Comic Book Picks 4th June’14

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Once again Wednesday is nearly upon us ans that means its time for the whole new batch of comic books to hit the shelves- so lets take a look at whats out there this week and what I think is the most essential purchase and read. This is a week that is heavily dominated by releases from the ‘Big Two’ but with that being said doesn’t see a huge host of the premier titles hitting shelves, so could a little book grab the title of ‘Pick of the week?’

Vampirella #1

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Book synopsis: Celebrating Vampirella’s 45th anniversary! In FEAST OF SHADOWS, the first in the six-part OUR LADY OF SHADOWS story arc. Vampirella is sent by the Vatican to investigate the kidnapping of a little girl by Ethan Shroud and the Chaos cultists, only to become the centerpiece of a ritual invoking Lady Umbra, the sister-bride of Chaos, that leaves her marked as a living sacrifice to the dark goddess who rules the shadows. VAMPIRELLA is back and returns to her horror roots with Bram Stoker Award-winning author Nancy A. Collins (Swamp Thing, Sunglasses After Dark, Jason vs. Leatherface) and Patrick Berkenkotter (Avengers/Invaders, Red Sonja).

The reason im excited by this release is because it’s a return of a character that is much more of a pop culture icon than a true comic book stand alone character. Vampirella has always been an exciting lead female character that when well written is definitely worth a read for the crazy ‘B-movie’ feel that really suits this title. And with this being written by Nancy Collins you can guarantee that its being written by a hand who knows how to craft a good vampire tale- so im expected this anniversary edition to be a really great read.

Batman #31

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Book synopsis: The second chapter of “ZERO YEAR – SAVAGE CITY” reveals an entirely new Gotham City. Unraveling the mysteries set forth by the Riddler, Batman must learn to work with his new ally, Lieutenant Jim Gordon, and do whatever it takes to survive! 

Scott Snyder has been doing amazing things with his run on Batman, especially the retelling of a new Batman origin within the confines of Gotham city. I expect this tale to take the recent Riddler re-incarnation and make it even more exciting and fresh than we have already seen, and that can only mean more brilliant story telling and more riddles and problems for the Dark Knight and commissioner Gordon to try to solve to save his city. Add to this the brilliant artwork of the ever dependable Capullo and this book is a sure-fire hit.

Amazing X-Men Annual #1

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Book Synopsis: Storm and the Amazing X-Men go to Africa!
A death in Storm’s family sheds light on a new threat to the X-Men!

Amazing X-Men has been great since it launched, I know its hard for a new X-book to find its place amongst so many other quality X-books but Amazing X-men has managed to do so. The annual is produced by a completely different creative team however and that does concern me slightly however if it can deliver anywhere near the level of goodness weve seen from its main title it should be well worth a read this week.

Book of the week: Batman #31 steals the show this week due to the great storytelling the Snyder has been doing on the title since his run began.

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