Another week, and another edition of Nerd Issues Weekly where we tell you what you should be pulling off the shelves along with your other selections each week. This week we’re showcasing work by Mark Millar, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Claudio Sanchez and Jeff Stokely, let’s get started!
1. MPH #2
Story by: Mark Millar
Art by: Duncan Fegredo
Publisher: Image Comics
It seems like Mark Millar is quickly becoming one of, if not the busiest man in comics. For those who don’t know, he is one half of the genius behind such hits as Kick-Ass, Wanted, as well as Marvel’s Civil War storyline. These days it seems like no matter what time of year it is, Mr. Millar is always coming out with a new title or collaboration, not to mention that Hollywood just can’t seem to get enough of his work, especially now that his hit series The Secret Service is being geared to be the next big blockbuster (now let’s hope for Kick-Ass 3.) With the miniseries of MPH, we have another addition to the always growing Millarworld and his seemingly endless repertoire of stories. If you have any interest in a story about a pill-popping hero with super speed abilities, then this is the story on fresh legs for you to give a shot this week.
2. Original Sin #4
Story by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Mike Deodato
Publisher: Marvel Comics
As we reach the halfway point of the Original Sin storyline, I can say with confidence that this has been one of my favorite arcs in the past year or so. The way that Jason Aaron and the folks at Marvel have been able to intertwine the series and stories of Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool and the stories of other major players in the Marvel Universe, has been enjoyable thus far and I don’t expect that to change this week. In the fourth installment we can look forward to the team up of a somewhat unlikely pairing between Dr. Strange and The Punisher.
3. The Manhattan Projects #21
Story by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Ryan Browne
Publisher: Image Comics
What happens when you mix the history of the atomic bomb producing Manhattan Project along with conspiracy theory and ideas of science fiction? Well you get the Jonathan Hickman led series The Manhattan Projects of course. The Manhattan Projects explores the far off idea that maybe the development of nuclear weapons was a cover up for the government to pursue ideas heavily influenced by sci-fi that would be instantly written off as crazy by the general populous. What Hickman has been able to do with this series is find an astonishing balance between bits of historical and science fiction that is always sure to keep the reader intrigued and wanting more. With the first four volume trades now available, and this issue being the start of Volume 5, now is a great time to jump into the series and experience the greatness that is The Manhattan Projects.
4. Translucid #3
Story by: Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert
Art by: Daniel Baylis, Jeff Stokely
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Translucid is quickly becoming one of my favorite series on the market for a number of reasons, starting with the fact that it’s being written by Claudio Sanchez, frontman of Coheed & Cambria, and co-written by his wife Chondra Echert. My second reason for being infatuated by this series is quite simple: the cover art. Three issues in and I am yet to be disappointed with a cover that Jeff Stokely and Ming Doyle have so elegantly put together, take one look for yourself and you will fall in love with the vibrant colors and illustrations that have been put together by these two. The interior work that fills the pages by Daniel Baylis is nothing to look past either. Aside from simply being great, the art that Baylis has done on this series almost looks as each panel from the series could be used on it’s own as a piece of artwork. I could go on about Translucid all day, and I still don’t think I would deliver it the right amount of justice as you reading it on your own accord. Do yourself a favor and go down to your local comic shop and pick up issues #1-3 as soon as possible!
5. The Wicked + The Divine #1
Story by: Kieron Gillen
Art by: Jamie McKelvie
Publisher: Image Comics
This week has yet another launch of a new series with the release of “The Wicked + The Divine” written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Jamie McKelvie, both of which are known for their work on the popular series “Phonogram” and “Young Avengers.” The premise of the story is that 12 gods incarnate as teenagers on earth, to which they receive mixed emotions from the everyday people. This is an event that happens every ninety years within the universe, and after two years of their incarnation, the gods die off. As a bonus, there is a variant cover for this first issue that has been illustrated by Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of Scott Pilgrim that looks pretty fantastic. So if you’re looking to pick up something new this week, or want to read something created by two of the best in the industry, than “The Wicked + The Divine” is just for you!
What are you guys looking forward to picking up this week that we didn’t cover? Let us know in the comments below!
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