I went over the list of comics coming out this week about six times and the truth is… I’m just not feeling anything.
So I’ll recommend an more-than-a-decade-old trade that’s definitely overpriced, Avengers Assemble Vol. 1. If I consider it overpriced why would I recommend it, you may ask? It’s Kurt Busiek and George Perez arguably at their best. It is a collection of comics for people who love comics, and it’s a good representation of why comics were made. If you like grim and gritty, and I do, this might not be the book for you, but it’s a call-back to the foundations of superhero comics built in the ’60s. I defy you to read this book and not close it feeling 10 years old again. Sure it retails for $35 (and I do encourage supporting your local comic shop), but you can snag it for $23 bucks and some change from Amazon. Buy anything else and you get free shipping to boot.
Since I kinda punked out on the Pull this week, I thought I’d pose a question. The word on the Web is that they’re killing off one of the members of the Fantastic Four. The odds are leaning toward Invisible Woman as a lock followed by the Human Torch, Mr. Fantastic, and then the Thing. Personally I’m leaning toward Reed Richards just from a story standpoint. Invisible Woman is the most powerful member of the team, and sure she’s a huge motivation for any of Mr. Fantastic’s actions, but if you killed her there would be no Fantastic Three. The other three couldn’t get passed her death and move on. Reed is too analytical, Johnny is too spontaneous, and Ben is too sentimental. If Reed dies, Sue would talk the others into keep on keeping on, and some alternate-earth, time-displaced clone of Reed could pop in any second, and it wouldn’t seem all that far fetched. Would anyone really even blink an eye if you got rid of Johnny or Ben? Ben has been gone plenty of times before, and no one really raised an eyebrow.
But what do I know? They’ll probably kill off Sue and I’ll look like an idiot. What do you think? Let me know!