It’s a busy week in comics, but not everybody can buy every title. So that’s what our rankings are for; every week, we’ll rank comics based on accessibility, quality, and fun. With that in mind… who took #1 this week?
1) Vision #1
The Vision has built himself a wife! And kids! Which is weird! And now he’s moved to the DC suburbs and is trying to live like a normal human being, while still being The Vision, publicly. Tom King, also writing DC’s brilliant Omega Men, throws in all the classic suburban worries: Money, fitting in at school, keeping up with the Joneses, until the last few pages, where it turns into a sort of suburban noir. Gabriel Hernandez Walta gives the book a superb sense of unease, playing off King’s future-tense narration to deliver a wallop of a book. Highly recommended.
2) Unfollow #1
Rob Williams and Mike Dowling deliver a unique technothriller where, on the surface, 140 people are the luckiest people alive: They’ve been randomly chosen by the dying head of a social-media mogul to receive 1/140th of his billions. Needless to say, there’s more to it than that, but Williams and Dowling leave that for another issue and simply focus on the characters, which deepens the mystery and makes you genuinely curious as to what’s happening next.
3) Saints #2
What would you be if you were a saint returned in the modern era? That’s what Sean Lewis and Benjamin Mackey explore in their new series. A nice touch is that none of these saints are terribly pious people; they’re decent folks stuck in a situation that freaks them out, making them far more relatable than you might expect. Oh, and the superpowers help. Hey, don’t complain, read your hagiographies sometimes; saints had ridiculous powers back in the day. Clever, funny, and often very touching.
4) Midnighter #6
It says a lot about Steve Orlando’s writing that you feel bad for Midnighter at the climax of this issue. And the issue opens with him brutalizing Multiplex with a meat tenderizer, so that really tells you something about this issue’s arc. Aco’s bizarre, kinetic layouts really bolster the action, although the final twist does feel at a reserve because he can’t quite dial it back. Either way, though, there’s nothing like this book on the stands, so go out and read it.
5) Velvet #12
Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting continue to deliver the single best dirty-martini spy fiction out there, period. This new arc, featuring superspy Velvet Templeton hunting down a dangerous conspiracy and the even more dangerous man they locked up, is a great place to start with a gorgeous book. Highly recommended.