The Top of the Pile: Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Eastman variant)
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Freddie Williams II
Trapped in a world where they can scarcely tell friend from foe, the Turtles’ first encounter with the Dark Knight puts their fighting skills to the ultimate test. And while Batman and scientist Lucius Fox search for any clue as to where these strange ninjas come from, Shredder strikes a deal with The Penguin!
The first issue of this unconventional crossover felt very natural. Using Killer Croc to segue into a universe shared by both series was brilliant. I was surprised by how well the distinct styles of the two worlds meshed together. I can’t wait to see more and especially look forward to when Batman gets a load of Krang. Bats has seen some strange stuff in Gotham, but a brain being from another dimension… Love Eastman’s swipe of his iconic TMNT #1 cover.
The Mainstream One: Secret Wars #9
Words: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Esad Ribic
Prepare for GENESIS and witness the birth of All-New, All-Different Marvel.
In reality it is three months after Genesis and we are finally finding out how the current Marvel Universe came to be. There will be answers and hopefully some will be enriching, but since Marvel rebooted in October the secrets of Secret Wars have lost a lot of their intrigue. The series has actually been amazingly good, but it was disappointing not knowing the conclusion before Marvel rebooted.
The Indie One: Walking Dead #150 (Moore variant)
Words: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
In our 150th issue, Rick Grimes finds himself… BETRAYED.
Issue 100 was a huge milestone issue for the series and it was marked by the brutal murder of a major character. What will #150 bring? With the way things have been shaking out for Rick’s crew, probably someone important is dying. There are a handful of covers coming out with #150 and they are all pretty awesome. The Tony Moore swipe of Walking Dead #1 is going to be popular, but the jewel will be the black and white, regular cover. Not a ratio incentive variant, every comic book shop will be sent one copy and only one copy of the retailer appreciation variant. Already pre-selling for more than $200, the black and white variant is going to be a ghost on Wednesday.
The #1 One: Legend of Wonder Woman #1
Words and Art: Renae De Liz
In the beginning there was only chaos. But Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, saw a better future-and eventually, her daughter would be destined to bring that new world to life! Before her ultimate fate unfolds, though, Diana of Themyscira must learn the important lessons of an Amazonian childhood!
This series has already been released digitally and it is a gorgeous, modern retelling of Wonder Woman’s origin story. One of the best things that DC has done with Wonder Woman’s character is allowing women to write her. The most talented female writers in comics have graced the pages of Wonder Woman, which shows how much faith DC has in newcomer De Liz, an artist to keep an eye on.
The One I’m Buying for the Cover: All New Wolverine #4 (Sook variant)
Writer: Tom Taylor
Art: David Lopez
THE DOCTOR IS IN! Things get truly STRANGE when Wolverine turns to the Sorcerer Supreme in the next mystical chapter of the mystery of the three sisters. But will the supernatural efforts of Stephen Strange combined with the raw power of THE WOLVERINE be enough to combat the evils of Alchemax? Parental Advisory
Best Wolverina cover yet. A lot of people are making the case that Ryan Sook’s covers are on the same level as Adam Hughes. I think a more accurate comparison is with Dodson, but there’s no denying that the guy’s got serious talent.
The Speculation One: Silk #3
Words: Robbie Thompson
Art: Stacey Lee
SPIDER-MAN VS. SILK! GOBLIN KING VS. SILK!!! ALL IN ONE ISSUE?!
Looks like Silk’s got her hands full this week. I know I say it every month, but I am loving this series. In issue two we were briefly introduced to a mysterious, goblin looking dude with sweet phasing abilities. Is he an ally? Who is he working for? And how does he know Silk’s secret identity? Will we get a full introduction this week? The 1:25 Campbell variant cover is already creeping up to triple digits on the Bay and should be on your radar on Wednesday.