Welcome to What To Look Forward To!
Here is a quick look at some highlights on the shelves this week. A few new series coming out, as well as a healthy stack of new TPBs and HCs to peruse through. So, without further ado, let’s dive in…
New This Week:
Marvel Legacy #1 – Secret Empire is over, and things are starting to get back to the way they were. And by that I mean Marvel is returning their flagship titles to original numbering and going back to their roots! If you’re looking to get into Marvel reading for the first time, this should be the definition of jumping-on points, as the publisher advertises “EVERYTHING STARTS HERE!”
Detective Comics #965 – Speaking of returning, this issue kicks off “A Lonely Place of Living”, the long-awaited return of Tim Drake! The former Robin has been missing (and presumed dead) since issue #940, but has actually been a prisoner of the mysterious (but recently unmasked) Mr. Oz! Tynion IV and Barrows have been building quite a world in Rebirth, and it sounds like this is just the beginning.
Rat Queens: Orc Dave #1 – Taking a quick break from the regular adventures of our formidable femmes comes a one-shot focused on Orc Dave, famed in song and story. Travel back to a time before the Four Dave’s but up to the point where OD first met the Rat Queens.
The Infinite Loop: Nothing But The Truth #1 – The return of the international fan-favorite! The original series was a stunning success from French comic creators Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier (and a personal favorite of mine), and this new installment is a perfect jumping-on point for new readers! Teddy is sent back in time to town where people are addicted to lying. If you enjoy this, I cannot recommend the original series enough.
Duck Tales #1 – The new comic series based on the new TV series! Disney’s favorite duck family sets out on all new adventures in the title from IDW!
Fu Jitsu #1 – In the brand new series from Aftershock Comics, we meet Fu, the unaging, globe-hopping, celebrity-meeting genius who is constantly saving the world from evil and magi-science!
Good jumping-on points & other issues:
Batman Beyond #12 – Guest creative team Steve Orlando, Vita Ayala, and Siya Oum!
Batman: The Murder Machine #1 – The next Metal-Bat one-shot!
Suicide Squad #26 – “Metal” tie-in.
Generations: Miles Morales & Peter Parker
Generations: Sam Wilson & Steve Rogers – The Captains are at it again!
Collected Editions and OGNs:
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score TPB -This is volume three so you’ll want to start at the beginning, but I wanted to mention this for Darwyn Cooke’s fantastic art. Find Vol. 01, The Hunter, now!
Buzzkill TPB – Donny Cates is blowing up right now, and Image is doing a good job at reprinting several of his old series. If you aren’t reading any of his work, I would recommend starting at Babyteeth, then Redneck. One of these days I’ll get to God Country, too…
Five Fists of Science TPB – New edition of the The Matt Fraction/Steven Sanders classic! Did you know Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla fought against Thomas Edison in the streets in giant mecha suits? True story.
Rock Candy Mountain Vol. 01 TPB – Kyle Stark’s soon-to-be classic hobo fight club!
Royal City Vol. 01 Next of Kin TPB – Some of Jeff Lemire’s best work recently, both writing and art.
Indestructible Hulk by Mark Waid TPB
This section is for readers new to comics, readers looking for new titles, as well as readers on a budget, highlighting several great “jump-on” points each week for about $20.
Marvel Legacy #1 – $5.99 – A bit on the steep side, but if it’s really Marvel’s big jump-on point, it’s probably worth it.
The Infinite Loop: Nothing But The Truth #1 – $3.99 – The original series became a surprise favorite of mine, so I really can’t wait for this.
Fu Jitsu #1 – $3.99 – I’m not very familiar with the creators, but it’s hard to say no to anything coming out of Aftershock so far.
Rock Candy Mountain Vol. 01 or Royal City Vol. 01 – $9.99 each – It really depends if you’re feeling more like a hilarious hobo adventure (Rock Candy Mountain) or an examination of family coping after a loss (Royal City). Both are great, highly recommended.
TOTAL = $23.96
A little richer than I try to recommend, but these should be some quality books! I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think!
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That’s it for now, happy reading everyone! See you next week.
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