It’s Wednesday, and that means new comic books! What’s the best of this week’s new releases? Here are the top 30, starting with…
1) Sex Criminals #12
Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky somehow manage to top the absolute insanity that was last issue with… well, there’s nothing in this book I can describe that won’t get me banned from Google. But it’s absolutely hilarious, and yes, absolutely for adults. Go buy it, provided you’re an adult.
2) Martian Manhunter #4
The Martian Manhunter is dead, by his own hand. But his id, his ego, and his superego, in the form of a hobo, a thief, and an FBI agent who are all moles for a coming Martian invasion his mind hijacked? They’re still around, and they’re not happy. This bizarre mashup of superheroics and The Manchurian Candidate, courtesy of Rob Williams, Eddy Barrows, and Eber Ferreira, is a brilliantly clever twist on a hero who never quite made it to the first tier, packing it with action and subtly worrying imagery. Give it a read, it’s decidedly a change in pace.
3) Star Wars: Lando #4
Lando has stolen the Emperor’s private yacht, which is bad enough, but it turns out it’s full of Sith artifacts, and those aren’t noted for having positive effects on your psyche. Charles Soule and Alex Maleev are doing a great job here, not least because Lando is front and center, and hilariously characterized. A must-read for Star Wars fans.
4) The Paybacks #1
What happens when a bunch of superheroes are charged with… repossessing the Batmobile? Donny Cates, Eliot Rahal, and Geoff Shaw get pretty wacky in this book, best described as Silver Age technology meets Dark Age cynicism, and honestly, what carries it is how funny it is. The inherent concept is hilarious, but Cates and Rahal pay it off in a few unique ways that make this worth reading.
5) Constantine: The Hellblazer #4
What happens when John Constantine, the rake himself, the complete bastard of a sorcerer… just gives up? This issue explores both the first person Constantine screwed over and how he takes his modern failures. Hint: Not well. It’s a surprisingly compelling read from a book bringing him back to his Vertigo roots, and definitely a must read.