(Sources: Bleeding Cool, Comics Alliance, The Mary Sue)
Marvel dropped a nice piece of news today. Later this year the Thor we all know and love will be deemed unworthy to wield Mjölnir and the mantle of Thor will be taken up by another character. This time a female character will wield the power of Thor!
As ever speculation is rife as to who this mysterious female is with guesses ranging from Angela to Valkyrie. Personally I hope it is a new character or at least one of the older, future Thor’s daughters (See current issues of Thor: God of Thunder and the true epic that is the God Butcher Saga) sent back in time to exact justice on the world.
I’ve been lazy so here is the best of the last two weeks in one post for you 😀
Also featuring spoilers for Batman #28 so if you haven’t read it yet you can only blame yourself!
Oh hai Loki!
Holy future sidekick Batman!
Oh dear! It looks like s**t is about to go down.
Never stop giving speeches Luke. NEVER!
Aaron Kuder’s art is the perfect fit for this book.
Oh that’s just Stargirl being awesome!
SFoF is the best comic book ever!
It’s just so…majestic….
That’s a long way down 0_0
If Rocket Raccoon is half as funny in the GoTG film as he is in the comic we are in for a treat.
Rocket propelled Bat-Skis FTW!
I could read a whole book featuring Wonder Woman walking around beaches….
SPOILERS! Holy future spoiler feating Spoiler in a spoiler issue Batman!
Why I love She-Hulk on one page of beautiful art.
Been busy playing Marvel Heroes again….
I love the humor of this book 😀
Stargirl being awesome, ’nuff said.
It is cool seeing the world’s reaction to their relationship. Then you notice Tintin and Snowy on the left of the page!
Beta Ray Bill!!!
It is the end of the year and you know what that means! LET’S PUT EVERYTHING IN LISTS!!!!
This Top 10 Comic Books of 2013 list started out as a Top 5 but then I realised I had so much fun reading so many comic books this year that it quickly spiralled out into a Top 10. Also I’m pretty sure I could have made a Top 20 list but that just seemed ridiculous.
But before we get started here are a few honourable mentions that while being really good comic books, were just not quite good enough to make the Top 10:
- Batman Incorporated
- Batman ’66
- Geoff Johns’ last issue of Green Lantern
- Superman Unchained
- Forever Evil
- All-New X-Men
- Avengers & New Avengers
- Iron Man
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Superior Foes of Spider-Man
- The Walking Dead
Now onto the Top 10…
A Marvel heavy week this week because they are on top form at the moment!
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
He’s just about the cutest character in the history of everything!
It’s ok everyone Nick Fury is here now we can get this event started now!
Asgardians and their drink! Am I right?
Loving the 60s/Mad Men inspired look of Hawkeye’s lady friends.
Superboy’s new origin is now officially the most complicated origin for Superboy to ever be published.
OMG! It’s Carrie Kelley!!! Quick everyone by five copies of the book in print!
Thor really doesn’t like time travel.
Wh….wha….why?….WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE GRILLS!!!!
New danger room! And Magneto using an iPhone! He’s obviously a very forward thinking 80+ year old.
Thor why is your chariot driven by giant goats?
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
Here’s the things that grabbed my attention this week:
Werewolves the superheroes’ natural preditor
Good to see variations of classic storylines starting to creep into the New 52
Epic Thor is EPIC!
I just find the League of Smiles hilarious and this determined walking shot is doubly funny!
Damn you Kirkman and your cliffhangers!
Looks like that final battle is going to be a doozy!
Superior Spidey in all his arrogant action glory
It is what comes after this panel that is exciting….
Loving the Fury and it will be interesting to see who the father is (if there is one)
I decided to try something different for Panels of the Week this….erm….week. Just click on an image to embiggen!
Also if you are reading this CONGRATULATIONS! You have survived the apocalypse!
Epic doesn’t even begin to describe it! – Thor: God of Thunder #3
The Third Army creeps the hell out of me because of stuff like this. – Green Lantern #15
The Scarlet Spider does not play around! OUCH! – Scarlet Spider #12.1
And you’re not Ch’p! – Green Lantern #15
Some assembly required… – Avengers #2
Oh hai Orion! – Wonder Woman #15
Hey look! A fancy new header image for these Picks of the Week Posts! How COOL!
I figured it would make more sense to show you my top picks for the Big Two at the top of the post to get you ready to read about their awesomeness down below. Hell occasionally if I choose to feature an Image, Dark Horse, Monkeybrain, whatever comic in the post I might chuck it in the header image instead of a Marvel or DC book. I am just all kinds of unpredictable these days!
I have started something else new this week too. Over on YouTube I am a member of a new channel called, FTDiesALot. It is something I am doing with a couple of friends of mine and part of the content we are producing is all about comic books! YAY! So every week, whenever possible, I will be putting together a short video talking about my ultimate pick of the week from the top picks detailed in these posts. So for this week if you fancy watching me talk about Thor: God of Thunder #2 as well as reading about it, head here now to see it!
Over in DC’s neck of the woods things are pretty good this week. I had a hard time narrowing down the choices out of the books I read. There are three “Also check out…” books this week, I really wanted to include more but I am trying to keep things tight around here. Make sure you take a look at Justice League Dark #14 and Teen Titans #14! (DAMN! They slipped through!) The key for DC this week seems to be showing that their books cover a broad range tonally. You have teen hijinks with Teen Titans, grim and gritty with Batman Inc, big fun with The Flash, etc. etc. Every book I read this week (apart from Batman: The Dark Knight *yaaaaawn*) stands on its own as a good read.
The choice for top pick from Marvel this week was also a super tough one. In the end it came down to two contenders Thor: God of Thunder and All-New X-Men with Thor just edging ahead because it continues to surprise and amaze me. Everything else I read this week was all Avengers related so you will get to see it all in the full breakdown. Marvel NOW! continues to grow and impress overall. I am even finding myself more inclined to try new books as and when they pop up. My bank balance remains safe for now but that could all change in the next few weeks!
Anyway let us get cracking with this week’s picks!
A WARNING though, there will be SPOILERS!
Batman Incorporated #5
(Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn)
I do not know what it is about Chris Burnham’s style that I find so appealing. Maybe that half the time it looks like a saturday morning cartoon shown through a twisted prism. He also seems to be a master of displaying motion with the mob on the cover charging at Damian Wayne really feeling like a marauding horde. The image is also coated in detail (along with Damian himself! HAHAHA!) and really sets the tone for this future Batman #666 set issue.
Thor: God of Thunder #2
Two weeks on and we get another spectacular Thor: God of Thunder cover from Esad Ribic! It is a picture that truly tells a thousand words and it fits together to the left of the cover for issue one. Slowly building to a larger image that I am sure Marvel will package as a widescreen poster at some point that will be a must buy for many a comic book reader. We see the arrogant Young Thor looking for a fight, ready to kick your arse and sleep with your women! This is Thor in pillaging Viking mode and it works really well.