We here at Ready Steady Cut would like to welcome you to our brand new weekly comic book article. Every Wednesday (Brown Bag Day) we will be releasing an article highlighting our picks for comics of the week. These comics range from Marvel, DC, Image, Mad Cow, IDW, Vertigo, and much more! Have a favorite comic or one that we didn’t get to in time? Feel free to comment below the article so we can increase our pull list. Our goal is to keep the comic medium alive and assist you in finding the right comic for yourself, your friends, and even your kids!
Extremity #1 – 9
Okay, so let me clear the air on this one. A new issue of Extremity has not released this week, but this is an ABP. Right now, Extremity is the comic of the year. If you fancy yourself a fan of ferocious battle scenes akin to George Miller’s Mad Max, this is the comic for you. This deep, progressive, violent, yet beautiful trade is created by Daniel Warren Johnson. Johnson himself creates the story, the art, and the cover, while Mike Spicer brings the colors. Right now you can pick up the Extremity collection that gathers issues #1-6. If I were you, I would pick it up RIGHT NOW! (This comic is intended for mature audiences.)
Now, on to our comics of the week…
If Extremity is my comic of the year, then Tom King is my writer of the year. This year Tom King has written The Vision, Mister Miracle, and taken over as the writer for Batman after Scott Snyder’s run, and he has never looked back. The Batman-Superman team-up he has created in these last two issues is a love letter to both the characters and the fans who read them. Batman #36 (Two-part arc written by Tom King and pencils and ink by Clay Mann) introduced Superman and Lois to a newly engaged Batman and Catwoman, but Batman #37 is their first double date. Yes, you read that right. Superman and Batman go on a double date. Read Batman #36 and #37 directly after. (Eagle-eyed DC fans will spot the fantastic cameos in this issue.) Why aren’t you reading this book yet!?
(This comic is rated T for teen.)
Comic Grade: (5 / 5)
Superman #37 is written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason with Jorge Jimenez as the artist. This issue is the beginning of a new arc between Superman, Batman, Future Batman (Tim Drake) and John and Damian. As always, Jimenez provides stunning visuals throughout the fight scenes in this issue, never letting a panel go to waste. This comic is light on dialogue, but heavy on action and intrigue as this is the set up for a very interesting ride. Unfamiliar with Tim Drake? Read Detective Comics #934 – #968.
Comic Grade: (3.5 / 5)
SUPER SONS #11
Super Sons #11 is a continuation of the story that began above in Superman #37. Brought to us again by Tomasi and Gleason who are never short on story, this picks up at the end of Superman #37 as we now find Damian and John as “members” of the Teen Titans who have to deal with Future Batman Tim Drake, who has already defeated the current Batman and Superman. This comic provides more dialogue than Superman #37 and provides insight as to the motives behind Tim Drake’s presence.
Comic Grade: (4 / 5)
MS. MARVEL #25
Ms. Marvel has changed over the years and many readers and viewers will be confused when Marvel cinematic Ms. Marvel hits theaters in 2019. There are 2 Ms. Marvels: Carol Danvers (the one we will see in theaters) and Kamala Khan, the current Ms. Marvel. While both are good and interesting characters, Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel seems to be slowly rising to the top of Marvel’s top-selling comics, and for good reason. Ms. Marvel #25 is a great place to start for those who do not know of Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American who fights her grounded battles in Jersey City. This is a perfect comic to read with your younger children and explain to them why representation matters. Story by G Wilson, and art by Nico Leon and Ian Herring.
Comic Grade: (3 / 5)
THE REALM #1 – 4
Leave it to Image comics to throw us in a dark fantasy epic with our main hero armed with a six-shooter, a rifle, and a broadsword. God, I love Image for stories like these. The Realm (story by Seth Peck and art by Jeremy Haun and Nick Filardi), drops the reader in a story where 15 years prior to the first issue, the world has become infested with orcs, dragons, and other dark, mythical creatures. Civilization today survives by violence and mayhem. The reader follows a group of warriors commencing on a journey to fight the darkness in the world and claim it back for the sake of humanity, and you learn all of that in just the first issue. For fans of comics like Extremity, a wild action adventure story-driven epic not necessarily super-hero based, this is the comic for you.
Comic Grade: (4 / 5)
Have I missed any comics that you loved this week? Comment below and let me know! I’ll be sure to give them a read. Happy Brown Bag day to you and yours!
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