Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (April 30, 2014)

It’s a big week this week – a special week. It’s a week so big, the title of “Hot Pick of the Week” went a little haywire.

That’s right, Saturday May 3 is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. Be sure to visit your friendly local comic book shop on Saturday for all the festivities (and to grab some free books, too). I’ll have a preview of the free titles later this week, but to start your double dip of comic goodness, here are the top picks for the hot new comic books of the week.


Amazing Spider-Man #1

Amazing Spider-Man #1. By: Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos. Marvel Comics.

It seems almost mandatory that Amazing Spider-Man #1 make the list this week. It’s the return of Peter Parker, so it’s time to see what’s new and what’s changed since Petey died and returned. I heard good things about The Superior Spider-Man, but it feels good to have Parker back in the fold.

Battlestar Galactica Six #1 (of 5)

Battlestar Galactica Six #1. By: J. T. Krul, Igor Vitorino, Jenny Frison. Dynamite Entertainment.

I think that the re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica is one of the top 10 series I ever watched. I love that show. And I love Tricia Helfer’s Six. And the book’s got a fun solicit:

“Don’t miss this exciting chapter in Battlestar Galactica lore as the early origins of Number Six are explored. In developing the next generation of Cylons, getting the models to look human was the easy part. But acting human is another story. Witness the evolution of Number Six as she learns live, to love, and to hate.” 

I’ve said it before – I’m not always sold on comics based on TV series, but I’ve got to at least see how this one starts. I’ll definitely be picking this one up.

Batgirl Annual #2

Batgirl Annual #2. By: Gail Simone, Robert Gill, Clay Mann. DC Comics.

It’s been a long time since I’ve looked in on Batgirl. She’s an interesting character, and Gail Simone is a heck of a writer. This annual kicks off a new storyline, so I’m hoping this issue gets me back into the Wild Wild World of Bat…girl.

Sugar Booger #2 (of 3)

Sugar Booger #2. By: Kevin Scalzo. Alternative Comics.

First, I picked this one based on my immature laughter when reading the title in the list of new comics this week. Then, I read the solicit and new the 12-year old in me really wants to read this (and to go back and find issue #1)

Your favorite candy booger makin’, candy booger eatin’ bear is back! This time around he’s distraught over the environment! That’s right, something is polluting his beloved countryside, and he’s dismayed to find out: It’s his own candy boogers that are stinking and littering up the place something foul! But don’t worry there’s still plenty of time for candy eating and boogers!”

Silver Surfer #2

Silver Surfer #2. By: Dan Slott, Michael Allred. Marvel Comics.

The first issue of the new Silver Surfer series started a super-cool and fun cosmic romp from Dan Slott and Mike Allred. It was beautiful, well-written, and held a lot of promise. It was original, and a slight bit twee, but ended on an awesome note. So, issue #2 is make-or-break for me. Either this series is going to go off the rails and I’ll forget all about the Silver Surfer for another decade, or else I’m going to get hooked and add this to my “must buy” monthly list. Fingers crossed…

Uncanny Avengers Annual #1

Uncanny Avengers #1. By: Rick Remender, Paul Renaud, Arthur Adams. Marvel Comics.

I have no idea what to make of this title. The description boggled my brainpan. Read and decide for yourself:

The first appearance of the Avengers of the Supernatural!

When the producers of the Mojoverse can’t make a hit series they call on Mojo to gather an all-new, all-creepy Avengers!

Can the Uncanny Avengers survive the wrath of an unleashed Spirit of Vengeance?”

I just want to know how there can be an “Avengers of the Supernatural” without Brother Voodoo. Looks like they slipped in Blade and are hoping no one notices.

AND for the first time ever, instead of a Hot Comic Pick of the Week, I’ve got a trifecta of titles.

Hey, Free Comic Book Day is coming up, so I’m on a comics high this week.

This week, Red 5 Comics has knocked it way out of the park with three awesome titles I can’t wait to see.

Atomic Robo Knights of the Golden Circle #1 (of 5)

Atomic Robo Knights of the Golden Circle #1. By: Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Red 5 Comics.

I’ve sung the praises of Atomic Robo here before, but this one looks to take the cake. I’m all over this one.

Bad Dreams #1 (of 5)

Bad Dreams #1. By: Gary Winnick. Red 5 Comics.

The cover art is brilliant, and the description is intense:

From the co-creator of Lucasfilm’s Maniac Mansion comes a lavishly illustrated twisted tale of whimsy, bouncing off classic fairy tale tradition. When Mother Night goes missing, everyone slowly loses their minds from a lack of sleep. An odd band of dreamworld misfits must band together to find her.” 

You had me at Maniac Mansion…

Haunted #1 (of 4)


Haunted #1. By: Scott Chitwood, Danny Luckert. Red 5 Comics.

From the solicit:

When the barrier between our world and the spiritual realm is torn down, the entire earth becomes haunted. Now a lone survivor may hold the key to closing the barrier, but first she must run a gauntlet of ghosts in the most haunted city in the world. Featured on Free Comic Book Day 2014. “

Drool-worthy art and an intriguing premise make for another must-see title from Red 5 Comics.

And, by going 3-for-3 with their releases this week, Red 5 Comics is the Hot Publisher of the Month. With two of those being limited series, I’ve got high hopes that they’re going to be just what a casual fan needs to get them through the summer months. If I had to pick just one for the Hot Comic of the week, I’d lean toward Atomic Robo, just because that title has been so consistently good for so long. However, both Haunted and Bad Dreams gave me chills.

And as editor and sole proprietor of this site (and as the “Casual Comics Guy” for which it is named), I’ve declared that on the week of Free Comic Day, all bets are off on how many titles can be co-crowned Hot Comic Pick of the Week.

This week, more than ever, support your local comic shop!


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