Geek Picks for November 6th, 2019!
There’s only 2 months left until we hit 2020! That means that there’s going to be holiday specials galore and amazing collections that will make the perfect gift for the season for any comic book collector! And of course, your favorite publishers are still putting out some top notch stuff!
Let’s take a look at the cream of the crop with the recommendations of our fantastic staff! Here’s your Geek Picks for November 6th, 2019…
Let’s get started with William who has a massive set of picks…
his week my “Geek Picks” a 3 part pick. Now as regular readers may know sometimes one of our Geeks has a hard time choosing so then we give you a “Bonus” pick this week I’m taking it up a notch! See this past weekend I was able to cover (RICC) Rhode Island Comic-Con so yes I’m suffering from some major sensory overload! SO here I go these 3 picks are separated by ongoing series, mini-series, and a 1-shot.
First here’s the ongoing title even though I have hated much of his work at DC (Liked him at Marvel) is Brian Michael Bendis (destroying my childhood once again with changes he and Ryan Sook made to the Legion of Super-Heroes. But this title has been my favorite team book since 1974! Yes, old guys like comics too! Like Gaumer likes to remind me old guys hate change. OK, most of the time that’s true I really hope this isn’t one of those times. So my main pick of the week is Legion of Super-Heroes #1 by Brian Michael Bendis & Ryan Sook.
Legion of Super-Heroes #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Ryan Sook
Welcome to the 31st century! Inspired by the acts of and lessons learned from the greatest heroes of all time, the Legion of Super-Heroes have gathered together to stop a galaxy from repeating its past mistakes. The greatest lineup of heroes in comic book history returns with new, fresh, and reader-friendly stories!
Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis reteams with master artist Ryan Sook (Action Comics) for one of the most ambitious mainstream comic books ever created! Why have the Legion of Super-Heroes broken the cardinal rule of the United Planets and inducted Jon Kent, a.k.a. Superboy, into the Legion? What are they hiding? And what does it have to do with Aquaman’s long-lost trident?Publisher: DC Comics
Rating: Teen +
Next is my mini-series pick of the week I’ve always dug Green Lantern who wouldn’t want a power ring? Seriously? This newest run has been cool the biggest part of that sorry Grant Morrison was due to the art on the series. I couldn’t get enough of that. Now back in the day, I was also a fan of the Darkstars series again because of the design and artist Travis Charest so when this 3 issue mini came up I just had to check it out! The corp is nowhere to be found but the Blackstars are tearing through everything. I can’t wait to dig into this series so much I won’t even wait for the other 2 issues to drop before reading this first issue.
Green Lantern: Blackstars #1
Writer: Grant Morrison
What has Hal Jordan done? Following the catastrophic events of The Green Lantern #12, no Green Lanterns can be found patrolling their space sectors…and not a single power ring lights the darkness. Across the universe, once-familiar faces now wear a different uniform and enforce a new type of galactic law. The Green Lantern Corps is dead-long live the Blackstars! Who are they? What are they? Answers will be revealed as the unstoppable Blackstars set their sights on the demons of Ysmault, Mongul…and a tiny, backwater planet called Earth. A dangerous new chapter of the Green Lantern mythology starts now!
Publisher: DC Comics
Not to mention anyone that’s been following the Year of the Villain and more importantly the Batman Who Laughs, you know he’s been infecting other heroes. So he’s finally done it with Shazam Who Laughs? You’re darn tooting! This is where the big red cheese turns moldy and cold as ice. The mightiest mortal is gonna put the beat down on some people like he never would have dreamed of before. So my 1-Shot pick of the week has to be The Infected: King Shazam #1
The Infected: King Shazam #1
Writer: Sina Grace
Artist: Joe Bennett
Billy Batson is a good kid. He helps his friends, loves his family, and tries to do the right thing. But Billy is about to have a run-in with the most dangerous serial killer in existence, and the Batman Who Laughs wants Billy to be bad. Spinning out of the events of Batman/Superman and “Year of the Villain,” it’s the tale of a hero whose soul has been turned black, and who has something to prove to the old guard. Buckle in for Shazam’s journey to punch a bunch of so-called “gods” in the face and show the establishment exactly what the future looks like…
Publisher: DC Comics
Tony: Grimm Fairy Tales 2019 Holiday Special
Right off the bat, we’ve got out first holiday special of the season! With also being so close to the completion of Halloween, Zenscope offers a special that’s full of scary ghost stories just like from that old song by Andy Williams. And it’s starring that new darling of the holidays: Krampus!
