Welcome back to Conskipper’s New Comic Day Picks for the week of October 13, 2021!
This week’s picks feature end of a few modern classics as well as some of the best monthly comics currently being produced, so be sure to stock up on plenty for the Halloween season.
–The Immortal Hulk #50 (Marvel Comics): Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, and Ruy Jose finish their phenomenal exploration of the Hulk in The Immortal Hulk #50 (Legacy #767). Ewing and company have expanded on and delved into aspects of the Green Goliath in unique and surprising ways, following up on past threads from the character’s long and storied publication history. Fans will be talking about this series for years to come and regardless of where the Hulk goes next, we will at least always have this series to “Marvel” at.
–Strange Adventures #12 (DC Comics): Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Evan Shaner wrap up Strange Adventures this week as Mister Terrific finishes his case against Adam Strange, just when the hero is needed most. King and Gerad’s spiritual successor to Mister Miracle is just as thought provoking and timely as their previous series, examining the genre through the lenses of cultural significance, modern politics, and hero worship. Strange Adventures is the type of series that continues to elevate the medium and will find many fans both inside and outside of the traditional comic shop.
–Black Hammer: Reborn #4 (Dark Horse Comics): Jeff Lemire and Caitlin Yarsky continue the return to the original Black Hammer storyline, with a distinct focus on Lucy Weber in issue four of the always compelling series. The meta-approach that the series is famous for is still evident, never taking away from the classic comic storytelling that inspired Black Hammer in the first place. Lemire’s fame (and back catalog) seems to grow by the day, but Black Hammer continues to be considered by many to be the crown jewel in the Jeff Lemire canon.
–Iron Man #13 (Marvel Comics): Covers have always sold comics, and Alex Ross’ covers for Christopher Cantwell and Cafu’s new Iron Man series continue to jump off the racks. The focus on the classic Iron Man villains by Cantwell and Cafu not only provide a nostalgic journey for long-time readers, but they are also providing Ross the opportunity to do some of his best work yet. This issue continues the brand new Korvac Saga, with War Machine, Hellcat, Scarlet Spider, Frog-Man, Gargoyle, Misty Knight and Halcyon trying their best to prevent another cosmic disaster. This one is an absolute joy to read for a Marvel kid from the 1970s.
–X-Men #4 (Marvel Comics): Speaking of covers that jump off the racks, Marte Gracia’s latest for Gerry Duggan and Javier Pina’s X-Men comic is perfect for the Halloween season, with a hellish Headless Horseman taking up the entire piece. And don’t worry; the cover does detail the content of the actual story, setting up a spooky adventure close to the original Westchester County home of the Uncanny X-Men. If you haven’t checked out Duggan’s take on the modern team, now is a good time to start.
That’s it for this week. Be sure to check back next week for more picks and keep supporting your local comic shop in a safe and responsible manner.