Every week, one item or another in my pull and hold stands out for me above the rest in one way or another. Sometimes it’s a periodical, sometimes a graphic novel, sometimes a collection. Does that happen to you? If so, let’s hear about it here. It can be an item you’ve long anticipated or something you bought on a whim. If it’s something you were really looking forward to but ended up being a big disappointment, let’s hear about that here, too. I’ve been meaning to start this topic for a long time now, but chose today to post about something I’ve been waiting for a long time, long before it was even solicited.
SILVER SURFER EPIC COLLECTION BY STEVE ENGLEHART AND MARSHAL ROGERS
This is a favorite run of mine, but I’ve read it only twice: once as it was released, and I re-read it once after that. It came out as an “ESSENTIAL” a few years ago, but for this I held out for color.
EDIT: Most weeks I make my picks before I have read them, but feel free to choose either the books you anticipate most before you read or enjoy the most after you have read them.
Today's pick is Batman 16, the opening chapter of "I Am Bane." Not only is it a tense, what-happens-next opener to what looks to be a great Batman story, but it has a scene with Batman and all the Robins (and quasi-Robin, Duke) hanging out in a Batman-themed fast food restaurant. Best food item on the menu: "Killer Croque Monsieur." Dick, Jason, and Damian have such great moments as brothers in this scene.
I'll say it: As popular & accomplished as Scott Snyder is as a Batman writer, Tom King's take on Batman resonates with me much more.
The Unstoppable Wasp #2
This week I am looking forward to The Few #3 from Image. This is a nice, heavy book with art by Hayden Sherman and written by Sean Lewis. It's about a snowy, post-apocalyptic future (yawn, right?), but this is a good one. It's about a man, a young woman, and her baby all struggling to find clean water in a world that is terrified to give up what they have. I really like this book. I'm actually surprised that I haven't switched to the trade quite yet.