Frivolous: Comic Purchases for July 6

I buy a lot of comics. Seriously. A LOT. ‘Frivolous’ will take a look at my stash and spotlight some of my picks of the week. WARNING: I’m going to try my best to not hate on any books on these lists.

 

"Tell me about it...Stud."

15 Love #2 (of 3) 
Written by Andi Watson, Penciled by Tommy Ohtsuka

A teenage drama set against the backdrop of competitive high school tennis? The line forms behind me, folks! At one point, this was supposed to be a updated reboot for the old Millie the Model character. The title was supposed to launch alongside Runaways in the failed Marvel Tsunami line back in 2003. In between, I’ve pretty much read everything Andi Watson has done, including his wonderful mini series Love Fights.

 
 
Adventure Comics #528
Astonishing Thor #5 (of 5)
Batman and Robin #25
Batman Beyond #7

Blue Estate #4 
Written by Andrew Osborn, Penciled by Viktor Kalvachev

I was going to pick this up regardless of whether or not it was going to be good. The covers made sure of that. Kalvachev does his best Robert McGinnis impersonation and the final products are gorgeous pieces of art that I would line my house walls with. Andrew Osborne makes sure that I’m in for the long haul with a surprising little crime story filled with mobsters, dames, booze, and guns. Less Raymond Chandler, more Elmore Leonard. Pure pulp fun.

The Boys #56
Captain America and Thor! #1
Conan Legacy #8
Doctor Solar: Man of the Atom #7
Elephantmen #32

Fear Itself #4 (of 7) 
Written by Matt Fraction, Penciled by Stuart Immonen

I’m going to try to make it a point to not shine any light on titles that don’t need the spotlight, but I couldn’t help this one. I was in denial for the entire month after the events of the last issue. No way. Getouttahere. F you Marvel. Not again. Even after reading this issue four or five times over, it hasn’t really sunk in. I won’t spoil anything here, but I hope you’re not emotionally attached to Bucky Cap. #spite

 
Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #1 (of 3)
Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt #3 (of 6)
Flashpoint #3
Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance #2 (of 3)
Flashpoint: Secret Seven #2 (of 3)

Flashpoint: World of Flashpoint #2 (of 3) 
Written by Rex Ogle, Penciled by Eduard Francisco

So what do I do after I tell you I’m not trying to hock big company books? I pick another crossover title, that’s what. More of that spite, I suppose. Deal with it. If this is the only way I can have my fill of Traci 13, so be it. I will buy you. Oh, what’s that? Traci 13 being led around the world by Madame Xanadu? I’ll take three please.

 
GI Joe #3
Heroes For Hire #9
House of Mystery #39
Hulk #36
iZombie #15
Jonah Hex #69

Life with Archie #11 
Written by Paul Kupperberg, Penciled by Norm Breyfogle

How DARE you judge me.

 

 

 

 
 
 
Mega Man #3
Moon Knight #3
Moriarty #3
Ozma of Oz #8 (of 8 )

Red Skull #1 
Written by Greg Pak, Penciled by Mirko Colak

Auto pick up because of Greg Pak. Not surprisingly, this book absolutely blew me away. Much like Pak’s Magneto: Testament, you find yourself cheering for the villain. I would love to see Mirko Colak on a regular title after this. Stunning stuff from the relative unknown. This book actually might affect the way I view the Skull from now on. That sentence was me putting Captain America: First Avenger  on notice.

 


Secret Six #35
Written by Gail Simone, Penciled Jim Calafiore

Solomon Kane: Red Shadows #4 (of 4)
Spider-Girl #8
Superboy #9
Sweet Tooth #23
Thunderbolts #160
Uncanny X-Men #540
Vengence #1 (of 6)
Wolverine and Black Cat: Claws 2 #1 (of 3)
X-23 #12
X-Men #14

George R.R. Martin’s Fevre Dream TP

Gotham Central Book 2: Jokers and Madmen TP 
Written by Ed Brubaker & Greg Rucka, Penciled by Michael Lark

This is the fifth different version of this comic that I own. As long as they keep reprinting it, I will keep buying it. I will never get tired of pimping out, what could be, my favorite DC title ever. Well, this and Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew.


 

 

Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom HC 
Written by Joe Hill, Penciled by Gabriel Rodriguez

Amazing Concept, incredible storytelling, SPECTACULAR artwork, all in one beautiful hardcover volume. This book is so good, it’s making me run out of adjectives. Just go buy it already.

 

 

 

Saga of the Swamp Thing Book 5 HC
Showcase Presents: Doc Savage TP

Trailblazer GN 
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Grey, Penciled by Jim Daly

I’ve yet to actually find the time to read this. The Adventures of Dr. McNinja  got in the way. But, based on their stellar track record and their work on Jonah Hex, I wasn’t going to pass up a Time Travel Western by Palmiotti and Grey. As a reward for my purchase? Dave Johnson covers.



 

 

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