The "DOC's" Top Of The Pile
By: Chris "DOC" Bushley
( A weekly quick pick of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER! )
1. Green Arrow #17 (DC): Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino are the new creative team and they have completely leveled the the playing field in the world of Green Arrow! Everything begins new here -- this is how it should have been from the beginning! Emotionally dismayed and financially broke, Oliver Queen has to finally deal with life like everyone else. But, not only that, he has to deal with explosions, murders and a brand new character that won't rest until Ollie is dead. It's one bad day for Green Arrow but an amazing one for readers! Check out my full review here!
2. Snapshot #1 (Image): The creative team that brought you Losers, Andy Diggle and Jock, are back again with a completely unnerving tale about leaving things that don't belong to you alone. What do you do if you find a cell phone laying around, and what do you do when that cell phone contains pictures of a murder victim? If you are Jake Dobson, you run like hell! Amazing book that will completely unnerve you!
3. Harbinger #0 (Valiant): An origin of one of Valiant's greatest villains, Toyo Harada, shows just how the depravity of the human condition will exponentially change a person. It is a glimpse into humanity at it's worst in the days following the bombing of Hiroshima and how a newly "gifted" little boy can survive it's horrors by -- becoming one of them himself. It has terrific characterization and the perfect jumping on point before the Harbinger Wars crossover!
4. Hit-Girl #5 (Icon/Marvel): This is the bloodiest, goriest, most over the top book of the week! When the badguys come knocking at Mindy's door and threaten her family, there is only one thing to do -- kick some @$$! From silencers, knives, chainsaws, a wood chipper and the most brutal rolling pin scene ever recorded; Hit-Girl is a whirlwind of brutality that is not for the feint of heart -- but we love it oh so much anyway!
5. Daredevil: End of Days #5 (of 8) (Marvel): Brian Michael Bendis and his longtime Daredevil collaborator David Mack, have converged once again to tell one of the most compelling DD stories to date. Following reporter Ben Urich, as he tries to find out information regarding the death of Daredevil, Bendis and Mack have made the future of DD an awesome tribute for all DD fans to fall in love with! It is chock full of classic DD heroes and villains, creating a veritable "who's who" of Marvel characters! From Elektra and Punisher all the way to Bushwacker and Bullet, End of Days will make any DD fan cringe in delight and savor the nostalgia as Urich tries to find the meaning behind the word,"Mapone." A truly fantastic read!