Conskipper’s New Comic Day Picks: October 21, 2020

Welcome back to Conskipper’s New Comic Day Picks for the week of October 21, 2020!

Halloween is only weeks away and we again have some tasty treats for this Wednesday! This week was heavy on Marvel titles (which naturally happens from time to time) with a number of the titles picking up steam and generating a lot of buzz from fans. There are plenty to choose from this week besides the top five, including many that tie into the season of frights, so be sure to safely spend some time browsing the racks this week.

Iron Man #2 (Marvel Comics): Christopher Cantwell and Cafu return for their second issue in their “back-to-basics” approach to Tony Stark and Iron Man. Old school fans loved the return to the classic metal suit, as well as the classic supporting cast and villains. The second issue continues this trend with appearances by Arcade, Absorbing Man, and one of the main adversaries of the Avengers in the 1970’s: Korvac. Patsy Walker (Hellcat) is also along for the ride, and take it from us, this is a fun one.

Fantastic Four #25 (Marvel Comics): Although all of the advance promo for issue #25 of Fantastic Four proclaims that everything is new in this issue (new artist, new villains, new uniforms, new status quo), Dan Slott has made the FF exciting and relevant again because his brand of storytelling captures the essence of the comic from the first days of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and all the greats that followed them. The family dynamics, the humor, and the cosmic battles are always on the menu and when accompanied by the fine art of R.B. Silva (who recently teamed up with Slott on Empyre), you have a recipe for success. Add in an appearance by the one and only Doctor Doom and what else do you need!

Daredevil #23 (Marvel Comics): Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto continue their excellent run on Daredevil in “Truth/Dare” Part Three. As Matt Murdoch attempts to once again put his life back together (and honestly, when does this guy ever get to relax?) he is beset on all sides by classic adversaries such as Typhoid Mary, Bullseye, and Elektra. Luckily, Murdoch has another hero synonymous with New York City on hand to help out in the form of the webbed wall-crawler (and if you haven’t checked out Zdarsky’s recently collected Spider-Man: Life Story, do yourself a favor and grab it now) in this issue.

-Nightwing #75 (DC Comics): Dan Jurgen and artists Travis Moore and Ronan Cliquet launch a new storyline for the original Robin after the fallout of “The Joker War”. Nightwing is back and he is assisted by Batman, Batgirl, members of the Teen Titans as he gets back to status quo. This issue also includes an appearance by the late 80’s favorite, KGBeast, who has a score to settle with Dick Grayson. This extra-sized anniversary issue is the perfect jumping on point for readers who haven’t followed his adventures in recent years.

Guardians of the Galaxy #7 (Marvel Comics): This issue continues to follow up on Dan Slott and Al Ewing’s Empyre series, and Ewing and artist Marcio Takara are up to the challenge, carving out new territory for the Guardians, with new members and the seeds of new storylines being sown across the galaxy. The new ambassador for the Utopian Kree, Grant Morrison’s Marvel Boy takes center stage in this aftermath title, along with appearances by Nova, Groor, Hercules, and another version of Captain Marvel, Phyla-Vell. Ewing’s work on the scripting is top notch and Takara is equally adept with the cosmic aspects of the story.

That’s it for this week, so thanks for stopping by on your way to the comic store!

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