2014.

“Batman Eternal #1” – Scott Snyder’s Batman series has been pretty consistently great for a few years now. I do wonder if a weekly series can sustain this kind of quality (and I’m not sure if it’ll keep the same creative team or switch creators every week or so), but I’m certainly giving any Snyder Batman book a chance.

“The Walking Dead #125” – Stories that happen in post-apocalyptic situations are almost always interesting to me only if there’s a goal our protagonists are working toward. The current “All Out War” story arc of The Walking Dead features such a goal. Rick and his people’s war against Negan and the Saviors has given us some of the best issues this book has produced in recent memory.

“Nightcrawler #1” – This book marks Legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont’s return to the franchise he helped elevate throughout the ’80s. I also happen to like Nightcrawler as a character, and the combination of the two gives me hope that we might see something special with this new series.
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Alex’s Picks

East of West volume 2 – I read the first one and I’ve been waiting for the second one. It’s like a new form of The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Awesome. Yay.
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Mai’s Picks

“Batman Eternal #1” – I love New 52 and since I’ve started American reading comics recently, I’ve been late to getting a bunch of fabulous number ones that I could follow. I’ve read the trades in order to catch up on story. So everytime there is a hot new New 52, I jump on. Especially Batman. I love Batman. I love Scott Snyder’s Batman especially. He’s working on this as well as other writers and I’m excited because I get this weekly. As soon as I saw that tidbit I thought to myself, “I should just hand DC my wallet. I’m not going to need it.”