PICKS OF THE WEEK - Jan. 29, 2020
- DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #3: This annual issue honors the legacy of the great, late, Alfred Pennyworth. Writer Peter J. Tomasi serves up two tales of the Dark Knight’s most faithful confidant in interlocking stories. This issue blends Batman and James Bond as some ghosts of Alfred’s past come back to haunt him even in death, and it’s up to Batman to take on the case. Sumit Kumar’s art in the first story moves briskly along moving from action set piece to set piece highlighting the dark knight detective’s dynamic daring deeds saving the city. Romulo Fajardo Jr’s coloring really adds some depth to the pencils. His use of color and light in the present and use of grayscale in the past adds some cool contrast to the storytelling. Eduardo Risso takes on the art of the second tory and is a little rough around the edges, and rightfully so for telling a memory which makes sense given it speaks to batman’s early days. If Alfred’s death still gets you misty-eyed then pick up this issue to remember what made him so great in the first place.
- SEX CRIMINALS #26: After a major hiatus our sexual somewhat superheroes are in it for one final score and Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky are back with a bang (…ugh, yes pun intended). They have a lot of ground to cover in this issue in setting up a climax that is sure to satisfy fans of the series. Fraction almost side steps humor entirely for this issue, which, though out of the ordinary makes sense, because as the stakes climb higher, some jokes just wouldn’t land as well as they should. But don’t fret, he still sneaks in some humor and knows what his fans are looking for. But for all the jokes and junk jostling this series is known for, what keeps bringing us back is the heart of the story and that’s what this final arc seems to be all about. Not only tying up loose ends but giving the characters the depth, they so rightly deserve and finally getting to the vulnerability our protagonists have been waiting to expose without taking off a single piece of clothing.
- THOR #2: Two issues in and this series by Donny cates and Nic Klein is already approaching legendary status. Right from the start this issue goes to epic lengths setting up the danger stepping at Thor’s door. With a brief nod to the demise of Marvel’s Distinguished Competition, the issue’s intro gives Thor the biggest threat he’s ever had to face and shows just how powerful The Black Winter really is. Master colorist Matt Wilson really shines, making the world seem beautiful against an encroaching darkness, while Nic Klein’s art makes you feel like you are reading a legend of old, passed down through generations. The action of this issue alone is on a scale few comics reach even in their conclusions; and the fact that this is only the second issue means Donny Cates has many more tricks up his sleeve. With a last page introduction of a fan favorite means there is no stone that will be left unturned for this raucous issue that is sure to get your blood pumping.
PICKS OF THE WEEK - Jan. 1, 2020
- THOR #1: Thor is back and more badass than ever in this new series launch from the bad boy of comics himself Donny Cates and super star artist Nic Klein. As the new king of Asgard settles into his new role, calamity does not wait as Galactus falls in blazing glory on the shores of Asgard bringing some terrible news with him. Cates is on absolute fire with this one, taking Thor down a road you’d be surprised no writer has done yet considering the continuity of the character. But it is happening now and the result is electric. Klein’s art makes this whole issue feel epic and helpless as the weight of what Thor must do and face to save the Universe once again is both dark and deep. This is a AAA title that may end up being a new classic if Cates and Klein can pay their cards right, because the God of thunder is back and he is here with a booming vengeance.
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- STAR WARS #1: Marvel’s Star Wars line kick off the new year with a high flying #1 sure to make you feel that the force is strong in this one. Taking place right after the events of Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker and crew are left asking questions of what do we do now and where do we go. Charles Soule is writing this beauty and adds a lot of questions and contemplation to show how rocked our cast of characters are in learning that Vader is Luke’s father. Then BAM! They are thrust into an all-out space battle with Artist Jesus Saiz pushing out some truly gorgeous artwork that would make any fan of the films weep. The action is fast and heavy in this issue compounded by the quieter character moments that fill in all the spaces in between; so be sure to make the jump to light speed to pick up this banner first issue.
- SUPERMAN GIANT #1: This week’s first reprint of the Walmart exclusive, Superman Giant hits stores and does not disappoint. This Comic is the best bang for your buck when comes wanting to read about the man of steel. With a mix between old tales as well as all new material by Tom King make this no brainer after seeing his success with titles Mister Miracle and Heroes in Crisis. It’s a collection of creators bringing you the best of what Superman has to offer. Pick this up if you want to see king’s take the man of tomorrow or have friends or family who are big Superman fans and need a late gift hanging over from the holidays.
Golden Apple Comics Los Angeles had a surprise visit from the Late Late Show With James Corden this week. Did you watch the show last night? He brought the cast of Avengers Infinity War on a Star Tour Bus. The main stop was at the world famous Golden Apple Comics Store on Melrose Ave. (hey, that's us!)
Star Cast members included Tom Hiddleston who plays Loki, Paul Bettany AKA Vision, Chris Pratt the Star-Lord, Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch, Pom Klementieff AKA Mantis, Zoe Saldana AKA Gamora, Winston Duke AKA M'Bahu, Sebastian Stan The Winter Solider Bucky Barnes, Letitia Wright AKA Shuri, Elizabeth Olsen the Scarlet Witch, Don Cheadle the War Machine, Anthony Mackie the Falcon and of course the villianous Thanos AKA Josh Brolin
Golden Apple Comics scene is feaured at 5:50
We really want to thanks James Corden, The Late Late Show and the Avengers cast for creating such an amazing memory for us. This will go down as one of the top highlights in our nearly 40 years in business. #AvengersAsssemble
Now, go watch Avengers Infinity War in theaters everywhere and remember that Golden Apple is a "SPOILER FREE ZONE" or as Vision says "Snitches get Stitches"
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