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5 Comics Not to Miss This Week

An old favorite gets a new feel, we finally find out why knowing is half the battle, a crossover that devours 2/3 of the titles involved, a look back 50 some years in the future’s past, and one of the best titles of 2010 gets a new special.  No, this isn’t a corned beef and cabbage inspired nightmare,  we’ve gone through this week’s comic releases and determined the 5 Comics Not to Miss This Week!

 

CONST_Cv1_dsConstantine #1

Was I glad when John Constantine joined the ranks of Justice League Dark? Of course. Was I worried that this slightly watered down version of the character would supplant the original version that I’ve grown to love since first reading Hellblazer? Not really. Turns out I was wrong. So if I’m upset about this homogenization of a horror comics icon, why is this a pick for this week? Well 2 reasons:

1) As good as the Vertigo titles are, they kind of get the shaft when it comes to promotion from the publisher, and shelf placement by the sellers.

2) It will introduce the character to an entirely new generation of readers, whose only experience with John Constantine was the totally shit Keanu Reeves version.

GIJOE_SM01_cvrAG.I. Joe: Special Missions #1

It’s a new G.I. Joe book by IDW, written by Chuck Dixon. What else needs to be said?

 

My editor tells me something else needs to be here.

Listen, IDW has done a bang up job with producing quality work for its G.I. Joe line of books. Giving a new book focusing on the espionage side of the Joe’s operation to a writer of Dixon’s caliber is just a no-brainer. By having Scarlett heading up a cover team of Joes to battle the Baroness, Dixon has already got me on board. Add the phenomenal art of the legendary Paul Gulacy, you have a book you should not miss.

X-termination 1X-termination #1

An X-Men crossover event that doesn’t require a huge number of tie-ins and is almost completely self contained? Count me in! X-termination #11 is a crossover event featuring Astonishing X-Men, Age of Apocalypse, and X-Treme X-Men. The idea is simple: AoA Nightcrawler wants to get home, and doesn’t care what he has to do to get there, including destroying our world. With current Astonishing X-Men scribe Marjorie Lui at the helm, this crossover is certain to see some changes for the books involved, as, at the end of it, there will only be one remaining!
1 Shouldn’t they be running out of “X” titles soon? Can’t wait to see X-Foliate…

JDY1Judge Dredd: Year One #1

How did the most feared lawman in Mega-City One get that way? 2000AD’s Editor-in-Chief, Matt Smith, aims to answer that question by filling in some of the details of Judge Dredd’s first year, in the aptly-titled mini-series,  Judge Dredd: Year One. Something is cause the youth of Mega-City One to spontaneously manifest psychic abilities, and it is up to fresh out of the Academy Dredd to figure out what, leading to his first team up with Psi-Division. If you are a Dredd fan, make sure to pick this one up!

Mystery Society SpecialMystery Society Special 2013

In 2010’s unexpected mini-series Mystery Society (Why “unexpected”? Because it was meant to be an ongoing, but due to less-than-stellar-sales, it was cancelled after its first arc. Shame on you.), Nick and Anastasia Mystery (a very loving couple who used to run an “esoteric” bookstore before the won the lottery), The Secret Skull (a ghoul named Samantha Brooks), Verne (the brain of author Jules Verne in a robotic body), and The Atomic Twins (Nina and Sally, young girls given incredible powers by the U.S. Government then hidden away in Area 51 in the 1950s), had just finished their first adventure. An adventure involving government cover ups. And Giant Robots. And Edgar Allen Poe’s Skull.

So what’s next? Well how about an underwater lair where someone is holding a bunch of monsters, including Frankenstein’s monster, and the Golem of Prague. This doesn’t sit right with Nick and Ana, so they go to rescue them. This book is certain to be an adventure of the highest order, so make sure you don’t miss it!

Do you disagree with any of our 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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