ANIMAL MAN #8
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Travel Foreman, Steve Pugh & Jeff Huet
“Animal vs. Man” Part 2! Buddy takes a stand as the horde of Rot-infested animals continues to grow and close in on the Baker family. But the results are disastrous, setting up a chain of events that may lead Maxine right to the Hunters.
Grant: I am seriously into the magic that Jeff Lemire has been creating in his inspired reboot of the ever affable Animal Man. My expectations weren't all that high going into this thing, but I quickly adjusted them after that amazing opening issue. Despite that, Lemire keeps blowing those expectations away with each subsequent issue. This series keeps getting better and better. The only thing that might slow things down is the imminent departure of Travel Foreman, but while his unique style has been an integral part of this narrative, I feel like Lemire will be able to make do without his initial partner in crime (or at least, I hope he will).
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by John Romita Jr.
• It’s No Longer Coming—It’s Here!
• Does The Return Of The Phoenix To Earth Signal The Rebirth Of The Mutant Species? That’s What The X-Men Believe!
• Unfortunately, The Avengers Are Convinced That Its Coming Will Mean The End Of All Life On Earth!
• The Stage Is Set For The Ultimate Marvel Showdown In This Oversized First Issue!
Grant: Avengers Vs X-Men #0 wasn't terrible, so I'm giving the series proper a shot. I somehow manage to exclusively follow Marvel titles that don't fit into their big events, so I'm a little lost as to what's actually going on, but I feel like it can't be that important. Such superfluous things like plot or character work are often the first things jettisoned in things like this. We'll see if AvX falls prey to what every other event does! (I'm betting yes)
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs
Batwing vs. Massacre! The culmination of Massacre’s rampage and destruction of Africa’s first team of heroes, The Kingdom! The battle between Batwing and Massacre crashes Gotham City as Batman, Robin, Batgirl and Nightwing join the fight in a massive, action-packed rumble you won’t want to miss! And the shocking identity of Massacre is revealed at last!
Grant: I'm so terribly excited to have more Dustin Nguyen drawn Batman. His work with Paul Dini on Detective Comics however many years back that was is some of my favourite comics in a good, long while. I'm also partial to any solicitation that is willing to use 'rumble' to describe what's going to go down in the issue in question. This looks like a winning combination to me!
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Khoi Pham
• If You Haven’t Climbed Onboard The Daredevil Express Yet, This Is A Perfect Jumping On Point For The Best Reviewed Series Of The Year!
• Pitting The Man Without Fear Against A Cabal Of Villainous Secret Societies Sworn To Bringing Hornhead To His Knees!
•Setting The Stage For This Month’s Daredevil/Spider-Man/Punisher Crossover “The Omega Effect”!
Grant: I don't know much about this Khoi Pham gent, but I've heard good things coming down the grapevine, so I'll certainly give him a chance. Especially when the book has such a nice looking cover to recommend it. Especially especially when it's setting the stage for the Omega Effect, which I've totally bought into, despite the fact that I'm not generally a fan of crossover storyarcs (it helps that I'm already buying most of the titles it's crossing over into).
Written by Jim Zub
Art by Edwing Huang & Misty Coats
"SIX SHOOTER ON THE SEVEN SEAS," Part One
Wait no longer - the third Skullkickers adventure begins! A mysterious cargo, frolicking fish, horrific monsters, food fights, strange onomatopoeia and pirates aplenty. Jump aboard!
Grant: Yes please! Skullkickers has been a ton of fun since its first appearance on stands. I initially picked up the first issue on a whim, and I remain glad to this day that I did. The hiatus between arcs has been longer than I would have liked, but it looks like we're back in business for some sailing and adventuring on the high seas. Should be good. (Note: the onomatopoeia are perhaps the best part of this series. I don't know if it's Jim Zub or Edwing Huang coming up with them, but they're all gold)
SWEET TOOTH #32
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Jeff Lemire
With Jepperd held captive in the woods, it’s up to Gus to save the day. But can our little antlered boy rise to the challenge? “Unnatural Habitats” roars to its shocking conclusion – and not all of our heroes will make it out of the dam alive!
Grant: While Jeff Lemire continues to set the world ablaze with his amazing work on Animal Man, he's doing about the same over here on his long-running, creator-owned Sweet Tooth. This series is continually one of the best in terms of story and character. While the solicitation is a little hyperbolic, Lemire does deliver on these types of promises, so I'm on the edge of my seat to see how this whole storyarc concludes.
And that's my week. A pretty exciting one, if I do say so myself. What's on your plate to kick off April? Some good stuff, I hope. Are you chomping at the bit to get your hands on AvX or are you a little underwhelmed like yours truly?