Staff Picks

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Greetings, Capeless Crusader readers! Want to know where to find quality reading among this week’s comics? We’ve got you covered with a trifecta of titles! We’ll get the ball rolling with Kelly Sue DeConnick’s latest issue of Captain Marvel.

Thom‘s Pick

“Captain Marvel #17” (Marvel Comics):
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Mixing equal parts fun comic book action, emotional depth and social relevancy, Captain Marvel has fast become my favorite cape, emphasizing the power of a supportive community, hope and fortitude when sometimes, that’s all I have left.

Beyond the personal connection, it’s nice to see Marvel’s Infinity arc start to have some ripples into the larger universe and hint at some lasting consequences. The issue not only serves as a fitting denouement to Carol Danvers third arc as Captain Marvel and a fitting teaser inspiring her replacement as the former Ms. Marvel.

Asaph‘s Pick

“Action Comics #25” (DC Comics):
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Action Comics comes from the new creative team of Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder, and features a new story arc that connects to DC’s Zero Year story line. In “Action Comics #25” we are shown the beginnings of the New 52’s version of Superman, as Clark Kent struggles to defeat the forces of nature that are aiming a level five hurricane toward the city of Gotham (yes, Gotham), where Clark is living and starting his dual careers as a reporter and a super-hero.

Meanwhile, we also get the story of Lana Lang, Clark’s high-school love, whose path is separate, yet intertwined with the man of steel’s. Lana’s story is told in conjunction with Clark’s, as she struggles to survive the same storm Clark is trying to subdue. Pak and Kuder bring us a tale of two young people trying to find their way in the world and bravely standing up to the challanges in front of them, each in their own way.

“Action Comics #25” is a good entry point for readers who feel the task of catching up on the title, with a new story arc (which is also, helpfully, a flashback) and a new creative team. For those curious about Superman’s flagship title, this issue merits a check.

Alex‘s Pick

“East of West #7” (Image Comics):
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This was never meant to be a comic made for jumping in. It requires dedication, patience and plenty of rereading to understand everything. Thankfully, the TPB of issues #s 1-5 recently came out, so playing catch-up works out nicely. Hickman rewards serious readers this month with an explanation of recent events and a deeper understanding of his finely tuned world. The main plot stalls a bit, but that’s to be expected in a flashback issue. Dragotta’s art continues to be strange and twisted and beautiful. Hop into this series now, because the next few issues promise to pick up the pace.
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Jay‘s Pick of the Week

“Amazing X-Men #1” (Marvel Comics):
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I had a blissfully light week, which let me catch up on a lot of books that I had fallen behind on. I wasn’t really looking to start picking up a new series, but Jason Aaron’s Wolverine & The X-Men has steadily been one of my favorite books from Marvel, so I decided to give this a shot. The one thing that disappoints me about W&TXM is that the actual X-Men are too busy being teachers to do any superheroing, so it was refreshing and fun to see them in action. The Nightcrawler storyline has a lot of potential, and I’m actually interested to see what Aaron has to say about Azazel, who as far I know hasn’t appeared since his first disastrous introduction in Chuck Austen’s The Draco. As a bonus, we get Nightcrawler at his swashbuckling finest and surprisingly restrained art from Ed McGuinness. It’s also a first issue and very new reader friendly, so it’s definitely worth a shot.
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Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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