Captain's Picks 3.8.2017


Marvel Pick of the Week:

Steve Rogers: Captain America #13

$3.99

What Previews said:

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Ted Brandt, Ro Stein (CA) Arthur Adams

If Captain America has been an agent of Hydra since childhood, how did he fight WWII on the side of the Allies? • The secret, untold story is revealed here! Rated T+

What Red Shirt Comics says:

So this issue is kind of a back fill of things to help give this new reality more substance. If you've been following the whole Cap/Hydra thing, you'll want to read this flashback/retcon to see how it all fits together.

DC Pick of the Week:

Action Comics #975

$3.99

What Previews said:

(W) Dan Jurgens, Paul Dini (A) Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Ian Churchill (CA) Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray

"SUPERMAN REBORN" part two! Celebrating our 975th issue with a supersize special as another layer of the Superman/Clark Kent mystery is exposed! And in a backup story written by Paul Dini with art by Ian Churchill, learn what it all means for the Son of Superman, who is the prize in a deadly game! The covers by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray and the variant covers by Gary Frank for SUPERMAN #18-19 and ACTION COMICS #975-976 will connect to form a single vertical image.

What Red Shirt Comics says:

With Dan Jurgens writing Superman, it's hard to go wrong. This is Part 2 of Superman Reborn and let me tell you, it's NOT TOO LATE TO JUMP ON BOARD. This is a mystery you're going to want to experience for yourself. I feel like with Superman the past 5-10 years there's always some personal crisis, something that debilitates him emotionally, attacks him personally. Gone are the days when it was some random extraterrestrial threat or a mad scientist or clever bank robber. It feels like he seldom deals with external threats anymore. Sometimes this overuse of the personal attack can feel gimmicky, just another way to nerf Superman and limit his godlike abilities. But Dan Jurgens knows Superman like very few writers do. So while this is a story that follows a similar arc, Clark Kent and his supporting casts voices are on point. These are genuine characters that have real emotions based on long Pre-52 histories. It's a refreshing portrayal of the Man of Steel.

Other Pick of the Week:

Grass Kings #1

$3.99

What Previews said:

(W) Matt Kindt (CA) Matt Kindt (A/CA) Tyler Jenkins

From The New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and Peter Panzerfaust artist Tyler Jenkins comes a rural mystery series chronicling the tragic lives of the Grass Kings, three brothers and rulers of a trailer park kingdom, a fiefdom of the hopeless and lost, of the desperate poor seeking a promised land. Eldest brother Robert leads a grief-stricken life, having lost his daughter to a tragic accident, followed by his wife disappearing one morning never to return. When an enigmatic young woman named Maria flees to their community in search of safe haven, Robert takes her in. Will his decision lead to ruin and retribution dooming the Kingdom? Perfect for fans of True Detective Season One or Scalped. Oversized, prestige format first issue featuring 30 pages of story!

What Red Shirt Comics says:

So with last week's Royal City having a similar aesthetic and focus on small town life, it might be easy to overlook this book. But Matt Kindt is a bit of a genius so I wouldn't skip it if I were you. This is decidedly a different tone and in just a few pages gives you enough world building that the story could veer in any number of directions. Matt Kindt is awesome at worming his way into your head. Mind MGMT was mind bending. Painstakingly crafted to obsessive excess giving the reader such depth of content that it was easy to slide down the rabbit hole and become infected by the paranoia of his characters. Dept H is a maze of mystery that's churning along, an outstanding title in its own right. What's awesome his Kindt's adaptability. His art on Mind MGMT was very similar but a bit less structured. It allowed for a fantastical world that felt like a fever dream, but this is a decidedly different world, much more grounded and tangible, but still has that same Kindt style.

Other Pick of the Week:

Low #16

$3.99

What Previews said:

(W) Rick Remender (A/CA) Greg Tocchini

NEW STORY ARC! "OUTER ASPECTS OF INNER ATTITUDES," Part One-As a gladiator, Marik Caine brought the light of hope into the one of the darkest corners of the ocean before that darkness swallowed him whole. Now, a new hero arises from the fighting pits of Poluma to carry on Marik's legacy.

Rated M

What Red Shirt Comics says:

Low is beautiful. It brings back the exotic visuals of comics of old. It's like if Flash Gordon was at the bottom of the ocean brought to you by the producers of Game of Thrones. It's sexy & violent. Simultaneously both bleak and wondrous. It's easy to get lost in the visuals and the world building, but it's hard to not get sucked into the hero's journey and all the challenges it presents.

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