BUY THESE BOOKS- 4/25/12 Edition

Beginning today, the GrayHaven staff will look at what’s coming to comic shops and give their picks for ‘must buys’ each and every Tuesday.
Ray Goldfield/Editor:

All-Star Western #8 (DC Comics) – Probably the relaunched title that’s benefitted the most from the New 52, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray’s Western adventure has been telling excellent crime/horror stories against the backdrop of a historic DCU with ties to the present day. There’s a Court of Owls tie-in coming up, and the back-ups have been quality as well.

FF #17 (Marvel Comics)- This title has been an interesting character-driven companion piece to Hickman’s classic run on Fantastic Four. This issue, a done-in-one focusing on Spider-man and the newly-returned Johnny Storm, looks to be a funny change of pace from the epic feel of the last year of stories.

Superman #8  (DC Comics)- This series launched an arc by the new creative team of Dan Jurgens and Keith Giffen last issue, a return to old-school Superman for fans of the character reared on his 90’s adventures. Pitting him against the Daemonite overlord Hellspont – an old-school Wildstorm villain who’s more than a match for the Man of Steel – these veteran creators kicked off what looks to be a classic Superman run with lots of action.

Teen Titans #8 (DC Comics)- Scott Lobdell has been hitting the perfect blend of Superhero action and Teen Angst with this relaunched title, giving us reason to care about all the characters, as well as a strong driving plotline and some creepy original villains. With “The Culling” right around the corner, this is the perfect chance to jump in.

The Twelve #12 (Marvel Comics)- Sure, it’s been a long wait for the last act of J. Michael Straczynski and Chris Weston’s Heroes-out-of-time epic, but it’s been worth it. The twelve-issue maxiseries finishes this issue, and there’s many plots still to tie up. When it’s complete, this is going to be one of Marvel’s classics.

Andrew Goletz/Publisher:

The Activity #5 (Image Comics)- A mission goes wrong and the special forces team suffers the consequences because of it. Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads are telling a hell of a story here. This is how you do modern war comics on a global scale. Like Call of Duty for smart people

Daredevil #11(Marvel Comics)-  I usually hate crossovers but Mark Waid (w/Greg Rucka) have written a doozy.  Along with stunning art by Marco Checcetto this storyline was brief, and told with high regard to the individual characters under their care. Daredevil’s never been better and this storyline is poised for a satisfying conclusion.

I, Vampire #8 (DC Comics)-Josh Fialkov and Andrea Sorentino have crafted one of the most intense horror comics on the market and done so smack dab in the middle of the DCU as a whole and it’s worked brilliantly. This issue crosses over with Justice League Dark #8 another underappreciated gem.

Lil Depressed Boy #10 (Image Comics)- S Struble and Sina Grace have created one of comics very best series no matter how painful it can be to read some of LDB’s social awkwardness. This issue promises a look at LDB’s first day of a new job. So much potential there

Star Wars: Boba Fett is Dead #1 (Dark Horse Comics)- Tom Taylor and Chris Scalf, two Star Wars vets telling what could either be the final note on one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe or a compelling ‘things are not what they seem’ mystery. Either way, I’m in.


Marc Lombardi/Editor:

 The Activity #5  (Image Comics)- This comic, written by Nathan Edmonson, has hit on every note that I loved (and miss) about QUEEN & COUNTRY so it’s a highlight for me every time it comes out.

Daredevil #11 (Marvel Comics)- I’ve never been a Daredevil fan, but the combination of Waid’s writing and the art, has me looking forward to the conclusion of an interesting Omega Effect storyline.


I, Vampire #8 (DC Comics) – Don’t you dare think of cancelling this, DC. Josh Fialkov is not only making vampires in the DCU believable but he’s doing it with brilliance, and Andrea Sorentino’s art is stunning.

Mass Effect: Homeworlds #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – I love the series of games and the comics that have been released by Dark Horse have lived up to the games really well, telling excellent backstories.

Rebel Blood #2 (Image Comics)- What can I say, I’m a sucker for a good zombie story and both Alex Link and Riley Rossmo are running on all cylinders with this interesting and remarkable take not only on the genre but in the aspect of storytelling.



James O’Callaghan/Editor:

American Vampire #26 (DC/Vertigo)– This book has been excellent stuff pretty much from the beginning. Scott Snyder has a great grasp of horror and while the time jumps for each arc can be a little jarring, I’m always still left wanting more. Last issue ended with a fairly big cliffhanger and I can’t wait to see how things go from here. I’m really hoping the huge cast starts connecting together more sooner rather than later though.

Daredevil #11 (Marvel Comics)- This issue brings us the conclusion of the crossover with Avenging Spider-Man and the equally excellent Punisher (written by Greg Rucka, co-writer of this crossover), which has so far been stellar stuff. I’m interested to see how this plays out, particularly between DD and Punisher.

Justice League Dark #8/ I, Vampire #8 (DC Comics) – I’m including these two together because they’re parts 3 and 4 of a crossover between the two books. It’s interesting seeing the cast of I, Vampire interacting more with the larger DCU and it’s great to see the Justice League Dark doing the same, and coming together as a team (though I must admit, I have a problem with the fact that 8 issues in they STILL haven’t really come together as a team. Minor quibble).

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 (IDW)- I’m loving this new take on the Transformers characters. It’s building on stuff IDW has done since day one, yet it’s taking it’s own path in such a way that absolutely no one has to have read the last several years worth of books to understand what’s going on. This book is the one set firmly on Cybertron and it’s pretty interesting seeing how certain characters are behaving now.


The Twelve #12 (Marvel Comics)– I’ve grown to have a big interest in the Golden Age Marvel characters and history, in part thanks to the likes of Ed Brubaker who dipped into that era for his Captain America run. Now that the run is ending and we know who lives, who dies and who has been changed forever, I can’t wait to see how many of these characters end up back in circulation in the Marvel Universe. I’d love to see more of the Golden Age Black Widow personally.


Looks like a lot of great books coming out this week from a variety of publishers with Daredevil and I, Vampire leading the way as the most anticipated books from our staff though The Twelve and The Activity are also mentioned a few times. Share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments section and we’ll be back in a week with more books to watch for.

2 Responses to BUY THESE BOOKS- 4/25/12 Edition

  1. Marc Deschamps April 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Good picks, gang. I’m loving Daredevil, right now. My favorite run on the book was the Bendis/Maleev run. While this has been a completely different run, both tonally and artistically, I’m happy for it. It was time for a new take, and I’m very happy for the 180.

    Transformers: Robots in Disguise is a nice pic, James. Big fan of what IDW has been bringing to these books, lately. Bring on Regeneration One!

    I’m really going to have to check out the eventual collection of The Twelve. Despite the delays, I’ve heard fantastic things.

  2. Christina April 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Wow thanks guys you gave me a lot to think about. Some of them I wouldn’t have thought of reading on my own but after seeing your reasons for your picks (especially the one that are mentioned more then once) I think I might give them a try at least. You guys haven’t lead us wrong yet.

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