We’re back again with the 20th edition of Nerd Issues Weekly, and boy is this a great week for comics. May has been a strong month for comics in general, but this week has a different feel, as we’ve got a ton of quality titles coming out that I’m going to be holding to a pretty high standard. Of course, it should be noted that this is only just a small scratch on the surface of titles that are coming out this week—as there are ton that deserve attention—so here’s my short list of must pulls for the week.
Infinity Gauntlet #1
Story by: Gerry Duggan
Art by: Dustin Weaver
Cover by: Dustin Weaver
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a sucker for Cosmic Marvel, so of all the new series Marvel is kicking off this week, Infinity Gauntlet has my pick for the must-pull issue. That being said, I also wouldn’t sleep on Inhumans Attilan Rising, Old Man Logan or any of the other Secret Wars titles. Infinity Gauntlet features an unlikely hero in the character of Anwen Bankian, whose mother has disappeared after joining the Nova Corps, leaving Anwen and her family to a world ruled by giant insects. Things take a wild turn for Anwen, though, when she stumbles upon an Infinity Stone and finds herself thrust onto an older, more-grizzled Thanos’s radar. Between the past works of Gerry Duggan on Nova and Deadpool, as well as the kick-ass concept art that was originally shown from Dustin Weaver when the series was announced, I am completely hyped for this series and can’t wait to dive head first into this new storyline.
Fight Club 2 #1
Story by: Chuck Palahniuk
Art by: Cameron Stewart
Cover by: David Mack
Publisher: Dark Horse
If you’ve never heard of Fight Club, then you’ve probably been living under a massive rock. This week marks the return to the Fight Club universe, as Chuck Palahniuk (the author of the novel on which the movie is based) makes his comic debut with the official sequel to the novel that inspired the film. In the story, the previously unnamed main character is now going under the name of Sebastian, with Tyler Durden nowhere near the surface and in a deep hibernation—which might not be for the best. The truth is, the high-octane, thrill-seeking personality is deeply missed in a now mundane life, and it’s only a matter of time until Tyler begins to make his way out. It’s worth noting that the comic does follow the storyline of the original novel and not the film, which features a pretty different ending than its original source. Regardless, Palahniuk and company have a lot riding on this title, and I don’t think they are going to let us down this week.
Story by: Jeff King
Art by: Carlo Pagulayan
Cover by: Carlo Pagulayan
This week, the humongous DC event Convergence #8 is stumbling to the finish line. The series finale is set to feature all of its beloved heroes, their alternate forms and then some as they face thrilling adversity. The looming problem, though, is that even if they succeed, only one reality can survive—that is if they make it out of the battle in one piece. The series as a whole has been pretty lackluster, as the execution for an interesting concept just hasn’t been at the level that we have grown to expect from such a large publisher as DC. From clunky storytelling to unfulfilling artwork, here’s hoping that DC can give the series a proper send off and give the fans something notable to hang onto.
Story by: Alex Kot
Art by: Will Tempest
Cover by: Tom Muller
Publisher: Image Comics
The lives of four different characters are put on display in this next series, Material. With the series synopsis being “A man comes home from Guantanamo Bay, irrevocably changed; an actress receives an offer that can revive her career; a boy survives a riot and becomes embedded within a revolutionary movement; a philosopher is contacted by a being that dismantles his beliefs,” the series is set to target the idea of human experience, how it varies and how it can impact different parts of the world. With a story written by Alex Kot and beautifully drawn by Will Tempest, the creative team is looking to kick things off with a bang and keep this series returning to shelves for a long time coming.
Sons of the Devil #1
Story by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Toni Infante
Cover by: Toni Infante
Publisher: Image Comics
When a series claims that it has a story that pulls from pop culture icons like True Detective, Orphan Black and Helter Skelter, there’s no way in hell that I’m going to overlook it. Imagine that you are going about your life as an average man, just trying to make ends meet and keep yourself afloat. Now imagine that you’re doing all of that but also finding out that you have family ties to a cult that may or may not be tied to satanic beliefs. That’s what’s happening to Travis in Sons of the Devil. The story takes places across three decades, and takes a deeper, darker look at cults and the darker side of human nature that few readily address. If you’re a fan of the first season of True Detective and are ready to go on a thrilling ride, pick up this new title from Image.
How will Gerry Duggan do with his reimagining of the ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ story? Which Image #1 are you going to be picking up this week? Tweet me @TarynGStark. Also, be sure to follow us at @YouNerded.
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