Top and Bottom 5 Comics, Week of June 6th, 2018: Justice League Soars, Xerxes Sinks

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The Top and Bottom 5 Comics for the week has run late again; I apologize. You can blame E3 a little if you like. I do. Anyway, this week was actually very good for the Big Two and comics in general. There was a lot to like. I still found a few stinkers in the batch, and you can expect to see them below.

Winners

Justice League #1 cover by Jim Cheung and Laura Martin
Justice League #1 cover by Jim Cheung and Laura Martin

1. Justice League #1

This comic excited me more than any other this week. A new Justice League with a new creative team and a new approach. Optimism, grand heroics, and the freaking Legion of Doom are back, and the team is led by the returned Martian Manhunter. Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung did an amazing job with this one, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

The Immortal Hulk #1 cover by Alex Ross
The Immortal Hulk #1 cover by Alex Ross

2. Immortal Hulk #1

Another triumphant rebirth occurred this week; the Incredible–err–Immortal Hulk returned. Bruce Banner is the jolly green giant once more, and he is now a thing that goes smash in the night and strikes terror into the worst of the worst. All the while, Bruce must contemplate what he has become with his constant death and resurrection.

Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #4 cover by Max Fiamura
Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #4 cover by Max Fiamura

3. Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #4

Jeff Lemire and Max Fiamura concluded their Black Hammer-affiliated Doctor Star miniseries. With it came a heart-breaking ending and a reflection on what we devote our time and efforts to in our lives. This was a downright beautiful comic book, and I recommend everyone pick up the trade and give it a read when it’s released.

Black Science #36 cover by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio
Black Science #36 cover by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio

 

4. Black Science #36

After Black Science #36 blew me away, I had to come back and read the Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera comic series again. It didn’t disappoint either, providing a strange yet wonderful story with dueling narrations and two estranged lovers coming to know one another again.

Ant-Man and the Wasp #1 cover by David Nakayama
Ant-Man and the Wasp #1 cover by David Nakayama

5. Ant-Man and the Wasp #1

I adore Scott Lang, and Nadia Pym has quickly become one of Marvel’s most endearing heroes. The two uniting on a bizarre science fiction adventure into the Microverse because, well, Scott is a human trainwreck, is a perfect start to this fun and high-energy comic. I loved it.

Losers

Xerxes #3 cover by Frank Miller
Xerxes #3 cover by Frank Miller

5. Xerxes #3

This probably deserved to go higher on the list, but I’ve stopped having expectations for this miniseres. I’ve given it a beating three times now, but I’ll probably follow it to the end. The narrative is unfocused, the characters uninteresting, and the art underwhelming. Xerxes is not the dive into the 300 villain I had hoped for.

Halo: Collateral Damage #1 cover by Zak Hartong
Halo: Collateral Damage #1 cover by Zak Hartong

4. Halo: Collateral Damage #1

Halo: Collateral Damage was just boring. It’s exactly what I expected it to be, and that was sort of a disappointment unto itself. The comic is such a bog-standard sci-fi military book, and there are only the vaguest semblance of characters within it.

Garfield: Homecoming #1 cover by Andy Hirsch and Sara Talmadge
Garfield: Homecoming #1 cover by Andy Hirsch and Sara Talmadge

3. Garfield: Homecoming #1

I know it’s a kid’s comic, but it was so boring and lacking in jokes that even a young child would be unimpressed by what this book has too offer.

Infinity Countdown #4 cover by Nick Bradshaw and Morry Hollowell
Infinity Countdown #4 cover by Nick Bradshaw and Morry Hollowell

2. Infinity Countdown #4

This miniseries has well and truly bottomed-out, and that’s concerning seeing as this is only a build-up to another Infinity miniseries. The Adam Warlock and Silver Surfer material is alright, but the Guardians of the Galaxy half is mostly irritating at this point. It’s not funny, and it’s eating away at my love for the characters.

Deadpool #1 cover by Nic Klein
Deadpool #1 cover by Nic Klein

1. Deadpool #1

Different creative team, same unfunny nonsense. I don’t get it. I really don’t. This is among Marvel’s most popular properties, and it might just be their worst. Meta humor only works when there’s a joke beyond “did you ever notice comics do this?” Deadpool isn’t a likable character either, and he’s far from compelling. This comic will still likely do well, but it will have to go its journey without me.

*****

And that’s it for another Top and Bottom 5 List. I will likely be caught up with E3 coverage again for part of today, but you can expect the Comics for Your Pull Box and possibly some advance reviews from me today. See you then!

(Last Updated June 12, 2018 9:55 am )

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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