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This week I have not one but two first issues that I’m recommending you pick up. Both have female leads and both are written by writers who have come out of Vertigo.
I’d have to think long and hard about a time that Brian Wood has disappointed me with a comic. When word emerged that Marvel was going to do an all-female X-Men book written by Wood (and art by Olivier Copiel) I was bit nervous, only because the stakes are so high. It’s (adjectiveless) X-Men an iconic Marvel title but it’s a team of their heavy hitters who also just happen to be women! It didn’t take long for some readers to accuse Marvel of “pandering” with the title. Oh, comics fans, you never change!
But my concerns were quickly put aside when I read the book. If you want to hear more, a special mid-week 3 Chicks Review Comics is going up today with Brian Wood where we talk (and talk) about the issue. So read it first so you won’t be spoiled.
X-Men #1 has many, many variants (and we talk about those on the cast, too) I don’t which one is my favorite so I’ll just post this image from the title’s editor Jeanine Schaefer post on Instagram. (If forced to choose I’ll take the “Downton Abbey” and the Skottie Young)
My list of most anticipated comics of 2013 included Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy’s The Wake. Snyder is yet another writer who I always expect and get a good comic from. And the first issue The Wake continue the trend. It’s an underwater horror story with a female lead. A first issue needs to both hook you on the story and on the main character. This does both. Pick it up.
You can read an interview with Snyder and Murphy and see a preview here.
Here’s the rest of what I’m picking up this week:
I’ve been enjoying this title but this issue is making it hard. First there’s the crazy ass boobs that Selina is sporting on the cover and second the book already has a fill-in artist which given my tepidness on Finch could be a positive. But the replacement artist really doesn’t work for me either. Oh well.
This is the most antcipated comic of the week for other dwellers in Chez DCWKA. Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs have a story in this so I definitely be reading it as soon as I can get it out of the hands of the kids.
And speaking of Nguyen and Fridolfs, if you do happen to listen to 3 Chicks this week we talk a lot about DC Comics’ digital first offerings. And two of those offerings have floppies this week if you prefer to read your comics in that format.
There’s some very good Superman stories in here by some great writers. I really loved the Jeff Parker/Chris Samnee story.
And it’s sad that I even have to write this, but this issue is free of homophobic science fiction writers!
And Smallville #11 has its Martian Manhunter arc out in print.
And finally it’s a new issue of Princeless! I do hope you’re reading this book.
School may be out for some kids but not in Morning Glories who starts their second season with #27. I usually stick to trades with this title but apparently there are some non-trade extras in the floppies. There are quite a few variants for this issue, here is Emma Rios’.
I’m on the fence about a couple of other comics. Those DC Annuals look interesting but they are $4.99 a pop.
What are you picking up?
Snyder keeps up the creepy in the Court of Owls. And the password shows Bruce never forgets.
Here’s the preview to Batman #4 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo which is out Wednesday. I really like the way Capullo handles the art in these flashbacks.
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by MIKE CHOI
Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT
1:200 B&W variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale DECEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Shocking discoveries lead Batman deeper into the mystery of the Court of Owls and its secret and bloody ties to both Gotham City and the Wayne family. But an even deadlier threat awaits Batman: a trap set hundreds of years ago, far beneath his city. The war for Gotham’s soul begins here!