Wednesday is nearly here, and that means were very close to a bunch of new titles hitting the shelves ad this week we see a host of top tier titles from all publishers. This makes it difficult to know where your money should go, so here are my top picks of the week to help you out.
American Gods: Shadows #1
Official Synopsis: Shadow Moon just got out of jail, only to discover his wife is dead. Defeated, broke, and uncertain as to where to go from here, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard — thrusting Shadow into a deadly world of the supernatural, where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a brewing war between old and new gods hits a boiling point
Why it’s a Pick: First and Foremost this is ‘American Gods!’ That should be reason alone as the source material from Neil Gaiman may be the best book I’ve read- or atleast my most favourite. The material is so good its getting a television treatment as we speak and now has a comic book treatment to continue to flesh out the amazing characters and gods that are portrayed in the material and build upon the universe of old gods and new. This book should do mythology brilliantly, and with Gaiman handling the writing it should be a real story tellers treat.
Official Synopsis: NEW STORY ARC Flensed human skeletons chained to the rocks of an archaeological site in Cornwall. The tentacles of FPI, reaching into the fabric of time. Brigid Roth of the Injection team, sent in by Maria Kilbride to separate data from legend, and accident from murder.
Why it’s a Pick: Injection has been on hiatus and this book has been missed- as nothing on the shelves is as off the wall sci-fi and this title from Warren Ellis. The whole idea of injected consciousness into technology affecting and inhabiting the world is hard to grasp, yet alone imagine but Ellis has made this seem feasible and has also made the tale intriguing and exciting. He’s also brought together a wonderful cast of characters that make each segment of the story feel unique and when they finally all come together I feel there interactions should be exciting and worrying at the same time. This book has me intrigued and 11issues in that’s hard to maintain- so this only speaks volumes for the brilliance of Ellis here.
All Star Batman #8
Official Synopsis: “Hats and Bats”! Underestimate the Mad Hatter at your own peril. Batman takes on one of his most dangerous and deranged foes in a mind-bending tale from the powerhouse creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli!
Why it’s a Pick: Snyder has crafted some brilliant Batman tales since he took the reigns and his current run on All Star Batman goes right up there among his best tales like ‘Death of the Family’ and for that reason alone this book should always make the top few titles of the reading pile upon release. Add to that the brilliantly produced art style of the last few issues and this book has everything you want from a Superhero genre book and is slowly solidifying itself as the top book in the top tier!
Book of the Week
Ok I’m totally biased as I love everything ‘American Gods’ related so there was never going to be anything else on top of this weeks list. The chance to dig deeper into a world that is full of interesting characters, Gods, violence and amazing stories is just too much to avoid.