This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on June 29, 2015.
There’s nary a week when great comics, movies, or television shows aren’t all vying for our attention. It can be hard to keep up with it all, but that’s why we’re here. Each Monday at ComicBook.Com, we take a look at the five most exciting things coming to the world of fandom to keep you in the know.
5. Terminator: Genisys | Paramount Pictures
Terminator: Geonosis has only garnered mediocre reviews so far, but not all hope is not lost because the movie has a secret weapon up its sleeve: Old Arnold. Schwarzenegger is experiencing a revival that combines a great sense of fun and some incredible performances in movies like Maggie. He’s returning to his most iconic role in Terminator: Gynecologist and carrying a big smile. Just watching his delivery of lines in the trailers and seeing videos like this is enough to show that he’s bringing something special to the movie. However Terminator: Gymnastics turns out, there’s at least one good reason to check it out.
4. The Spire #1 | Boom! Studios
If you missed the mini-series Six-Gun Gorilla, you missed out. Writer Simon Spurrier and artist Jeff Stokely’s vision of post-apocalyptic adventure and meta-fictional commentary was like nothing else on the market. They’re returning to those concepts inThe Spire, but with a brand new premise (one that sadly lacks gunslinging apes). It features an enormous tower arising from toxic Wastelands, and the adventures of Commander Sha to keep the peace. There’s a massive world to explore here, and both Spurrier and Stokely have shown they’re up to the task. If The Spire is anything like Six-Gun Gorilla, it’s going to be smart, exciting, top-notch comics.
3. Absolute Y: The Last Man Vol. 1 | Vertigo
Picking a favorite Brian K. Vaughan series is a lot like picking a favorite child (says the guy without any kids). Saga, Ex Machina,Runaways, The Private Eye, and more are all revered by comics fans across the world, but Y: The Last Man may stand out as the definitive Vaughan series. Pia Guerra and Vaughan spun a 60 issue epic that brought many new readers to comics and returned others to the fold. It’s an incredible accomplishment, and is finally being collected in a beautiful absolute edition. This is a story and book that anyone with a library ought to be proud to present.
2. Secret Wars #4 | Marvel Comics
Secret Wars may already be seeing delays, but that doesn’t appear to be quieting the hype and for good reason. All of the tie-ins feature different spins on the superhero genre from across Battleworld, but nothing has quite hit the same highs as Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s central series. No one knew quite what to expect, but it probably wasn’t a mashup of Game of Thrones and deep cuts from throughout Marvel history. That’s what we’re getting though and it is a ton of fun in classic Marvel fashion. It may have taken a couple of extra weeks to get Secret Wars #4, but it was almost certainly worth it.
1. Valiant Summit and Image Expo | Valiant Entertainment and Image Comics
Number one this week is a tie. It may be difficult to pick a favorite BKV series, but this decision was impossible. Both Valiant Entertainment and Image Comics are holding events in San Francisco this week to roll out their plans for the future. No other publisher in comics is as consistent in making great comics and employing brilliant creators than these two. They’re laying down the tracks for the future of the industry in North America, and this week they will both be showing off some blueprints for the path forward. All eyes will be on San Francisco this week, and the news that drops may even overshadow what happens in San Diego next week.
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