WLG #386: "Short Term Explosion!"

A column article by: Matt Spatola

Welcome to the first new installment of What Looks Good. And right off the bat, do you know What Looks Good? This website does; the Comics Bulletin 2.0. I hope you all have been really enjoying the relaunch of the site as much as I have. There are so many new features and a great new layout. I know I have spent many hours exploring around and have come across a lot of great articles that somehow even I had missed. So if you haven’t taken the time please do so- after reading my column.

Before I dive into the rest of the column and my picks from this week’s releases I wanted to give another example of What Looks Good. This time I’m choosing DC’s New 52 relaunch.

Dollar ShareWhen this was first announced it brought up a huge firestorm of complaints and controversy. Since the publication of the first couple of months of titles those have settled down and now folks are spending a lot of time examining the sales figures and analyzing their meanings. And at this point I think it is still too hard to really say, in the long term at least.

But for the short term, holy crap! Sales for DC’s 52 books have been fantastic. Check out these charts from Diamond Comics Distributors:

Unit ShareDC has been selling a ton of copies of their books to stores. And while there was a fear that the increase of DC sales would take dollars away from other publishers the opposite instead seems to be true. Anecdotal information from retailers has shown that sales have risen across the board. Does this mean that new readers have jumped into the hobby? Does this mean that lapsed readers have returned? Or does this mean that regular buyers of comics have just increased their spending? It’s too early to tell if you ask me. But after what seems like years of bad news when it came to sales in the industry it’s great to see some good news.

On that note let’s hit this week’s new releases and my picks for What Looks Good.

MARVEL

Magneto: Not A Hero $2.99 (Skottie Young & Clay Mann)

“The X-Men are shaken when Magneto finally goes villain again. The Master of Magnetism is caught on video murdering members of an anti-mutant group. Why did he throw away everything he's earned with the X-Men? Or is this just the only time he's gotten caught? This new series by SKOTTIE YOUNG (WIZARD OF OZ) and CLAY MANN (X-MEN LEGACY) will change the way you look at the best X-Villain of all time!”

After that great Magneto Testament series a few years ago by Greg Pak you would think Marvel wouldn’t be revisiting the character in a miniseries. Also with the X books in the early stages of Regenesis, the timing might seem a little off.

But Marvel is hitting us this week with this new Magneto series. The character is easily one of the most complex characters they have in their stable. So I can see the draw that readers and creators both have for him. So the bar has been set pretty high going in for Young and Mann and I have complete faith that they will deliver.

Young has been doing stellar writing in his recent Oz books and even before. And Mann is one of my Top 10 artists. Check out this page from a preview of issue 1. The detail is extraordinary. I can’t stop looking at Magneto’s boot- beautiful.

DC

Huntress #2 of 6 $2.99 (Paul Levitz & Marcus To)

“Helena Bertinelli takes a trip to Naples, Italy, but she's not there on holiday. As her alter ego, the Huntress, she's uncovered a human trafficking and gun-smuggling ring that only scratches the surface of Mafioso activity! With no backup, no safety net, can this one-woman wrecking crew clean up the mean streets of this ancient city?”

With all the hype and attention focused on DC’s new 52 it be real for this series to fall off everyone’s radar, even with the obvious and heavy connections to the Batman family of titles.

But you all should really check this out. I was really hooked with the first issue. Levitz surprised me with how well he handled the character and his approach to the story.

I’ve tried a few issues of his various Legion stories over the last couple of years. They’ve been okay but they didn’t really sell me on his return to full-time writing. I know he still has the chops but maybe it was me, maybe I’ve left the Legion behind and it wasn’t the best place to be reintroduced to Levitz.

There’s not much to say about To that everyone has not heard before. He’s a great artist; I love his line work and layouts the best. And the book is graced by great Guillem March covers. Don’t miss the series.

BOOM!

Operation: Iron Cross 1936 #1 of 3 $3.99 (Herik Hanna & Trevor Hairsine)

“X-Men: Deadly Genesis and Wisdom artist Trevor Hairsine brings you WWII action like you've never seen before! It's 1936. A German intelligence officer is tortured by his superiors. They want to know why he has turned against them. Imprisoned, he gives up nothing as he seemingly waits for death or the right time to strike!”

I’m a big fan of period books. I especially like anything WWII or somehow connected to it. This looks good to me. And I always give the Indy publishers a second look with their titles. I’ve like quite a few of BOOM!’s books over the years.

This book was originally published in Europe as part of the Le Casse series, or Damage in English. I’m guessing Hairsine’s involvement is what brought it to BOOM!. He’s one of those enigmas to me. I don’t know why he does not work more in comics.

Maybe it is his choice. Not sure. But I do know that all of his art that I have seen, from Cla$$war to X-Men: Deadly Genesis, has been beautiful. And I look forward to seeing more.

Well there you have it. These are my big picks for this week’s What Looks Good. But before you go I do have a few ‘on the border’ books you also might want to take a look at if you like.

  • Avenging Spider-Man #1- I know, I know. It’s Joe Mad. But not sure if that’s enough.
  • Battle Scars #1- …and Fear Itself continues, but will this series be more interesting?
  • Batgirl #3- Hey its Nightwing! So as a DC book, that means either the characters fight or have sex. Or both.
  • Point 1 #1- Great idea. Bad price. I would have LOVED this book at $3.99 or less.
  • Speed Racer #1- Speed’s back. Or more importantly Racer X is back.

Hope you liked my picks. Please leave some comments or send me an email with your thoughts or even your picks for What Looks Good. Again remember to give the site’s new design a onceover. You will be glad you did.

Thanks for stopping by. See you in 3.

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