Big news in the comic book world as Tom Holland has been announced as the next actor to get a crack at playing the web-slinging Spider-Man in Marvel’s reboot, due sometime in 2017. Holland was up against the likes of Asa Butterfield and Charlie Rowe for the lead part, but was made the chosen man after Marvel and Sony went on the record saying his auditions were something special and stuck out from the rest. I never had anything against Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of the character, but I think Marvel will again strike gold with this casting and the eventual re-debut of the character when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters next year.
Yesterday, Scott Snyder and Jock released the first issue of their five-part collaborative effort, Wytches, completely free to the interwebs! So now you don’t a reason to skip over this, as you don’t even have to leave your house to get it.
Uncle Grandpa Pizza Steve Special #1
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Writer: David DeGrand
Art: Dave DeGrand
Cover: Kelsey Dieterich
Cover Price: $4.99
What a weird title, and what an even weirder comic book cover, but I’ll be damned if I’m not interested in Uncle Grandpa: Pizza Steve Special. Based on the Cartoon Network series that debuted in 2010, the previews for the first issue are hilariously funny. The art looks like a spin on Candyland, while also making sure it’s staying original. This is especially true for the variant cover for this week, as I’ll be on the lookout trying to get my hands on a copy of it. The story itself follows the uncle and grandpa, Uncle Grandpa, of every kid in the world as he gets up to no good with Pizza Steve, the coolest dude in all the land. In an issue that’s sure to have some ridiculous moments, it’s always nice to step back and read something extremely light-hearted and fun.
We Are Robin #1
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Lee Bermejo
Art: Rob Haynes
Cover: Lee Bermejo
Cover Price: $2.99
This week, Lee Bermejo and Rob Haynes kick off the newest rendition of Robin with a trip to the streets of Gotham. Hundreds of teens have taken it upon themselves to wear the “R” as part of a legion looking to keep the legacy alive, and to also stop a weapon shipment at their local dock. From what I’ve seen so far from the issue in the publisher’s previews, it looks like Bermejo and Haynes seem to be getting off on the right foot, with them putting on a fairly captivating first showing. If Robin is your guy or you’re looking for another new series from DC, We Are Robin #1 is the issue for you.
Age of Ultron Vs Marvel Zombies #1
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: James Robinson
Art: Steve Pugh
Cover: Carlos Pacheco
Cover Price: $3.99
Another week, another pack of zombies. Not that it’s a bad thing, just when you have a million different zombie stories to pick you from, you’ve gotta pick the one’s that stand out from the rest, like this week’s Age of Ultron Vs Marvel Zombies. The title says it all. Ultron and his drones are pitted up against the zombified Marvel villains as part of the Secret Wars storyline, all to fight for what’s left of humanity. And Lord have mercy on whoever those who are left to feel the wrath of this battle’s winner. The Marvel Zombies storylines are always a good time, and even if the story is lacking, the idea of seeing a zombified Kingpin taking on an Ultron drone is almost worth it on its own.
X-Men 92 #1
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Chris Sims
Art: Scott Koblish
Cover: Pepe Larraz
Cover Price: $4.99
Any fan of X-Men knows that some of their greatest years started out in the early ‘90s, arguably the best of the series before the new generation. The series really propelled the X-Men franchise among a new generation of readers, and played a part in influencing the cartoon that we all went wild for when we were younger. You know, the one with the catchy theme song and comic-style animation that later got dubbed to make those Juggernaut videos? Well, this week we’ve got a nice throwback to the prolific series with X-Men 92, written by Chris Sims with art by Scott Koblish. XM92 looks to be a fan favorite, as it debuts this week and promises readers that we’ll be getting a big helping of the characters that made us fall in love with X-Men in the first place. It’s going to be special to dive into a paperback time machine where these characters are still stuck in the ‘90s exactly how we left them, but ready to be revisited.
The Massive TPB Volume 5: Ragnarok
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Brian Wood
Art: Garry Brown, Jordie Bellaire
Cover: J.P. Leon
Cover Price: $19.99
This week, the trade paperback for Brian Wood’s epic, The Massive, is also hitting the shelves, compacting six nice issues into one solid volume for your consumption. The trade covers the entire Ragnarok story arc, and is the final piece to the 30-issue/five-volume run. For those unfamiliar with the story, it’s post disaster/apocalyptic/everything, as anything you can think of has gone wrong on Earth. The remaining survivors are strapped for resources, and their last hope is the find Earth’s mother ship, the Massive. If you’re new to the series, this isn’t exactly the best place to get started, but you can always check your local shop to see if they have any of the previous four volumes. And for those of you who can wait, I’m sure it won’t be too long before the entire collection is released in one book.
The Short List:
The Walking Dead #143 – Image Comics
Fight Club #2 – Dark Horse Comics
Fade Out #7 – Image Comics
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