The final Wednesday of July isn’t exactly bountiful, but where it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. From DC Comics, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s horrific vision of the DC Universe continues. Image Comics says farewell to another amazing comic book series as well as welcomes the return of the best horror anthology on the shelf.
Jonathan Hickman continues his grand X-Men experiment with a different side to the same weird coin, and an obscure Marvel robot bounty makes his return in an exciting new miniseries. Just because it’s the middle of the work week doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to celebrate -- new comics make everything better.
5 Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2
By: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and FCO Plascencia
With the animated, disembodied head of the Joker to keep him company (and beg to be the next Robin), Batman must traverse a new world filled with remarkable dangers and twisted heroes and villains. From Speed Force-related natural disasters to renegade heroes with axes to grind, there isn’t much in Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2 that isn’t trying to kill the Caped Crusader.
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s stark vision of what could be the last gasp for life of the DC Universe is compelling, exciting and gorgeously illustrated. This book may not be for everyone, but for those looking for a little more horror and wonder in their Batman book, this is your ticket.
4 Ice Cream Man #13
By: W. Maxwell, Prince, Martin Morazzo, and Chris O’Halloran
Not many comic books on the newsstands capture the madcap creepiness and lunacy of old EC horror comics like Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror. Even the new iterations of those titles often miss a certain level of charm their forbearers wore on their sleeves. One horror anthology title, however, nails the tone and rogue maliciousness from those books of yesteryear.
Ice Cream Man #13 is out this week, and there should be no reason not to have this in your pull list if you’re a horror fan. W. Maxwell Prince’s stories are always engaging and creepy, and Martin Morazzo’s artwork is dynamic and horrific when it needs to be.
3 Paper Girls #30
By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, and Jared Fletcher
All good things must come to an end. This summer has already seen the ending of one the longest running books for Image Comics with the finale of The Walking Dead coming out of left field to hit comic fans with one last “gotchya.” Now, another fantastic Image series is making its last round with Paper Girls #30.
Legendary comic scribe, Brian K Vaughan (Saga) and the visionary Wonder Woman artist, Cliff Chiang have spent the last 30 issues giving us a story of friends, maturity, time travel, and wonder. Anyone who has picked up an issue of Paper Girls can tell you this is one story we don’t want to see end.
2 Death's Head #1
By: Tini Howard, Kei Zama, Felipe Sobreio, VC's Travis Lanham, and Jay Bowen
This comic book is so much fun. It’s the type of book we didn’t know we wanted. Death’s Head #1 marks the return of the titular original galactic bounty hunting robot. After getting the short end of the stick from Yondu, Death’s Head finds himself on Earth, dealing with a pair of Young Avengers.
Tini Howard’s script is smart, funny, and brash, and Kei Zama’s artwork is simply awesome. There is a ‘90s counter-culture vibe dripping from the pages of Death’s Head #1 and we can’t wait to see how this bizarre story of robots, romance, and rad regalia will play out.
1 Powers of X #1
By: Jonathan Hickman, R.B. Silva, Ariano Di Benedetto, Marte Gracia, VC's Clayton Cowles, and Tom Muller
Jonathan Hickman is only two issues into his massive overhaul of the X-Men comic book franchise, and with Powers of X #1 it’s become painfully clear that his vision for the team of heroic mutants is unlike anything anyone has ever seen before. To call this comic strange or outlandish would be a gross understatement. Powers of X #1 is a heady science fiction story first and foremost, and an X-Men comic second.
With R.B. Silva taking up art duties, this first issue in a six-part miniseries (which is half of the larger relaunch initiative alongside House of X) gives us glimpses into far-flung futures and the fate of mutantkind. How it all connects back to what we saw in House of X #1 has yet to be seen, but there’s no doubt it will be wild.
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