Big things are happening in comics these days, as we get to see many of our favorite heroes either facing off against each other or teaming up, and boy is it a thing of beauty. We’ve also got quite a bit of special guests popping up this week that range from musicians to showrunners, and even an academy award winning director. Personally, I think it’s always great to see people exploring different media, and when they’re able to find success, it’s even better.
Oh Killstrike #1
Story by: Max Bemis
Art by: Logan Faerber
Cover by: Logan Faerber
Publisher: Boom! Studios
First up this week, we’ve got the debut issue of Oh Killstrike, the third series from Max Bemis—the front man of indie rock band Say Anything and the other half of Parma and Two Tongues. After his last series, Evil Empire was a bit of a step away from the personal side of Bemis, and Oh Killstrike is a return to those personal roots. The story starts out in a somewhat autobiographical sense, as it follows Jared as he delves headfirst into the uncharted waters of fatherhood. In order to cope with this new whirl of responsibilities, Jared turns back to the one that’s second nature: his childhood comics. The only problem is he accidentally unleashes his childhood favorite, Killstrike: an anti-hero who draws parallels to Deadpool. On a path of self-discovery, it’s up to Jared to send Killstrike back to where he came from before any of his loved ones are hurt. If you haven’t had a chance to read his previous work of Polarity or Evil Empire, do yourself a favor and see if your local shop has any of these trades or issues.
Ultimate End #1
Story by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Mark Bagley
Cover by: Mark Bagley
The Ultimate Universe will always hold a special place in my heart. The Ultimate Spider-Man was a staple of my childhood—and to this day remains one of my favorite series of all time—which is why it is very bittersweet for me to include Ultimate End in this week’s pull list. Ultimate End #1 is going to be the de-launching point of the Ultimate Universe for Marvel, and will be the final send off to the group of characters that we’ve shared a majority of highs and lows with. Of course, it only makes sense that Brian Michael Bendis lowers down the universe that he played a major role in building into its final resting place. Toss this issue in your grab bag and turn through the pages as Miles Morales and company fight for their last chance at survival for their universe.
Story by: Jeff King
Art by: Aaron Lopresti
Cover by: Carlo Pagulayan
Publisher: DC Comics
Superhero showdowns are certainly a trending topic right now, both on the pages as well as the big screen. We’re now going to move onto Convergence, the battle of the Multiverse that is into its seventh issue of an eight part series, a series that is now going to bring us characters of the new 52 onto the scene. In this penultimate issue, we get to see the survivors of Earth 2 face off against the heroes of Kingdom Come, and the Titans and Parallax, too. If you haven’t been following the series up to this point, be sure to check the shelves for the other six issues before the series finale hits next week.
Django Zorro #7
Story by: Quentin Tarantino & Matt Wagner
Art by: Esteve Polls
Cover by: Jae Lee
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
It’s no secret that Quentin Tarantino is second to none when it comes to penning thrilling stories for the silver screen. So what better character of his, aside from Beatrix Kiddo, to bring to the page than Django? I guess for the time being we’ll have to “settle” for the wildly awesome Django who was portrayed by Jamie Foxx in the 2012 film. Django Zorro is the only sequel to any piece of work from Tarantino, and is the love child between him and Matt Wagner—with the latter handling the majority of the scripting for the seven part series that will come to a close this week. With the series really hitting its stride in the past few issues, the 30-page issue will wrap as Django and Zorro face off against the Archduke of Arizona as they try and free the Yaqui people. One of the main reasons Tarantino is able to consistently have success is because of the amount of passion and hard work he puts into every story that he tells, and with Django Zorro, you can tell that statement holds true.
Story by: Marc Guggenheim
Art by: Peter Krause
Cover by: Chris Samnee
Wrapping up this week, we’ve got Daredevil #15.1, a standalone issue that is going to pay homage to the early days of the man without fear. This issue also features a bit of a supergroup, as the showrunner of Arrow, Marc Guggenheim, collaborates with notable Daredevil illustrator Chris Samnee. Mark Waid, a former Daredevil writer, will also be featured in this annual issue with two, one-page short stories that will also be illustrated by Samnee. Whether you’re a long time fan of the series or new to the hero on the pages, this will be an awesome issue to pick up, fly through and hang onto for a while. And let’s be honest, after Marvel’s Daredevil series on Netflix, we could all use something to help our appetite for the hero subside.
How do you guys feel about the end of the Ultimate Universe? Has ‘Convergence’ lived up to the hype? Tweet me @TarynGStark. Also, be sure to follow us at @YouNerded.
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