Comic Book Picks 18th June’14

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Well once again were at that point in the week where many of us are looking ahead one day and wondering which of the numerous books that arrive with our local comic book store were going to be buying. Well im here to give you a helping hand, or at least my own personal opinion on what i think will be the nest book, or at least the best new book to check out this week.

This weeks list see’s a host of new titles, and for the first time doesn’t contain any of my regular on going picks such as Fatale or Wolverine and the X-men despite them being released, so whats taken their spots?

The Wicked + The Devine

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Synopsis: Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as teenagers. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED & THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop-stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

Why Pick: Kieron Gillen writes amazing books, he truly has a great way of setting up a story and running with it through a great amount of character development and action all the way to a satisfying conclusion- and that’s really his talent. He never produces a bad story, whether its a single issue or a longer game he hits the mark every time, and when you give him the ability to write his own stories this is even more true. The idea behind this sounds so intriguing that it needs to be read and at least given a go as im sure in the short time he gets to write each god- you will fall in love with or hate each character- but I can guarantee you’ll want more of them.

Pinnochio: Vampire Slayer (trade paperback)

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Synopsis: This puppet may not be a real boy… but he just might be a real hero. When bloodthirsty monsters invade Pinocchio’s hometown and kill his father Geppetto, Pinocchio discovers a new benefit to his magical nose: telling lies produces a never-ending supply of wooden stakes to combat the vampire hordes! Will Pinocchio be able to defeat these horrors, avenge his father, and save his friends? For the first time, the complete trilogy is collected together in a single deluxe softcover edition. Jensen (Green Lantern Corps) and Higgins (Knights of the Living Dead) present a captivating blend of comedy, horror, romance, and adventure, rooted in the original Italian novel but brought, as if by magic, to new life.

Why Pick: I know this is a trade paperback (collection) however when I read this i was amazed by how cool it actually was, and how good the action scenes actually look- even with Pinocchio as the main hero. If you ever read or watched Pinocchio as a child and then again as an adult, you’ll know that the content is pretty creepy and odd (turning kids into donkeys) so I don’t consider this too far-fetched to be a continuation of that story as planned. The only down side is it ends abrubtly, as there are follow on books- but its a great ride all the way to the end.

Thomas Alsop #1

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Synopsis: Thomas Alsop is the current “Hand of the Island,” a title handed down from generation to generation. He guards Manhattan from evil, using his family’s prowess for magic. Being a thoroughly modern warlock, he deals with something even more evil than demons… reality television!

Why Pick: This book has me thoroughly intrigued, as it sounds very much like a blend of Stephen Strange and John Constantine in a limited series run, and there’s no way that can possibly be a bad thing if the writing is done well. Add to this that BOOM studios are producing a large number of very good creative owned books right now, and id be surprised if this was the book to stop the role of great titles being launched this year.

PICK of the WEEK:

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The Wicked + The Divine steals the show this week- as im far more excited for this book than i am anything else getting released.

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