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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New No. 1's 11/15/16

What up nerdmigos.  Happy Tuesday.  Another week of new comics.  So I am going to do something a little bit different this week. I am going to rate these titles with a with a Can't Wait, Worth Checking Out, Maybe if it is a light week, Nah. DC is still rolling out Young Animal and some Rebirth stuff starting next year, but I think they may be done with number ones for a while.  Marvel is still rolling out Marvel NOW and again is starting with some odd ball titles, like Fool Killer. 

Everything I have read and heard is that people want Mutants not Inhumans, the new Champions book that is supposed to be the future of Marvel, is lacking major interest and sales have been poor, and finally the change of all the original characters being changed to be more diversified have turned people away from their favorite books. I don't know if that is just is San Diego, but from what I read on message boards, I think not. Hopefully they can get their act together because that have a plethora of great backstories and characters and changing them to diversify is not the answer.  Introduce new characters and grow a new fan base, don't shove it down fans throats because that is how you lose fans.  This reminds me of the end of the New 52, I was down to Bat books and Justice League and buying mostly Marvel.  Now, I am buying mostly DC and just Spiderbooks and a couple holdovers not related to Civil War II. Rant over.  Here we go, new books this week.

W: Matt Kindt A: David Rubin
Ether #1 - A science-minded adventurer gets mixed up in the mysteries of a fantasy world in this charming new adventure from an award-winning creative team. Boone Dias is an interdimensional explorer, a scientist from Earth who has stumbled into great responsibility. He's got an explanation for everything, so of course the Ether's magical residents turn to him to solve their toughest crimes. But maybe keeping the real and the abstract separate is too big a job for just one man.
From "New York Times" best-selling author Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT, Past Aways, Super Spy, Dept. H). Stunning artwork from David Rubfn!

Worth Checking out- I am a Matt Kindt fan and science mixed with magic mixed with interdimensional travel sounds like fun. Throw in a crime element and this sounds like an interesting read with a lot of potential.

W: James Robinson A:Tom Feister
Grand Passion #1 - One of the comic industry's finest - James Robinson (Squadron Supreme, Scarlet Witch, Starman) - delivers the surprising, funny, violent, and sexy tale of romance that comics have been missing! Doc's a cop. Mabel's a crook. They're two wayward souls, fated to fall in love at first sight, even as Mabel swears to kill Doc if it's the last thing she does. Its Harlequin Romance meets Hard-Boiled Crime, as only James Robinson could deliver!

Maybe - Romance comics are really not for me, but reminds me of Sex Criminals, which makes it a maybe. This seems like a tricky one to get right.  Very few can, like The Fix, dark funny crime, or Sex Criminals, Crime Romance, but mixing all of them together will be difficult, but if done right can be great.

W: Amit Chauhan A: Eli Powell
Yakuza Demon Killers #1 - Tokyo harbors a dark secret! When a museum heist goes wrong, a damaged thief named Ochita becomes trapped in the middle of a battle between a horde of demons and the merciless Yakuza. No matter who wins, humanity loses.

Maybe - On name alone this gets a maybe. The Yakuza mixed with demons, sounds a little wacky, but could have great potential.

W: Jeff Lemire A: Mike Deodato
Thanos #1 - EVIL HAS BEEN UNLEASHED ON THE UNIVERSE. Thanos, possibly the most evil individual in the Marvel Universe, is back, and he's out for vengeance on all who would oppose him. Unfortunately for the Mad Titan, he's also heading for an unexpected reckoning, with his family. Take an ongoing walk on the dark side of the galaxy, following the deadly trail of destruction left in the wake of... THANOS!

Maybe - This one gets a maybe only because Jeff Lemire is writing this.  Thanos has really never been my thing.  He seems overpowered and a little one dimensional as in evil just to be evil. Sometimes it takes every hero in the Marvel universe to stop him.  How do you make a book interesting about him?  We shall see.

W: Pamela Ribon A: Veronica Fish
Slam #1 - Television Without Pity's Pamela Ribon (Rick and Morty) and artist Veronica Fish (Archie) dive into the fast-paced, hard-hitting world of roller derby! Jennifer Chu and Maise Huff (aka Knockout and Ithinka Can on the track) have been best friends since their first day of Fresh Meat Orientation for the Eastside Roller Girls, but when they get drafted for two different teams they'll have to figure out if the bond between them is stronger than the pull of a team when a win is on the line. You get slammed on the track and slammed in life, and in both cases you have to take your hits and get back up again!

Nah - Roller Derby and Roller Girls have never really interested me.  However, I thought the same thing with Paper Girls and that was worth a read.  So who knows.

Harbinger Renegades #1 - Six months ago, a secret team of renegade whistleblowers leaked the existence of these extraordinarily dangerous individuals to a stunned world. Today, all across the country, crude, DIY psiot activation attempts have left hundreds brain damaged, or worse. The emergence of a new psiot in a community often leads to riots and mass violence. Gun sales are through the roof. With this revolutionary upheaval now in motion, Kris Hathaway, John 'Torque' Torkelson, Faith 'Zephyr' Herbert, and Peter Stanchek are about to discover their calling. Together, the HARBINGER RENEGADES are moving from town to town, building their ranks, and subverting authority one mind at a time, and setting out to prove once and for all that behind their power, there has always been a purpose.

Maybe - Valiant is very hit or miss for me.  This is a team up book with characters that I like and characters that I don't really care for.  This is a little reminiscent of Generation Zero. That is the only reason I will give this a chance.  

W: George Mann A: Alan Quah
Dark Souls Winters Spite #1 - Beyond this tenuous fabric lies a place of banishment; a world within a world where the frigid nights endure and even the Old Lords fear to tread. Only the deluded dare venture there, yet in these times of misery, sometimes madness is our only path toward salvation.

Nah - Video game comics are typically not good unless you are a fan of the game.  There are a few exceptions, but with no knowledge of the Dark Souls universe, this seems like a pass for me.

Think I am crazy, let me know if the comments.

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