This fine October Wednesday has brought us many wonderful comics to enjoy, but these might be the best of the bunch. From DC Comics, a legendary writer/artist team have returned to the superhero genre with a bold new take on the Dark Knight, BOOM! Studios kicks off its first Buffy the Vampire Slayer event series, and one of the wildest Image Comics series starts its final storyarc.
Marvel Comics is really pulling out all the stops with the finale issue of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men relaunch and a brand new ongoing series starring one of comic book history’s greatest villains in a series that is destined to be on your pull list.
5 Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Hellmouth #1
By: Jordie Bellaire, Jeremy Lambert, Eleonora Carlini, Cris Peter, Ed Dukeshire, and Jenny Frison
The ultimate evil has been unleashed and it’s ripping through Sunnydale like a hurricane of demons. BOOM! Studios fantastic reboot of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Universe is diving into their first event comic book series, and bringing forth possible world destruction isn’t a way to kick off an event, then we don’t know what is.
With a sharp script from co-writers Jordie Bellaire (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Jeremy Lambert (Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds) and gorgeous art by Elenora Carlini (Doctor Who), Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Hellmouth #1 is a must-read for any fan of the franchise.
4 The Batman’s Grave #1
By: Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, Kevin Nowlan, Alex Sinclair, and Richard Starkings
From the creative team that brought us the watershed superhero comic, The Authority, The Batman’s Grave #1 is an exploration of how the World’s Greatest Detective earns his superlative. Writer Warren Ellis and artist Bryan Hitch have produced one the most unique and startling Batman titles of the last decade.
Ellis is giving us the Batman story we didn’t know we needed and Bryan Hitch is along for the ride with stellar artwork and incredible visual pacing. The Batman’s Grave #1 is the start of a 12-issue maxi-series that must be read to be believed. This book is simply stunning.
3 East of West #43
By: Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta
Jonathan Hickman (House of X and Powers of X) and FF artist, Nick Dragotta’s post-apocalyptic, alternate history, science fiction, western series East of West is drawing to a close, and it has no plans on letting up on its breakneck pace or its insane story.
East of West #43 is the beginning of the end (again), and while this is by no means a good place to start for newcomers (get your greedy hands on those back issue pronto), it’s a landmark issue for fans who have been eagerly waiting to see how this story of biblical proportions sticks the landing.
2 Doctor Doom #1
By: Christopher Cantwell, Salvador Larroca, GURU eFX, VC’s Cory Petit, and ACO
Victor Von Doom has a new ongoing series in which the masked villain becomes public enemy number one for an atrocity he didn’t commit. Written by Christopher Cantwell (creator of the show Halt and Catch Fire) and illustrated by Salvador Larroca (Star Wars, Uncanny X-Men), Doctor Doom #1 is a blast from cover to cover.
With surprise character appearances, a wonderful take on the titular anti-character, and enough control room political intrigue to give things a level of gravitas not often seen in comics.
1 Powers of X #6
By: Jonathan Hickman, R.B. Silva, Pepe Larraz, Marte Gracia, David Curiel, VC’s Clayton Cowles, and Tom Muller
Jonathan Hickman’s dual X-Men miniseries have come to an end with Powers of X #6. The inception of Xavier’s new dream for a perfect world is defined in elegant exposition, which is accompanied by R.B. Silva and Pepe Larraz’s gorgeous artwork. This series, which includes both Powers of X and House of X, has been nothing short of revelatory for the X-Men Universe.
Where things go from here are still anyone’s guess at this point, but Powers of X #6 gives us a glimpse of the possibility of a mutant utopia and the hardships which must be fought to get there.
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