And we’re back with your weekly dose of hot comics! This week, Grant Morrison’s entire magnum opus, Invisibles, is finally collected, Amazing Spider-Man turns 50, the first volume of Snyder’s Swamp Thing lands, and plenty more.
With the ever-increasing number of books coming out between the tie-ins, the crossovers, and the new series, we’ve all got to limit our reading list somehow. We present you with our ten most anticipated books of the week. So feast your eyes on these! Whether you’ve been into comics since you were a young’un, or you’re new to the game, we’re here to help you decide which books to pick up. If I’ve missed something you’re stoked about or if you’ve got any questions, list it in the comments.
The Low Down: “The invasion has begun! The first stories of an all-new MARS ATTACKS universe are here, bringing outrageous action and dark humor to the comics page. Eisner-winning writer John Layman (Chew) is joined by Eisner-winning artist John McCrea (Hitman) to sound the alarm. Beware! The Martians are here! And they’ve brought giant, mutated insects with them!”
The Feast: John Layman and John McCrea’s “Mars Attacks” is an outstanding alien invasion series, and there’s no two ways about it. Whether you are an avid card collector, a fan of the Tim Burton film, or if you just enjoy a good Martian tale, this is a book you need to be reading.
The Low Down: “The first collection of the new, acclaimed SWAMP THING series from the superstar team of writer SCOTT SNYDER and artist YANICK PAQUETTE! Alec Holland thought he knew the history of the Swamp Thing – but he was wrong! The war between The Green and The Red has begun, and the knights of decay walk the Earth unchecked! Collecting SWAMP THING #1-7!”
The Feast: If you like horror and spooky creatures, there’s no better book than Scott Snyder’s “Swamp Thing”. Snyder pays tribute to the greats who wrote Swampy before him, while taking it in a new great direction. This is an all around stellar horror comic that belongs in your collection.
The Low Down: “Collecting for the first time ever in one book: all three volumes of the blockbuster series by Eisner award-winning writer Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, BATMAN)! Follow the adventures of The Invisibles, a secret organization out to battle the physical and psychic oppression brought upon humanity by the interdimensional alien gods of the Archons of Outer Church! This massive book includes THE INVISIBLES #1-25, THE INVISIBLES VOL. 2 #1-22, THE INVISIBLES VOL. 3 #12-1, and stories from ABSOLUTE VERTIGO #1 and VERTIGO: WINTER’S EDGE #1.”
The Feast: While $150 bucks is a huge pricetag, this Omnibus is more than worth it. “Invisibles” is often quoted as Grant Morrison’s best work, his magnum opus, his tour de force. For the first time, you can have the entire run collected in one massive volume.
The Low Down: “The 50th Anniversary issue of the Amazing Spider-Man! A special over-sized issue harkening back to the legend that started it all! Get ready for an all-new tale about a different kind of power and responsibility…”
The Feast: What can I say, I’m a sucker for milestones. There’s just something about landmark issues that show much the comics industry has developed over the years. Long time Spidey writer, Dan Slott brings a special oversized 50th anniversary issue of “Amazing Spider-Man” with several beautiful variant covers for you collectors. Spider-fans, this is your week!
The Low Down: “Arvid Nelson’s critically acclaimed Rex Mundi returns with artist Juan Ferreyra, and Neal Adams kicks off a new chapter of Blood in another jam-packed issue of DHP! Plus, Mike Baron and Steve Rude continue delivering new Nexus material!”
The Feast: If you don’t have much time (or money) to spend on comics, “Dark Horse Presents” is your absolute best bang-for-your-buck deal out there. 8 dollars for 80 pages of brand new, high quality storytelling from every genre imaginable. Don’t get much better than that folks.
The Low Down: “The Avengers task Venom with bringing in Damion Hellstrom — but who are the Monsters of Evil? Prepare for a new chapter in the life of Flash Thompson!”
The Feast: With Remender off the book, Cullen Bunn takes full control over Flash Thompson. It’s always excited to see what direction a new creative team will go with the character and I think Bunn is a fitting replacement for Remender. This is a great place to start reading “Venom”.
The Low Down: “”I watch as a box containing a mystery is lowered into the soil.””
The Feast: Love it or hate it, “Before Watchmen” is happening and the Dr. Manhattan special is one of the most anticipated of the bunch. We already know his origin story, so I’m not sure what they could possibly have in store for us. Hopefully, it’s one of the better ones.
The Low Down: “FAUST’S true master is revealed! The divided team must go up against BLACKBRIAR THORN!”
The Feast: Jeff Lemire ups the supernatural ante in JLD as Faust reveals manically evil plans. This team of misfits is so unlike any other team book from DC that it really belongs under the Vertigo heading. Lemire to take full advantage of the fact that it takes place in the DCU, bringing in all sorts of great B-list characters.
The Low Down: “Having fought to regain his soul after falling in love with the Slayer Buffy, the once-terrifying vampire villain Spike has been a bit less fearsome (to humans, at least). On his own adventure, Spike is forced to examine the man he once was, the man he is now, and the man he still hopes to become. As master of a steampunk ship filled with loyal, oversized alien cockroaches, Spike embarks on a journey to the dark side of the moon, setting into motion an adventure filled with demons, witches, and others who brew new evil in the world without magic!”
The Feast: The boy in blond gets his own miniseries spin-off from the always entertaining “Buffy” comics. The badboy turned good finds himself in a strange place both physically and mentally. Diehard Buffy-heads should not miss this.
The Low Down: “After following his trail around the world, Meru has finally found the missing passenger from the Amnesia Flight, but as he tells his story, she learns the mystery goes much deeper. In the first of two parts, witness the history of the secret MIND MGMT agency, revealed by the psychic spy who nearly destroyed it from within. And as Meru listens, the Immortals are only a few steps behind!”
The Feast: Matt Kindt is showing why he’s one of the hottest writers right now with his mind-fuck of a story, “Mind MGMT”. Kindt is setting up something huge, something scary, something incredibly imaginative. “Mind MGMT” is unlike any book out there, and its proof that creator owned material is the next big step in comics.