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5 Comics Not to Miss This Week

Three kids opening doors with reckless abandon, five teens from the sixties in modern day New York, a former handicapped girl being tormented by a deranged clown, one man with multiple personalities against the world, and the most famous family of all time, on vacation . No, these aren’t the most watched covers of Gangnam Style that have appeared on YouTube, we’ve gone through this week’s comic releases and determined 5 Comics Not to Miss This Week!


Locke & Key: Ω #1

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez bring us the final chapter of their award-winning series. This series was always meant to have a beginning, middle and end, and here get the last chapter in the lives of the Locke family. Will this, however, be the final story in the Locke & Key universe?

Don’t count on that quite yet, IDW’s Chris Ryall has this to say on the matter: “And, just because this is the end of the Locke family’s story doesn’t mean it’s the very end of Locke & Key.”

Would you be interested in seeing where the story takes us in the future? I know I am.

All-New X-Men #1

We are finally getting the most secretive book of the Marvel NOW! line-up: All-New X-Men #1.  Here is what we know:

1) The original X-men, become displaced in time, coming to the present from sometime before Uncanny X-Men #39.

2) Writer Brian Micheal Bendis is in this for the long haul. While specifics aren’t known, he has revealed he is under contract to write this one for a while. Does this mean a return to the Claremont era long story arcs? One can only hope.

Batgirl #14

With the DC Comics Batman event “Death of the Family” heading into full speed this month, Batgirl is the title to be watching. After all, she, out of all the Bat-Family (Jason Todd/Red Hood not withstanding) has lost the most to the Clown Prince of Crime and now he has her mother in hand. The Joker knows her secret identity, and is not afraid to use that to his advantage. Check out this preview over at CBR and then go buy this book!

X-Men Legacy #1

Two X-Men issue #1’s in the same list?  But why? Well, with this relaunch of X-Men Legacy as part of the Marvel NOW! initiative, perennial back-bencher and sometimes villian, David Haller (AKA Legion) get’s his own title.

How do you keep the focus when your main character has as many and varied powers as he has personalities? Writer Simon Spurrier has this to say:

“The real trick with this brand new start was to find a way to rationalize—and, yes, visualize—David’s mental condition, so it’s not just this Deus Ex Machina to be deployed whenever we need a problem or a solution. If we’ve done it right—and I think we have—it should provide just as much drama, conflict, action and explodo as the more classical “external” adventures our guy is off having at the same time.”

Fantastic Four #1

And yes, Number 5 on this list is yet another Marvel NOW! title. In Fantastic Four #1, creators Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley are taking the first family of comics someplace they’ve never been before. On a vacation.

Writer Matt Fraction had this to say about the task of handling the reboot of “The Greatest Comic Magazine in the World!”:

“…Stan (Lee) and Jack (Kirby) pretty much built a universe. That’s a tall order, creatively, an impossibly high bar. I want to tackle that kind of challenge, to take on a book whose mandate, whose creative soul, means to invent wildly and with reckless abandon.”

So we can expect this to be a return to the galaxy-spanning adventures of yesteryear? I for one hope so.

Do you disagree with any of your choices? Did something from your pull-list not make it here? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


About the author

Mark Driscoll

When not ranting about the current state of his favorite comics or working on The Magic Cantina, Mark spends a majority of his time renovating his newly purchased, 120 year old Victorian house. Badly. He is very bad at talking about himself in the third person, as he thinks it make him sound pretentious.

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