This one is going up a bit late so let’s get to it.
ANIMAL MAN #12/SWAMP THING #12 (DC) – After a year of build-up in some of the DCU’s best books, the first Dark Line event is finally here. It’s Rotworld, building on the mythology of The Green, The Red, and The Rot that Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire has created. These two books are among the best horror reads in comics right now, and this crossover (with a side-story in Frankenstein starting in October) looks to be excellent.
THE BOYS #69 (DYNAMITE) – Garth Ennis’ ultraviolent superhero story has been flying under the radar for a while, but the last six months or so have kicked into high gear. The last issue featured one of the most genuinely shocking twists in comics in a long time, and from it, I believe an all-time classic comic book villain was born. This book is rocketing towards its conclusion.
HAWKEYE #1 (MARVEL) – Hawkeye isn’t a character I’ve been a big fan of in the past, but the stars have aligned and his new ongoing may be the new Marvel launch I’m most excited for in a long time. Matt Fraction seems to have a very strong grasp of the character, David Aja’s art is brilliant, and Kate Bishop – long my favorite Young Avenger – is joining the cast as Clint’s protege. Hopefully Avengers hype will carry over and this will be a hit!
MIND THE GAP #3 (IMAGE) – This is the first time I’ve been able to promote this comic, due to various scheduling mishaps, but it is one of the best comics on the stands today, hands down. Brilliant, complex storytelling by Jim McCann, with an incredibly twisty mystery and fantastic art by Rodin Esquejo. Image has been having a renaissance lately, and this is at the top of my list.
HAWKEYE #1 (MARVEL)- About a year ago Marvel wussed out and traded in one of the coolest costumes in comics for a pair of sunglasses. But Hawkeye is one of my favorite characters and Fraction and Aja are a great team to tell his solo adventures and this book promises to be something special. Hopefully the costume will come back soon.
MIND THE GAP #3 (IMAGE)- One of the two most complex comics out there on the market packed with information and one of the few books that pretty much requires immediate repeat readings. A fantastic mystery that is made better by being filled with wonderfully fleshed out characters.
MIND MGMT #3 (DARK HORSE)- And this would be the second of the two most complex comics on the market. Kindt is doing simply phenomenal work here in another mystery that is packed with clues and information from cover to cover along with extra details that you won’t find outside of the single issues.
BEASTS OF BURDEN NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH (DARK HORSE) – Dogs vs. the supernatural. Any kid who grew up with a dog knew that that dog would protect him or her from any supernatural baddie that came along. Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson have created characters that tap into that thinking, and have created a series that I’m happy to share with my boys, and their dog Jake.
BLACK KISS 2 #1 (IMAGE)- The original series was groundbreaking and one of my favorite works by Howard Chaykin. I’m avoiding any kinds of spoilers on this book so I’m not 100% sure what it is about, but I know that the orginal is one of my favorite books, so I’m looking forward to book II.
THE BOYS #69 (DYNAMITE)- The series is nearing the end. What else can Ennis throw at us? Let’s find out.
MIND MGMT #3 (DARK HORSE)- The mystery deepens. Matt Kindt is creating my favorite monthly comic in Mind MGMT. Please read it in singles as there are bonus material that will not be in the collected editions.
THINK TANK #1 (IMAGE)- I am a big fan of Rahsan Ekedal’s artwork in Echoes, a psychological thriller/horror book, so I’m really looking forward to seeing his work in a more sci-fi/action story.
HARVEST #1 (IMAGE/SHADOWLINE) – From A.J. Lieberman, the writer of the crazed cult hit Cowboy Ninja Viking and the superbly written Tern Life OGN, comes a new mini-series touted as “Dr. Benjamin Dane’s nightmare” involving “human traffickers, rogue medical teams, Yakuza run organ mills and a six year-old drug fiend.” Sometimes it’s better that I shut up and let the solicit do the talking for me: “If Dexter, ER and 100 Bullets had a three-way and that mind blowing tryst somehow resulted in a kid, that kid would read HARVEST.”
THE HYPERNATURALS #2 (BOOM) – Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, best know for their fantastic cosmic stories in comics like The Legion (of Superheroes) and Nova, go the creator-owned route with Boom and bring us another cosmic-laced superhero story, The first issue was a pleasant surprise and once I finished reading it I couldn’t wait for the next issue to come out. With fitting art from Guardians of the Galaxy’s Brad Walker, this one isn’t going to be a letdown.
MONDO #3 (IMAGE/SHADOWLINE) – This is the final issue of Ted McKeever’s latest story with Shadowline and Mondo is much more than his take on a character like the Hulk. Much like any other McKeever masterpiece, this story is ripe with political satire and practically forces the reader to think about the themes of the issue instead of just looking at the pictured and reading the words. The first two issues were that perfect mix of weirdness and entertainment and I expect more of the same for the final issue.
THIEF OF THIEVES #7 (IMAGE/SKYBOUND) – This series has been Robert Kirkman’s vision of the Oceans 11 franchise and the first storyline wraps up, bringing Nick Spencer’s run with Redmond and his universe of thieves and thugs to a close. My gut tells me that Redmond is going to make it out of this issue alive but where Kirkman is concerned you never can tell. A real treat throughout this series has been Shawn Martinbrough’s art. Catch up now before the TV show hits AMC and spoils it all for you!
THINK TANK #1 (IMAGE/TOP COW) – Top Cow writer Matt Hawkins and artist Rahsan Ekedal (of last year’s amazing ECHOES) work together to bring us this twisty sci-fi espionage thriller. It sounds like the Bourne Identity meets Total Recall meets The Manhattan Projects, minus all of the historical figures. That translates into fun and excitement for me as a reader and I get the distinct feeling that unlike most summer blockbuster movies, you wont want to turn you brain off for this one.
There are a lot of great books coming out from the third issues of MIND THE GAP and MIND MGMT to the debuts of BLACK KISS II, HARVEST, HAWKEYE and THINK TANK. But which books are YOU looking forward to.