It’s been a few weeks, and this is coming out later than I would have liked this week (technically last week), but here we are! Back again! With the Top and Bottom 5 Comics of the past week! Hopefully, we can keep this going this time without a long stint in the middle. I say we; this is all my doing and failings.
Anyway, let’s get started!
This comic has frequently managed to touch on some raw nerves in my psyche, and I would be remiss to not include this on the list. She Could Fly is a frigging masterpiece, and Christopher Cantwell and Martin Morazzo should be proud of what they have made here. It is a painfully honest depiction of mental illness and should be read by all in sundry.
The Fantastic Four is back, and I couldn’t be happier (arguably). Dan Slott impresses with a heartfelt script, and Sara Pichelli and Simone Bianchi both contribute some great visuals to the book.
3. Hawkman #3
Hawkman fights a T-Rex in this, then a swarm of avian humans in a battle that lasts literal hours. Also, he can summon his mace like Mjolnir now. Read this frigging book. Robert Venditti and Bryan Hitch are KILLING IT with this title.
Her Infernal Descent may be among AfterShock’s best titles to date. A dark, emotionally complex, and even at-times funny recreation of the Inferno portion of Dante Alighieri‘s Divine Comedy, this book has been a treat with every issue. This one is no different, having the protagonist, Lynn, encounter Hunter S. Thompson in the realm of violence. It’s a darkly delightful read and well-worth checking out.
Robert Venditti gets to make it to the list twice this week, the second time with the finale to his wonderful tenure on the GL family of titles, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. This book is easily among Rebirth‘s best titles, and I am sad to see it go. That said, it went out on a high note, with a grand war between the Green Lanterns and the Darkstars as well as Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey turning in incredible visual work.
So, this one isn’t awful, but it is frustrating in how near-unapproachable it is for anyone not familiar with the Neil Gaiman Sandman mythos. Esoteric and metaphysical shrapnel is shot at the reader at high speeds while either lightly or too heavily touching on the new books to come. It was also just dull to read. If you haven’t investment in these characters yet, there’s little to grab onto with this admittedly gorgeous comic book.
4. Farmhand #2
Farmhand #2 isn’t especially bad either. It’s good on world-building, but the comic doesn’t do much beyond that. It just wanders around a bit and ends without introducing anything new other than Pastor Tree Moore, who is admittedly awesome. Beyond that, this comic was a bit of a disappointment.
While I respect the intent of Outpost Zero #2, it overestimates the investment its audience could have in the characters at this stage. It’s the second issue of the series, and it already introduces a long eulogy issue upon one of its characters and brings the plot to a near-complete halt. It’s a painfully dull read, and I can only hope the next issue is a vast improvement.
At least Outpost Zero has characters though. Like, real characters. Predator: Hunters II #1 asks its reader to get attached to military archetypes while delivering weak dialogue and a very, very dumb plot. This was a nothing comic bookended by decent action beats.
1. Dead Life #1
I’m not opposed to zombie stories. I am opposed to reading the same zombie story again and again. I’ve read Dead Life numerous times before under different names. It tries to inject some originality with its characters, but it’s not enough. Dead Life is another zombie apocalypse, and I’m sad that this is a condemnation rather than praise.
Also, I swear I’m not trying to beat up on Titan Comics. For what it’s worth, Road to the Thirteenth Doctor and Konungar: War of Crowns were both great this week, and you should definitely check those out.
That’s it for another Top and Bottom 5 Comics List and it’s re-return! Look out later for the re-return of the Comics for Your Pull Box. See you then!