Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (March 5, 2014)

Greetings comics fans. While we’re all still eagerly awaiting the news of the grand re-opening of Dragon’s Lair Omaha, I’m covering the comics picks of the week again. That means two things for the comic book picks of the week:

1. You’re not getting the professional opinions you would be used to if you visited a cool local comic shop like Dragon’s Lair.

2. Be prepared for a faceful of titles I’ve already talked about.

Rover Red Charlie #4 (of 6)

Rover Red Charlie by: Garth Ennis, Michael DiPascale. Avatar Press

I’ve already raved about this title. Garth Ennis is a madman, but he hasn’t yet crossed that line. Anyone who has read issue #3 might be concerned about where I’m drawing the line, but I’m still hooked on this title that follows the adventures of three awesome dogs trying to make their way in a post-apocalyptic landscape.

Batman Superman Annual #1

Batman Superman Annual #1 by: Greg Pak, Jae Lee, Ed Benes. DC Comics

At this point, I don’t know a lot about the new 52. (Or should I say, “The New 52!”). I see Batman and Superman. It’s an Annual. It’s the first Annual for the title. My memory banks tell me this should be a standalone story that anyone can pick up and understand without having to be intimately familiar with the nuances of current events in their continuity. I’m probably way off on that suspicion, but I’ll give it a skim.

Loki Agent Of Asgard #2

Loki Agent of Asgard #2 by: Al Ewing, Lee Garbett, Jenny Frison. Marvel Comics.

Yes, yes, yes… Tom Hiddleston is great as Loki. Yes. Fangirls (and boys) love the trickster god from Asgard to an almost annoying extent. And, no, I haven’t read any of the recent Loki stuff that has come out since his newfound popularity. However, check out this solicit:

“Loki vs. Lorelei! It’s the battle of the Asgardian younger siblings–from the casinos of Monte Carlo to a speed date in New York! Loki goes speed dating. We should have mentioned that earlier, really.”

Come on. Tell me you’re not reading that one… I’m all in.

Moon Knight #1

Moon Kinght #1 by: Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey. Marvel Comics.

A great hero – Moon Knight… the Fist of Khonshu. I always had a super soft spot for this guy and his weird, schizophrenic, adventures. And Warren Ellis has been one of the consistently best comic authors in recent years.

So I love Warren Ellis. I love Moon Knight. So why isn’t this my top title of the week? Look how boring that cover is. YAAAAWN!

Luckily, there’s another option. Katie Cook – one of my favorite artists ever – has a variant. Get on this now. She’s the next Skottie Young, people.

Moon Knight #1: Katie Cook Animal Variant Cover

She-Hulk #2

She-Hulk #2 by: Charles Soule, Javier Pulido, Kevin Wada. Marvel Comics

Please pick up this title. I reviewed issue #1 earlier. I love She-Hulk. It’s so much more than a typical crisis, punch, resolve storyline. Jennifer Walters (aka She-Hulk) is finally striking out to start her own law firm – one I’m sure will continually involve the super-powered margins of the Marvel U.

Check out the solicit:

“Jennifer opens her own practice, but things aren’t going as smoothly as she’d like. A new client rides into town…but is he hero or villain? Guest-starring Patsy Walker, Hellcat!”

If you’re not excited to see Jen and Patsy having a cocktail, you’re crazy. And if you don’t know who Hellcat is… I can’t help you with that right now. She-Hulk #2 is my Casual Comics Hot Pick of the Week.

Other notable titles:

Afterlife with Archie #4

I’ve already talked about this way too much. It’s the Archie gang both killing and becoming zombies. What more can I say at this point… get it….

As always, support your local comic book shop.




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