Writer: Joe Brusha, Various
Tis the season to be terrified, as Grimm Fairy Tales returns with another year of holiday horror for the whole family. This issue includes three new bone chilling stories set during the happiest time of the year told by your favorite Yuletide figure, Krampus.
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Jan: Locke & Key: Dog Days One-Shot
Joe Hill signs a massive deal with DC Comics and you thought that that was the end of Locke & Key. Guess again! Enjoy this early Christmas present (or really late Halloween treat) from the next Master of Horror!
Writer: Joe Hill
Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez
n 2013, the Locke family saga came to a close. Or did it? Some doors, once closed, can never be opened again. While others shouldn’t be reopened ever again… Please join us for a return to the Locke & Key mythos with two new stories by creators Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez — “Nailed It” and “Dog Days” — plus a behind-the-scenes tease of the coming TV series, and a 5-page preview of an all-new series by Hill and artist Martin Simmonds, too!
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Gaumer: New Mutants #1
The Dawn of X gets a bit brighter this week as the young’uns get their own book and it’s …IN SPAAAAACCEE! Since Hickman’s relaunch of the brand and, with it, the application of a new status quo, the breathe of fresh air that IS Marvel’s X-Line has been a joy to read. I’m expecting the same sort of fun here, and New Mutants #1 is on the top of my comic stack this week.
Writer: Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brisson
Artist: Rod Reis
The classic New Mutants (Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Karma, Magik, and Cypher) get together with a few new friends (Chamber, Mondo) to seek out their missing member and share the good news… a mission that takes them into space alongside the Starjammers!
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating: Teen Plus
Thomas: Daredevil #13
After one heck of a cliffhanger in last issue this has to be my pick for the week. Let’s face it, Zdarsky and Checchetto have been killing it since the DD relaunch. What they have given us is an even more down to earth Matt Murdock. A man trying to come back but constantly questioning himself, a man consumed by fear. Yet, with all that the supporting characters may be stealing the show. After last issue it looks like Wilson Fisk may be driving the book now. The KIngpin of Crime turned Mayor of New York is not someone readers can usually relate to. But, the treatment he received in the last issue made me both root for him and ask what are you going to do now Wilson?
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Marco Checchetto
- After the epic conclusion to NO DEVILS, ONLY GOD, Matt Murdock has no choice but to investigate the corruption in New York’s police force further.
- And Wilson Fisk may be the Kingpin of Crime no more, but he still has blood on his hands…
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating: Teen +
Tom: KISS Zombies #1
Dynamite have been knocking it out of the park with their KISS comics since their launch. I’ve loved all the different directions they have taken the band however, this one has me the most excited. Just the idea of combining KISS and zombies has me itching to read this book.
Writer: Ethan Sacks
Artist: Rodney Buchemi
Decades after a zombie invasion has made humans an endangered species, the city of New Detroit is under siege. The people in charge have banned music, as the undead are attracted to sound, and have tried to rid the world of evidence that the greatest band in history have ever existed. Unwilling to live this way and take the leadership at their word, a group of teenagers set out on a dangerous trip to find KISS! From Ethan Sacks (Old Man Hawkeye, Old Man Quill) and Rodney Buchemi (Death of Hawkman, Uncanny X-Men) comes a story of survival and rebellion in a post-apocalyptic landscape devoid of rock’n’roll!
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Rating: Teen +
Chris: Berserker Unbound #4
The conclusion to what has turned out to be an incredible and unexpected story approaches, and I could not be more interested in seeing how this all ends. What I thought was going to be a hyper-violent action fest has turned out to be a fun and enjoyable story of two unlikely strangers in very different positions bring more laughs than bloodshed. That isn’t to say that there won’t be any sword swinging in the next issue and conclusion to what has been an awesome return to creator owned comics by Deodoto.
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Mike Deodato
Followed by a powerful enemy from his own dimension, fearsome warrior the Mongrel King must protect himself and the new friend he’s made-and find his way back home.
From the Eisner Award-winning team of Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato Jr., and Frank Martin comes this urban warrior fantasy series!
Publisher: Dark Horse