Weekly Checkup – 05/08/2013

Avengers Arena #9
Avengers Arena 9
Recommendation: What’s this a character driven drama where deaths are impactful for real reasons and not shock value? That’s not possible in superhero comics, is it? It is. Dennis Hopeless is the guy doing it. Damn him for making me like this book and depressing the hell out of me this Wednesday.

Batman #20
Batman 20
Recommendation: Scott Snyder is still a relatively new writer to comics and he has really shown he has some chops these last few months. This two-parter gives a real sense of his talent. It’s exciting and emotionally impactful, instead of just being a small break between longer arcs. If you aren’t reading Batman go get #19 and #20, you won’t regret it.

The Private Eye #2
Private Eye 2
Recommendation: What’s your excuse for not reading a free download of one of the best books currently being published? You don’t have one? That’s odd, because Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin are a dynamite combination creating a stunning sci-fi mystery, one which you select your own price for. Now get on over to PanelSyndicate.com

Star Wars #5
Star Wars 5
Recommendation: I can almost hear the opening score from “A New Hope” everytime I read this book. It really captures the essence of the original films. From the battles to the banter, this book nails it. If you like the good Star Wars trilogy, you ought to be reading this.

Thor: God of Thunder #8
Thor God of Thunder 8
Recommendation: Jason Aaron gets Thor. Thor drinks ale and smashes things; it’s awesome. Gorm seems like an odd, demonized version of Richard Dawkins at this point, but this book isn’t about the bad guy. It’s about Thor, actually, three Thors. And they all do Thor-y things. And it’s all very cool.

Uncanny Avengers #8
Uncanny Avengers 8
Recommendation: This book continues to improve on a relatively weak opening story arc. It’s also shaping up to be a good companion piece to Remender’s “Uncanny X-Force”. If you’ve stuck with it this far, this is the beginning of the payoff.

The Walking Dead #110
Walking Dead 110
Recommendation: If you’re already reading this book, like me, you’ll probably keep reading it. There’s a lot of manufactured drama (two whole scenes are entirely unnecessary) in this issue and the good bits are buried under some pretty terrible writing. With any luck, Kirkman will get back to doing what he’s best at and the war will begin.

Come back Friday when I’ll take a closer look at the digital first “Adventures of Superman” #1 and #2.

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About chasemagnett

Chase is a mild-mannered finance guy by day and a raving comics fan by night. He has been reading comics for more than half of his life (all 23 years of it). After graduating from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with degrees in Economics and English, he has continued to research comics while writing articles and reviews online. His favorite superhero is Superman and he'll accept no other answers. Don't ask about his favorite comic unless you're ready to spend a day discussing dozens of different titles.
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