The Top of the Pile
By: Chris "DOC" Bushley
This is a "quick pick" look5 that EVERYONE should be reading this week! Whether it's rife with , filled with emotional strife, has a bevy of high octane battle sequences or is just a plain ol' great read -- these books belong at the " The Pile!" (In no particular order!)
1. Harbinger #10(Valiant): The Harbinger Wars storyline begins within the pages of this very book! Our heroes are beaten and overwhelmed but all you need is Faith to get you through the toughest of times. This series is one of the most compelling, action packed and emotional stories on the shelves today so, why isn't it on your pull list? Well, if you don't know -- what are you waiting for!
2. G.I. Joe: Special Missions #1(IDW): This used to be one of my favorite series back when I was a little DOC and now, thanks to IDW and -the legend himself- Chuck Dixon, it can be a favorite again! Centering on select groups of the "All American Heroes", this series gets fans reconnected to the Joes and can focus on their individual talents. So, grab some gumbo and a Yo Joe Cola and get ready for some nostalgia!
3. Superior Spider-Man #6(Marvel): The most controversial series on the stands today, Dan Slott continues to push the envelope with his hero/villain tale. This issue introduces two jokester villains, Jester and Screwball, that get a kick out of mocking heroes. Too bad good ol' Doc Ock/Spidey isn't a fan of a joke at his expense! Plus, this issue sees the return of fan favorite Humberto Ramos on artistic chores!
4. Constantine #1(DC): Okay, this isn't the Hellblazer book from Vertigo that we all knew and loved, but it is the New 52 version of everyone's favorite con man -- John Constantine! What makes this series even better is the fact that it is being written by fan favorite scribe Jeff Lemire! Known for dark and completely engrossing tales, Lemire(Green Arrow, Sweet Tooth, Animal Man, Justice League Dark) is sure to get those heart rates pounding with a tale of black magic, demons and more than a little sleight of hand! Plus, no Keanu Reeves, folks!
5. All New X-Men #9(Marvel): Bendis may be missing the mark with his jaunt into the cosmic realm but this series revolving around the original X-Men traveling to the future to set things right, is pitch perfect! The juxtaposition between the past and the future, young and old, hero and villain is done with astounding ease and reminds us what great comics are supposed to look like. Mystique and Sabertooth try to sway the naive young Scott Summers to take down his future (current) self in an issue that reminds me of the good ol' Chris Claremont days!