It is the penultimate week of August comics, and although it is a light week for me in terms of books (especially compared to last week) there are some good ones in the pile… and some I’m getting out of a sense of obligation. As always you can see just a straight list of my pulls at League of Comic Geeks. Let us see what I have in store for this week in my pull list!
Guardians of Knowhere #3 – Chapter 3 brings Venom and Angela to the Guardians roster. Beyond that there is not much to go on as this series trudges along. The solicitations suggest that this will have long-lasting repercussions on the Guardians, although how that is supposed to be accomplished in an alternate timeline comic is anyone’s guess (granted that solicitations really shouldn’t be taken seriously, anyway). The art is pretty, though, that’s for sure.
Guardians Team-Up #10 – The final issue of the series ends with Rocket Raccoon teaming up with Deadpool. Maybe if they had led with that story earlier in the series they could have gotten a few more issues out of it, but let us not kid ourselves into thinking an anthology comic has much chance of surviving in the current market at all. Still, Rocket and Deadpool seems like a match made in humor heaven, so hopefully it will be going out on a high note.
Robin: Son of Batman #3 – Despite the fact that I find the whole “son of Batman” thing to be a stupid concept in general writer Patrick Gleason has gotten some pretty decent stories out of it. So long as the series can stay out of the inevitable Bat-crossovers (or, at least, minimize them) I will stick with this title to see where they are going with it. Hopefully this new version of Nobody is more interesting than the last, too.
Rat Queens #11 – The Rat Queens have been on hiatus since April, but they are back with a new series artist in tow. This absurd fantasy story has been more entertaining than it rightly should be, and I am glad to see it back on shelves. It will not be for everyone, but for those looking for some absurd humor there is no need to look beyond this title.
Welcome Back #1 – I know little about this title, but the previews have been interesting. My plan here is to glance through the book at the shop before committing to a purchase, but if it lives anywhere close to its potential I suspect it will be coming home with me.
Marvel Comics (Star Wars)
Kanan: The Last Padawan#5 – This title is up there as one of the best, if not the best, Star Wars books that Marvel is currently publishing. Whether or not you are following the Rebels television show (I highly recommend trying it if you like Star Wars even just a little) this is a good series, and provides insight into the early years of Kanan without requiring any prior knowledge of the character. I am expecting this to be the highlight of my week.
Star Wars #8 – After last month’s side trip into Obi-Wan Kenobi’s history on Tatooine we are back into the story in progress. Stuart Immonen is taking over the art duties from John Cassadey as the new series regular, so hopefully that will not be too jarring a shift. They have fairly different styles so I expect things will change a bit, but Immonen has proven himself to be an excellent artist in his own right — he just does not do the same style as Cassadey and this arc will look a lot different than the first. Regardless, this excellent series continues onward.
And that wraps up the week. It will be a good week for catching up on back issues, I think, and plugging away at some tradepaperbacks I have been meaning to get to. Definitely a week to look forward to.