It’s Wednesday and that means COMIC BOOK DAY! Let me show you what issues I’m picking up today.
The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3
Why I’m Picking It Up: The first comic book I ever bought with my own money was Amazing Spider-Man #534. It featured spectacular writing from Michael J. Stracynski and cemented my eternal love of both Spider-Man and Captain America. Ever since that day, I have always collected a monthly Spider-Man series. Renew Your Vows is a kind of What-If? story set in the alternate reality patchwork world of Battleworld. In this reality, Spider-Man made a choice between defending his family from Venom and helping the Avengers defeat an all-powerful super villain. Of course, Spidey chose his family and saved them at the cost of taking Venom’s life. Years later, Spider-Man and his family live in seclusion, suppressing their true nature lest that all-powerful villain I mentioned earlier (who now rules the world, by the way) shows up to kill them and take their powers. It took the endangerment of his daughter to help Peter remember that with great power, comes great responsibility. Now, he’s back in black and back to doing the right thing.
Pick it up if…
- You love Spider-Man
- You loved the old What-If? stories
- You love one-man-against-the-world stories
Civil War #2
Why I’m Picking It Up: With Captain America: Civil War getting ever closer, it makes sense for Marvel to bring one of its best events back. However, this Civil War is very different and explores a futuristic America that still hasn’t recovered from the cataclysmic conclusion of the Superhuman Civil War and is indeed still fractured between the two decisions. Cap and Tony take up their familiar differing sides and apparently, this literal division of America has gone on for years. The two leaders come together on neutral ground to discuss a treaty, but suddenly there is an assassination attempt and everything hits the fan! It looks like the superhuman civil war is about to resume…
Pick it up if…
- You remember the original Civil War story and often wonder how things might have gone
- You love alternate, apocalyptic future stories
Darth Vader #8
Why I’m Picking It Up: Let me begin by saying Kieron Gillen’s Darth Vader series is superb! In this series, we follow Darth Vader as he tries to claw his way back into the Emperor’s good graces after allowing the Death Star to be destroyed. Along the way, Kieron Gillen shows us a side of Vader that many people forget about: his human side. It is often easy to forget how tragic Darth Vader’s story truly is. Gillen brings this side of Vader into the limelight in a beautiful and thought-provoking way. I remember being hooked while reading the very first issue and seeing Vader standing stoically over a burning Tusken Raider village that he just destroyed. Then it hit me: “Oh snap! Vader killed these people because he hates them. They killed his mother and he still holds on to that hate!” The series is full of other sobering moments, such as when Vader realized that the boy that destroyed the Death Star and the boy he has been pursuing is in fact his own son. Darth Vader is a series that delves deep into the Star Wars mythos to bring us a tragic and compelling tale of the Dark Lord of the Sith.
Pick it up if…
- You are a fan of the Dark Lord of the Sith
- You want a great Star Wars story full of intrigue and powerful displays of the Force
- You want to learn more about Star Wars’ newest female character, Doctor Aphra
Giant-Sized Little Marvel: AvX #3
Why I’m Picking It Up: Skottie Young’s art is zany, funny, and just perfect for the tone of this book. I have no doubt that the higher-ups at Marvel created this series solely so Skottie Young could write and draw it. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard while reading a comic book as when I did reading issue 1 of this series. Little Marvel: AvX is downright hilarious and is reminiscent of Calvin and Hobbes. I also feel that this series is an answer to the immensely popular (and unfortunately unofficial) JL8 series created by the very talented Yale Stewart. Little Marvel: AvX is full of laughs, puns, and is an all-around enjoyable read. It’s nice to take a break from the dire consequences and high-stakes combat typically found in super hero stories and just enjoy a comic for fun.
Pick it up if…
- You want to read a seriously funny comic book
- You love Skottie Young’s unique art style
Why I’m Picking It Up: Let’s be honest. Brian Bendis’ Siege from a few years back was kind of lackluster and disappointing, especially for all the hype Marvel was putting into it. Well, forget about that Siege, because this Siege is all-new, and all-different! In Battleworld, the many nations of this patchwork planet are separated from the lawless territories controlled by zombies, alien insect hordes, and killer robots by a giant wall called The Shield (think The Wall from A Song of Ice and Fire). This wall isn’t patrolled by freezing crows however, it’s patrolled by heroes unfavored by God Doom. I’m all for alternate reality stories and I especially love the idea of all these unique characters from different realities running around together to defend a world that quite frankly doesn’t care for them. This series is still young and is still on the chopping block, but from what I’ve seen from issue 1, I think Siege will be an interesting read.
Pick it up if…
- You love motley teams of clashing personalities
- You are a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire
- You love the potential of underdeveloped or unexplored characters
What comics are you picking up? Do you have any suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!