After a brief hiatus, our weekly (sorry) top comic book pulls list is back!
Check out a rundown of this week's books scheduled to hit shelves Wednesday, June 22:
Flash #1: Writer Joshua Williamson, Artist Carmine Di
DC's Take: A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well...you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts-but just where did this amazing new friend come from?
Our take: Did you read, the Rebirth reintroduction of The Flash. We did. It was f******* amazing. Our review from two weeks ago speaks for itself: Comic Review: The Flash: Rebirth #1
Aquaman #1: Writer Dan Abnett, Artist Brad Walker
DC's Take: Black Manta returns, and as Aquaman attempts to broker lasting peace between Atlantis and the surface world, his greatest foe engineers a plan to destroy everything and everyone the undersea hero loves.
"I'm excited to draw a vast undersea world with all the visual flourishes of fantasy and science fiction that it affords," says artist Brad Walker. "I've done so much work in outer space-based comics, and I love the freedom that affords."
Our Take: We loved the Rebirth one-shot. This one is worth $2.99. Comic Review: Aquaman Rebirth #1
Captain America: Sam Wilson #10: Writer Nick Spencer, Artist: Angel Unzueta
Marvel's take: In a time of crisis, Sam is called upon to honor a fallen hero-- and speak to a divided nation. But is anyone listening?
Justice League (2011-) #52: Writer Geoff Johns, Artists Jim Lee and Scott Williams
DC's take: A TITANS: REBIRTH #1 prelude! Set shortly after the formation of the Justice League, Batman introduces his new partner Robin (Dick Grayson) to the team just as it's pulled into a deadly assault on Metropolis by mysterious creatures. Outclassed and terrified, the Boy Wonder must use his wits and guile to survive. And in doing so, he catches the attention of a foe that will alter the course of his life forever.
Our take: It's a Justice League book written by Geoff Johns with art from Jim Lee and Scott Williams. That alone, makes this worth the "gamble" of a $3.99 cover price.
Deadpool vs. Gambit #1 (of 5) Writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, Artist Danilo Beyruth
Marvel's take: Gambit-one of the smoothest, best-looking operators in the world of the X-Men. Deadpool-one of the most annoying, ugliest dirtbags in the world of everything. Naturally, these guys got beef. But do you know what they have in common? A secret history of working together to pull con-jobs. That's right-the grift is on as the Regeneratin' Degenerate and the Ragin' Cajun begrudgingly take on one last job together. Writers Ben Acker & Ben Blacker (THUNDERBOLTS, The Thrilling Adventure Hour) and artist Danilo Beyruth (GWENPOOL) lead us into the dirty underbelly of Deadpool and the squeaky-clean abs of Gambit! Parental Advisory
Our take: ANOTHER DEADPOOL SERIES? I guess the curiosity is enough ... maybe.
Wonder Woman #1: Writer Greg Rucka, Artist Liam Sharp
DC's take: Why has the lasso of truth stopped working for the Amazon Princess? Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman's past unravel her present!
THEY SAID IT: "Drawing Wonder Woman isn't just drawing a comic, it's drawing an icon-the most famous and recognizable female superhero in the world," exclaims artist Liam Sharp. "To get to draw her in her 75th year, with a new storyline scribed by no less than Greg Rucka, makes this without doubt the most important drawing gig of my 30 years in comics."
Our take: Rucka is killing it. You can feel his love for this character as each page flips. Comic Review: Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1
Rai #14 Writer Matt Kindt, Artist CAFU
Valiant's take: For the first time ever, witness the violent foundation of Father's space-born utopia of New Japan
Our take: It's a fun, innovative and easy series to hop on. Check out our review of No. 13: ADVANCE REVIEW: RAI #13, which was advanced <3.
Archie #9 Writer Mark Waid, Artist Veronica Fish
Their take: Archie is forever barred from Lodge Manor! Now Veronica has to live in Archie's world if she wants to see him-and she's turning the whole Andrews family upside-down!
Our take: Mark Waid + Archie = this book is a perfect evolution of some of the books we grew up on.