Heroes & Villains Looks at Highlights from E.A. Henson’s Reading List

It’s Heroes & Villains time! I’m happy to report that the casting announcement of Robert Pattinson as Batman was met with universal acclaim and that the Game of Thrones series finale pleased all who watched it. 

Looks like I’ve got nothing but comics to write about!

There wasn’t much new stuff this week that caught my eye so I decided to go with an idea that I’ve been sitting on probably since I started this gig: I’m going to give you all a glimpse into my weekly reading list!

Normally, I like to champion the books coming out that aren’t part of the superhero genre, because one cannot live on superhero books alone. However, it’s that weekly escapism that has kept me coming back week after week for close to four decades now. Everyone has their weekly rituals, mine just happens to include diving headlong into a stack of superhero books to get out of my own head for a bit. 

Here’s what I read this week!

The FlashPick of the Week: The Flash #72

As Chapter 2 of “The Flash: Year One” storyline, this book was not at all what I was expecting. If you haven’t read the first chapter, I won’t delve too deeply into spoiler territory, but it’s safe to say it’s the most substantial departure from Barry Allen’s long established origin story since Geoff Johns decided The Flash should have a dead mother.

The Flash has always been one of my go-to heroes for as long as I can recall. One of my very first comics was a pre-Crisis Barry issue where he goes up against a villain called The Eradicator (not the Superman villain and also not the Bruce McCulloch character from The Kids in the Hall). My only Super Powers figure was a Flash figure and when I started getting books on a regular basis the Wally West comics were some of my favorites. 

Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter have been doing a great job on The Flash recently and the title on the whole has been a godsend for fans that want the character’s story untangled after The New 52 and DC Rebirth…complicated things.

 

 

 

Middlewest #7, Martian Manhunter #5, Doctor Strange #14

Hey! What do you know…all books I’ve written about previously! Middlewest has got to be one of the most gorgeous books on the stands right now, hands down. I’m still very much committed to buying physical comics but I have to imagine that this book would look even more amazing on a nice HD tablet screen.

Martian Manhunter was one of those books I knew I was going to love from the first previews I saw of it. The book just so happened to both meet and exceed my hopes for it. Riley Rossmo’s art…I want MORE of it. I want it to be like the 90’s when everyone was copying the style of the Image Comics guys, just swap them for Rossmo. There’s just something exciting about it. Also, props to Steve Orlando for making MM more interesting than I possibly thought he could be.

Mark Waid continues to deliver on Doctor Strange cementing my belief that he’s one of the most consistently great comic book writers working today. I mentioned the Wally West Flash books above and a great chunk of those were written by Waid. It’s also always a pleasure seeing Barry Kitson on a book, I’ve adored his work since the Azrael book he did with Denny O’Neil way back when.

Justice LeagueJustice League Dark #11

I don’t know about you, but I tend to follow writers from book to book. Art, of course, is essential for any good comic but you have to fill those word balloons with something. James Tynion IV completely won me over with his recent run on Detective Comics so when I heard he was moving over to JL: Dark I had to check it out. The book and characters aren’t normally something I’d go for but month after month I’ve been devouring this book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avengers #19

Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness have got to be having the most fun in comes right now…I meant this is The Avengers! This issue is part of The War of the Realms crossover that I haven’t been following so I’ll be joining the broadcast that’s already in progress. A number of years back I swore off Marvel’s crossover books citing “event fatigue” on my part. But, hey, not everything has to cater to me! 

So, there you have it! That’s what I’m reading this week, what are YOU going to be checking out! What should I be checking out? 

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