Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (January 29, 2014)

Hey, now… We’re back with the hot comic picks of the week from our good friends at Dragon’s Lair Comics and Games. As always, I’ll chime in with my casual commentary, folks.

Batman And Robin Annual #2

Batman And Robin Annual #2; By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Mike McKone

The solicitation left me blinking my eyes in disbelief:

“A YEAR ONE ADVENTURE OF DICK GRAYSON AS ROBIN! Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson have shared a distinctive crimefighting role: Both have played Batman to a young Robin, so when they discover something important that Damian left behind it leads them to relive one of their first adventures in Gotham City as Batman and Robin!”

I was like, “what the what?”. After untangling the syntax, I got it.

1. This is a flashback

2. It’s a story about the first year of Batman and Robin’s adventures.

So, it’s a couple of old dudes reminiscing about how much better sidekicks were “back in the day”, I think. Still, the art looks great.

Prince Valiant HC Vol. 08 1951-1952

Prince Valiant HC Vol. 08 1951-1952; By: Hal Foster

Talk about a great week for old dudes. On the heels of Batman and Robin wishing for the good old days, we’ve got this Hardcover volume of Prince Valiant, so my dad can tell me how much better the newspaper serials were when he was my age.

And guess what… he was right. This comes from the time when newspapers cared about serialized stories. This volume is a beauty (eh, Clark?)

East Of West #9

East of West #9; By: Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta

I don’t know what else there is to say about this comic. And, apparently, neither do the guys writing the solicitations (sorry if I said “guys”. If there are women writing these solicitations, you should be glad I’m not calling out your gender.)

This is an AWESOME book with a TERRIBLE description:

“‘HUNTER’ The Ranger and Death finally clash in the inevitable meeting of LAW and INEVITABILITY.”

The inevitable meeting of Law and Inevitability? It’s only one sentence, dude! Grab a thesaurus!

Terrible solicitation aside, Hickman is knocking it out of the park with this title. You should be on board and super-psyched about this title. If you need to, go back and grab the first trade. You will be wow-ed.

Saga #18 

Saga #18; By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

Man… That’s a gorgeous Lying Cat on the cover. I’d pay the $2.99 just to hang that on my wall.

For those of you who haven’t read “Saga”, go grab the first trade. For those who have, this one is already on your pull list.  

Serenity Leaves on the Wind #1

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1; By: Zack Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Laura Martin, Dan Dos Santos

Hundreds upon hundreds of people…(if not thousands upon thousands)…I’m not trying for mathematical certainty here, people. Let’s keep it casual.

Where were we? Oh yeah… the hundreds and thousands of Firefly fans who want to punch Joss Whedon in the chest and pull out his still-beating heart, Indiana Jones-style, because of what happened to Wash.

Well, if we can’t bring Wash back (like this guy did), let’s see what happens….

“Malcolm Reynolds’s crew shook the ‘verse to its core when they laid bare the crimes against humanity undertaken by their sinister government-the Alliance. Always outlaws, Mal, a very pregnant Zoe, new pilot River Tam, and the other surviving crew members are in greater danger than ever. Meanwhile, everyone is asking the same question . . .”

I hope that question is “Doctor Who?” because I just finished Series 6 of that show.

But, if not, I’m glad the ‘verse lives on in this form. That’s why Serenity Leaves on the Wind #1 is the Casual Comic Hot Pick of the Week.

Thanks to CJ and Craig at Dragon’s Lair for the picks. Over the next month, though, let’s see if we can squeeze in a title with either Cloak and Dagger or the Vision and Scarlet Witch. Is that too much to ask?

(It probably is…)

As always, support your local comic book shop.



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