Top and Bottom 5 Comics for June 13th, 2018: Hawkman Lives

Top and Bottom 5 Comics for June 13th, 2018: Hawkman Lives

Posted by June 17, 2018 Comment

We’v reached the end of another week, and it’s time to take stock! That means it’s time for the Top and Bottom 5 comics of June 13th, 2018. What will win? What will lose? What will get people mad at me? Let’s find out together!

Winners

Hawkman #1 cover by Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair
Hawkman #1 cover by Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair

1. Hawkman #1

Hawkman #1 finally came out this week– and I may be a little biased on this one. I love Hawkman, and Robert Venditti and Bryan Hitch put together a great first outing, returning to Carter’s archaeologist and monster-fighting roots while possibly changing the very future of the character.

Batman: Detective Comics #982 cover by Sebastian Fiumara and Brad Anderson
Batman: Detective Comics #982 cover by Sebastian Fiumara and Brad Anderson

2. Detective Comics #982

Batman: Detective Comics #982 put on a hell of a show this week with a pseudo-horror Batman tale bringing him into the path of Deacon Blackfire. The writing was brilliant, and the art was phenomenal. Michael Moreci and Sebastian Fiumara did fantastic work.

A Walk Through Hell #2 cover by Andy Clarke and Jose Villarrubia
A Walk Through Hell #2 cover by Andy Clarke and Jose Villarrubia

3. A Walk Through Hell #2

Garth Ennis and Goran Sudzuka continued their cerebral and haunting horror tale, and it managed to shock me once again. This is a brilliant book and is more than worthy of checking out.

Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1 cover by Chip Zdarsky
Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1 cover by Chip Zdarsky

4. Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1

Doctor Doom is one of Marvel’s greatest characters, and Chip Zdarsky and Declan Shalvey did an excellent job of diving into the modern Doom, how he got here, and where he is going. It also felt like a classic Fantastic Four story, which Zdarsky has proven himself very adept at crafting in this series.

Plastic Man #1 cover by Aaron Lopresti
Plastic Man #1 cover by Aaron Lopresti

5. Plastic Man #1

Gail Simone does it again with Plastic Man, a charming, well-paced, and funny book about Eel O’Brian. This comedy superhero book has some heart to it, and that’s what sets it apart from others. Plus, Adriano Melo provides some great art.

Losers

Tomb Raider: Inferno #1 cover by Hannah Templer
Tomb Raider: Inferno #1 cover by Hannah Templer

5. Tomb Raider: Inferno #1

Tomb Raider: Inferno was dull, which is admittedly one of the greatest flaws a story can have. However, what sticks with me the most is how uninteresting Lara Croft is in the story. She’s more dull than the plot, and that sinks the book.

Wonder Woman #48 cover by Jesus Merino and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Wonder Woman #48 cover by Jesus Merino and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

4. Wonder Woman #48

Wonder Woman #48 advances it story whatsoever. What sets it apart from Quicksilver: No Surrender #2 which arguably does the same thing is that Jason is a boring character. He is flat, uninteresting, and is the main figure in this issue.

Magic Order #1 cover by Olivier Coipel and Dave Stewart
Magic Order #1 cover by Olivier Coipel and Dave Stewart

3. The Magic Order #1

The Magic Order has a cliched premise, dull characters, and an unearned tendency towards brutality. Olivier Coipel makes it visually stunning, but it doesn’t save the comic from this list.

I Hate Fairyland #19 cover by Skottie Young
I Hate Fairyland #19 cover by Skottie Young

2. I Hate Fairyland #19

This book is set up around one idea: Gertrude hates Fairyland. That could be expanded to something interesting, but it isn’t. Gertrude is a loathsome lead, and the jokes don’t land. Skottie Young’s artwork works well within the book, but it doesn’t salvage the comic book.

Bloodstrike #0 cover by Michel Fiffe
Bloodstrike #0 cover by Michel Fiffe

1. Bloodstrike #0

I’m sorry. I didn’t know anything about this book before recommending it last week, and I paid the price with a horrific reading experience. It’s nonsensical, ugly in character, and just a generally crap experience. This was the worst comic I’ve read since Deadpool #300.

 

That brings us to the conclusion of this week. Keep a look out for June 20th’s Comics For Your Pull Box later today.

(Last Updated June 17, 2018 2:02 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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