Major Spoilers Staff Picks for August 13, 2014

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IT’S NEW COMIC BOOK DAY!

But what to read?

Fortunately, the Major Spoilers Staff have comic book recommendations for you!

astroASTRO CITY #14
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artist: Brent Anderson
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: A roadside killer-robot sanctuary and museum? Only in Astro City. Meet Ellie and her very unusual friends. Plus: Samaritan, Cleopatra, Reflex 6 and more!

MATTHEW: As a rule, you can assume I will always recommend this title, simply because it’s the most consistently amazing book on the stands. Trust me, you won’t regret it…

Batman 34BATMAN #34
Written by: Scott Snyder
Artist: Matteo Scalera
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: “‘Zero Year’ is over, and the events of Batman: Eternal have put Gotham City in a tailspin, but Batman is focused on finding a killer who has haunted his hometown in secret for years. This special issue features art by Matteo Scalera (Deadpool, Black Science) and sets the stage for the next major Batman story in the fall.”

WAYNE: I always miss Mr. Capulo’s work when he’s not providing the art on an issue of Batman, but what I’ve seen from Mr. Scalera has me intrigued. Of course, Scott Snyder’s writing will keep me gripped as always, so it’s time for another great Batman story!

darkagesDARK AGES #1
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: INJ Culbard
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: The medieval world is locked in war. As a godless mercenary company slogs across Europe in search of sustenance and coin, they encounter a demonic force born not of hell, but of somewhere else entirely!
o From the creators of Vertigo’s The New Deadwardians!
o Starship Troopers meets Kingdom of Heaven!
o From New York Times best-selling author Dan Abnett!

GEORGE: I don’t know about Starship Troopers overlapping with Kingdom of Heaven, but I greatly enjoyed Abnett and Culbard’s collaboration on The New Deadwardians. I’m down with mercenary companies fighting otherworldly frog thingies.

Ghosted12GHOSTED #12
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Davide Gianfelice
Cover: Dan Panosian
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: “NEW STORY ARC! Do you have a death wish? If so, there’s a man out there who will grant you it … .”

WAYNE: Mr. Williamson continues to tell superb supernatural stories that baffle me, so I’m loving every issue! If you haven’t tried Ghosted before this, it’s a great place to jump on! Also, you can pick up trades and back issues at many stores, so you’ll be able to catch up if you like this one!

godzillaGODZILLA CATACLYSM #1
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Dave Wachter
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Years have passed since the monster apocalypse nearly destroyed mankind. Now it is merely a distant, nightmarish memory for Hiroshi, an elder in one of the few remaining tribes of humans. Little does Hiroshi know that the apocalypse is not over, and that his memories of the past may yet save the future!

GEORGE: Post-apocalyptic Godzilla isn’t a thing I think I’ve seen before, and Cullen Bunn can be pretty interesting. This could be fun.

Midnight_Tiger_001_Cover_regMIDNIGHT TIGER #1 MAIN CVR
Writer(s): DeWayne Feenstra, Ray-Anthony Height
Artist: Ray-Anthony Height
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Having lost all hope in the heroes of his world, fate steps in and gives young Gavin Shaw the power to do the things they have not. Only as the teenage hero Midnight Tiger does his city have a chance at redemption.

MATTHEW: I know nothing of this book but the title and the prospectus, but I’m interested. Sometimes, a good title is all you need to get a reader’s attention.

RedCity3RED CITY #3
Written by: Daniel Corey
Artist: Anthony Diecidue
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: “The case unravels: Cal confronts personal demons as he realizes that the lives of an entire race hang on the outcome of his investigation and that someone near him isn’t who they appear to be.”

WAYNE: The creator of Moriarty is weaving a fascinating tale that meshes sci-fi and procedural drama that I’m really enjoying. Interesting characters, fast-moving plot, engaging art … what’s not to like?

sexcriminalsSEX CRIMINALS #7 (MR)
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Chip Zdarsky
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.50
SOLICITATION: Jon breaks into Kegelface’s house and oh my golly what on EARTH do you think he finds there. Not only are our beloved Sex Criminals not alone…they’re not unwatched, either. And Suzie learns once and for all the fate of her precious library.

MATTHEW: This book certainly isn’t for everyone, but I enjoy every awkward, goofy, pervalicious minute of it. If you’re over 18, and weird in the right ways, I recommend the hell out of it.