Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (February 19, 2014)

Aaaand we’re back with the hot new comic books from the week of February 19, 2014. We’ll see if I can manage to be in a bit of a better mood this week. Looking at the list that the Dragon’s Lair crew was kind enough to provide, it looks like a pretty good week.

As always, I’ve left the picks to the pros (for the most part) and the uneducated commentary is mine – no passing the blame on that.

Fables #138

Fables #138 by: Bill Willingham, Russell Braun, Christopher Moeller DC Comics

Fables is still running after 138 issues. Good for them. I always did have a weak spot for this title. I’m not sure this is the best jumping off point for new fans, but the one-shot sounds interesting:

“Geppetto is up to his naughty tricks in a stand-alone story that fills in the gaps of an event that happened in Fabletown long ago. Snow White, Sir Woldred and Grandfather Oak guest-star in ‘Root and Branch,’ illustrated by guest artist Russ Braun.” 

Wonder Woman #28

Wonder Woman #28 by: Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang DC Comics

As complicated as the back story to this issue sounds – and that’s a whole heap of complicated – Cliff Chiang’s art is exquisite. I didn’t know he was back on board this title. So, it looks like I’m going to have to have one of my local comic store guys catch me up on the story so I can get on board.

And, I need the backgrounder because here’s the solicit:

“The last time the First Born came for Olympus, it took the death of the God of War to stop him. And if Wonder Woman is now the God of War . . . and if the First Born is more determined than ever to claim his birthright . . . then things are about to get VERY violent indeed!” 

There’s not a part of that description I understand. Lots of dependent clauses in that second sentence that don’t track for me.

Nova TPB Vol. 1 Origin

Nova TPB Vol. 1 Origin by: Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness Marvel Comics

From Jeph Loeb, the guy who brought you “Batman: Long Halloween”, “Spiderman: Blue”, and… the Hulk series where there was a Red Hulk and nothing made sense any more (hey, you can’t win them all), here’s the retold origin of Nova. “Buckethead (aka Nova)” , as my kids call him, has always been one of my favorites.

I should get in line for this one, too. I’m assuming that it’s a retelling of his origin since, you know, it says “Origin” really big on the cover. But with Marvel’s weird numbering convention, I wouldn’t put it past them. Probably best to check the solicit just in case:

“The new Human Rocket roars into action! Sam Alexander is a kid bound by the gravity of a small town – and a father whose ridiculous, drunken fairy tales about a ‘Nova Corps’ were just another heavy burden.

But lucky for Sam, gravity soon won’t even matter – and those troubles will be a billion miles away. It’s a boy, a helmet and an intergalactic legacy!

As Sam trains with the Guardians of Galaxy’s Gamora and Rocket Raccoon, the helmet leads Nova into intergalactic conflict that will affect the entire Marvel Universe!

Mysteries are revealed in this breathtaking new series by the best-selling, award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness (Hulk, Avengers: X-Sanction)!

Collecting NOVA (2013) #1-5 and material from POINT ONE #1 and MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1. “

Glad they got in the material from Point One, since whatever that means seems to be important in the Marvel world these days.

Daredevil #36

Daredevil #6 by: Mark Waid, Chris Samnee Marvel Comics

To be honest, I almost made an editorial executive decision to pull this one. I’ve got no idea what’s been going on in Daredevil’s corner of the world. But, the description says only:

“The Astounding Final Issue!” 

As a guy who never saw a single episode of The Sopranos, but watched the finale anyway, I’ll probably get this one just to see how this one all ends.

Amazing X-Men #4

Amazing X-Men #4 by: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness. Marvel Comics

Look, all I know is that it says Northstar is in this issue. I haven’t checked in on any of the Alpha Flight team in forever and a day. I’ll check this out to see what Northstar’s been up to and if he’s still an uptight jerk. I wouldn’t mind finding out what his sister, Aurora is doing.

Alex + Ada #4

Alex + Ada #4 by: Jonathan Luna and Sara Vaughn

Not only is the art in this book drop-dead splendid, the story is engaging and thoughtful. Through the first three issues, the story has used the fable of one man and his made-to-order girlfriend/android to illuminate exactly why relationships are so hard. And now the story is about to kick it into high gear as Alex seeks out a mysterious android liberation group.

To reveal more would be a shame. Suffice it to say that, if you haven’t been following this series, you need to remedy that ASAP. I thought I posted a review of #1-3, but looks like I’m a bit behind on my duties promoting the ever-loving heck out of this book.

Alex + Ada #4 is far and away my choice for the Casual Comics Hot Comic of the Week. I’m actually starting my first pull list ever so I don’t chance missing a copy in case I fall into a coma or something.

As always, support your local comic book shop… Cheers!

– CCG

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