Every week, a different Panelteer will give you a rundown of the comics they’re most looking forward to for the week. Floppies, trades, and omniboo are all fair game here. This week, Chris Arnone tells us what’s on his pull list.
Bitch Planet #2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro (Image)
When my friends ask me for comic book recommendations, I’ve been leading with Bitch Planet since the first issue. My pitch for it: Orange is the New Black in space. It’s funny, dynamic, irreverent, and filled with diverse characters. I want to know more about the world DeConnick and De Landro have built. I’m not sure where the series is going, but I’m hooked.
Gotham Academy #4 by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl (DC)
I love Batman, I really do, but I’ve been trying to avoid most mainstream titles for fear of getting sucked back into crossover events and suddenly finding myself spending triple-digit money on comics each month. Gotham Academy is my Batman salve. It’s fun, different, and just Batman-flavored enough to satisfy that craving. It’s like Chilton Academy from Gilmore Girls, but with ghosts and superheroes.
Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Volume 1 by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, et. al. (DC)
Before Geoff Johns’ seminal run on Green Lantern, all the lanterns in the DC Universe were green, Parallax was just Hal Jordan’s crazy name, and Sinestro was the only dude with a yellow ring. Johns managed to retcon Parallax from a name into the physical embodiment of fear. This led to yellow lanterns, red lanterns, and all the rest of the now-huge Green Lantern mythos in the DC Universe. It all started right here.
Mind MGMT #30 by Matt Kindt (Dark Horse)
Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT has been one of my favorites for a long time. It expertly combines superpowers with government conspiracy and twists in frightening ways. Before Mind MGMT, I never realized just how spooky telepathy could be. This issue promises to reveal the origin of The Eraser, a character that has haunted the book since nearly the beginning.
Thor #4 by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman (Marvel)
Finally, we get Thor-on-Thor action! Well, not like that. Thor versus Thor, really. The Odinson is back and none too happy that someone else is wielding Mjolnir. This showdown was inevitable. Fans of the original Thor have been quick to say, “Yeah, but just wait until good ol’ Thor comes back for his hammer.” So it’s good to see Jason Aaron pulling this bandage off early and getting it out of the way so people will know this new Thor his here to stay.