It’s tax day here in America, actually by the time this posts, it’s almost too late so I hope everyone paid their taxes on time or the taxeth man a cometh for you! Hopefully you all overpaid throughout last year and will use your refunds all on new comics, cause that’s what I’d do if I was getting a refund.
For me, it’s another small week. At least for indie and small publisher books. Nothing really stands out as a real spec book or winner. But there are certainly some reader books for sure hitting the store shelves.
This is already selling out online. It’s Batman #45.
Tony Daniel is back as the artist.
Batman and Catwoman are traveling in time to save Booster Gold from Booster Gold. What?
Not sure why this is gaining so much attention so soon (I wrote this on Sunday night) but hopefully Anthony finds some spoilers so we get a better idea of what’s going on in the world of Batman and Catwoman, as they continue to prepare to be miserably married. Someone needs to warn them to not get married.
The Red Goblin is here. Are these going to continue being quick flips?
Only time will tell but Red Goblin adorns the cover for Amazing Spider-Man #799 so it’s not to be missed as anything could happen.
Even though Dan Slott is writing this storyline (only a few more issues and ASM only gets even better), we should all pay attention to this new villain in Spidey’s Universe as he could play a role in years to come.
Spider-Man is kind of the like DC’s Batman when it comes to known villains. No other character has a list of villains that are as vast and known to even non comic book collectors and readers than Spider-Man has. The villains also seem to hold their weight with long term value potential with 1st appearances. Sure other titles have villains but you ask anyone on the street a villain of Spider-Man has, I’m sure they can name at least 1 or 2.
There’s not really a whole lot going on in the indie world this week.
But Infinity 8 #2 has my attention.
I just love this cover. It kind of gives me that old school vibe but in a new way.
The first issue was pretty much non existent in my neck of the woods on release day so I expect this one to even be harder to find.
So if you find one, grab it. I can’t wait to see how all these different story lines are pieced together.
Small Publisher Pick
Jeff Lemire is a top notch writer. Hands down Black Hammer is one of the best small publisher books.
So Black Hammer Age of Doom #1 is this weeks small publisher pick this week.
Picking up immediately where we left off-Lucy Weber has become the new Black Hammer and right as she’s about to reveal to our heroes how they got stuck on the farm and can escape she vanishes. Now our new Black Hammer finds herself trapped in a gritty world filled with punk rock detectives, emo gods, anthropomorphic humans, absurdist heroes, and many more weirdoes, in a mad world in which there is no escape!
If you haven’t read any of these titles and spin-offs yet, do so next chance you get. You won’t be disappointed.
Now on with the dreaded avoid pick, every writer and artist worst nightmare when it comes to selling their hard work.
First up, Action Comics #1000. Not counting the store exclusives, these are the worst covers ever if you ask me. They couldn’t do more justice for the original super hero that pretty much made comics what they are today? I think I like the Cho 40s variant the best, but I’m going to pass on these. Pick the one you like the most and leave it at one copy for the personal collection.
Next up, anything Black Mask this week (and for the most part, eternity). Seriously, there’s a Calexit #1 4th print coming out and a #2 2nd print? Just seems like a ploy for Black Mask to keep pushing their #1 out into the market without ever planning on finishing the damn series. I doubt there’s even demand for this 4th print. I know my shops won’t even bother with them. Who’s ordering this nonsense? Come on shop owners, speak up if you actually have people buying this crap?
Seriously though, Issue #1 hit stands last July 12th. It took 8 months for issue #2 to hit stands. At this rate, when this series has been released entirely, we’ll all be long dead because the Sun will have already consumed our planet.
Leave it to Black Mask to Wiebe themselves. They got another new book hitting stands as well. Go ahead, pick it up to check out. Just know that #2 will probably be out around December of this year, if you’re lucky.
Save your money, save your sanity, just don’t even bother with Black Mask.
That’s all folks.