Top and Bottom 5 Comics of the Week of August 8th, 2018: Let's Try This Again

Top and Bottom 5 Comics of the Week of August 8th, 2018: Let’s Try This Again

Posted by August 13, 2018 Comment

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!

Wins:

She Could Fly #2 cover by Martin Morazzo and Miroslav Mrva
She Could Fly #2 cover by Martin Morazzo and Miroslav Mrva

1. She Could Fly #2

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.

Fantastic Four #1 cover by Esad Ribic
Fantastic Four #1 cover by Esad Ribic

2. Fantastic Four #1

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.

Hawkman #3 cover by Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair
Hawkman #3 cover by Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair

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 #4 cover by Kyle Charles and Dee Cunniffe
Her Infernal Descent #4 cover by Kyle Charles and Dee Cunniffe

4. Her Infernal Descent #4

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.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #50 cover by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #50 cover by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey

5. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #50

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.

Losses:

Sandman Universe #1 cover by Jae Lee and June Chung
Sandman Universe #1 cover by Jae Lee and June Chung

5. Sandman Universe #1

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.

Farmhand #2 cover by Rob Guillory
Farmhand #2 cover by Rob Guillory

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.

Outpost Zero #2 cover by Alexandre Tefengki and Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Outpost Zero #2 cover by Alexandre Tefengki and Jean-Francois Beaulieu

3. Outpost Zero #2

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.

Predator: Hunters II #1 cover by Agustin Padilla
Predator: Hunters II #1 cover by Agustin Padilla

2. Predator: Hunters II #1

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.

Dead Life #1 cover by Mike Norton
Dead Life #1 cover by Mike Norton and Dan Boutwood

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!

(Last Updated August 13, 2018 8:03 pm )

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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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