This Wednesday sees the return of an instant cult classic from Image Comics, which is always exciting for those of us who are looking for a little something off the beaten superhero path. Of course, the Bit Two are knocking out of the park with titles starring the world’s biggest champions.
From DC Comics, Bat and Cat get reacquainted as “City of Bane” continues, and a new detective has entered the fold in DC Comics’ greatest mystery. From Marvel, we see one of the mightiest Avengers hang up his hammer for regality, and Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men facelift continues to perplex readers in the best possible way.
5 Batman #78
By: Tom King, Clay Mann, Tomeu Morey, Clayton Cowles, and Tony S. Daniel
Even superheroes need downtime. Batman #78 pumps the brakes on the chaos of Gotham and focuses on Bruce and Selina’s tumultuous romance. And while we’re beyond the point of “will they or won’t they,” it’s nice to see these two start to mend their fractured relationship.
Batman #78 is not going to be for everyone. When you see “City of Bane” printed atop the cover, you may have certain expectations. Just know, there is no city or Bane in this issue, but there is plenty of great character development, natural dialogue, and gorgeous artwork. If you've been on this journey for this long, you know how these type of issues play out.
4 Event Leviathan #4
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev, and Josh Reed
Leviathan isn’t messing around. The only thing standing between them and executing their brazen power play to apprehend Amanda Waller is none other than the Man of Steel himself, Superman. So how does Big Blue fair in Event Leviathan #4? Let’s just say, he’s had better success at protecting people in the past.
Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev have delivered possibly the best issue yet in their six-part miniseries and have done a great job of dovetailing into Event Leviathan’s third act. We have no idea how this is going to wrap up, but it wouldn’t be much of a mystery if we did, now would it?
3 Coffin Bound #2
By: Dan Watters, Dani, Brad Simpson, and Aditya Bidikar
Writer Dan Watters (Lucifer) and artist Dani (2000AD) struck gold with their new series from Image Comics, Coffin Bound. Izzy, a woman hellbent on erasing all signs of her own existence from a world populated with monsters, specters, and all sorts of nasty customers, is as endlessly fascinating as the backdrop she exists against.
Watters has a keen ear for colloquialisms, which gives the dialogue in Coffin Bound #2, making every character feel real. Dani’s artwork is abstract, gritty, and often beautiful, to boot. Despite only being two issues in, this is a series not to be missed.
2 King Thor #1
By: Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic, Ive Scorcina, and VC’s Joe Sabino
Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic made Thor fans out of countless comic readers who would have normally passed by the title on the newsstand prior. Now, these two titans are wrapping up the final chapter to their grand, long-running tale of war, loss, family strife, and vengeance with King Thor #1, the first issue in a four-part miniseries.
King Thor #1 looks to the far-flung future with Odinson atop his throne as ruler and how he handles the forces of the universe looking to end his reign (as well as everything else). Aaron and Ribic are firing on all cylinders and based on this first issue along, this series looks to be nothing short of epic.
1 Powers of X #4
By: Jonathan Hickman, R.B. Silva, Marte Gracia, VC’s Clayton Cowles, and Tom Muller
Powers of X #4 sees the return of a classic X-Men villain like you’ve never seen him before. After the tragic ending of last week’s House of X #4, it’s nice to see the subsequent chapter lighten the mood. Instead of suicide squads throwing themselves at massive genocide machines, Powers of X #4 turns its attention to the inner workings of Xavier’s dream.
With stellar art by R.B. Silva, this is another installment of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men franchise remodel which asks more questions than it answers, but that’s okay with us. When the ideas and plot beats are this good, we’re willing to strap in and go along for the ride.