The temperatures are getting cooler but the comics keep getting hotter (I hate myself just a little bit for writing that). There were plenty of great choices this week but I managed to narrow it down to just four. Here we go.
Justice League of America #4 ($3.99, DC Comics): Epic. This is the only word that I can pick to fully describe the first three issues of JLA featuring words and pictures by Bryan Hitch. We have seen Hitch’s propensity with bigger than big team stories with the League before and his work on the first dozen issues of The Authority remains one of my favorite examples of this type and one of my favorite runs of a book ever. Now he takes the ultimate superteam in a battle against the god of Krypton and an army of Supermen. Other planets, time travel, gods and superheroes. What else do you want? We are about midway through this story and it has kept building so far and I expect issue #4 to pump up the threat level even higher. Can Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman, Flash, and Green Lantern defeat the unstoppable? We had better hope so!
Superman: Lois and Clark #1 ($3.99, DC Comics): I always loved the idea of Lois and Clark married. One of the losses of the reboot to the New 52 was the elimination of the marriage of DC’s power couple but now they are back thanks to writer Dan Jurgens and artist Lee Weeks. A married Lois and Clark and their 9-year-old son have lost their Earth due to the events of Convergence but now they find themselves on Earth Prime with nothing but each other. This Earth also already has a Lois Lane and a Superman/Clark Kent so the trio takes on new identities. A bit older and wiser than their counterparts on this Earth, their primary commitment is to their family but they are both still heroes. Can he stop some of the villains from his old universe from becoming a reality in this one? Will this duo meet their younger doppelgangers? Only time will tell but I intend to find out! I always felt that Jurgens loved the relationship between Lois and Clark in the same way that I did and I’m thrilled to see him bring back this couple.
Chewbacca #1 of 5 ($3.99, Marvel Comics): Fine Marvel/Lucas/Disney. A Chewie solo (solo not Solo) book? Just take all of my money. This mini-series follows Chewbacca after the battle of Yavin (the original Star Wars) and he crashes his ship on an Imperial world. Trying to get back home, our favorite Wookiee teams up with a young girl and, of course, the big hearted lug decides to help her out. I would buy this book just for the big walking carpet but with Gerry Duggan writing it and Phil Noto doing the art … my decision was over before it even got started. Marvel’s books have done a great job intruding us to an amazing array of new female protagonists and I expect this one to be no different. Will she understand Chewie’s language? Will they braid each others hair? Will they take out some stormtoopers? I guessing at least one of these! Rahrrr!
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 ($3.99, Marvel Comics): This is not the Guardians that you know and love but it might just be better. Star-Lord has left to be the Emperor of the Spartax (it doesn’t matter) and Rocket, the not-a-raccoon, is now in charge. Gamorra also appears to be out but there are three roster additions from the movie lineup. Venom has been a part of the comic version of the Guardians for a bit now but the other new folks are two of my all time favorite members of classic Marvel teams; The Thing and Kitty Pryde. Apparently Kitty and Star-Lord had a thing for a bit but I have no idea how the rocky member of the first family of Marvel comes to be a part of this space troop. Between Groot, Drax, Thing, and Venom, this is one high powered offense and if Rocket has his full arsenal I suggest you give them a couple of parsecs. Brian Michael Bendis is the scribe on this one with art by Valerio Schiti. Lots of great variant covers for this one including the one above by Arthur Adams.
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