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Yeah, that's right here are some recommendations for comic book pulls when it comes to Wednesday, Jan. 18. I've been strapped with work and holidays and have fallen madly behind, but let's get back into it this week:
Batman #15 Writer Tom King | Artist Mitch Gerads | $2.99 | DC Comics
Our take: Well, King and Gerads picked up right where they left off in terms of kicking ass from the Sheriff of Babylon to Batman #14. Seriously, what an intimate, emotional and beautiful debut that was for this team in Gotham.
Get this book, Batman is about to go on a roll.
DC's take: "Swamp Thing comes to Gotham City with a mysterious request for Batman-but these longtime allies will have to make up for lost time and work together in order to confront a growing threat that only they can stop!"
WWE #1 | Writer Dennis Hopeless | Artist Rob Guillory | $3.99 | BOOM! Studios
Our take: Um, it's a Hopeless WWE book. Even if I wasn't me, a huge professional wrestling fan, I feel like I would be intrigued by this book. The fact that it's a story covering the disbandment of The Shield, count me in. Count me in so hard.
Boom's take: "BOOM! Studios is proud to present the most authentic line of ongoing WWE comics. Each issue will feature your favorite Superstars in stories that go beyond what you've ever seen on TV. The first story arcs detail the 'Breaking of The Shield.' Seth Rollins. Roman Reigns. Dean Ambrose. Together they formed The Shield, one of the most dominant factions in WWE history-until the ultimate opportunist Seth chose to betray the group at the behest of Triple H, the 'King of Kings' who has cemented himself as the authority in control of WWE. Now, eager to prove himself, Seth is on the hunt for the WWE Championship, a journey that will send him on a collision course with his former brothers."
SLAM #3 | Writer Pamela Ribon | Artist Veronica Fish (<3) | $3.99 | Boom! Box
Our take: Yup. A thousand times Yup.
Buy this book. Veronica Fish brings the electricity while Pamela Ribon crafts characters so relatable that it makes this book stick with you for a bit. The art, the writing, the story, the characters ... it's all here. What else do you need in a comic book?
Boom's take: CanCan picks up a snarky attitude from her mentor, which rubs Knockout the wrong way. Everything comes to a head in the rink, which eventually leads them to realize that the only thing holding them back from their potential ... could be each other.
Descender #18 | Writer Jeff Lemire | Artist Dustin Nguyen | $2.99 | Image Comics
Our take: Did you see Jeff Lemire's name on this book? Yeah, that's all you need right now. This book rules, Drew and I each got the trade paperback for this and that's all the recommendation you need. It's a hell of a Sci-Fi-ish comic book with fantastic storytelling, characters and pretty art to boot.
Image's take: "'ORBITAL MECHANICS,' Part Two The cyborg cult known as The Between are hit by a Gnishian attack fleet with only Andy, Driller and Tullis standing between them. Will Andy's love for Queen Between be enough to save them? One of Decsender's cast members makes the ultimate sacrifice."
The Amazing Spider-Man #23 | Writer Dan Slott | Artist Giuseppe Camuncoli | $3.99
Our take: I'm kind of known as being the Spider-Freak here at the Court of Nerds, but I just have not been able to get back into the ASM series. I think I was just rubbed the wrong way by going from ASM 700 to the freaking fantastic Superior Spider-Man into two ASM reboots, that I just couldn't care because it didn't feel like Marvel cared.
Welp. This is the week I try again. Seeing the Alex Ross cover of Gwen Stacy removing an upside down Spider-Man's mask just like Mary Jane ... is filling me with regret.
Marvel's take: Gwen Stacy is back in the land of the living and in league with The Jackal. * But why? She's not evil. She's not being mind-controlled. What would push the one of the most beloved characters in Marvel history to join one of Spider-Man's worst villains?!